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Ping Xu Named Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar

Ping Xu Named Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar

Ping Xu, a professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been named an Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar. The title is given in recognition of a sustained record of extraordinary achievement in research and education. Holders of this position have had a profound effect on their fields through creative innovation and internationally acclaimed scientific leadership, as well as exceptional accomplishments in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

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Wolf Mange Part of Nature's Cycle

Wolf Mange Part of Nature's Cycle

Mange and viral diseases have a substantial, recurring impact on the health and size of reintroduced wolf packs living in Yellowstone National Park, according to a team of Penn State ecologists.

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Forensic Science Seminar Series Features "The Interesting Union of Forensic Science and the Justice System: A Case in Point" on 17 September 2012

A free public lecture about the connection between forensic science and the justice system, "The Interesting Union of Forensic Science and the Justice System: A Case in Point," will be given on Monday, 17 September 2012 at 12:20 p.m. in 112 Borland Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

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"NASA's Next Great Observatory" is Focus of Friedman Lecture on 13 September 2012

A free presentation titled "James Webb Space Telescope: NASA's Next Great Observatory" will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 13 September, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The program will be presented by Heidi Hammel, the Executive Vice President of AURA, Inc (The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy). This event is part of the 2012-2013 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy, which is free and open to the public.

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In Touch With...Peter Hudson

Director of Huck Institutes champions a collaborative approach to research in the life sciences.

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Huge Study of Human Genome Includes Penn State Research

Huge Study of Human Genome Includes Penn State Research

The first integrated understanding of how the human genome functions will be published this week -- the triumphant result of a collaborative five-year project involving more than 440 researchers working in 32 labs worldwide. The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements project, known as ENCODE, will publish simultaneously on 6 September 2012 a massive number of scientific papers, including 1 main integrative paper and 5 others in Nature; 18 in Genome Research; 6 in Genome Biology; and other affiliated papers in Science, Cell, and other scientific journals.

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Science Research Led in Gulf of Mexico by Penn State Biologist to be Honored with U.S. Award

Science Research Led in Gulf of Mexico by Penn State Biologist to be Honored with U.S. Award

A research project deep in the Gulf of Mexico, led by Penn State University Professor of Biology Charles Fisher, the project's lead scientist, and James Brooks of TDI Brooks International, the project's manager, has been honored with the Excellence in Partnership award by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), an organization established by the U.S. Congress.

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Darwin Discovered to Be Right: Eastern Pacific Barrier is Virtually Impassable by Coral Species

Darwin Discovered to Be Right: Eastern Pacific Barrier is Virtually Impassable by Coral Species

A coral species that is found in abundance from Indonesia eastward to Fiji, Samoa, and the Line Islands rarely crosses the Eastern Pacific Barrier toward the coast of the Americas, according to a team of researchers led by Iliana Baums, an assistant professor of biology at Penn State University.

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Video: Penn State Astronomer Christopher Palma Explains the Science Behind the Question "What Time is It?"

Video: Penn State Astronomer Christopher Palma Explains the Science Behind the Question "What Time is It?"

In this video shot at the Arboretum at Penn State, astronomer Chris Palma explains the science behind the question "What time is it?"

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First Evidence Discovered of Planet's Destruction by Its Star

First Evidence Discovered of Planet's Destruction by Its Star

The first evidence of a planet's destruction by its aging star has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. The evidence indicates that the missing planet was devoured as the star began expanding into a "red giant" -- the stellar equivalent of advanced age. "A similar fate may await the inner planets in our solar system, when the Sun becomes a red giant and expands all the way out to Earth's orbit some five-billion years from now," said Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State, who is one of the members of the research team. Wolszczan also is the discoverer of the first planet ever found outside our solar system.

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Kirsten Eisentraeger Receives National Science Foundation Career  Award

Kirsten Eisentraeger Receives National Science Foundation Career Award

Kirsten Eisentraeger, an associate professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been honored with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Probing Question: Is it Possible to Save Coral Reefs?

Probing Question: Is it Possible to Save Coral Reefs?

Todd LaJeunesse, assistant professor of biology at Penn State, talks about the future of coral reefs and whether they can adapt to their changing environment.

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Penn State Scientists Participate in the Construction of the Largest Three-Dimensional Map of the Universe

Penn State Scientists Participate in the Construction of the Largest Three-Dimensional Map of the Universe

The largest-ever three-dimensional map of massive galaxies and distant black holes has been produced by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III), an international collaboration that includes Penn State astronomers. The new map will help to explain the mysterious "dark matter" and "dark energy" that scientists know makes up 96 percent of the universe.

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New Model Synapse Could Shed Light on Disorders Such as Epilepsy and Anxiety

New Model Synapse Could Shed Light on Disorders Such as Epilepsy and Anxiety

A new way to study the role of a critical neurotransmitter in disorders such as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, schizophrenia, and alcohol addiction has been developed by a group of scientists led by Gong Chen, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University. The new method involves molecularly engineering a model synapse -- a structure through which a nerve cell send signals to another cell. This model synapse can precisely control a variety of receptors for the neurotransmitter called GABA, which is important in brain chemistry. The research, which will be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry on 10 August 2012, opens the door to the possibility of creating safer and more-efficient drugs that target GABA receptors and that cause fewer side effects.

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Vaccine Research Shows Vigilance Needed against Evolution of More-Virulent Malaria

Vaccine Research Shows Vigilance Needed against Evolution of More-Virulent Malaria

Malaria parasites evolving in vaccinated laboratory mice become more virulent, according to research at Penn State University. The mice were injected with a critical component of several candidate human malaria vaccines that now are being evaluated in clinical trials. "Our research shows immunization with this particular type of malaria vaccine can create ecological conditions that favor the evolution of parasites that cause more severe disease in unvaccinated mice," said Andrew Read, Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences at Penn State.

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Saryet Kucukemiroglu to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2012

Saryet Kucukemiroglu to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2012

Saryet Kucukemiroglu of York, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 11, at the University Park campus. Saryet's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Durland O. Shumway of the Department of Statistics.

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"Education for Everyone!" is a Free Public Lecture Series Hosted by the Penn State Department of Chemistry

From 29 July to 2 August 2012, the Penn State University Department of Chemistry is hosting "Education for Everyone!" -- a free public lecture series, which is a part of the 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.

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Polar Bear Evolution Tracked Climate Change, New DNA Study Suggests

Polar Bear Evolution Tracked Climate Change, New DNA Study Suggests

An analysis of newly sequenced polar bear genomes is providing important clues about the species' evolution, suggesting that climate change and genetic exchange with brown bears helped create the polar bear as we know it today.

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National Science Board Recommends Giant Survey Telescope

National Science Board Recommends Giant Survey Telescope

Penn State is a member of a giant telescope project that the National Science Board this week cleared to begin its final design stage, an important milestone on the way to the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. It is designed to reveal an unprecedented view of the universe and to investigate important questions ranging from charting unknown objects in our own solar system to the large-scale structure of the universe and the nature of dark energy and dark matter.

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Viruses' Copying Mechanism Demystified, Opening the Door to New Vaccine Strategies

Certain kinds of viruses such as those that cause the common cold, SARS, hepatitis, and encephalitis, copy themselves using a unique mechanism, according to a team of Penn State University scientists that includes David Boehr, an assistant professor of chemistry and a co-leader of the research team along with Craig Cameron, the Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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