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Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine: “Decoding Human Genomes on a Population Scale,” 02 October 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM 108 Wartik Laboratory
Sir Shankar Balasubramanian, Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and senior group leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, will present the 2017/2018 Robert T. Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017, in 108 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. The public lecture, titled “Decoding Human Genomes on a Population Scale,” is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Priestly Lecture in the Chemical Sciences: “G-quadruplexes: The Structure and Function of the DNA Quadruple Helix,” 03 October 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 301A Chemistry Building
Sir Shankar Balasubramanian, Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and senior group leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, will present the 2017/2018 Joseph Priestley Lecture in the Chemical Sciences at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, in 301A Chemistry Building. This more specialized lecture, titled “G-quadruplexes: The Structure and Function of the DNA Quadruple Helix,” is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry.
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.
Five Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award
The Penn State University Eberly College of Science has selected five alumni to be honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for the year 2017. The award recognizes alumni who have a record of significant professional achievements in their field and who are outstanding role models for students in the college.
Pollard Lecture Set for September 28
Richard Henderson, a group leader and emeritus scientist in the Division of Structural Studies at the U.K. Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB), will present the 2017/2018 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
2017/2018 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture 28 September 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM 100 Life Sciences Building
Richard Henderson, a group leader and emeritus scientist in the Division of Structural Studies at the U.K. Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB), will present the 2017/2018 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture. The lecture is titled “The cryoEM Revolution in Structural Biology.”
Mystery solved: Super-energetic space particles crash to Earth from far, far away
Super-energetic space particles, which were thought to have been blasted toward Earth from somewhere outside our solar system, now have been discovered to be from very far away indeed -- from far outside our Milky Way galaxy.
Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences set for October 5 and 6
Jianqing Fan, Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, will present the 2017 Russell Marker Lectures in Statistical Sciences on October 5 and 6 at Penn State University.
Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences: "Challenges on Analysis of Big Data" 05 October 2017 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM 110 Business Building
Jianqing Fan, Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, will present a lecture intended for a general audience, titled "Challenges on Analysis of Big Data"
Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences: "Distributed Estimation of Principal Eigenspaces" 06 October 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM 201 Thomas Building
Jianqing Fan, Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, will present a specialized lecture, titled "Distributed Estimation of Principal Eigenspaces"
Hudson awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Eric Hudson, associate professor of physics and associate head for diversity and equity in the Department of Physics at Penn State, has been honored with the 2017 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
Buchanan awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Patricia M. Buchanan, senior instructor in statistics at Penn State, has been honored with the 2017 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
New gravitational wave hits Earth -- For the first time, 3 detectors zoom in on its location
For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes -- a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave's birthplace in space.
Wolszczan awarded Bohdan Paczynski Medal
Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State, was honored as the third laureate of the Bohdan Paczynski Medal, the highest distinction awarded by the Polish Astronomical Society.
IceCube researcher, Philipp Eller, wins poster prize
Philipp Eller, a postdoctoral researcher in physics at Penn State, won first prize for his poster “High-statistics and GPU-Accelerated Data Analysis” at the 18th International Workshop on Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques in Physics Research.
You can see that from here: New telescope attachment allows ground-based observations of new worlds to rival those from space
A new, low-cost attachment to telescopes allows previously unachievable precision in ground-based observations of exoplanets -- planets beyond our solar system. With the new attachment, ground-based telescopes can produce measurements of light intensity that rival the highest quality photometric observations from space.
New statistical method for evaluating reproducibility in studies of genome organization
A new, statistical method to evaluate the reproducibility of data from Hi-C -- a cutting-edge tool for studying how the genome works in three dimensions inside of a cell -- will help ensure that the data in these “big data” studies is reliable.
Penn State LIGO scientists celebrate 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics
Penn State scientists and students on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory team (LIGO) are celebrating three LIGO leaders who have been honored today with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Eberly College of Science hosts four new NSF graduate researchers
The Eberly College of Science at Penn State is pleased to host four new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.
Rechtsman awarded 2017 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering
Mikael Rechtsman, assistant professor of physics at Penn State, has been honored with a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Terrones Elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society
Mauricio Terrones, professor of physics, chemistry, and of materials science and engineering at Penn State has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Stone Memorial Lecture set for October 23
Michael T. Laub, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the 2017/2018 Stone Memorial Lecture on Monday, October 23.
Stone Memorial Lecture: “Specificity and Evolution of Bacterial Signaling Proteins" 23 October 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM 108 Wartik Laboratory
Michael T. Laub, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the 2017/2018 Robert W. Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, in 108 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. The public lecture, titled “Specificity and Evolution of Bacterial Signaling Proteins,” is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Sellers recognized by Schreyer Honors College for outstanding achievement and service
James Sellers, professor of mathematics and director of undergraduate studies in mathematics at Penn State, received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Schreyer Honors College during their annual ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn on Oct. 5.
