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Coutu and Mostafá Elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society
Stephane Coutu, professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society.
Three Eberly College of Science faculty members elected as Fellows of the AAAS
Kathleen Postle, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Paul Babitzke, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Jorge Sofo, professor of physics and of materials science and engineering, have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Mostafá and Dykstra awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Sheryl Dykstra, lecturer and director of undergraduate instrumentation laboratories in chemistry have been honored with the 2016 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases: Free public lecture on February 4 in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
A free public lecture titled "New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the third of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #3 - "New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases" 04 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
Nita Bharti, Assistant Professor of Biology at Penn State, a member of Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, and a Branco Weiss - Society in Science Fellow will present the third lecture in the Frontiers of Science series. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture Set for February 13
Eva Nogales, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the 2016/2017 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Molecular Visualization of the Eukaryotic Transcription Initiation Process.”
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture 13 February 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building
Eva Nogales, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the 2016/2017 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Molecular Visualization of the Eukaryotic Transcription Initiation Process.”
Free public lecture on February 11: "One World . . . One Health" 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
A free public lecture titled "One World . . . One Health" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #4 - "One World . . . One Health" 11 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
This is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet." Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology and Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State will discuss the threat of global epidemics that could result from emerging diseases, including Ebola, SARS, and Hendra.
How best to treat infections and tumors: Choice of containment versus aggressive treatment depends on drug resistance
In cases where drug resistance can lead to treatment failure, new research shows that therapies tailored to contain an infection or a tumor at tolerable levels can, in some cases, extend the effective life of the treatment and improve patient outcomes. In other cases, aggressive treatments aimed at eliminating as much of the infection or tumor as possible — the traditional approach — might be best. But how can we know which stands the better chance of working?
Measuring entropy: A scanning-tunneling microscope provides a glimpse of the mysterious property
New research shows that a scanning-tunneling microscope (STM), used to study changes in the shape of a single molecule at the atomic scale, impacts the ability of that molecule to make these changes. The study, appearing this week in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that the position of the tip of the STM relative to the molecule changes the energy requirements of the molecule to make changes in shape, and in turn, changes the entropy of the system.
NSF funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State
The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
A tale of two pulsars' tails: Plumes offer geometry lessons to astronomers
In two studies, international teams of astronomers suggest that recent images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of two pulsars — Geminga and B0355+54 — may help shine a light on the distinctive emission signatures of pulsars, as well as their often perplexing geometry.
Free public lecture on February 18: "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone”
A free public lecture titled "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" will be given by Jonathan Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fifth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #5 - "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" 18 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building, University Park
A free public lecture titled "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" will be given by Jonathan Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Grant to help pave a big data highway to explore genome, enhance health
A $6.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health may help researchers leverage massive amounts of genomic data to develop medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, according to an international team of researchers.
Stone Memorial Lecture set for February 27
Paul Ahlquist, Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology, and Plant Pathology and the Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present the 2016/2017 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 February 2017, in 108 Wartik Lab
Stone Memorial Lecture - “New Structure / Function Insights into Viral RNA Replication Compartments” 27 February 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM 108 Wartik Laboratory
Paul Ahlquist, Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology, and Plant Pathology and the Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present the 2016/2017 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 February 2017, in 108 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.
Catalytic Conveyer Belt: A new method for controlled delivery of particles via fluid flow
Researchers have developed a new method of transporting particles that utilizes chemical reactions to drive fluid flow within microfluidic devices. The research, which capitalizes on previous studies in self-powered chemo-mechanical movement, is a collaboration between scientists at Penn State’s Department of Chemistry and the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.
Three from Eberly College of Science awarded Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships
Three faculty members from the Eberly College of Science have been honored with Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships in recognition of their research accomplishments. The new Sloan Fellows are: Michael DeGiorgio, assistant professor of biology; Kin Fai Mak, assistant professor of physics; and Kohta Murase, assistant professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics.
Free public lecture on February 25: "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us"
A free public lecture titled "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" will be given by Gregory D. Bossart, the Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #6 - "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" 25 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
A free public lecture titled "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" will be given by Gregory D. Bossart, the Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium. The event concludes the six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.
