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Loss of mastodons aided domestication of pumpkins, squash
Loss of mastodons aided domestication of pumpkins, squash 23 November 2015If Pleistocene megafauna -- mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others -- had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international team of anthropologists.
Penn State Scientists part of team that wins 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Penn State Scientists part of team that wins 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics 23 November 2015Doug Cowen, professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Gordana Tešić, a postdoctoral researcher in Cowen's group, are members of a team of scientists that has been recognized with the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The award, which recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the universe, includes a $3 million prize. This year's prize will be split among five separate teams that are being recognized “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics," according to the award citation.
Smartphones enlisted in the battle versus crop disease
Smartphones enlisted in the battle versus crop disease 24 November 2015Crop diseases, a major cause of famine, have always been diagnosed by visual inspection, though scientists today also use microscopes and DNA sequencing. But the first line of defense is still the keen eyes of farmers around the world, many of whom do not have access to advanced diagnostics and treatment advice.
Lauren Ulsh to Represent Penn State’s Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2015
Lauren Ulsh to Represent Penn State’s Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2015 01 December 2015Lauren Ulsh of Rochester, Minnesota, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 19, 2015, on the University Park campus. Ulsh’s faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be James A. Strauss, senior lecturer of biology at Penn State.
New $4.4 million research project targets obesity in Pennsylvania
07 December 2015A deeper understanding of the causes of obesity, and improved treatments for obesity and many of its related health problems, are among the goals of a new $4.4 million, 4-year research grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to a team of scientists from Geisinger Health System, Penn State University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Millennium Scholars Program growing into third year
Millennium Scholars Program growing into third year 11 December 2015Penn State’s Millennium Scholars Program is growing, both in size and in the eyes of the national STEM community. The program’s third class, or cohort, is finishing up its first semester at University Park, and already the students' degree options have grown to encompass the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences, and College of Information Sciences and Technology. Additionally, members of the first and second cohorts, now sophomores and juniors, have just returned from presenting their research at the nationally recognized Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
Making an impact in the LGBTQA STEM community Students share ideas for positive change at national conference
Making an impact in the LGBTQA STEM community Students share ideas for positive change at national conference 11 December 2015A group of 20 students from the Penn State chapter of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) attended the organization’s fifth annual national conference, held Nov. 13-15 in Pittsburgh, to discuss with peers and professionals their vision for creating a more diverse STEM community.
Stephen Benkovic Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Stephen Benkovic Named a Fellow of the  National Academy of Inventors 15 December 2015Stephen J. Benkovic, an Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The award is considered to be a high honor "bestowed upon academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society." Benkovic is the only current Penn State faculty member who has been honored as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Graduation tops off busy month for Penn State senior defensive end
Graduation tops off busy month for Penn State senior defensive end 17 December 2015After traveling across the country receiving accolades for his time spent on the field, Penn State senior defensive end Carl Nassib has one more honor he’s looking forward to: graduation, where he’ll be recognized for his work in the classroom. Nassib, from West Chester, Pennsylvania, will walk across the stage Saturday to accept his degree in biology after a lot of hard work, dedication and schedule adjustments.
Simple mechanism for assembly and disassembly of structures in cells identified
Simple mechanism for assembly and disassembly of structures in cells identified 21 December 2015For the first time, scientists have demonstrated a simple charge-based mechanism for regulating the formation and dissolution of liquid-like structures inside cells. The research provides a first step in deciphering how these poorly-understood structures, which lack outer membranes, function in the cell -- and how they may have evolved. A paper describing the research by Penn State University scientists will appear on December 21, 2015, as an advance online publication of the journal, Nature Chemistry.
Mysterious radio signals from space test Einstein's General Relativity theory
Mysterious radio signals from space test Einstein's General Relativity theory 23 December 2015A new way to test one of the basic principles underlying Einstein's theory of General Relativity using brief blasts of rare radio signals from space called Fast Radio Bursts is 10 times to 100 times better than previous testing methods that used gamma-ray bursts, according to a paper just published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The paper received additional highlighting as an "Editor's Suggestion" due to "its particular importance, innovation, and broad appeal," according to the journal's editors.
新药物靶标可能带来自闭症治疗的新方法
新药物靶标可能带来自闭症治疗的新方法 04 January 2016宾夕法尼亚州立大学的科学家们发现了一种新的药物靶标来治疗一种叫做 “Rett综合症”的重症自闭症。这项工作是通过直接研究患者皮肤细胞衍生而来的神经细胞而得到的,因此可能具有临床应用价值。这一发现有可能为治疗与自闭症相关的神经发育疾病带来新希望。这项研究的带头人陈功教授是宾夕法尼亚州立大学生物学教授 和Verne M. Willaman生命科学冠名主任教授。这项研究成果于2016年1月4日在美国国家科学院院报上在线发表。
Discovery of a new drug target could lead to novel treatment for severe autism
Discovery of a new drug target could lead to novel treatment for severe autism 04 January 2016Penn State scientists have discovered a novel drug target and have rescued functional deficits in human nerve cells derived from patients with Rett Syndrome, a severe form of autism-spectrum disorder. The research, led by Gong Chen, professor of biology and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences at Penn State, could lead to a new treatment for Rett Syndrome and other forms of autism-spectrum disorders. A paper describing the research will be published on Jan. 4, 2016, in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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