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William Noid Receives Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

William Noid Receives Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

William Noid, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award. The award supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences and includes a monetary prize.

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Carsten Krebs Awarded a Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry Early Career Award

Carsten Krebs Awarded a Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry Early Career Award

Carsten Krebs, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been chosen by the Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) as the recipient of the Society's 2012 Early Career Award. The SBIC Early Career Award has been described as the signature award in the field of biological inorganic chemistry. It is awarded to the most meritorious scientist who has completed no more than 15 years of distinguished research in the field. The award comes with a monetary prize and a plaque, and will be presented to Krebs before his plenary lecture at the 16th International Conference for Biological Inorganic Chemistry in Grenoble, France.

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Wolszczan Awarded Frombork Gold Medal

Wolszczan Awarded Frombork Gold Medal

Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University, has been honored as the first recipient of the Frombork Gold Medal by the Gieysztor Academy of Humanities and the Cathedral Chapter of Warmia in Poland. The award commemorates the discovery and reburial of the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance astronomer and the first person to formulate a Sun-centered cosmology.

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Yuxi Zheng Named Head of Department of Mathematics

Yuxi Zheng Named Head of Department of Mathematics

Yuxi Zheng, a professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been appointed as the head of the Department of Mathematics. He succeeds John Roe, a professor of mathematics who served as head since 2007.

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Penn State Physics Professor Helps Keep World on Schedule Through Work on the Accuracy of Clocks

Penn State Physics Professor Helps Keep World on Schedule Through Work on the Accuracy of Clocks

This article, written by Barbara Kennedy and featuring the work of Penn State physicist Kurt Gibble, originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times (CDT) on 8 July 2012 in the bimonthly "Focus on Research" column, which highlights different research projects being conducted at Penn State.

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Rosenberger Elected Vice President of the American Statistical Association

Rosenberger Elected Vice President of the American Statistical Association

James L. Rosenberger, a professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been elected to the position of Vice President of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The ASA is the world's largest community of statisticians, supporting "excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy."

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AstroFest 2012 is an Evening of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival

Penn State University's popular "AstroFest" program, a four-night festival of astronomy activities and stargazing during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, will welcome visitors from Wednesday, 11 July through Saturday, 14 July from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night. All ages are welcome to participate in a variety of exciting and educational activities sponsored by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Events are free and will be conducted rain or shine in classrooms and in the planetarium located on the fifth floor of Davey Laboratory.

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David Hunter Named Head of Department of Statistics

David Hunter Named Head of Department of Statistics

David Hunter, a professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been appointed as head of the Department of Statistics. He succeeds Bruce Lindsay, Willaman Professor of Statistics, who had served as head of the department since 2006.

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Acoustic Tweezers Capture Tiny Creatures with Ultrasound

Acoustic Tweezers Capture Tiny Creatures with Ultrasound

A team of bioengineers and biochemists from Penn State University has demonstrated a device about the size of a dime that is capable of manipulating objects, including living materials such as blood cells and entire small organisms, using sound waves. Their research is published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Penn State Mourns Alumni Leader and Philanthropist Verne Willaman

Penn State Mourns Alumni Leader and Philanthropist Verne Willaman

Penn State and the Eberly College of Science have lost a leading advocate and supporter with the passing of Verne M. Willaman, a class of 1951 graduate and retired chairman and president of Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation. Willaman, whose philanthropy and volunteer leadership helped the University's life sciences and molecular biology programs to gain international prominence, died recently at his home in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

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George Andrews Awarded Honorary Degree from SASTRA University

George Andrews Awarded Honorary Degree from SASTRA University

George Andrews, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive an honorary degree from SASTRA University in India. The degree will be awarded as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who, with little formal mathematics training, made extraordinary contributions to the fields of mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. Andrews is an authority on Ramanujan's work, and he is collaborating on a multi-volume study of Ramanujan's lost notebook, which Andrews discovered in the Trinity College Library at Cambridge in 1976.

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Nerve Pathway for Combating Axon Injury and Stress May Hold Benefits for Individuals with Neurodegenerative Disorders

Nerve Pathway for Combating Axon Injury and Stress May Hold Benefits for Individuals with Neurodegenerative Disorders

Researchers from the Huck Institutes' Center for Cellular Dynamics — led by Center director Melissa Rolls — have found that a neuroprotective pathway initiated in response to injured or stressed neural axons serves to stabilize and protect the nerve cell against further degeneration.

