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Genes, Ozone, and Autism: Increased risk for autism when genetic variation and air pollution meet
22 June 2017A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together.
Improving elementary teacher mathematics fluency: Penn State to host summer workshops at four campuses across the Commonwealth
20 June 2017The Pennsylvania Math Initiative (PMI), founded at Penn State in 2012, will once again be hosting professional development workshops aimed at improving the mathematics fluency of elementary school teachers.
Potential new target for antimalarial drugs identified
14 June 2017A newly described protein could be an effective target for combatting drug-resistant malaria parasites. The protein, the transcription factor PfAP2-I, regulates a number of genes involved with the parasite’s invasion of red blood cells, a critical part of the parasite’s complex life cycle that could be targeted by new antimalarial drugs
New way to weigh a white dwarf: Use Hubble Space Telescope
09 June 2017Astronomers have used, for the first time, a novel method to determine the mass of a nearby dead star. The new method is based on the bending of a beam of light near a massive object. Now, astronomers have achieved a solid estimate of the mass of a white dwarf by measuring the deflection of light rays as they pass near the star.
Three Eberly College of Science alumni earn Fulbright awards for 2017-18
08 June 2017Recipients will travel the globe supporting the teaching of English or studying and conducting research at foreign universities
Research expedition continues monitoring impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea corals
07 June 2017The 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the deaths of 11 oil rig workers and ultimately the largest marine oil spill in history. As this environmental disaster recedes into history, researchers from institutions across the U.S. continue to study its enduring ecological impacts.
Sellers elected secretary of the Mathematical Association of America
07 June 2017James Sellers, professor and director of undergraduate studies in mathematics at Penn State, has been elected secretary of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Two-part system turns stem cells into whatever you want
06 June 2017Whether using embryonic or adult stem cells, coercing these master cells to convert to the desired target cell and reproduce flawlessly is difficult. Now an international team of researchers has a two-part system that can convert the cells to the targets and then remove the remnants of that conversion, leaving only the desired DNA behind to duplicate.
New planet found to be hotter than most stars
06 June 2017A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot that even its nights are like the flame of a welding torch. The gas giant has a “year” only 1.5 days long, and may have a tail like a comet.
New gravity waves hit Earth after record-breaking trip through space
01 June 2017Gravitational waves produced by the birth of a massive black hole, a record-breaking billions of light-years from Earth, have been detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). The waves were generated when two smaller black holes collided and then merged to form a larger black hole with a mass about fifty times larger than our sun's.
Low cost, scalable water-splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
01 June 2017The "clean-energy economy" always seems a few steps away but never quite here. Fossil fuels still power transportation, heating and cooling, and manufacturing, but a team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have come one step closer to inexpensive, clean hydrogen fuel with a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process.
Charlton honored with inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award
31 May 2017Jane Charlton, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award for her creative approach to teaching an online version of Astronomy 001 with an immersive video game.
Penn State DNA ladders: inexpensive molecular rulers for DNA research
26 May 2017New, license-free DNA ladders will allow researchers to estimate the size of fragments of DNA for a fraction of the cost of currently available methods.
Todd LaJeunesse recognized for high impact research
25 May 2017Research by Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology at Penn State, his students, and colleagues has been recognized for its high impact and originality by two scientific societies.
Eberly College of Science announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2017
23 May 2017Six fixed-term faculty in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
Eberly College of Science promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2017
23 May 2017Nine tenured and tenure-line faculty in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
Simpson Lecture Set for May 25
18 May 2017Richard A. Young, professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will present the 2016/2017 Robert T. Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine at 4:00 p.m.
Lessons from Ebola: New approach improves disease outbreak management
15 May 2017A new approach to information gathering could allow scientists to quickly identify the most effective way to manage a disease outbreak, an advance that could save lives. Developed by an international team of researchers led by Penn State scientists using insights from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the method pinpoints critical pieces of missing information required to improve management decisions during an outbreak.
Nathanial Brown awarded 2017 Robinson Equal Opportunity Award
12 May 2017Nathanial Brown, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been awarded the 2017 Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award. The award recognizes a full-time faculty or staff member who has contributed to enhancing the educational environment of the University through improving cross-cultural understanding.
Rodríguez Hertz awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
10 May 2017Federico Rodríguez Hertz, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2017 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences.

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