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Marylyn Ritchie Honored as an Invited Kavli Fellow for the Third Year in a Row
Marylyn Ritchie Honored as an Invited Kavli Fellow for the Third Year in a Row 12 September 2013Marylyn Ritchie, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and the director of the Center for Systems Genomics at Penn State University, has been selected as a 2013 Kavli fellow and has been invited to serve as a member of the organizing committee for the Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium. This is the third time Ritchie has received Kavli honors. In 2011 she was selected as a Kavli fellow and as a general participant for the Kavli Frontiers of Science Indonesian-American symposium. In 2012 and in 2013, she was selected as a Kavli fellow and was invited as a member of the organizing committee of the Indonesian-American symposium. The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium is jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation. It brings together young scientists "to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields in a format that encourages informal collective, as well as one-on-one, discussions among participants."
Forensic Science Seminar Series Features "A Crooked Path in Forensic Science" on 23 September 2013 (117 Hetzel Union Building Auditorium, from 23 September 2013 12:20 PM to 23 September 2013 01:10 PM)
04 September 2013A free public lecture, "A Crooked Path in Forensic Science," will be given by Catherine Theisen, a chief of quality control and training with the FBI. This event is the second of four presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2013 Forensic Science Lecture Series. The lecture is free and will be held on Monday, 23 September, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in 117 Hetzel Union Building Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus.
Forensic Science Seminar Series Features "Next-Gen Sequencing of SIDS Infants: Results from a Large Decedent Cohort" on 21 October 2013 (117 Hetzel Union Building Auditorium, from 21 October 2013 12:20 PM to 21 October 2013 01:10 PM)
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Forensic Science Seminar Series Features "Forensic Science in Major Cities: An Evolutionary (or is it a Revolutionary?) Approach" on 7 October 2013 (117 Hetzel Union Building Auditorium, from 07 October 2013 12:20 PM to 07 October 2013 01:10 PM)
  03 September 2013
Forensic Science Seminar Series Features "Careers within the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory" on 16 September 2013 (117 Hetzel Union Building Auditorium, from 16 September 2013 12:20 PM to 16 September 2013 01:10 PM)
29 August 2013A free public lecture, "Careers within the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory," will be given by Jeffrey Friedel and Debra Calhoun of the Pennsylvania State Police. This event is the first of four presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2013 Forensic Science Lecture Series. The lecture is free and will be held on Monday, 16 September, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in 117 Hetzel Union Building Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus.
Novel Self-Powered Nanoparticles Developed to Deliver Healing Drugs Directly to Bone Cracks
Novel Self-Powered Nanoparticles Developed to Deliver Healing Drugs Directly to Bone Cracks 29 August 2013A novel method for finding and delivering healing drugs to newly formed microcracks in bones has been invented by a team of chemists and bioengineers at Penn State University and Boston University. The method involves the targeted delivery of the drugs, directly to the cracks, on the backs of tiny self-powered nanoparticles. The energy that revs the motors of the nanoparticles and sends them rushing toward the crack comes from a surprising source -- the crack itself.
Graduate student studying ecological impacts of increased noise on animals
Graduate student studying ecological impacts of increased noise on animals 28 August 2013Graduate student's work takes a novel approach to measuring the effects of foreign sounds on the natural world.
Zeal to Heal: Penn State Researchers Develop Way to Transport Medicine Directly to Cracks in Bones
Zeal to Heal: Penn State Researchers Develop Way to Transport Medicine Directly to Cracks in Bones 27 August 2013This article, written by Barbara Kennedy and featuring the work of Penn State chemists, originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times (CDT) on 25 August 2013 in the weekly "Focus on Research" column, which highlights different research projects being conducted at Penn State.
New Characterization of the Human Genome's Ability to Mutate Catalyzes Biomedical Research
New Characterization of the Human Genome's Ability to Mutate Catalyzes Biomedical Research 19 August 2013As biomedical researchers continue to make progress toward the realization of personalized genomic medicine, their focus is increasingly tuned to highly mutable regions of the human genome that contribute significantly to genetic variation as well as many inherited disorders.
Thomas Mallouk Selected as Fellow of the American Chemical Society
Thomas Mallouk Selected as Fellow of the American Chemical Society 16 August 2013Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the sciences and the profession, and for providing excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.
Protein Changes Linked to Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
Protein Changes Linked to Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease 14 August 2013A research discovery that helps point the way to potential therapies for memory-related disorders including Alzheimer's Disease has been made by a team of neuroscientists that includes Douglas Cavener, a professor of biology at Penn State University. A paper describing the research is published in the 12 August 2013 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.
Gong Chen Selected as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences
Gong Chen Selected as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences 07 August 2013Gong Chen, professor of biology at Penn State University, has been appointed as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences. The appointment, effective on 1 July 2013, was made by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the Dean, in recognition of Chen's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
Short-Term Gene-Expression "Memory" is Inherited in Proteins Associated with DNA, New Research Finds
Short-Term Gene-Expression "Memory" is Inherited in Proteins Associated with DNA, New Research Finds 05 August 2013By studying a gene in yeast, a team of scientists has found that modifications to histones -- proteins associated with DNA -- can control whether or not a gene is allowed to function and may be important in maintaining the "expression potential" so that future cells behave as their parent cells did.
Lin Elected Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Lin Elected Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics 02 August 2013Dennis Lin, professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), which honored him "for his contributions to experimental design and response-surface methodology, and for service to the profession." This is Lin's fifth professional Fellow.
Wolszczan Honored with National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix Award
Wolszczan Honored with National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix Award 02 August 2013Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix award, which is given annually for “overall achievement in travel, science or exploration along with the pursuit of a life-long passion.” Wolszczan was honored in May 2013 at a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland. He received the Traveler Grand Prix Award statuette as well as a tricolored flag, which symbolizes the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society’s founding that is being celebrated this year.
Arctic Sea-Ice Loss Has Widespread Effects on Wildlife
Arctic Sea-Ice Loss Has Widespread Effects on Wildlife 01 August 2013With sea ice at its lowest point in 1,500 years, how might ecological communities in the Arctic be affected by its continued and even accelerated melting over the next decades? In a review article in the journal Science, Eric Post, a Penn State University professor of biology, and an international team of scientists tackle this question by examining relationships among algae, plankton, whales, and terrestrial animals such as caribou, arctic foxes, and walrus; as well as the effects of human exploration of previously inaccessible parts of the region.
Gibble Honored with the European Frequency and Time Award
Gibble Honored with the European Frequency and Time Award 01 August 2013Kurt Gibble, a professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2013 European Frequency and Time Award for his research on the atomic clocks that keep international atomic time. The European Frequency and Time Forum awarded the prize to Gibble at a July 2013 conference in Prague, Czech Republic, citing "his fundamental contributions to the development of atomic fountain clocks and methods to improve their accuracy."
Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests
Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests 01 August 2013Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix -- an insect pest -- and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers. These findings have implications for both pest control and how climate change may alter infestations.
Aquatic playground can turn water tanks into fish schools
Aquatic playground can turn water tanks into fish schools 01 August 2013Raising fish in tanks that contain hiding places and other obstacles can make the fish both smarter and improve their chances of survival when they are released into the wild, according to an international team of researchers.
New Effort to Learn How Our Galaxy Formed Makes Public Release of Its First Data
New Effort to Learn How Our Galaxy Formed Makes Public Release of Its First Data 31 July 2013Scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III), including Penn State University astronomers, have released a new online public data set featuring 60,000 stars that are helping to reveal how our Milky Way galaxy formed.

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