Gravitational waves + new clues from space reveal new way to make a black hole
For the first time, two neutron stars are caught in the act of colliding
Colonel Aaron Saguil presents a holistic approach to medical school admission
Colonel Aaron Saguil, MD, MPH, FAAFP, the associate dean for recruitment and admissions at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will give a special presentation focused on a holistic approach to medical school admission, USUHS, and the Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program.
Colonel Aaron Saguil presents a holistic approach to medical school admission 23 October 2017 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM 102 Thomas Building
Colonel Aaron Saguil, MD, MPH, FAAFP, the associate dean for recruitment and admissions at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine -- “America’s Medical School” -- in Bethesda, Maryland, will give a special presentation focused on a holistic approach to medical school admission, USUHS, and the Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program.
Renewable resource: sulfur is used, replenished to produce lipoic acid
New research shows how a protein is consumed and then reconstituted during the production of lipoic acid, a compound required by our bodies to convert energy from food into a form that can be used by our cells.
Exploring how herpes simplex virus changes when passed between family members
A new study explores how herpes simplex virus might change when passed from one individual to another, information that may prove useful in future development of therapeutics and vaccines.
Identifying the mechanism for a new class of antiviral drugs could hasten their approval
New research shows that a new class of antiviral drugs works by causing the virus’ replication machinery to pause and backtrack, preventing the virus from efficiently replicating.
Astronomers discover sunscreen snow falling on hot exoplanet
Astronomers at Penn State have used the Hubble Space Telescope to find a blistering-hot giant planet outside our solar system where the atmosphere "snows" titanium dioxide -- the active ingredient in sunscreen.
Two-dimensional materials gets a new theory for control of properties
Desirable properties including increased electrical conductivity, improved mechanical properties, or magnetism for memory storage or information processing may be possible because of a theoretical method to control grain boundaries in two-dimensional materials, according to Penn State materials scientists.
Mimicking biological process, hydrogel signals and releases proteins
An artificial system using a DNA-laced hydrogel can receive a chemical signal and release the appropriate protein, according to Penn State researchers. Further stimulation by the chemical signal continues to trigger a response.
Cryo-electron microscope to bring life sciences and materials sciences together
A new cryo-electron microscope, cryo-EM, that is also a spectrometer will bring life science methods together with materials science practices together to improve both fields and share methods across disciplines.
Survival of the least-fit: antiviral drug selectively targets the nastiest viruses
An antiviral drug that inhibits a virus' replication machinery selectively targets the most-aggressive viruses, according to new research that looked at the infection of individual cells by a virus and the consequence of antiviral intervention.
Sky-high observatory sheds light on origin of excess anti-matter: New study excludes nearby pulsars, points to dark matter as possible culprit
The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Mexico, built and operated by an international team that includes Penn State scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of very-high-energy light emanating from two rapidly spinning stars. The fresh perspective on these stellar neighbors casts serious doubt on one possible origin for a mysterious excess of particles near Earth.
New quest to map stars and galaxies across the entire sky
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced a $16 million grant to support the next generation of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-V) -- a project including Penn State scientists that is one of the most successful and influential efforts to map the universe in the history of astronomy.
Alumna’s gift supports research on neurodegenerative diseases
Alumna Jennifer DiVittorio created an endowment, named the Mark and Sharon Robb Research Fund, in the Eberly College of Science to support research on neurodegenerative diseases in 2016 and has now created another, the Robb Family Graduate Fellowship, her new gift will support graduate students who exhibit academic excellence and whose research focuses on brain repair.
Experiment Near South Pole Reveals How Earth Blocks High-Energy Particles Produced by Nuclear Reactions
For the first time, a science experiment has measured Earth's ability to absorb neutrinos -- the smaller-than-an-atom particles that zoom throughout space and through us by the trillions every second at nearly the speed of light. The experiment was achieved with the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized sensors frozen deep within a cubic kilometer of very clear ice near the South Pole. The IceCube collaboration includes Penn State physicists.
Flies' disease-carrying potential may be greater than thought, researchers say
A new study adds further proof to the suspicion that houseflies and blowflies carry and spread a variety of species of bacteria that are harmful to humans.
Mathematical model mimics melanoma
Cancer cells’ ability to tolerate crowded conditions may be one key to understanding tumor growth and formation, according to a mathematical model that has been applied to cancer cell growth for the first time.
Andrew Doberstein to Represent Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2017
Andrew Doberstein of Horsham, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s fall commencement ceremonies.
Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance
Limiting a much-needed resource could pit pathogens against one another and prevent the emergence of drug resistance.
Two discoveries by international collaborations involving Penn State scientists make list of Physics World Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2017
Historic finds were made this year by the LIGO-Virgo and Pierre Auger Observatory collaborations—both of which include faculty, postdoctoral, and student scientists from Penn State's Eberly College of Science

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