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Pollard Lecture Set for September 28
20 September 2017Richard 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.
$4.92M gift to Penn State for new industrial biotechnology center
19 September 2017CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to create the multidisciplinary Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, and to revitalize the Shared Fermentation Facility, an engine for collaboration and innovation in biological training and research on the University Park campus.
Bryant receives D.C. White Research and Mentoring Award from the American Society for Microbiology
14 September 2017Donald 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.
First year, first applicant: early admission success
14 September 2017The 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.
Chen receives Humboldt Award
07 September 2017Long-Qing Chen, Donald W. Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and professor of mathematics, Penn State, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.
NASA selects Arcus for Phase A studies
31 August 2017Four Penn State scientists are part of the Arcus X-ray mission that has been selected by NASA to advance to “Phase A” concept studies, the project will receive $2 million for a nine-month detailed study of mission requirements.
Zhu receives NSF Convergence grant
28 August 2017Jun Zhu, associate professor of physics at Penn State, has received a National Science Foundation Convergence award as part of the Growing Convergent Research at NSF portfolio. The program seeks to highlight the deep integration of multiple disciplines in order to advance scientific discovery and innovation.
New Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis Now Underway
25 August 2017Penn State LIGO physicists are members of the LIGO-Virgo collaboration to detect and characterize gravitational waves. The collaboration now is completing a very exciting Second Observing Run that is drawing to a close on August 25, 2017.
Out through the window: Crystal structure reveals details of nonstandard RNA transcription
21 August 2017High-resolution crystal structure reveals a new pathway for RNA during a nontraditional form of transcription.
Graduate student Ericka Reed awarded Gilliam Fellowship by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
16 August 2017Ericka Reed, a doctoral student in biochemistry and molecular biology, has been selected to receive the Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The fellowship is intended to prepare a diverse and highly-trained scientific workforce to be leaders in their fields.
Penn State gearing up for 2017 solar eclipse event
15 August 2017On August 21, faculty and students from Penn State’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics will be handing out hundreds of safe “eclipse glasses” for students and community members who want to see the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in central Pennsylvania.
Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system
14 August 2017In a classic example of the evolutionary arms race between a host and a pathogen, the myxoma virus -- introduced to control the rabbit population in Australia in 1950 -- has developed a novel and deadly ability to suppress the immune response of its host rabbits.
Labeed Almani to Represent Penn State’s Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2017
09 August 2017Labeed Almani of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s 2017 summer commencement ceremonies on the University Park campus.
New, more sensitive sensor for evaluating drug safety
03 August 2017A new technique for evaluating drug safety can detect stress on cells at earlier stages than conventional methods, which mostly rely on detecting cell death. The new method uses a fluorescent sensor that is turned on in a cell when misfolded proteins begin to aggregate -- an early sign of cellular stress.
Three Penn State researchers receive scientific grants from Kaufman Foundation
03 August 2017The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has selected three Penn State researchers to receive scientific grants: James Marden, professor of biology, Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Mikael Rechtsman, assistant professor of physics.
Antibodies may reveal timing of previous influenza infection
31 July 2017The amount of influenza-specific antibodies present in an individual’s blood can indicate not only if they experienced the flu, but potentially when -- a finding that could improve disease monitoring in the tropics, where flu season is unending.
In Touch With: Hank McCoullum
26 July 2017On diversity, inclusion, and life after Penn State
Postdoc Society names 2017 Outstanding Mentor and Outstanding Postdoc awardees
24 July 2017Suvrath Mahadevan and F. Joseph Pollock will be presented their awards in a ceremony to be held September 22.
Newly Described Algae Species Toughens Up Corals to Endure Warming Oceans
14 July 2017Using innovative methods, researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of stress-tolerant algae that associate with corals in a partnership that promotes the health and growth of coral reef ecosystems.
AstroFest 2017 is Four Evenings of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival
10 July 2017Penn State will be holding its annual AstroFest program from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. each night from Wednesday, July 12 through Saturday, July 15, during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

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