Next-generation dark matter detector in a race to finish line: Mile-deep U.S.-based experiment is on a fast track to help solve science mystery
The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect particles of dark matter. Department of Energy (DOE) officials formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project named LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) toward its goal for completion by April 2020.
$2.35 million grant enables better prediction of infectious disease outbreaks
Researchers at Penn State have received $2.35 million from the National Science Foundation to study disease transmission among animals with a goal of better predicting outbreaks of infectious diseases within humans.
Gates Foundation grant boosts malaria research program: Supplemental $4.7 million will aid drug development to accelerate malaria eradication
An international team, including researchers at Penn State, have received a three-year, $4.7 million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance their development of improved therapies for malaria eradication.
Penn State student Julie Fenton selected to meet with Nobel Laureates
Penn State chemistry graduate student Julie Fenton has been selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, during which she will interact with Nobel Laureates at Lake Constance in Germany.
Discovery rewriting the evolutionary history of the nervous system
Penn State researchers at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences uncover a long-standing, fundamental error in the story of the nervous system’s evolution.
2016/2017 Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences scheduled for March 21, 22, and 23
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on March 21, 22, and 23 at Penn State on the University Park Campus.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Randomness” 21 March 2017 from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a general audience, titled “Randomness,” which is the first of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Operator Scaling - Theory and Applications” 22 March 2017 from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a specialized audience, titled “Operator Scaling - Theory and Applications,” which is the second of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Commutative and Non-Commutative Rank of Symbolic Matrices” 23 March 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a specialized audience, titled “Commutative and Non-Commutative Rank of Symbolic Matrices,” which is the third of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Structural and Computational Aspects of Brascamp-Lieb Inequalities” 23 March 2017 from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a specialized audience, titled “Structural and Computational Aspects of Brascamp-Lieb Inequalities,” which is the final of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
“CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" is the Friedman Lecture on March 28, 2017
A free presentation titled “CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus.
2017 Freidman Lecture 28 March 2017 from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM 100 Thomas Building
Pamela Gay is presenting "CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is part of the 2017 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy, which is free and open to the public.
Penn State student Zack Springer awarded Cooperative Education Student Achievement Award
Zack Springer, a member of the Science BS/MBA dual degree program at Penn State, was awarded the Cooperative Education Student Achievement Award by the Cooperative Education & Internship Association
Moriah Szpara awarded Priscilla Schaffer Memorial Award
Moriah Szpara, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been awarded the Priscilla Schaffer Memorial Award by the 2017 International Herpesvirus Workshop selection committee.
Speeding Star Gives New Clues to Breakup of Multi-Star System
A remarkable new discovery using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals three stars that now hold the record as the youngest-known examples of a super-fast-flying breed. The new discovery is published in this month's Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Mysterious cosmic explosion surprises astronomers studying the distant x-ray universe
A mysterious flash of X-rays has been discovered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in the deepest X-ray image ever obtained. This source likely comes from some sort of destructive event, but it may be of a variety that scientists have never seen before.
Paul Babitzke elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
Paul Babitzke, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Election as a Fellow recognizes members of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) who display “excellence, originality, and leadership” and have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of microbiology.
Study reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America
A study of the DNA in ancient skeletal remains adds to the evidence that indigenous groups living today in southern Alaska and the western coast of British Columbia are descendants of the first humans to make their home in northwest North America more than 10,000 years ago.
Gravitational Wave Astronomy’s Next Frontier in Computation - Institute for CyberScience 17 April 2017 from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM 320 Whitmore
Chad Hanna, assistant professor of physics at Penn State, will present a lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in 320 Whitmore on the Penn State University Park campus. The free lecture is titled "Gravitational Wave Astronomy’s Next Frontier in Computation."
Penn State University and Salus University Establish Strategic Alliance through Memorandum of Understanding
Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus PCO) and Penn State University (Penn State) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create an Early Assurance Admission Program.
Booker elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences--one of the nation’s oldest honorary societies.
Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium from 21 April 2017 to 22 April 2017 Forest Resources Building
The 20th Annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium will be held on April 21 and 22, 2017 in the Forest Resources Building. The symposium will feature oral and poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate researchers as well as three keynote lectures by leading researchers in their scientific fields.
