Some deer are more susceptible to chronic wasting disease that is spreading through herds of white-tailed deer across much of the United States, according to Penn State researchers, who have identified a panel of genetic markers that reliably predict which animals are most vulnerable to the contagious neurological disorder.
Sarah Nilson, assistant professor of biology, and Amy Camodeca, assistant professor of psychology, will present their research when the Penn State Beaver Academic Affairs Faculty Speakers Series returns to campus Feb. 27.
Beaver Assistant Professor of Biology Sarah Nilson has received more than $15,000 from Duquesne Light to conduct a genetic study of Dicentra eximia, or fernleaf bleeding heart, a plant that's considered endangered in some parts of Pennsylvania.
Anthropologist Heather Garvin was part of a team of scientists that, in 2013, discovered 1,500 fossils from a new species deep in an elaborate South African cave system. It's been called "one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century." Garvin will speak at Penn State Beaver on Nov. 9.