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Penn State scientists share in Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
26 May 2016Penn State scientists are members of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team that has been recognized with a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. This special award, which can be given at any time in recognition of an extraordinary scientific achievement, recognizes the team's detection of gravitational waves 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted their existence. The award, which recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the universe, includes a $3 million prize that will be shared between two groups of laureates: the three founders of LIGO will equally share $1 million, and 1012 contributors to the experiment will equally share $2 million.
Discovered: Why warm galaxies stop birth of new stars
25 May 2016Today, astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), including scientists at Penn State University, are announcing the discovery of a new class of galaxies called "red geysers." These galaxies harbor supermassive black holes with winds that produce a mysterious kind of "galactic warming" that, over the last few billion years, has turned huge numbers of galaxies into deserts devoid of fresh young stars.
New targets for vaccines identified on the surface of the malaria parasite
23 May 2016Dozens of potential new protein targets for malaria vaccines have been identified and characterized on the surface of the transmitted sporozoite stage of the malaria parasite. The research also demonstrates for the first time that some proteins on the surface of the parasite have sugar additions that could cloak them from the human immune system. A paper describing the research by a collaboration of scientists from Johns Hopkins University; the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Seattle, Washington; the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington; Harvard Medical School; and Penn State University, is available online in the April 29, 2016 issue of the journal PLOS Pathogens.
Quinnan Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
18 May 2016Melissa Quinnan, who recently graduated from the Eberly College of Science with an undergraduate degree in physics, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
How depression and antidepressant drugs work: New insight from depressed mice helps researchers unite two hypotheses
17 May 2016New research demonstrates the effectiveness of ketamine to treat depression in a mouse model of the disease and brings together two hypotheses for the cause of depression. The research, led by Bernhard Lüscher, professor of biology and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, is in press and will be published in the September 15, 2016 print edition of the journal Biological Psychiatry.
Under Pressure: New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible
13 May 2016A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at a fraction of the size and cost of current technology. A paper describing the research by scientists at Penn State University appears May 13, 2016 in the journal Advanced Materials.
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
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.

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