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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.
NSF grant to promote student success in STEM: Eberly College of Science awarded $1 million to expand programs across multiple Penn State campuses
11 October 2018The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1 million to the Eberly College of Science at Penn State as part of its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM).
Four Alumni Honored with Penn State’s Outstanding Science Alumni Award
11 October 2018The Penn State Eberly College of Science has selected four alumni to be honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for 2018: Fred Allendorf ’71 B.S. Zoology; Nick Hartman ’03 B.S. Chemistry; Alexandra Heerdt ’85 B.S. Science; and Danielle Pasqualone ’90 B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology.
Girirajan awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
10 October 2018Santhosh Girirajan, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of anthropology at Penn State, has been honored with the 2018 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
Palma awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
10 October 2018Chris Palma, teaching professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has been honored with the 2018 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
Axtell awarded the Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology
08 October 2018Michael J. Axtell, professor of biology at Penn State, has been awarded the Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology.
Hong Ma named associate dean for research and innovation in the Eberly College of Science
02 October 2018Hong Ma, professor of biology and Huck Distinguished Research Professor of Plant Molecular Biology at Penn State, has been selected as the new associate dean for research and innovation in the Eberly College of Science.
Giraffe babies inherit spot patterns from their mothers
02 October 2018Some features of a giraffe’s spot pattern are passed on from mother to baby, according to a new study led by researchers from Penn State.
Russel E. Marker lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics set for October 8, 9, and 10
01 October 2018Timothy Heckman, Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on October 8, 9, and 10, at the Penn State University Park campus.
Mark Levi named interim head of Department of Mathematics
01 October 2018Mark Levi, professor of mathematics, has been named the interim head of the Department of Mathematics, effective July 1, 2018.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll to High Efficiency Photovoltaics
27 September 2018New insight into how a certain class of photovoltaic materials allows efficient conversion of sunlight into electricity could set up these materials to replace traditional silicon solar cells.
Lab Bench to Commercialization 2018–19 grant recipients announced
25 September 2018Three faculty members will receive $75,000 each toward commercializing intellectual property
Philip Bevilacqua named head of Department of Chemistry
24 September 2018Philip Bevilacqua, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been named the new head of the Department of Chemistry.
Andrew Read named director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
20 September 2018Andrew Read has been appointed director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State effective January 1, 2019. Read is an Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.
A naturally occurring antibiotic active against drug-resistant tuberculosis
20 September 2018A naturally occurring antibiotic called kanglemycin A is effective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, even in drug-resistant strains
Young children’s oral bacteria may predict obesity
19 September 2018Weight gain in early childhood is related to the composition of oral bacteria of two-year-old children, suggesting that this understudied aspect of a child’s microbiota -- the collection of microorganisms residing in the mouth -- could serve as an early indicator for childhood obesity.

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