Evolutionary Ecology Research Symposium 20 April 2017 from 01:30 PM to 05:00 PM 301D Life Sciences Building
The Evolutionary Ecology Research Symposium will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in 301D Life Sciences Building on the University Park campus. W. Christopher Funk, associate professor of biology and director of the SoGES Global Biodiversity Center at Colorado State University, will present a keynote lecture follow short talks by graduate and postdoctoral researchers.
Sylvia Biscoveanu to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2017
Sylvia Biscoveanu of Yardley, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 6, 2017, on the University Park campus. Biscoveanu’s faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State.
Joseph Ecker to present Chemerda Lectures in Science on April 24 and 25, 2017
Joseph Ecker, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor and Salk International Council Chair in Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, will present the 2017 John M. Chemerda Lectures in Science on April 24 and 25 on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Chemerda Lectures in Science: “Beyond the Genome: Unlocking the Secrets of Epigenetics” 25 April 2017 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building
Joseph Ecker, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor and Salk International Council Chair in Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, will present a lecture for a general audience titled “Beyond the Genome: Unlocking the Secrets of Epigenetics” at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25, in Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building. A reception will follow in the Verne Willaman Gateway to the Sciences, the bridge connecting the Life Sciences Building to the Chemistry Building. This free public lecture is presented as part of the John M. Chemerda Lectures in Science and is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Chemerda Lectures in Science: "Deconstructing the Plant Regulatory Genome: Enabling Technologies" 24 April 2017 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Joseph Ecker, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor and Salk International Council Chair in Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, will present a lecture titled "Deconstructing the Plant Regulatory Genome: Enabling Technologies" at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017, in the Foster Auditorium, 201 Paterno Library. This free public lecture is presented as part of the John M. Chemerda Lectures in Science and is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Chemerda Lectures in Science: “Epigenomic Signatures of Neuronal Diversity in the Mammalian Brain” 25 April 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Joseph Ecker, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor and Salk International Council Chair in Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, will present a lecture titled “Epigenomic Signatures of Neuronal Diversity in the Mammalian Brain” at noon on Tuesday, April 25 in the Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. This free public lecture is presented as part of the John M. Chemerda Lectures in Science and is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies
Whole-exome DNA sequencing -- a technology that saves time and money by sequencing only protein-coding regions and not the entire genome -- may routinely miss detecting some genetic variations associated with disease, according to Penn State researchers who have developed new ways to identify such omissions.
Penn State and Geisinger team up in new program to train next generation of biomedical scientists
A new $2.4-million program for graduate students seeking to contribute to breakthrough discoveries in medicine and biology has been established at Penn State University. The new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program (B2D2K) brings together researchers at Penn State and the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute to accelerate advances in the biomedical and life sciences.
Sarah Ades named 2017 Penn State Teaching Fellow
Sarah Ades, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been named a 2017 Penn State Teaching Fellow, the Penn State Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 1988 to honor distinguished teaching and to encourage teaching excellence.
Watch live: Ashtekar introduced to membership of National Academy of Sciences
Watch as Penn State University Professor of Physics Abhay Ashtekar, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Physics and director of the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, is introduced to his colleagues in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and signs the 154-year-old “Registry of Membership.”
Rao Prize Conference on May 12, 2017 features statistics prize winner
The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2017 Rao Prize Conference on Friday, May 12, 2017 in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. This one-day conference, which is free and open to the public, begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. followed by the award ceremony and lectures continuing throughout the day until 5:20 p.m.
2017 Rao Prize Conference 12 May 2017 from 08:00 AM to 05:20 PM 102 Thomas Building
The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2017 Rao Prize Conference on Friday, May 12, 2017 in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. This one-day conference, which is free and open to the public, begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. followed by the award ceremony and lectures continuing throughout the day until 5:20 p.m.
Rodríguez Hertz awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
Federico Rodríguez Hertz, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2017 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences.
Keating awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
Christine D. Keating, professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2017 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Life and Health Sciences.
Nathanial Brown awarded 2017 Robinson Equal Opportunity Award
Nathanial Brown, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been awarded the 2017 Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award. The award recognizes a full-time faculty or staff member who has contributed to enhancing the educational environment of the University through improving cross-cultural understanding.
