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Finding the proteins that unpack DNA
12 July 2018A new method allows researchers to systematically identify specialized proteins that unpack DNA inside the nucleus of a cell, making the usually dense DNA more accessible for gene expression and other functions.
New era of space research launched by IceCube Observatory and global team of astronomers
12 July 2018The first-ever identification of a deep-space source of the super-energetic subatomic high-energy neutrino particles has launched a new era of space research. Detection of one such neutrino beneath the Antarctic ice sent a global team of astronomers racing to track down its origins: a flaring supermassive black hole 3.7 billion light years from Earth.
Dawson honored with Powe Award
10 July 2018Rebekah Dawson, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, has been awarded the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award by Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Murali Haran named head of Department of Statistics
09 July 2018Murali Haran, professor of statistics, has been named the new head of the Department of Statistics, effective July 1, 2018.
AstroFest turns twenty! Four Evenings of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival 2018
05 July 2018Now in its twentieth year, Penn State’s popular AstroFest program will offer four nights of astronomy activities and stargazing during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The program will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m nightly from July 11 to July 14.
The hidden complexity underlying a common cause of autism: Uncovering genetic interactions responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders
29 June 2018Genes located in a large chromosomal aberration associated with autism interact with each other to modulate the variable symptoms of the disease, according to new research.
Eberly College of Science fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2018
26 June 2018Nineteen fixed-term faculty members in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
'Nuru' becomes African farmers' newest ally against fall armyworm
25 June 2018Penn State researchers have joined forces with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization to release the first app, called Nuru, to help African farmers recognize fall armyworm — a new and fast-spreading crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa — so that they can take immediate steps to destroy it and curb its spread.
Peter Hudson recognized as "Humanitarian of the Year" by Kish Bank
22 June 2018Peter Hudson, the Willaman Professor of Biology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, was recognized by Kish Bank with its Humanitarian of the Year Award on June 21.
Compound made inside human body stops viruses from replicating
20 June 2018A team of researchers has identified the mode of action of viperin, a naturally occurring enzyme in humans and other mammals that is known to have antiviral effects on viruses such as West Nile, hepatitis C, rabies, and HIV. This discovery could allow researchers to develop a drug that could act as a broad-spectrum therapy for a range of viruses.
Eberly College of Science promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2018
19 June 2018Fourteen tenured and tenure-line faculty in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
Capturing light in a waveguide array: Confined, insensitive light could improve lasers, solar cells
04 June 2018Cheaper and more efficient photonic devices, such as lasers, optical fibers, and other light sources, may be possible with confined light that is unaffected by imperfections in the material that confines it, according to new research.
Climate change forced zombie ant fungi to adapt
30 May 2018Zombie ants clamp on to aerial vegetation and hang for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi, but researchers noticed that they do not always clamp on to the same part of the plant. Now the researchers know that the choice of leaves or twigs is related to climate and that climate change forced the fungi to adapt to local conditions.
Edward O’Brien honored with OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
29 May 2018Edward O’Brien, assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry for new research, which utilized computational chemistry methods to identify new mechanical forces acting on ribosomes, the molecular machines that make proteins.
Eberly College of Science undergraduate earns Astronaut Scholarship
24 May 2018Eberly College of Science undergraduate Taylor Baum has been selected to receive an Astronaut Scholarship by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
Mechanical force controls the speed of protein synthesis
16 May 2018As cells create proteins, the proteins modulate synthesis speed by exerting a mechanical force on the molecular machine that makes them, according to a team of scientists who used a combination of computational and experimental techniques to understand this force.
Four Eberly College of Science graduate students receive Penn State awards
15 May 2018Four graduate students in the Eberly College of Science were honored for their accomplishments during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon.
Penn State student Paige Laughlin receives PennACE Student of the Year Award
14 May 2018Penn State undergraduate student Paige Laughlin has been selected to receive the 2017 Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award in the technical category.
Altered body odor indicates malaria even if microscope doesn't
14 May 2018Typhoid Mary may have infected a hundred or more people, but asymptomatic carriers of malaria infect far more people every year through mosquito vectors. An international team of researchers is working toward a way to identify malaria patients including infected individuals who show no malaria symptoms.
Abhay Ashtekar honored as an Evan Pugh Professor
11 May 2018Penn State Professor of Physics Abhay Ashtekar, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Physics and Director of the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, has been named an Evan Pugh Professor.

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