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DNA structure impacts rate and accuracy of DNA synthesis
13 November 2018DNA sequences with the potential to form unusual conformations, which are frequently associated with cancer and neurological diseases, can in fact slow down or speed up the DNA synthesis process and cause more or fewer sequencing errors.
New gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons
13 November 2018A new gene therapy can turn certain brain glial cells into functioning neurons, which in turn could help repair the brain after a stroke or during neurological disorders like Alzheimer's or Parkinson’s diseases.
Penn State set to lead on new exoplanet science priorities
07 November 2018A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sets the stage for Penn State's Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds to expand its role in NASA's exoplanetary science initiatives
Hot temperatures can trigger an RNA response in plants
05 November 2018The stress of hotter temperatures may trigger a response in a plant's RNA -- part of a cell's genetic messaging system -- to help manage this change in its environment, according to a team of Penn State researchers.
Abhay Ashtekar honored with Einstein Prize
23 October 2018Abhay Ashtekar, Evan Pugh Professor of Physics, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Physics, and Director of the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, has been honored with the Einstein Prize from the American Physical Society.
Three Penn State researchers awarded research grants by the Kaufman Foundation
23 October 2018The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has selected three Penn State researchers to receive scientific grants: Jun Zhu, Chaoxing Liu, and Joseph Cotruvo, Jr.
Babu honored with Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research
18 October 2018G. Jogesh Babu, Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Director of the Center for Astrostatistics at Penn State is the 2018 winner of the Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research.
Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication
18 October 2018New study shows that some bacterial pathogens, including those that cause strep throat and pneumonia, are able to create the components necessary to replicate their DNA using a ribonucleotide reductase enzyme that does not require a metal ion cofactor.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences Scheduled for October 22, 23, and 24
16 October 2018Alfio Quarteroni, professor of numerical analysis and director of MOX at the Politecnico of Milan, Italy, will present the 2018/2019 Russel Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on October 22, 23, and 24 at Penn State on the University Park campus.
Hunter named Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow
15 October 2018David Hunter, professor and director of online learning in the Department of Statistics, has been named a Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.
New NSF-funded ultrafast microscopy laboratory to support research of 2D materials
15 October 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.4 million to a team of Penn State scientists led by John Asbury, associated professor of chemistry, to develop a new laboratory at Penn State with ultra-fast microscopes that will provide a high-resolution look at two-dimensional materials.
NSF grant to promote student success in STEM: Eberly College of Science awarded $1 million to expand programs across multiple Penn State campuses
11 October 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1 million to the Eberly College of Science at Penn State as part of its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM).
Four Alumni Honored with Penn State’s Outstanding Science Alumni Award
11 October 2018The Penn State Eberly College of Science has selected four alumni to be honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for 2018: Fred Allendorf ’71 B.S. Zoology; Nick Hartman ’03 B.S. Chemistry; Alexandra Heerdt ’85 B.S. Science; and Danielle Pasqualone ’90 B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology.
Girirajan awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
10 October 2018Santhosh Girirajan, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of anthropology at Penn State, has been honored with the 2018 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
Palma awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
10 October 2018Chris Palma, teaching professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has been honored with the 2018 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
Axtell awarded the Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology
08 October 2018Michael J. Axtell, professor of biology at Penn State, has been awarded the Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology.
Hong Ma named associate dean for research and innovation in the Eberly College of Science
02 October 2018Hong Ma, professor of biology and Huck Distinguished Research Professor of Plant Molecular Biology at Penn State, has been selected as the new associate dean for research and innovation in the Eberly College of Science.
Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers
02 October 2018Some features of a giraffe’s spot pattern are passed on from mother to baby, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn State.
Russel E. Marker lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics set for October 8, 9, and 10
01 October 2018Timothy Heckman, Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on October 8, 9, and 10, at the Penn State University Park campus.
Mark Levi named interim head of Department of Mathematics
01 October 2018Mark Levi, professor of mathematics, has been named the interim head of the Department of Mathematics, effective July 1, 2018.

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