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MINERVA Telescope Array Dedicated in Ceremony on Mount Hopkins
28 May 2015The MINERVA telescope array in Arizona was dedicated in an official ceremony at the facility on Mount Hopkins on May 18, 2015.
Booker named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
22 May 2015Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. As one of 26 new HHMI investigators chosen from 894 applicants, Booker joins a group of scientists, including 17 Nobel laureates, widely recognized for their creativity and research accomplishment. The HHMI chooses investigators based on a "people, not projects" philosophy allowing its investigators the freedom to explore creative approaches to difficult biomedical problems. Booker will receive flexible support designed to enable him to move his research forward in creative new directions.
Andrew Read elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society
21 May 2015Andrew F. Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the leading academy of sciences of the United Kingdom. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists. The stated purpose of the society is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Each year, the Fellows of the Royal Society elect up to 52 new fellows and up to ten new foreign members who have made substantial contributions to the improvement of knowledge in science, engineering, or medicine.
Rao Prize Conference on May 14, 2015 features statistics prize winners
12 May 2015The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2015 Rao Prize Conference on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on the Penn State University Park campus in 102 Thomas Building. This one-day conference, which is free and open to the public, begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 5:20 p.m. The full schedule of events is online at http://stat.psu.edu/Events/2015-Rao-Prize .
Schreyer Scholar credited with co-discovery of new pulsar: Never-before-seen star found during NSF-funded educational outreach program
11 May 2015A team of highly determined high school students, which included current Penn State University sophomore and Schreyer Honors College Scholar Cecilia McGough, has discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers using the GBT have revealed that this pulsar has the widest orbit of any around a neutron star and is part of only a handful of double neutron star systems.
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
11 May 2015Augustin Banyaga, professor of mathematics 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.
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
11 May 2015Charles Fisher, professor of biology and associate dean for graduate education in the Eberly College of Science 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.
Physics major Jacob Wisser awarded a Goldwater Scholarship
07 May 2015Penn State University science student Jacob Wisser is the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The scholarship is the premier award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Wisser is a physics major and mathematics minor in Penn State's Eberly College of Science Integrated Undergraduate Graduate Program, in which he will complete both B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics in four years. Wisser also is a scholar in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College.
Mallouk elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences
06 May 2015Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded to U.S. scientists or engineers by their peers.
New technique shows shale-drilling additives in drinking-water taps near leak
05 May 2015Substances commonly used for drilling or extracting Marcellus shale gas foamed from the drinking water taps of three Pennsylvania homes near a reported well-pad leak, according to new analysis from a team of scientists.
Peter Hohman to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2015
30 April 2015Peter Hohman of Erie, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 on the University Park campus. Hohman's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Eric Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State.
New NASA coalition to lead search for life on distant worlds includes two leaders at Penn State
21 April 2015A new NASA initiative is embracing a team approach to the quest for life on planets around other stars. The new Nexus for Exoplanet System Science initiative (NExSS) is a virtual institute that will benefit from the expertise of several dozen team leaders across the NASA science community in an effort to find clues to life on faraway worlds. Two Penn State University astronomers are among the first sixteen leaders on the NExSS team.
Jinchao Xu Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Mathematics
20 April 2015Jinchao Xu, the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science and the director of the Center for Computational Mathematics and Applications at Penn State University, has been selected as the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Mathematics. The appointment, effective on January 1, 2015, is awarded by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the dean of the Eberly College of Science, in recognition of Xu's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
Search for Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth Finds Nothing Obvious in 100,000 Galaxies
15 April 2015After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. "The idea behind our research is that, if an entire galaxy had been colonized by an advanced spacefaring civilization, the energy produced by that civilization's technologies would be detectable in mid-infrared wavelengths -- exactly the radiation that the WISE satellite was designed to detect for other astronomical purposes," said Jason T. Wright, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State University, who conceived of and initiated the research.
Brain-repair research team approaches crowd-funding goal: 15 days left to help speed research into clinical trials
14 April 2015Pushing promising new Penn State brain-repair research from the lab into clinical trials is the goal of a 30-day crowd-funding campaign that is nearly half way to achieving its goal with only 15 days to go. A video featuring Penn State's Head Basketball Coach Patrick Chambers talking about the impact that the research could have on a medical condition in his own family is on the campaign's website along with an additional video about the research. The funds will help the Penn State research team that recently discovered a new way to transform one type of cell -- called a glial cell -- into healthy, functioning nerve cells to replace nerves in the brain or spinal cord damaged by Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, brain trauma, or spinal-cord trauma.
Cross-country tour raising funds and awareness for metastatic breast cancer to make stop at Penn State on April 16, 2015
13 April 2015You are invited to attend an event to raise awareness for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research on Thursday, April 16 at 10 am in the lobby of N/S Frear Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event, which will feature light refreshments and a short presentation, is one stop on the "Sea to Sea for MBC" campaign that is meeting with researchers, patients, and donors at 34 events across the country to raise money and awareness for metastatic breast cancer research. "Sea to Sea for MBC" is organized by METAvivor, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to changing the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer.
Inside the most powerful explosions: Discoveries pave the way for next-generation neutrino telescopes
10 April 2015New research by an international team that includes Penn State University scientists provides new information about what can happen inside the gigantic bursts of gamma rays that are produced by the catastrophic death of extremely massive stars -- the most powerful explosions in the universe. The research has enabled the scientists to begin solving the mystery of whether these gamma ray bursts are the source of extremely high-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos that bombard Earth as astroparticles from space.
Crowd-Funding Campaign to Accelerate Clinical Trials of New Brain-Repair Discovery Begins on March 30
30 March 2015Pushing promising new Penn State brain-repair research from the lab into clinical trials is the goal of a quick crowd-funding campaign that kicks off on March 30, 2015. The Penn State research team recently discovered a way to transform one type of brain cell -- called a glial cell -- into healthy, functioning nerve cells to replace nerves damaged by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, brain or spinal-cord traumas, or stroke.
Inauguration of the High Altitude Water Cherekov Observatory
27 March 2015Construction of the High Altitude Water Cherekov (HAWC) Observatory began four years ago. On March 20, 2015, the detector was formally inaugurated by members of the collaboration, representatives from collaborating institutions and the particle astrophysics community, and representatives from CONACyT, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in a ceremony at the detector site in Sierra Negra, Mexico.
Benkovic research featured as "Paper of the Week" by The Journal of Biological Chemistry
23 March 2015The Journal of Biological Chemistry has featured as its "Paper of the Week" research led by Stephen J. Benkovic, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University. A podcast interview with Benkovic, Postdoctoral Associate Hong Zhao, and Penn State Assistant Professor of Molecular Toxicology Andrew Patterson explaining the results of the research is available online. The paper, titled " Quantitative Analysis of Purine Nucleotides Indicates That Purinosomes Increase de Novo Purine Biosynthesis," demonstrates that the cellular synthesis of purines -- multifunctional organic compounds that are a building block of DNA, involved in cellular signaling, and a source of energy in cells -- is directly related to the presence of complexes known as purinisomes.

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