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Silver Coating Kills Bacteria on Campus Door Handles

Can a door handle keep you healthy?

That depends on what’s on it. Most are teeming with bacteria: staph, E. coli, Enterococcus and sometimes even Salmonella. That stuff can make you sick.

Doors in the Reed, Prischak, Burke and Junker buildings on campus are now coated with something different: Agion silver, an antimicrobial compound that doctors put on catheters and heart valves. Moisture – in this case, the sweat and oils on a person’s hand – activates the silver ions, which bind to the bacteria’s cell walls. The cells die, and the surface is cleaner.

2013 Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference Winners

The twenty-second annual conference, held on April 13, 2013, included 139 presentations, 226 students, and 106 faculty members.

Students either presented their research and creative accomplishments in the form of oral presentations or as poster displays.  The quality and sophistication of the student work increases every year.  Unless noted, students are from Penn State Behrend.

Awards were given to the following students:

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION – BIOLOGY – ECOLOGY

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