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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 Altitute Water Cherekov Observatory
27 March 2015Construction of the High Altitute 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.
Jeong honored with Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Association of Korean Physicists in America
23 March 2015Donghui Jeong, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has been honored with the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Association of Korean Physicists in America. Given annually since 1994, the award recognizes young Korean physicists working in North America who have the potential for making creative and substantive advances in their subfield of physics and achieving professional success as a physicist. The award was presented during the Forum on International Physics reception at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in March 2015.
Research in Action: PML Consortium Grant Seeks to Identify How JC Virus Causes Fatal Brain Disease
20 March 2015A two-year grant from the PML Consortium awarded to scientists in the Eberly College of Science aims to unravel sequence variations within the JC virus genome that could case the development of a rare fatal brain disease.
McGinty honored with Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists
19 March 2015Robert McGinty, a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Penn State Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Song Tan, has been presented with the Damon Runyon Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. McGinty is the first Penn State scientist to win this prestigious national career award. The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation selects for this award a group of its postdoctoral fellows who have greatly exceeded expectations and show promise to be leaders in the field of cancer research. The award provides additional funding for innovative cancer research while accelerating the transition of the recipients to an independent research career.
Antibiotic Resistance: Free Screening of Documentary Film plus a Panel Discussion on March 26 26 March 2015 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM The State Theatre,
Date: 26 March 2015
A free screening of the documentary film "Resistance" followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session featuring the filmmaker and Penn State scientists will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. in The State Theatre at 130 West College Avenue in State College. <www.resistancefilmpsu.org> The event, intended for a general audience, is hosted by Penn State's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Penn State's Center for Evolutionary Risk Analysis and Mitigation, and is sponsored by Penn State's Eberly College of Science.
First Successful Lab Breeding of Rare Caribbean Coral Species
13 March 2015A rare and threatened Caribbean coral species has been successfully bred and raised in the lab for the first time by a research team whose achievement will be published in the scientific journal BMC Ecology. Penn State University Associate Professor of Biology Mónica Medina is among the three scientists on this research team. Its work provides the first photos and documentation of juveniles of this species, and could provide information to aid the conservation of coral reefs in the study area. The team plans to 'out-plant' these lab-grown juveniles in the wild, which could help populations become more resilient to climate change.
Lin honored with 2015 Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality
11 March 2015Dennis Lin, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2015 Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality. Each year the Shewhart Medal committee selects a recipient who has demonstrated outstanding technical leadership in the field of modern quality control. Lin was selected for his leadership and innovation in the field of statistical quality improvement; for his collaborations with business, industry, government, and other disciplines; and for his technical contributions to data mining, experimental design, quality engineering, statistical process control, and reliability.
Katriona Shea Appointed Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences
11 March 2015Katriona Shea, professor of biology at Penn State University, has been named the Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences. Shea is an ecologist whose research in applied theoretical ecology involves the application of mathematical and computational methods to guide decision-making in population management, conservation efforts, control of invasive pests, and control of infectious diseases.
Complex nerve-cell signaling traced back to common ancestor of humans and sea anemones
16 February 2015New research shows that a burst of evolutionary innovation in the genes responsible for electrical communication among nerve cells in our brains occurred over 600 million years ago in a common ancestor of humans and the sea anemone. The research, led by Timothy Jegla, an assistant professor of biology at Penn State University, shows that many of these genes, which when mutated in humans can lead to neurological disease, first evolved in the common ancestor of people and a group of animals called cnidarians, which includes jellyfish, coral, and sea anemones. A paper describing the research is scheduled to be posted online in the Early Edition (EE) of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America sometime during the week beginning February 16, 2015.
Penn State Science Students Selected to Study at CERN
16 February 2015Stephanie Brown and Melissa Quinnan, undergraduate students in the Eberly College of Science and Schreyer Honors College, were selected for a prestigious undergraduate research fellowship at CERN this summer as part of the University of Michigan’s CERN Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program.
Dragonfly gut infections suggest environmental role in obesity
11 February 2015Obesity and diabetes are not just problems of modern-day humans and their domesticated pets. Insects also are affected by these health conditions, and intestinal infections by protozoans are the cause, according to researchers at Penn State. The research suggests that intestinal infections may contribute to metabolic diseases, including diabetes and obesity, in humans as well.
Lin receives William G. Hunter Award
10 February 2015Dennis Lin, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the William G. Hunter Award from the Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality. Named in memory of the founding chair of the Statistics Division, the Hunter Award was established to promote and acknowledge outstanding career accomplishments in the broad field of applied statistics.
Research in Action: NSF Grant Helps to Further the Search for Earthlike Exoplanets
06 February 2015A four-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is allowing scientists in the Eberly College of Science to better search for Earthlike planets outside of our solar system.
Maroncelli honored with title of Distinguished Professor
03 February 2015Mark Maroncelli, associate head for Undergraduate Education and professor of chemistry at Penn State, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Maroncelli was honored with the title in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The honor is designated by the Office of the President of Penn State based on the recommendations of colleagues and the dean of the Eberly College of Science.
Albert honored with title of Distinguished Professor
03 February 2015Reka Albert, a professor of physics and biology at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Physics and Biology. Albert was honored with the title in recognition of her exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The honor is designated by the Office of the President of Penn State based on the recommendations of colleagues and the dean of the Eberly College of Science.
Lin honored with title of Distinguished Professor
03 February 2015Dennis Lin, professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Statistics. Lin was honored with the title in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The honor is designated by the Office of the President of Penn State based on the recommendations of colleagues and the dean of the Eberly College of Science.
Research in Action: NIJ Grant Allows Penn State Scientists to Explore Heteroplasmic Variants in Mitochondrial DNA
21 January 2015A new grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will help scientists from Penn State’s Eberly College of Science delve deep into the world of mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, used to help solve crime in forensic investigations.
Penn State and Geisinger Announce Establishment of Medical Bioinformatics and Genomics Research Collaborative
16 January 2015Marylyn Ritchie, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of the Center for Systems Genomics in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State University, will lead a collaborative effort between Penn State and Geisinger Research to connect the genome data of 100,000 anonymous patients with their medical histories, in order to identify the genetic and environmental basis of human disease. This new program was developed to harness the data resources being generated through a large-scale DNA-sequencing project at Geisinger in collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where at least 100,000 Geisinger patients will be sequenced over the next five years. In recognition of Richie's key role in this groundbreaking effort, she was named the founding director of the new Biomedical and Translational Informatics Program of Geisinger Research.

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