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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.
Leigh Krompasky and Grace Lee Receive the John W. White Graduate Fellowship
21 April 2016The Penn State University Faculty Senate awarded Leigh Krompasky, a senior majoring in Science, and Grace Lee, a senior majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Genetics & Developmental Biology, and a Schreyer Scholar, with the John W. White Graduate Fellowship.
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.
John Urschel Named Spring 2016 Commencement Speaker
19 April 2016John Urschel, NFL offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens and Eberly College of Science alum, will speak at the college's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.
Second Annual Penn State Datafest Competition To Be Held April 22-24, 2016
08 April 2016The Penn State Department of Statistics will host its second annual American Statistical Association Datafest™ competition on the weekend of April 22­–24, 2016.
Physics Major Andrea Sylvia Biscoveanu Awarded a Goldwater Scholarship
08 April 2016Penn State University student Andrea Sylvia Biscoveanu is the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
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.
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.
Getting students to 'flip' over chemistry
28 March 2016Professor combines IT with flipped classroom techniques to better engage 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Phillips honored with Stephen and Patricia Benkovic Early Career Professorship
03 March 2016Scott Phillips, an associate professor of chemistry at Penn State University and holder of the Lou Martarano Career Development Professorship, has been honored with the inaugural Stephen and Patricia Benkovic Early Career Professorship. Stephen J. Benkovic, an Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University, and Patricia Benkovic, a research associate in chemistry at Penn State, established the professorship to support outstanding early career faculty in the Penn State Eberly College of Science. The professorship offers early recognition for outstanding accomplishments and provides financial support to promising young faculty members to encourage establishing a commitment to teaching and explore new areas of research.
Board approves new major in data sciences
26 February 2016In today’s information society, there is growing demand for data-savvy professionals in business, government and the nonprofit sector. Penn State is capitalizing on the big data movement by offering a new data sciences undergraduate major as part of an inter-college initiative with the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, and the Department of Statistics in the Eberly College of Science.
New trigger for self-powered mechanical movement
25 February 2016A new way to use the chemical reactions of certain enzymes to trigger self-powered mechanical movement has been developed by a team of researchers at Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh. A paper describing the team's research, titled "Convective flow reversal in self-powered enzyme micropumps," is published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Mikael Rechtsman receives Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in physics
24 February 2016Mikael Rechtsman, an assistant professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in recognition of his research accomplishments. The Sloan Foundation states that "the fellowships honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders." Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships are nominated by fellow scientists and the Fellows are selected by a panel of senior scholars for their "independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field."
New clues in the hunt for the sources of cosmic neutrinos
18 February 2016The sources of the high-energy cosmic neutrinos that are detected by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory buried in the Antarctic ice may be hidden from observations of high-energy gamma rays, new research reveals. These high-energy cosmic neutrinos, which are likely to come from beyond our Milky Way Galaxy, may originate in incredibly dense and powerful objects in space that prevent the escape of the high-energy gamma rays that accompany the production of neutrinos.

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