Lessons from Ebola: New approach improves disease outbreak management
A new approach to information gathering could allow scientists to quickly identify the most effective way to manage a disease outbreak, an advance that could save lives. Developed by an international team of researchers led by Penn State scientists using insights from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the method pinpoints critical pieces of missing information required to improve management decisions during an outbreak.
Simpson Lecture Set for May 25
Richard A. Young, professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will present the 2016/2017 Robert T. Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine at 4:00 p.m.
2016/2017 Simpson Lecture 25 May 2017 from 04:00 AM to 05:30 AM 100 Huck Life Sciences Building, University Park, PA
Richard A. Young (MIT/Whitehead Institute) presents: “Development and Disease:  The View from Chromosome Neighborhoods” -- at 4:00 p.m. on May 25 in 100 Huck Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park Campus. The Robert T. Simpson Lectureship is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Eberly College of Science promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2017
Nine tenured and tenure-line faculty in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
Eberly College of Science announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2017
Six fixed-term faculty in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
Todd LaJeunesse recognized for high impact research
Research by Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology at Penn State, his students, and colleagues has been recognized for its high impact and originality by two scientific societies.
Penn State DNA ladders: inexpensive molecular rulers for DNA research
New, license-free DNA ladders will allow researchers to estimate the size of fragments of DNA for a fraction of the cost of currently available methods.
Charlton honored with inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award
Jane Charlton, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award for her creative approach to teaching an online version of Astronomy 001 with an immersive video game.
Low cost, scalable water-splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
The "clean-energy economy" always seems a few steps away but never quite here. Fossil fuels still power transportation, heating and cooling, and manufacturing, but a team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have come one step closer to inexpensive, clean hydrogen fuel with a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process.
New gravity waves hit Earth after record-breaking trip through space
Gravitational waves produced by the birth of a massive black hole, a record-breaking billions of light-years from Earth, have been detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). The waves were generated when two smaller black holes collided and then merged to form a larger black hole with a mass about fifty times larger than our sun's.
Research expedition continues monitoring impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea corals
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the deaths of 11 oil rig workers and ultimately the largest marine oil spill in history. As this environmental disaster recedes into history, researchers from institutions across the U.S. continue to study its enduring ecological impacts.
New planet found to be hotter than most stars
A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot that even its nights are like the flame of a welding torch. The gas giant has a “year” only 1.5 days long, and may have a tail like a comet.
Sellers elected secretary of the Mathematical Association of America
James Sellers, professor and director of undergraduate studies in mathematics at Penn State, has been elected secretary of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Two-part system turns stem cells into whatever you want
Whether using embryonic or adult stem cells, coercing these master cells to convert to the desired target cell and reproduce flawlessly is difficult. Now an international team of researchers has a two-part system that can convert the cells to the targets and then remove the remnants of that conversion, leaving only the desired DNA behind to duplicate.
Potential new target for antimalarial drugs identified
A newly described protein could be an effective target for combatting drug-resistant malaria parasites. The protein, the transcription factor PfAP2-I, regulates a number of genes involved with the parasite’s invasion of red blood cells, a critical part of the parasite’s complex life cycle that could be targeted by new antimalarial drugs
Three Eberly College of Science alumni earn Fulbright awards for 2017-18
Recipients will travel the globe supporting the teaching of English or studying and conducting research at foreign universities
New way to weigh a white dwarf: Use Hubble Space Telescope
Astronomers have used, for the first time, a novel method to determine the mass of a nearby dead star. The new method is based on the bending of a beam of light near a massive object. Now, astronomers have achieved a solid estimate of the mass of a white dwarf by measuring the deflection of light rays as they pass near the star.
Improving elementary teacher mathematics fluency: Penn State to host summer workshops at four campuses across the Commonwealth
The Pennsylvania Math Initiative (PMI), founded at Penn State in 2012, will once again be hosting professional development workshops aimed at improving the mathematics fluency of elementary school teachers.
Genes, Ozone, and Autism: Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet
A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together.
Flexible flagella fight flow: Bacteria change a liquid’s properties and escape entrapment
A flexible tail allows swimming bacteria to thin the surrounding liquid and to free themselves when trapped along walls or obstacles, according to Penn State researchers. This finding could influence how bacterial growth is controlled.
