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Schaak honored with 2016 American Chemical Society Inorganic Nanoscience Award
Schaak honored with 2016 American Chemical Society Inorganic Nanoscience Award 11 March 2016Raymond E. Schaak, DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2016 Inorganic Nanoscience Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry. The award recognizes "sustained excellence, dedication, and perseverance in research and service in the area of inorganic nanoscience."
Stone Memorial Lecture set for March 21
Stone Memorial Lecture set for March 21 14 March 2016Eva Harris, Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Global Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the 2015/2016 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday March 21, 2016, in 108 Wartik Laboratory at Penn State University on the University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled “New Insights into Dengue Pathogenesis: How Dengue Virus NS1 Protein Triggers Endothelial Permeability and Vascular Leak,” is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lectures set for March 21, 22, and 23
Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lectures set for March 21, 22, and 23 14 March 2016Mark S. Handcock, Professor and Chair of Statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present the 2016 Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lectures on March 21, 22, and 23 at Penn State University on the University Park Campus.
DJs, drones and the sounds of data featured at 2016 Polar Day on March 22
DJs, drones and the sounds of data featured at 2016 Polar Day on March 22 17 March 2016The weather may be warming with spring on the horizon, but ice will be center stage at Penn State’s annual Polar Day on March 22, 2016 on the University Park campus. The annual event features performances, lectures and other events celebrating the natural and cultural value of the world’s polar regions. Polar Day 2016 events will include a multimedia performance by DJ Spooky, demonstrations of remotely operated vehicles and drones, and talks on data sonification, wildlife photography and untold stories of a North Pole expedition quest. Polar Day is sponsored by Penn State’s Polar Center. All events are free and open to the public.
Keeping ribosomes stuck may stop virulent bacteria strain in its tracks
Keeping ribosomes stuck may stop virulent bacteria strain in its tracks 17 March 2016Compounds that stop a cellular rescue operation for stuck ribosomes may bolster the nation's defenses against biowarfare and bioterrorism, as well as create alternative antibiotics to handle increasingly resistant pathogens, according to a team of researchers.
Eric Feigelson named Distinguished Senior Scholar
Eric Feigelson named Distinguished Senior Scholar 18 March 2016Eric Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics and of statistics 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.
Nobel Laureate, Thomas R. Cech, to Give Three Free Lectures at Penn State: The Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering and Lecture on Science Education set for April 7 and 8
Nobel Laureate, Thomas R. Cech, to Give Three Free Lectures at Penn State: The Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering and Lecture on Science Education set for April 7 and 8 18 March 2016Thomas R. Cech, Nobel Laureate, Distinguished Professor and Director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on April 7 and 8, 2016 at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Record-breaking ultraviolet winds discovered near black hole
Record-breaking ultraviolet winds discovered near black hole 21 March 2016The fastest winds ever seen at ultraviolet wavelengths have been discovered near a supermassive black hole by a research team that includes a Penn State University astronomer. "This new ultrafast wind surprised us when it appeared at ultraviolet wavelengths, indicating it is racing away from the ravenous black hole at unprecedented speeds -- almost like a bat of out Hell," said William Nielsen (Niel) Brandt, the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a professor of physics at Penn State, a member of the research team.
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for April 19 and 20
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology  set for April 19 and 20 28 March 2016Richard Lenski, the John Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Michigan State University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on April 19 and 20, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science. The series includes a lecture intended for a general audience, titled “Time Travel in Experimental Evolution,” which will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Huck Life Sciences Building. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the lecture in the lobby outside the auditorium. Lenski will give a more specialized lecture, titled "Dynamics of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution in a 60,000-Generation Experiment with E. coli," at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in 112 Chambers Building.
Getting students to 'flip' over chemistry
Getting students to 'flip' over chemistry 28 March 2016Professor combines IT with flipped classroom techniques to better engage students
Student Neha Gupta, Children's Peace Prize winner, brings charity to Penn State
Student Neha Gupta, Children's Peace Prize winner, brings charity to Penn State 28 March 2016"Imagine throwing a pebble in a pond: the first ripple is small, but then you watch in awe as the ripples become larger and larger," said Neha Gupta, Penn State science student. "And just so is the impact of one person with an idea or mission that speaks to the heart." Gupta is one of the rarest kinds of students. Balancing a premedicine honors curriculum, she also runs an international charity and acts as a spokesperson for Microsoft.
NASA selects Penn State to lead next-generation planet finder
NASA selects Penn State to lead next-generation planet finder 29 March 2016A Penn State-led research group has been selected by NASA's Astrophysics Division to build a $10-million, cutting-edge instrument to detect planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. The team, led by Suvrath Mahadevan, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, was selected after an intense national competition. When completed in 2019, the instrument will be the centerpiece of a partnership between NASA and the National Science Foundation called the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research program (NN-EXPLORE).
Your viruses could reveal your travel history, and more
Your viruses could reveal your travel history, and more 01 April 2016The genomes of two distinct strains of the virus that causes the common lip cold sore, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), have been identified within an individual person -- an achievement that could be useful to forensic scientists for tracing a person's travel history. The research also opens the door to understanding how a patient's viruses influence the course of disease. The research by an international team led by Moriah L. Szpara, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, will be published in the May 2016 issue of the journal Virology.
William Borucki to present Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on April 14 and 15
08 April 2016William Borucki, a research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on April 14 and 15, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus.
Richard Alley to present Whitmore Lecture on April 19, 2016
15 April 2016Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, will present the fourth quadrennial Frank Whitmore Lecture on Chemistry Education and Public Policy on April 19, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. This free public lecture is titled "Climate and Energy: Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunites."
Inaugural Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences set for April 25 and 26
19 April 2016The inaugural Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences will be presented at Penn State University on April 25 and 26, 2016, by Bin Yu, the Chancellor's Professor of Statistics and Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
Caught in the act: 3D structure of an RNA-modifying protein determined in action
Caught in the act: 3D structure of an RNA-modifying protein determined in action 21 April 2016The structure of a bacterial RNA-binding protein has been determined in the act of modifying a molecule of RNA -- an achievement that provides researchers with a unique view of the protein's function in action and could lead to clues that would help in the fight against the development of antibiotic-resistant infections. A paper describing the findings by a team of Penn State University researchers is published in the current issue of the journal Science.
Wing and Bram to represent Penn State Eberly College of Science as student marshals
21 April 2016Anna Wing and Joshua Bram, both of State College, Pennsylvania, will be honored as student marshals during the Penn State Eberly College of Science spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, 2016, on the University Park campus. Wing's faculty escort will be Joseph Reese, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Bram's faculty escort will be Stephen Schaeffer, professor of biology.
Historic first detection of a gravitational wave detailed at Friedman Lecture on April 28
25 April 2016A free presentation titled "The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy" will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus. Chad Hanna, assistant professor of physics at Penn State, will present the lecture. The event is part of the 2016 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy, which is free and open to the public.
Four synchronized planets reveal clues to how planets form
Four synchronized planets reveal clues to how planets form 11 May 2016The search for planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy has revealed an extraordinary family of planets whose orbits are so carefully timed that they provide long-term stability for their planetary system. A paper describing the formation of this planetary system by a research team that includes a Penn State University astrophysicist will be published in the journal Nature on May 11, 2016

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