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Wendy Hanna-Rose named head of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
14 August 2018Wendy Hanna-Rose, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named the new head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Community-based conservation management has positive effect on wildlife
13 August 2018Putting land management in the hands of local communities helps the wildlife within, according to new research by Penn State biologist Derek Lee.
Jon McKellar to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2018
06 August 2018Jon McKellar of Exton, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 11, 2018, on the University Park campus.
Luiz de Viveiros to receive Department of Energy Early Career Research Program funding
31 July 2018Luiz de Viveiros, assistant professor of physics, has been selected to receive funding for his research as part of the Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program.
Shaby wins NSF CAREER Award to model extreme weather events
27 July 2018Receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER award is helping Penn State professor Ben Shaby create statistical models for extreme events such as large forest fires, floods and heavy rainstorms to help make better decisions on infrastructure, preparation and mitigation.
Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation funding renewed
27 July 2018The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF), an Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC) led by Penn State scientists, has once again had its funding renewed by the DOE for an additional four years.
Wildfire management designed to protect Spotted Owls may be outdated
24 July 2018According to a new study, forest fires are not a serious threat to populations of Spotted Owls, a species that acts as an indicator of biological health to the old-growth forests where they live. These findings suggest that management strategies for this species are outdated.
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.

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