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In Disease Outbreak Management, Flexibility Can Save Lives and Money
21 October 2014A new approach for responding to and managing disease outbreaks is being proposed by a team of epidemiologists led by two Penn State University researchers. The team's flexible approach could save many lives and millions of dollars.
Greater Rates of Mitochondrial Mutations Discovered in Children Born to Older Mothers
13 October 2014The discovery of a "maternal age effect" by a team of Penn State scientists that could be used to predict the accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations in maternal egg cells -- and the transmission of these mutations to children -- could provide valuable insights for genetic counseling. These mutations cause more than 200 diseases and contribute to others such as diabetes, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. The study found greater rates of the mitochondrial DNA variants in children born to older mothers, as well as in the mothers themselves. The research will be published in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on October 13, 2014.
Kristina Kaldon Receives USRA Education Award
08 October 2014Kristina Kaldon, a senior majoring in astronomy and astrophysics, recently received the USRA Education Award. The USRA Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education. Kaldon is the second student from Penn State to receive the award.
Song Tan Awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
02 October 2014Song Tan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been honored with the 2014 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society. Instituted in 1972 and named in honor of Clarence I. Noll, dean of the college from 1965 to 1971, the award is the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. Students, faculty members, and alumni nominate outstanding faculty members who best exemplify the key characteristics of a Penn State educator, and a committee of students selects the award winners from the group of nominees.
Daniel Costantino Awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
02 October 2014Daniel Costantino, lecturer in physics, has been honored with the 2014 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society. Instituted in 1972 and named in honor of Clarence I. Noll, dean of the college from 1965 to 1971, the award is the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. Students, faculty members, and alumni nominate outstanding faculty members who best exemplify the key characteristics of a Penn State educator, and a committee of students selects the award winners from the group of nominees.
College Undergraduate Poster Exhibit Winners Announced
01 October 2014Twelve undergraduate students from a variety of science disciplines were selected as winners at the Eberly College of Science Undergraduate Experiences Poster Session held on September 25 on the Life Sciences Bridge. Students who have had a research experience, internship, co-op, or study abroad were invited to participate. Participants presented a poster for other interested students and faculty members.
Krishna Kanti Dey Awarded First Prize at Postdoc Research Exhibition
01 October 2014Krishna Kanti Dey, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry and member of the Sen group, won first place honors and a $500 prize at the seventh annual Penn State Postdoctoral Research Exhibition held at the Nittany Lion Inn on September 24.
Predicting the Future of Antarctic Ice
30 September 2014The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences has awarded more than $500,000 to Penn State to develop new statistical methods needed for predicting the future of Antarctic ice sheets. Using information gleaned from geologic data from the past 20,000 years, the scientists also will apply their new methods to provide a better understanding of the past and current behavior of the ice sheets.
Smallest Possible Diamonds Form Ultra-thin Nanothreads
21 September 2014For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers. A paper describing this discovery by a research team led by John V. Badding, a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, will be published in the 21 September 2014 issue of the journal Nature Materials.
Mystery of rare 5-hour space explosion explained with help from US/Russia and US/UK/Italy satellites
17 September 2014Next week in St. Petersburg, Russia, scientists on an international team that includes Penn State University astronomers will present a paper that provides a simple explanation for mysterious ultra-long gamma-ray bursts -- a very rare form of the most powerful explosions in the universe.
Niel Brandt Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
02 September 2014Niel Brandt, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected as the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The appointment, effective on August 1, 2014, is awarded by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the Dean of the Eberly College of Science, in recognition of Brandt’s national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
Mark Maroncelli Receives Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids
28 August 2014Mark Maroncelli, professor of chemistry at Penn State, has won the American Chemical Society’s Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. Maroncelli will receive this award in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids in a ceremony during 2015 at the 249th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
Penn State launches new online graduate certificate in applied bioinformatics
28 August 2014The breakthrough of sequencing the human genome created a need for professionals with backgrounds in life and computer sciences to analyze vast amounts of biological data for developing gene-based drugs and treatments. In response, Penn State World Campus is offering a new graduate certificate in applied bioinformatics that will train a new generation of biomedical researchers in computational thinking and procedures. These skills will allow them to apply algorithmic processes, tools and techniques to their data for a deeper understanding of biological processes.
Internships Solidify Research Career Path for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student
28 August 2014Internships and externships can be valuable experiences that help you define your career path. Sarah Chang, a junior in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has participated in both experiences as a Penn State Science student.
Eric Feigelson Awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
26 August 2014Eric Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics and of statistics at Penn State, has been selected to receive the 2014 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the physical sciences. The award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers reviews nominations and selects winners of the award.
Zombie ant fungi 'know' brains of their hosts
22 August 2014A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host, but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows.
Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis
20 August 2014Bacteria that grow in environments enriched in far-red light use a previously unknown process for harvesting energy. This discovery lays the foundation for further research aimed at improving plant growth and harvesting energy from the Sun, and understanding dense blooms like those now occurring on Lake Erie and other lakes worldwide. This discovery lays the foundation for further research aimed at improving plant growth, harvesting energy from the Sun, and understanding dense blooms like those now occurring on Lake Erie and other lakes worldwide. A paper describing the discovery will be published in the Science Express edition of the journal Science on 21 August 2014.
Miriam Freedman Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
20 August 2014Miriam Freedman, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award is the most prestigious award given by the NSF in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research. The CAREER award provides five years of funding and is given to assistant professors by NSF directorates at different times during the year.
Penn State is a Member of the New $678 million Telescope Now Approved for Construction
18 August 2014The U.S. National Science Foundation and Department of Energy have completed an agreement to support the $678 million construction costs of a major new tool for studying the universe, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Penn State has been a member institution of the LSST and a participant in its planning since 2005. "The LSST data will provide an unprecedented view of the universe, and will allow investigation of important questions ranging from charting unknown objects in our own solar system, to the large-scale structure of the universe, to the mysterious nature of dark energy and dark matter," said Lawrence Ramsey, a member of the LSST Board of Directors, who is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and an Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar at Penn State.
C. R. Rao Receives 38th Honorary Doctoral Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology
18 August 2014Penn State's C.R. Rao, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics, long recognized as one of the world's top statisticians, has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He received the degree at the Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology on July 26 this year “for his contributions to the foundations of modern statistics through the introduction of concepts such as Cramer-Rao-Inequality, Rao-Blackwellization, Rao-Distance, Rao-Measure and for introducing the idea of Orthogonal Arrays for the industry to design high quality products.”

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