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Crowd-Funding Campaign to Accelerate Clinical Trials of New Brain-Repair Discovery Begins on March 30
Crowd-Funding Campaign to Accelerate Clinical Trials of New Brain-Repair Discovery Begins on March 30 30 March 2015Pushing promising new Penn State brain-repair research from the lab into clinical trials is the goal of a quick crowd-funding campaign that kicks off on March 30, 2015. The Penn State research team recently discovered a way to transform one type of brain cell -- called a glial cell -- into healthy, functioning nerve cells to replace nerves damaged by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, brain or spinal-cord traumas, or stroke.
"Tales from the Outer Solar System" is the Friedman Lecture on April 28, 2015
"Tales from the Outer Solar System" is the Friedman Lecture on April 28, 2015 09 April 2015A free presentation titled "Tales from the Outer Solar System" will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The program will be presented by Michael Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. This event is part of the 2014-2015 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy.
Stone Memorial Lecture set for April 27
Stone Memorial Lecture set for April 27 09 April 2015Eduardo A. Groisman, Howard Hughes Investigator and professor of microbial pathogenesis at the Yale School of Medicine, will present the 2014/2015 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, in 101 Althouse Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled “Gene Control in a Bacterial Pathogen,” is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Inside the most powerful explosions: Discoveries pave the way for next-generation neutrino telescopes
Inside the most powerful explosions: Discoveries pave the way for next-generation neutrino telescopes 10 April 2015New research by an international team that includes Penn State University scientists provides new information about what can happen inside the gigantic bursts of gamma rays that are produced by the catastrophic death of extremely massive stars -- the most powerful explosions in the universe. The research has enabled the scientists to begin solving the mystery of whether these gamma ray bursts are the source of extremely high-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos that bombard Earth as astroparticles from space.
Andrew Read to present the Eberly Family Distinguished Lecture in Science on April 17, 2015
Andrew Read to present the Eberly Family Distinguished Lecture in Science on April 17, 2015 10 April 2015Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor in Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State University, will present the Eberly Family Distinguished Lecture in Science on Friday, April 17, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the HUB Auditorium on the University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled "Medicine and the (mis)Management of Evolution," will address the evolutionary forces that generate antibiotic resistance in pathogens and, in particular, will highlight current 'best' practices that can make things worse and the ways to improve those practices. The lecture is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Cross-country tour raising funds and awareness for metastatic breast cancer to make stop at Penn State on April 16, 2015
Cross-country tour raising funds and awareness for metastatic breast cancer to make stop at Penn State on April 16, 2015 13 April 2015You are invited to attend an event to raise awareness for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research on Thursday, April 16 at 10 am in the lobby of N/S Frear Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event, which will feature light refreshments and a short presentation, is one stop on the "Sea to Sea for MBC" campaign that is meeting with researchers, patients, and donors at 34 events across the country to raise money and awareness for metastatic breast cancer research. "Sea to Sea for MBC" is organized by METAvivor, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to changing the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer.
Brain-repair research team approaches crowd-funding goal: 15 days left to help speed research into clinical trials
Brain-repair research team approaches crowd-funding goal: 15 days left to help speed research into clinical trials 14 April 2015Pushing promising new Penn State brain-repair research from the lab into clinical trials is the goal of a 30-day crowd-funding campaign that is nearly half way to achieving its goal with only 15 days to go. A video featuring Penn State's Head Basketball Coach Patrick Chambers talking about the impact that the research could have on a medical condition in his own family is on the campaign's website along with an additional video about the research. The funds will help the Penn State research team that recently discovered a new way to transform one type of cell -- called a glial cell -- into healthy, functioning nerve cells to replace nerves in the brain or spinal cord damaged by Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, brain trauma, or spinal-cord trauma.
Search for Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth Finds Nothing Obvious in 100,000 Galaxies
Search for Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth  Finds Nothing Obvious in 100,000 Galaxies 15 April 2015After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. "The idea behind our research is that, if an entire galaxy had been colonized by an advanced spacefaring civilization, the energy produced by that civilization's technologies would be detectable in mid-infrared wavelengths -- exactly the radiation that the WISE satellite was designed to detect for other astronomical purposes," said Jason T. Wright, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State University, who conceived of and initiated the research.
