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Closing in on high-temperature superconductivity
Closing in on high-temperature superconductivity 16 September 2016The quest to know the mysterious recipe for high-temperature superconductivity, which could enable revolutionary advances in technologies that make or use electricity, just took a big leap forward thanks to new research by an international team of experimental and theoretical physicists. The research paper appears in the journal Science on September 16, 2016.
RNA, gravitational waves focus of two new grants
23 September 2016Four Penn State researchers have been awarded a total of $450,000 by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to carry out basic science research over the next two years.
Using satellite images to better target vaccination
Using satellite images to better target vaccination 07 October 2016A team of researchers led by Penn State scientists have combined satellite imagery, vaccination records, and measles case reports to illustrate how using predictable population fluctuations can help to improve vaccination coverage -- a vital factor in combatting infectious disease outbreaks. The research is published in the October 5, 2016 edition of the journal Scientific Reports.
New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification
New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification 07 October 2016A new tool that uses a forest-like array of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes that can be finely tuned to selectively trap viruses by their size can increase the detection threshold for viruses and speed the process of identifying newly-emerging viruses. The research, by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Penn State, is published in the October 7, 2016 edition of the journal Science Advances.
Sensory response to environmental stimuli modulated by form of vitamin B3 in worms
Sensory response to environmental stimuli modulated by form of vitamin B3 in worms 12 October 2016Experiments show that too much of a form of vitamin B3 -- nicotinamide -- that is produced naturally inside of cells can lead to cell death in certain sensory cells and cause behavioral changes in the worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. The research, by a team of Penn State scientists, shows that excess nicotinamide causes overactivity of the TRPV ion channel that is involved in sensory perception by controlling the movement of certain charged particles in and out of cells. The work also provides clues to the mechanism causing the cells to die, and links these cellular processes to behavior. A paper describing the research is published in the October 12, 2016 edition of the journal Nature Communications.
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for October 24 and 25
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for October 24 and 25 17 October 2016Molly Przeworski, professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on October 24 and 25, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Penn State's Eberly College of Science Launches Corporate Associates Program with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
19 October 2016Today Penn State University's Eberly College of Science announced Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as the first participant in its Corporate Associates Program. The partnership will help prepare the college’s students to enter the 21st century workforce by enabling them to interact with professionals at high-profile healthcare and science companies, such as Regeneron.
Three Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award
20 October 2016The Penn State University Eberly College of Science has selected three alumni to be honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for the year 2016. The Board of Directors of the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society established this award to recognize alumni who have a record of significant professional achievements in their field and who are outstanding role models for students in the college.
Parasitic Plants May Form Weapons Out of Genes Stolen from Hosts
Parasitic Plants May Form Weapons Out of Genes Stolen from Hosts 27 October 2016Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a team of scientists.
Cotruvo named Louis Martarano Career Development Professor of Chemistry
Cotruvo named Louis Martarano Career Development Professor of Chemistry 03 November 2016Joseph Cotruvo, Jr., assistant professor of chemistry, has been named the Louis Martarano Career Development Professor of Chemistry at Penn State University. The Louis Martarano Career Development Professorship is supported by a gift from Louis Martarano, the former director of project finance for Merrill Lynch International and a 1976 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.
Cosgrove awarded the inaugural Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology
Cosgrove awarded the inaugural Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology 03 November 2016Daniel Cosgrove, professor and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Biology at Penn State University, has been awarded the inaugural Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology.
New strategy for antidepressant therapies: Increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brains of depressed mice has antidepressant effects
New strategy for antidepressant therapies: Increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brains of depressed mice has antidepressant effects 08 November 2016Experimentally increasing the activity of a subclass of nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) has antidepressant effects similar to pharmaceutical antidepressants in depressed mice. The discovery lends new credence to the idea that GABA-enhancing drugs could serve as rapidly acting and more effective antidepressants. A paper describing the research, led by Penn State scientists, appears online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry on November 8, 2016.
Supermassive black holes and their masses subject of Nov. 10 Friedman Lecture
08 November 2016Catherine Grier is presenting "The Monsters of the Universe: Supermassive Black Holes and their Masses" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is part of the 2016 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy, which is free and open to the public.
"Cosmic Whistle" Packs a Surprisingly Energetic Punch
"Cosmic Whistle" Packs a Surprisingly Energetic Punch 14 November 2016Penn State University astronomers have discovered that the mysterious "cosmic whistles" known as fast radio bursts can pack a serious punch, in some cases releasing a billion times more energy in gamma-rays than they do in radio waves and rivaling the stellar cataclysms known as supernovae in their explosive power.
Coral genomes reveal how populations rebound after environmental catastrophes
Coral genomes reveal how populations rebound after environmental catastrophes 17 November 2016New genome-sequence data show that Caribbean corals that have survived mass-extinction events caused by environmental change can rebound and expand their populations. An international team of researchers, led by scientists at Penn State University, sequenced the genomes of three species of corals in the genus Orbicella and used the data to model the population histories of these corals over the past several million years.
Key regulator of bone development identified
Key regulator of bone development identified 07 December 2016Loss of a key protein leads to defects in skeletal development including reduced bone density and a shortening of the fingers and toes -- a condition known as brachydactyly. The discovery was made by researchers at Penn State University who knocked out the Speckle-type POZ Protein (Spop) in the mouse and characterized the impact on bone development.
How to make a motor neuron: Mechanisms underlying direct programming of stem cells could eventually lead to cell-replacement therapies
How to make a motor neuron: Mechanisms underlying direct programming of stem cells could eventually lead to cell-replacement therapies 09 December 2016A team of scientists has uncovered details of the cellular mechanisms that control the direct programming of stem cells into motor neurons. The scientists analyzed changes that occur in the cells over the course of the reprogramming process. They discovered a dynamic, multi-step process in which multiple independent changes eventually converge to change the stem cells into motor neurons.
Mak awarded 2016 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering
Mak awarded 2016 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering 13 December 2016Kin Fai Mak, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded a 2016 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Packard Foundation established the fellowships program in 1988 to support the research of "the nation's most innovative early-career scientists," providing them with "flexible funding and the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields." Mak is one of only 18 scientists nationwide to be honored this year.
Emily Very to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2016
Emily Very to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2016 14 December 2016Emily Very of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 17, 2016, on the University Park campus. Very’s faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Aimin Liu, associate professor of biology.
Stressed snakes strike first
Stressed snakes strike first 21 December 2016Whether a wild cottonmouth snake will attempt to strike in an encounter depends on its baseline stress level, according to a team of scientists led by Penn State undergraduate researcher Mark Herr.

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