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Gallery Documenting 65-Year Career of C.R. Rao Opens in India
16 April 2014A gallery that honors the life in statistics of Penn State's C.R. Rao, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics, has been opened at the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at Hyderabad, India. Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan inaugurated the C.R. Rao Gallery, covering Rao’s 65-year career in statistics, in a ceremony held on 22 December 2013.
Abercrombie and Krecko Named 2014 Spring Commencement Student Marshals
16 April 2014Daniel Abercrombie of Linden, Pennsylvania, and Laura Krecko, of Hershey, Pennsylvania, will be honored as student marshals during the Penn State Eberly College of Science’s spring commencement ceremonies on May 10, 2014.
The Most Precise Measurement Yet of the Expanding Universe Is Achieved by Astronomers of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
07 April 2014Astronomers at Penn State University and other institutions participating in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have used 140,000 distant quasars to measure the expansion rate of the universe when it was only one-quarter of its present age. This measurement is the best yet of the expansion rate at any epoch in the last 13 billion years during the history of the universe. Measuring the expansion rate of the universe over its entire history is key to determining the nature of the dark energy that is responsible for causing this expansion rate to increase during the most recent six billion years.
Penn State Hosts Polar Day 2014
03 April 2014Felicity Aston, polar explorer, to speak at Polar Day on 19 April 2014
WISE Satellite Finds No Evidence for Planet X in Survey of the Sky
07 March 2014After searching hundreds of millions of objects across the sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly called "Planet X," according to published scientific papers including a new study in The Astrophysical Journal authored by Kevin Luhman of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State University.
Penn State Students Featured as 'Incredibly Impressive' Undergraduates
24 February 2014BusinessInsider.com profiles 'incredibly impressive' undergraduate students who represent Penn State's best. In the classroom and laboratory, performing on the field — or in it, doing world-class research and altruistic service around the globe — these Penn State students represent just a small fraction of what is "incredibly impressive" about our University.
Water is Detected in a Planet Outside Our Solar System
24 February 2014Water has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system with a new technique that could help researchers to learn how many planets with water, like Earth, exist throughout the universe. The team of scientists that made the discovery includes astronomers at Penn State University and other institutions. The astronomers detected the water in the atmosphere of a planet as massive as Jupiter that is orbiting the nearby star Tau Boötis. The discovery is described in a scientific paper published in the 24 February 2014 online version of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Nanomotors Are Controlled, for the First Time, Inside Living Cells
10 February 2014For the first time, a team of chemists and engineers at Penn State University have placed tiny synthetic motors inside live human cells, propelled them with ultrasonic waves and steered them magnetically. It's not exactly "Fantastic Voyage," but it's close. The nanomotors, which are rocket-shaped metal particles, move around inside the cells, spinning and battering against the cell membrane.
Critical Protein Discovered for Healthy Cell Growth in Mammals
27 January 2014A team of researchers from Penn State University and the University of California has discovered a protein that is required for the growth of tiny, but critical, hair-like structures called cilia on cell surfaces. The discovery has important implications for human health because lack of cilia can lead to serious diseases such as polycystic kidney disease, blindness and neurological disorders.
"Strategies for Survival on Planet Earth" is the Theme of the 2014 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
27 January 2014"Strategies for Survival on Planet Earth" is the theme of the 2014 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, which is designed as a free minicourse for the general public. The lectures will take place on the four Saturday mornings in February from 11:00 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
A New, "Exceptionally Close" Exploding Star
24 January 2014An exceptionally close exploding star, discovered on 21 January is the focus of observatories on Earth and in orbit, including the Swift satellite and several other NASA spacecraft. The science and flight operations of the Swift observatory are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center on the University Park campus. The Swift observatory was the first to take a look at this supernova.
Schaak Named DuPont Professor in Materials Chemistry
17 January 2014Raymond E. Schaak, professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been appointed as the DuPont Professor in Materials Chemistry in recognition of his distinguished contributions in research and education.
Bjørnstad Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
16 January 2014Ottar N. Bjørnstad, professor of entomology, biology, and statistics at Penn State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Booker Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
16 January 2014Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Book on Statistics in Astronomy Wins PROSE Award for Cosmology and Astronomy
16 January 2014Penn State University scientists Eric Feigelson and G. Jogesh Babu have been awarded the American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in cosmology and astronomy for their book Modern Statistical Methods for Astronomy with R Applications. The book is published by Cambridge University Press. The PROSE award was established in 1976 to recognize the best in scholarly publishing as judged by publishers, librarians, and academics. The award was announced in an event held in Washington D.C. during 2013.
A Course in Metric Geometry Wins Prize for Mathematical Exposition
16 January 2014Dimitri (Dima) Burago, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, and two co-authors, Yuri Burago and Sergei Ivanov, have been awarded the Leroy P. Steel Prize for Mathematical Exposition by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for their book A Course in Metric Geometry. The AMS recognized the book for making available a novel approach to differential geometry. It makes a significant contribution to modern geometry by offering a description-based, intuitive method as an alternative to traditional, computation-heavy techniques. The book was published by the AMS in 2001.
A New Pathway for Neuron Repair is Discovered
09 January 2014Penn State University molecular biologists have discovered a brand-new pathway for repairing nerve cells that could have implications for faster and improved healing. The researchers describe their findings in a paper titled "Dendrite injury triggers DLK-independent regeneration," which will be published in the 30 January 2014 issue of the journal Cell Reports. These findings demonstrate that dendrites, the component of nerve cells that receive information from the brain, have the capacity to regrow after an injury.
Size of the Universe Now Measured to Within One Percent
08 January 2014The distance to a set of 1.2 million galaxies that are more than six billion light years away from Earth has been measured to an accuracy of one percent, scientists will announce during a press conference on Wednesday, 8 January 2014. The measurements place new constraints on the properties of the "dark energy" that is thought to permeate empty space and to cause the universe's expansion to accelerate over time, report the research team from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), which includes astronomers at Penn State University.
X-Ray Factory Revealed in the Center of Our Galaxy
08 January 2014A seven-year campaign to monitor the center of our galaxy with NASA's Swift spacecraft has more than doubled the number of bright X-ray flares observed from our galaxy's central black hole and has led to the discovery of a rare type of neutron star called a "magnetar." Jamie Kennea, a Penn State astronomer, will present the findings during a press conference on 8 January 2014 at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The science and flight operations of the Swift observatory are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center on the University Park campus.
The Origin of Flowers: DNA Study Provides Insight into the Evolution of Food Crops and Other Flowering Plants
19 December 2013New light has been shed on a major event in the history of life on Earth -- the origin of all major food crops and all other flowering plants -- by the publication of the newly sequenced genome of the Amborella plant. The research addresses the question of why flowers suddenly proliferated on Earth millions of years ago. A paper by the Amborella Genome Sequencing Project, which includes Penn State scientists and Penn State students, will be published by the journal Science in the 20 December 2013 issue.

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