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Nhi 'Titi' Tran to represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as student marshal at fall commencement 2018
13 December 2018Nhi "Titi” Tran of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 15, 2018, on the University Park campus.
Transforming campus for the Haunted-U Halloween science festival
07 December 2018Each year, our Office of Science Outreach transforms campus for the Haunted-U Halloween science festival, a free event for all ages.
Unprecedented screen of 500,000 compounds reveals new candidates for malaria prevention drug
06 December 2018More than 600 promising new antimalarial drug candidates that inhibit the malaria parasite at an earlier stage in its lifecycle than most current drugs have been identified from a screen of over 500,000 chemical compounds.
Training grant supports graduate students studying gene regulation
03 December 2018A new $2.4 million-dollar program to train graduate students in the area of eukaryotic gene regulation (EGR) has been established at Penn State.
Corals and their microbiomes evolved together
29 November 2018Corals and the microorganisms they host have evolved together for hundreds of millions of years. Understanding this long-term relationship could add fresh insight to the fight to save the Earth’s embattled coral reefs.
Lizards quickly adapt to threat from invasive fire ants, reversing geographical patterns of lizard traits

29 November 2018Some lizards in the eastern U.S. have adapted to invasive fire ants—which can bite, sting, and kill lizards—reversing geographical trends in behavioral and physical traits used to avoid predators.
Katriona Shea Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
27 November 2018Katriona Shea, professor of biology and Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Traffic noise stresses out frogs, but some have adapted
21 November 2018Frogs from noisy ponds near highways have altered stress and immune profiles compared to frogs from more quiet ponds—changes that reduce the negative effects of traffic noise on the amphibians.
Inaugural Science Achievement Graduate Fellows (SAGF) Lecture scheduled for November 29
19 November 2018Alicia Carriquiry, distinguished professor of statistics and director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence at Iowa State University, will present the inaugural Science Achievement Graduate Fellows (SAGF) Lecture on Thursday, November 29, at 4 p.m. in Berg Auditorium (100 Huck Life Sciences Building) on the Penn State University Park campus
DNA structure impacts rate and accuracy of DNA synthesis
13 November 2018DNA sequences with the potential to form unusual conformations, which are frequently associated with cancer and neurological diseases, can in fact slow down or speed up the DNA synthesis process and cause more or fewer sequencing errors.
New gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons
13 November 2018A new gene therapy can turn certain brain glial cells into functioning neurons, which in turn could help repair the brain after a stroke or during neurological disorders like Alzheimer's or Parkinson’s diseases.
Penn State set to lead on new exoplanet science priorities
07 November 2018A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sets the stage for Penn State's Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds to expand its role in NASA's exoplanetary science initiatives
Hot temperatures can trigger an RNA response in plants
05 November 2018The stress of hotter temperatures may trigger a response in a plant's RNA -- part of a cell's genetic messaging system -- to help manage this change in its environment, according to a team of Penn State researchers.
Abhay Ashtekar honored with Einstein Prize
23 October 2018Abhay Ashtekar, Evan Pugh Professor of Physics, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Physics, and Director of the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, has been honored with the Einstein Prize from the American Physical Society.
Three Penn State researchers awarded research grants by the Kaufman Foundation
23 October 2018The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has selected three Penn State researchers to receive scientific grants: Jun Zhu, Chaoxing Liu, and Joseph Cotruvo, Jr.
Babu honored with Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research
18 October 2018G. Jogesh Babu, Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Director of the Center for Astrostatistics at Penn State is the 2018 winner of the Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research.
Pathogens may evade immune response with metal-free enzyme required for DNA replication
18 October 2018New study shows that some bacterial pathogens, including those that cause strep throat and pneumonia, are able to create the components necessary to replicate their DNA using a ribonucleotide reductase enzyme that does not require a metal ion cofactor.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences Scheduled for October 22, 23, and 24
16 October 2018Alfio Quarteroni, professor of numerical analysis and director of MOX at the Politecnico of Milan, Italy, will present the 2018/2019 Russel Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on October 22, 23, and 24 at Penn State on the University Park campus.
Hunter named Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow
15 October 2018David Hunter, professor and director of online learning in the Department of Statistics, has been named a Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.
New NSF-funded ultrafast microscopy laboratory to support research of 2D materials
15 October 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.4 million to a team of Penn State scientists led by John Asbury, associated professor of chemistry, to develop a new laboratory at Penn State with ultra-fast microscopes that will provide a high-resolution look at two-dimensional materials.

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