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Using interdisciplinary tools to find cure for human herpesvirus
Using interdisciplinary tools to find cure for human herpesvirus 30 July 2013Huck Institutes researcher Moriah Szpara combines neurobiology, virology, bioinformatics and comparative genomics to find keys for solving mysteries posed by infectious disease.
Ciera L. Johnson to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2013
Ciera L. Johnson to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2013 29 July 2013Ciera L. Johnson of Hughesville, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 10 August, 2013, on the University Park campus. Johnson's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Kimberlyn Nelson, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology.
Three Penn State Researchers Receive Inaugural Grants from Charles Kaufman Foundation
26 July 2013Three Penn State researchers are among the inaugural winners of $1.6 million in scientific grants from the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, the organization announced on July 25. A total of eight grants were made by the organization, part of the Pittsburgh Foundation, to support cutting-edge scientific research across Pennsylvania. The University received two grants totaling approximately $450,000 over two years.
Penn State Team Wins Department of Energy Poster Competition
Penn State Team Wins Department of Energy Poster Competition 25 July 2013A group of Penn State University scientists from the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation took first prize in a U.S. Department of Energy “Ten-Hundred and One Word Challenge” contest, in which scientists were challenged to explain their research using only images, cartoons, photos, and the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language. The Penn State team’s poster, titled “Powering Your Car with Sunlight,” was selected as overall winner out of 31 submissions.
Chen Receives Amgen Young Investigator's Award
Chen Receives Amgen Young Investigator's Award 24 July 2013Gong Chen, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a 2013 Amgen Young Investigator's Award. The annual award is given by Amgen to young investigators whose scientific contributions impact the field of drug discovery. Chen will receive an unrestricted cash award and will be recognized along with three other award recipients at a symposium in October.
Mercedes Richards Honored as Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society
Mercedes Richards Honored as Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society 16 July 2013Mercedes Richards, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, is being honored as the July 2013 Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society. Richards studies close pairs of stars, called interacting binaries, which are pairs of stars that were formed at the same time, like twins, but in which each star matures at different rates and affects the evolution of its companion. Richards was lauded for her research on the dynamic interactions between close binary stars by the society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.
Two Penn State faculty members play vital roles in Mladic genocide trial
Two Penn State faculty members play vital roles in Mladic genocide trial 15 July 2013Dermot Groome of the Dickinson School of Law and Thomas Parsons of the Eberly College of Science are participating in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military commander Rathko Mladic.
Biologist investigates lasting ecological impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Biologist investigates lasting ecological impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil spill 10 July 2013At the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, in the vicinity of the Macondo well, Charles Fisher discovered previously unseen impacts on coral communities.
Penn State's Forensic Science Program Invites Arts Fest Visitors to Solve "the Mystery of the Purloined Art" (from 12 July 2013 01:00 PM to 13 July 2013 11:00 AM)
05 July 2013During the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Forensic Science Program of Penn State University invites visitors to join an interactive CSI experience to solve "the Mystery of the Purloined Art." Penn State forensic scientists will provide "hands-on'' training to help participants find, collect, and process evidence to identify the perpetrators who pilfered the precious art of Dr. Balke Ketchum, a forensic facial reconstructionist. In this self-paced workshop, visitors will learn the real techniques used to process a crime scene, analyze the evidence, and make a case for "whodunit." Visitors may work as a team with friends or family or they may compete against each other to see who solves the mystery first.
AstroFest 2013 is an Evening of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival (from 10 July 2013 08:30 PM to 13 July 2013 11:30 PM)
03 July 2013Penn 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, 10 July through Saturday, 13 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.
Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost from Websites, Blogs, and Social Media
Infectious Disease Research Gets a Boost from Websites, Blogs, and Social Media 03 July 2013While public health officials around the world are on alert about the pandemic potential of new disease threats, a team that includes Penn State University biologist Marcel Salathé is developing innovative new systems and techniques to track the spread of infectious diseases, with the help of news websites, blogs, and social media. An article by Salathé and colleagues from the Harvard Medical School describes the advantages and challenges of "digital epidemiology" -- a new field of increasing importance for tracking infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics by leveraging the widespread use of the Internet and mobile phones.
