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Periodically, Penn State will take a look back at news appearing in the Intercom, the University's faculty and staff newspaper, which has now transitioned into Penn State Today. This week's excerpt looks back at a University announcement at a time when the United States was in the midst of an energy crisis.
A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide genetic change and environmental risk factors for autism, and the first to identify an interaction between genes and environment that leads to an emergent increase in risk that would not be found by studying these factors independently.
The Student Farm at Penn State and the Barn at Lemont are hosting a free “Tools and Techniques” home gardening workshop on Sunday, June 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Student Farm, located at the intersection of Big Hollow and Fox Hollow roads.
The Student Farm at Penn State invites all members of the community to join in celebration of the summer growing season with a “Summer Solstice Celebration” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, on the farm's one-acre site located near the intersection of Big Hollow and Fox Hollow roads.

As part of a Community Nutrition course, students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences participated in the Backpack Program of the Centre County YMCA

A unique course in the Department of Nutritional Sciences recently allowed students to help tackle the issue of hunger in the community while putting into practice the nutrition education they acquired in the classroom.

It isn’t often that a student receives a standing ovation for missing class, but that’s what met Penn State Behrend student Seun Babalola when he walked into his public speaking course on March 20.
Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to Nathan Clay, doctoral candidate in geography, Penn State.

Upon entering the new Happy Valley LaunchBox headquarters, visitors are greeted with a quote from Helen Keller that reads “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”