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Moriah Szpara awarded Priscilla Schaffer Memorial Award
28 March 2017Moriah Szpara, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been awarded the Priscilla Schaffer Memorial Award by the 2017 International Herpesvirus Workshop selection committee.
“CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" is the Friedman Lecture on March 28, 2017
23 March 2017A free presentation titled “CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus.
2016/2017 Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences scheduled for March 21, 22, and 23
15 March 2017Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on March 21, 22, and 23 at Penn State on the University Park Campus.
Discovery rewriting the evolutionary history of the nervous system
08 March 2017Penn State researchers at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences uncover a long-standing, fundamental error in the story of the nervous system’s evolution.
Penn State student Julie Fenton selected to meet with Nobel Laureates
06 March 2017Penn State chemistry graduate student Julie Fenton has been selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, during which she will interact with Nobel Laureates at Lake Constance in Germany.
Gates Foundation grant boosts malaria research program: Supplemental $4.7 million will aid drug development to accelerate malaria eradication
03 March 2017An international team, including researchers at Penn State, have received a three-year, $4.7 million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance their development of improved therapies for malaria eradication.
$2.35 million grant enables better prediction of infectious disease outbreaks
02 March 2017Researchers at Penn State have received $2.35 million from the National Science Foundation to study disease transmission among animals with a goal of better predicting outbreaks of infectious diseases within humans.
Next-generation dark matter detector in a race to finish line: Mile-deep U.S.-based experiment is on a fast track to help solve science mystery
24 February 2017The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect particles of dark matter. Department of Energy (DOE) officials formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project named LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) toward its goal for completion by April 2020.
Free public lecture on February 25: "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us"
22 February 2017A free public lecture titled "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" will be given by Gregory D. Bossart, the Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Three from Eberly College of Science awarded Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships
21 February 2017Three faculty members from the Eberly College of Science have been honored with Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships in recognition of their research accomplishments. The new Sloan Fellows are: Michael DeGiorgio, assistant professor of biology; Kin Fai Mak, assistant professor of physics; and Kohta Murase, assistant professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics.
NSF funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State
21 February 2017The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Catalytic Conveyer Belt: A new method for controlled delivery of particles via fluid flow
20 February 2017Researchers have developed a new method of transporting particles that utilizes chemical reactions to drive fluid flow within microfluidic devices. The research, which capitalizes on previous studies in self-powered chemo-mechanical movement, is a collaboration between scientists at Penn State’s Department of Chemistry and the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.
Stone Memorial Lecture set for February 27
20 February 2017Paul Ahlquist, Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology, and Plant Pathology and the Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present the 2016/2017 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 February 2017, in 108 Wartik Lab
Grant to help pave a big data highway to explore genome, enhance health
15 February 2017A $6.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health may help researchers leverage massive amounts of genomic data to develop medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, according to an international team of researchers.
Free public lecture on February 18: "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone”
15 February 2017A free public lecture titled "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" will be given by Jonathan Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fifth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Measuring entropy: A scanning-tunneling microscope provides a glimpse of the mysterious property
13 February 2017New research shows that a scanning-tunneling microscope (STM), used to study changes in the shape of a single molecule at the atomic scale, impacts the ability of that molecule to make these changes. The study, appearing this week in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that the position of the tip of the STM relative to the molecule changes the energy requirements of the molecule to make changes in shape, and in turn, changes the entropy of the system.
How best to treat infections and tumors: Choice of containment versus aggressive treatment depends on drug resistance
09 February 2017In cases where drug resistance can lead to treatment failure, new research shows that therapies tailored to contain an infection or a tumor at tolerable levels can, in some cases, extend the effective life of the treatment and improve patient outcomes. In other cases, aggressive treatments aimed at eliminating as much of the infection or tumor as possible — the traditional approach — might be best. But how can we know which stands the better chance of working?
Free public lecture on February 11: "One World . . . One Health" 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
09 February 2017A free public lecture titled "One World . . . One Health" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture Set for February 13
06 February 2017Eva Nogales, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the 2016/2017 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Molecular Visualization of the Eukaryotic Transcription Initiation Process.”
New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases: Free public lecture on February 4 in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
31 January 2017A free public lecture titled "New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the third of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.

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