Genome instability studies could change treatment for cancer and other diseases
Genome instability studies could change treatment for cancer and other diseases 01 July 2013Huck Institutes researchers are finding and analyzing hotspots of mutation known as microsatellites
Kyoto Prize Awarded to Penn State's Masatoshi Nei
Kyoto Prize Awarded to Penn State's Masatoshi Nei 25 June 2013Masatoshi Nei, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and director of the Institute for Molecular Evolutionary Genetics at Penn State University, has been honored as the recipient of the 2013 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences. The international award is presented by the Inamori Foundation to individuals who have contributed significantly to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit. The foundation honored Nei in recognition of his "research on the evolution of biological populations using quantitative analyses of genetic variation and evolutionary time."
Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives
Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives 13 June 2013Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery. Led by Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, research team members have found that an important chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water is effectively triggered -- or catalyzed -- by a nanoparticle composed of nickel and phosphorus, two inexpensive elements that are abundant on Earth.
Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia, and Autism Now Can Be Studied with Mature Brain Cells Reprogrammed from Skin Cells
Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia, and Autism Now Can Be Studied with Mature Brain Cells Reprogrammed from Skin Cells 05 June 2013Thanks to an innovative new method for obtaining mature brain cells called neurons from reprogrammed skin cells, difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism now can be probed more safely and effectively. According to Gong Chen, the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences and professor of biology at Penn State University and the leader of the research team, "the most exciting part of this research is that it offers the promise of direct disease modeling, allowing for the creation, in a Petri dish, of mature human neurons that behave a lot like neurons that grow naturally in the human brain." Chen added that the method could lead to customized treatments for individual patients based on their own genetic and cellular information. The research will be published in the journal Stem Cell Research.
由皮肤细胞转化而成的成熟大脑细胞可用于老年痴呆症,精神分裂症和 自闭症的研究
由皮肤细胞转化而成的成熟大脑细胞可用于老年痴呆症,精神分裂症和 自闭症的研究 05 June 2013基于一种开拓性的新技术,科学家们现在可以通过对皮肤细胞的基因组重新编程和分化来获取成熟的大脑细胞即神经元。此技术使得有关老年痴呆症,精神分裂症和自闭症等复杂的神经系统疾病的研究变得更加安全和有效。领导此研究项目的宾夕法尼亚州立大学生物系Verne M. Willaman冠名教授陈功说: “这项研究的重要意义是在培养皿中创造出和人类 大脑中自然生长的神经元功能非常接近的成熟人脑神经元用来进行人脑疾病的研究”。陈教授还表示此技术将来可以用于开发基于病人自身基因和细胞信息的个性化治疗方案。这项研究成果发表在“干细胞研究”(Stem Cell Research)杂志上。
New Kind of Antibiotic May Be More Effective at Fighting Tuberculosis, Anthrax, and Other Diseases
New Kind of Antibiotic May Be More Effective at Fighting Tuberculosis, Anthrax, and Other Diseases 03 June 2013Diseases such as tuberculosis, anthrax, and shigellosis -- a severe food-borne illness -- eventually could be treated with an entirely new and more-effective kind of antibiotic, thanks to a team of scientists led by Kenneth Keiler, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University. In a research paper that will be published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences during the week beginning 3 June 2013, the team describes 46 previously untested molecules that target and disrupt an important step in the process of protein synthesis in bacteria, thereby rendering bacteria incapable of replicating.
Best Ultraviolet Map of the Nearest Galaxies Now Revealed
Best Ultraviolet Map of the Nearest Galaxies Now Revealed 03 June 2013The most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever made of the two major galaxies that are closest to our own Milky Way, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, have been created by astronomers at NASA and Penn State University.
Thomas Wartik, in Memoriam, 1921 to 2013
Thomas Wartik, in Memoriam, 1921 to 2013 03 June 2013Thomas Wartik, professor emeritus of chemistry and dean emeritus of the Penn State University Eberly College of Science, died on 29 May 2013 at Foxdale Village in State College at the age of 91.
Debashis Ghosh Honored with the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the American Public Health Association
Debashis Ghosh Honored with the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the American Public Health Association 31 May 2013Debashis Ghosh, a professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been honored with the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the American Public Health Association. The award will be presented at a meeting of the American Public Health Association later this year.

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