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Nearby Star Cluster, Long Forgotten, Now Discovered to Be Useful in Studies of Sun and Search for Planets Like Earth

Nearby Star Cluster, Long Forgotten, Now Discovered to Be Useful in Studies of Sun and Search for Planets Like Earth

A loose group of stars, known for over 180 years but never before studied in detail, has been revealed to be an important new tool in the quest to understand the evolution of stars like the Sun, and in the search for planets like Earth. "We have discovered that a previously unappreciated open star cluster, which is a little younger than our Sun, holds great promise for use as a standard gauge in fundamental stellar astrophysics," said Jason T. Wright, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, who conceived and initiated the research.

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Penn State Awarded $5.8 Million Grant to Expand Galaxy Biomedical Analysis Software

Galaxy -- an open-source, web-based platform for data-intensive biomedical and genetic research -- will be expanded with support from a new U41 research grant from the National Institutes of Health. "The Galaxy system will have an important impact on public health," said Anton Nekrutenko, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University and one of Galaxy's designers. "This project will make cutting-edge DNA-sequencing and analysis software, as well as storage capacity for large quantities of scientific data, available to clinical researchers in all parts of the world."

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Focus on Research: Fly Diets Leading to Disorder Discovery

Focus on Research: Fly Diets Leading to Disorder Discovery

This article, written by Barbara Kennedy and featuring the research of Penn State scientist Scott Selleck, originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times (CDT) on 10 June 2012 in the bimonthly "Focus on Research" column, which highlights different research projects being conducted at Penn State.

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Launch on 13 June Planned for Space Mission to Investigate High-Powered X-Rays

Launch on 13 June Planned for Space Mission to Investigate High-Powered X-Rays

A new space telescope is scheduled to rocket into orbit during a launch window that begins on 13 June 2012 at 11:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. PDT). Penn State astronomers are among the scientists who will use NASA's new Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) to hunt for black holes and other dramatic objects in space that produce high-powered X-rays.

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Hobby-Eberly Telescope Measures Masses of Two Stars with One Orbiting Planet

Hobby-Eberly Telescope Measures Masses of Two Stars with One Orbiting Planet

A team of Penn State University astronomers has obtained very precise measurements of a pair of stars that are orbited by a planet -- like the stellar system of the fictional planet Tatooine in the movie Star Wars. The orbits of the stars and planet in the system, named Kepler-16, are aligned so that they eclipse or transit each other when observed from Earth. These new measurements will aid astronomers in understanding how stars and planetary systems form.

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Bruce Lindsay Selected as Holder of the Eberly Family Chair  in Statistics

Bruce Lindsay Selected as Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics

Bruce Lindsay, Willaman Professor of Statistics and head of the Department of Statistics at Penn State University, has been appointed as Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics, one of the highest honors awarded to faculty members in Penn State's Eberly College of Science. The appointment, effective on 30 June 2012, was made by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendations of colleagues and the Dean, in recognition of Lindsay's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

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Protein Required for Flexible Behavior Is Identified

Protein Required for Flexible Behavior Is Identified

Researchers have identified a protein that is necessary for maintaining behavioral flexibility. The protein, named PERK, adjusts behaviors for new circumstances that are similar, but not identical, to previous experiences. The findings may offer new insights for addressing such afflictions as autism and schizophrenia, which are marked by impaired behavioral flexibility. Douglas Cavener, department head and professor of biology at Penn State University, is a coauthor of a research paper describing the discovery, which will be published on 24 May 2012 in the journal Cell Reports.

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Strategy Discovered to Activate Genes that Suppress Tumors and Inhibit Cancer

Strategy Discovered to Activate Genes that Suppress Tumors and Inhibit Cancer

A team of scientists has developed a promising new strategy for "reactivating" genes that cause cancer tumors to shrink and die. The researchers hope that their discovery will aid in the development of an innovative anti-cancer drug that effectively targets unhealthy, cancerous tissue without damaging healthy, non-cancerous tissue and vital organs.

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