Jinchao Xu Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Mathematics
Jinchao Xu Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Mathematics 20 April 2015Jinchao Xu, the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science and the director of the Center for Computational Mathematics and Applications at Penn State University, has been selected as the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Mathematics. The appointment, effective on January 1, 2015, is awarded by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the dean of the Eberly College of Science, in recognition of Xu's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
New NASA coalition to lead search for life on distant worlds includes two leaders at Penn State
New NASA coalition to lead search for life on distant worlds includes two leaders at Penn State 21 April 2015A new NASA initiative is embracing a team approach to the quest for life on planets around other stars. The new Nexus for Exoplanet System Science initiative (NExSS) is a virtual institute that will benefit from the expertise of several dozen team leaders across the NASA science community in an effort to find clues to life on faraway worlds. Two Penn State University astronomers are among the first sixteen leaders on the NExSS team.
Simpson Lecture Set for May 4
Simpson Lecture Set for May 4 24 April 2015Stephen L. Hoffman, founder, chief executive officer, and chief scientific officer of Sanaria Incorporated, will present the 2014/2015 Robert T. Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. This free public lecture titled, “Moving Toward Licensure and Deployment of a Whole Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) Sporozoite (SPZ) Malaria Vaccine,” is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Peter Hohman to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2015
Peter Hohman to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2015 30 April 2015Peter Hohman of Erie, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 on the University Park campus. Hohman's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Eric Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State.
Giant gorging black holes may explain rapid growth of infant universe
Giant gorging black holes may explain rapid growth of infant universe 30 April 2015A group of unusual giant black holes may be consuming excessive amounts of matter, according to a new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. This new finding may help astronomers to understand how the largest black holes were able to grow so rapidly in the early universe. The leaders of the study are astronomers at Penn State University. The new result suggests that some quasars are even more adept at devouring material than scientists previously knew.
New technique shows shale-drilling additives in drinking-water taps near leak
New technique shows shale-drilling additives in drinking-water taps near leak 05 May 2015Substances commonly used for drilling or extracting Marcellus shale gas foamed from the drinking water taps of three Pennsylvania homes near a reported well-pad leak, according to new analysis from a team of scientists.
Mallouk elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences
Mallouk elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences 06 May 2015Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded to U.S. scientists or engineers by their peers.
Physics major Jacob Wisser awarded a Goldwater Scholarship
Physics major Jacob Wisser awarded a Goldwater Scholarship 07 May 2015Penn State University science student Jacob Wisser is the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The scholarship is the premier award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Wisser is a physics major and mathematics minor in Penn State's Eberly College of Science Integrated Undergraduate Graduate Program, in which he will complete both B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics in four years. Wisser also is a scholar in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College.
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar 11 May 2015Charles Fisher, professor of biology and associate dean for graduate education in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University, has been named a Distinguished Senior Scholar. The title is given by Penn State's Eberly College of Science 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.
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar 11 May 2015Augustin Banyaga, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been named a Distinguished Senior Scholar. The title is given by Penn State's Eberly College of Science 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.
Schreyer Scholar credited with co-discovery of new pulsar: Never-before-seen star found during NSF-funded educational outreach program
Schreyer Scholar credited with co-discovery of new pulsar: Never-before-seen star found during NSF-funded educational outreach program 11 May 2015A team of highly determined high school students, which included current Penn State University sophomore and Schreyer Honors College Scholar Cecilia McGough, has discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers using the GBT have revealed that this pulsar has the widest orbit of any around a neutron star and is part of only a handful of double neutron star systems.
Rao Prize Conference on May 14, 2015 features statistics prize winners
Rao Prize Conference on May 14, 2015 features statistics prize winners 12 May 2015The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2015 Rao Prize Conference on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on the Penn State University Park campus in 102 Thomas Building. This one-day conference, which is free and open to the public, begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 5:20 p.m. The full schedule of events is online at http://stat.psu.edu/Events/2015-Rao-Prize .

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