Getting to the Heart of the Problem: The Penn State Heart Legacy

By Victoria Silvis Since the first successful kidney transplant in 1954, organ transplantation has become an increasingly common procedure with over 39,000 occurring in the United States in 2020.1,2 While the pancreas, heart, and liver were the next organs to be transplanted in the 1960’s, organ procurement was a challenge, as the United Network for … Continue reading Getting to the Heart of the Problem: The Penn State Heart Legacy

Penicillin: One Of The First Antibiotics

By Hannah Johnson Figure 1: Structure of penicillin (Getty Images, 2022). Some of the first antibiotics found to treat bacterial infections were discovered in the late 1800s and early 1900s by Paul Ehrlich and Alexander Fleming, starting the antibiotic era. Ehrlich is credited for the idea of a chemical compound capable of selectively targeting microbes … Continue reading Penicillin: One Of The First Antibiotics

The Pandora’s Box of Scientific Publishing

By Rebecca Fleeman You, a critical thinker and curious person, hear about a recent scientific discovery or therapeutic that you want to learn more about. Rather than becoming an armchair expert by watching the latest unqualified YouTube video on the topic or queueing up a biased celebrity's podcast, you intelligently seek out peer-reviewed scientific studies … Continue reading The Pandora’s Box of Scientific Publishing

Navigating Conversations with Vaccine-Hesitant Family and Friends

By Julia Simpson One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, members of my extended family began reaching out to me with questions about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines that the FDA had approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) just a month prior1, 2. Anti-vaccine rhetoric rang through their social circles and media, and they hoped that, … Continue reading Navigating Conversations with Vaccine-Hesitant Family and Friends

A Tribute to African Americans Who Impacted STEM

By Savanna Ledford February has been designated as Black History Month since 1976 and is a time to honor the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have shaped the United States.1,2 In the words of former President Barack Obama, Black History Month is about “… the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high … Continue reading A Tribute to African Americans Who Impacted STEM

Tackling HIV Prevention, One Shot At A Time

By Chris Kendra Fighting the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has become easier than ever with newly developed therapeutics. In addition to current once-daily pills, new tools in the fight against the HIV epidemic have come in the form of two types of long-lasting injectable HIV medications, one as a first line prophylactic and … Continue reading Tackling HIV Prevention, One Shot At A Time

Alcohol Increases Excitability in The Central Amygdala Through Neuroinflammation

By Mariam Melkumyan Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is highly prevalent, affecting around 15 million individuals annually in the United States1. The harmful effects of excessive alcohol use on the liver and other organs are well known, however, the exact effect of alcohol on the activity of the different regions and function of the brain is … Continue reading Alcohol Increases Excitability in The Central Amygdala Through Neuroinflammation

Diverse Scientists and Their Impact on Science Today

By Stephanie Baringer Historically, science was a white man’s club; women and minorities need not apply. Since its creation in 1901, only 58 of the 609 Nobel Prizes awarded have been given to women, more than half of which were given in the past 20 years1. While minority representation in science has improved over time, … Continue reading Diverse Scientists and Their Impact on Science Today

Winner of Fall 2021 LTS Best Blog Post

Thank you to everyone who voted for Lions Talk Science’s Best Blog Post of the Fall 2021 semester! The results are all in, and your favorite LTS article was "The Most Contagious Non-Disease: Yawning" written by Mariam Melkumyan! For her winning article, Mariam will receive a $25 gift card! Additionally, our randomly chosen voter to win a $10 gift card is Jordan Chang!  Congrats to … Continue reading Winner of Fall 2021 LTS Best Blog Post

New Developments in Dengue Fever Treatment

By Hannah Johnson Figure 1: Heat map of the world showcasing the suitability of Dengue transmission1 Dengue fever is a severe viral disease that affects nearly 100 million people worldwide each year. Currently, the only treatment available for this disease is in symptom management; however, recently advances to treat disease etiology have been made2,5. In … Continue reading New Developments in Dengue Fever Treatment