Anti-Anxiety Game, Scholarships, Archaeology Board
Anti-Anxiety Game, Scholarships, Archaeology Board
Study will track adolescent mental health effects from an anti-anxiety game; students at IUP Northpointe and the Academy of Culinary Arts receive scholarships; Ford named to archaeology board; and more
A young man wearing a buttoned, white lab coat over business casual clothing and a stethoscope around his neck sits on a chair in the middle of a medical exam room or lab with a microscope in the background. He smiles for the camera as he leans slightly forward with his forearms resting on his legs and his hands clasped in front of him.
Joe Rocco ’11 played for a record-breaking IUP basketball team. Now he excels on an even more celebrated squad—the one Anthony Fauci led in the battle against COVID-19. Rocco has helped in the fight against the deadly disease while working for the National Institutes of Health on the front lines and in the lab.

The PSAC basketball playoffs begin tonight at the KOVALCHICK COMPLEX when the women’s team hosts Pitt-Johnstown at 7:00 p.m. The IUP men play Wednesday at home when they take on the winner of tonight’s CalU-Seton Hill game. Get more information ON THE IUP Athletics wEBSITE.

Alexis Simmons, a freshman majoring in human development and family science, is the recipient of the 2022–23 IUP at Northpointe Essay Scholarship for her essay on “The Influence Around Us.”
Sarah Gann, a student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program, is launching a study designed to determine how a virtual-pet game app can affect adolescent mental health. She is looking for adolescent participants between the ages of 13 and 18. Her presentation of this proposed study won IUP’s 2022 Three-Minute Thesis competition.
IUP Academy of Culinary Arts students John Serian of Punxsutawney and Michael Stibrik of Commodore have been named the recipients of the Linda Drummond Deabenderfer Scholarship. 
Ben Ford (Anthropology Department) was recently elected to the Society for Historical Archaeology Board of Directors. This will be the second time he has served on the SHA Board.  
Jonathan Warnock (Geography, Geology, Environment, and Planning Department) and colleagues studied ancient DNA preserved in sediments to understand ecosystem change in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. 
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