Malaria parasites sense and adapt to their host’s nutritional status
A new study shows that the infectious agent responsible for malaria, the Plasmodium parasite, is able to sense its host’s nutritional status and actively adapt through changes in gene expression to reduce the number of offspring it produces.
AstroFest 2017 is Four Evenings of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival
Penn State will be holding its annual AstroFest program from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. each night from Wednesday, July 12 through Saturday, July 15, during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
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Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans
Using innovative methods, researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of stress-tolerant algae that associate with corals in a partnership that promotes the health and growth of coral reef ecosystems.
Postdoc Society names 2017 Outstanding Mentor and Outstanding Postdoc awardees
Suvrath Mahadevan and F. Joseph Pollock will be presented their awards in a ceremony to be held September 22.
Antibodies may reveal timing of previous influenza infection
The amount of influenza-specific antibodies present in an individual’s blood can indicate not only if they experienced the flu, but potentially when -- a finding that could improve disease monitoring in the tropics, where flu season is unending.
Three Penn State researchers receive scientific grants from Kaufman Foundation
The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has selected three Penn State researchers to receive scientific grants: James Marden, professor of biology, Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Mikael Rechtsman, assistant professor of physics.
New, more sensitive sensor for evaluating drug safety
A new technique for evaluating drug safety can detect stress on cells at earlier stages than conventional methods, which mostly rely on detecting cell death. The new method uses a fluorescent sensor that is turned on in a cell when misfolded proteins begin to aggregate -- an early sign of cellular stress.
Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system
In a classic example of the evolutionary arms race between a host and a pathogen, the myxoma virus -- introduced to control the rabbit population in Australia in 1950 -- has developed a novel and deadly ability to suppress the immune response of its host rabbits.
Labeed Almani to Represent Penn State’s Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2017
Labeed Almani of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s 2017 summer commencement ceremonies on the University Park campus.
Penn State gearing up for 2017 solar eclipse event
On August 21, faculty and students from Penn State’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics will be handing out hundreds of safe “eclipse glasses” for students and community members who want to see the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in central Pennsylvania.
7th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium 05 September 2017 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Verne M. Willaman Gateway to the Sciences, University Park
The Central PA Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be hosting its 7th Annual Fall Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium at University Park on September 5, 2017. If you are involved in research or participated in research over the summer, this poster session is a great way to practice your presentation skills and share your accomplishments.
Graduate student Ericka Reed awarded Gilliam Fellowship by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ericka Reed, a doctoral student in biochemistry and molecular biology, has been selected to receive the Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The fellowship is intended to prepare a diverse and highly-trained scientific workforce to be leaders in their fields.
Solar Eclipse Viewing 21 August 2017 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM The Arboretum at Penn State, Davey Laboratory, Mount Nittany Middle School
Volunteers at three locations around State College will hand out safe “eclipse glasses” for students and community members who want to see the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in central Pennsylvania on Monday, August 21, 2017.
Out through the window: Crystal structure reveals details of nonstandard RNA transcription
High-resolution crystal structure reveals a new pathway for RNA during a nontraditional form of transcription.
Zhu receives NSF Convergence grant
Jun Zhu, associate professor of physics at Penn State, has received a National Science Foundation Convergence award as part of the Growing Convergent Research at NSF portfolio. The program seeks to highlight the deep integration of multiple disciplines in order to advance scientific discovery and innovation.
NASA selects Arcus for Phase A studies
Four Penn State scientists are part of the Arcus X-ray mission that has been selected by NASA to advance to “Phase A” concept studies, the project will receive $2 million for a nine-month detailed study of mission requirements.
Chen receives Humboldt Award
Long-Qing Chen, Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and professor of mathematics, Penn State, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.
First year, first applicant: early admission success
The Eberly College of Science's Premedicine program launches an early admission opportunity with Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and nets its first acceptance in junior Richard Ni.
Bryant receives D.C. White Research and Mentoring Award from the American Society for Microbiology
Donald Bryant, Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State, has been awarded the 2018 D.C. White Research and Mentoring Award by the American Society for Microbiology.

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