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Breakthrough Prize winner Jocelyn Bell Burnell to present Science Achievement Graduate Fellows (SAGF) Lecture January 25
11 January 2019Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, winner of the 2018 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, will present the spring 2019 Science Achievement Graduate Fellows (SAGF) Lecture at Penn State, on Friday, January 25, at 2 p.m. in Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium on the University Park campus.
LaJeunesse and colleagues receive 2017 Tyge Christiansen Prize
09 January 2019The 2017 Tyge Christiansen Prize has been awarded to three Penn Staters by the International Phycological Society, an organization dedicated to the study of algae, including Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology at Penn State, Drew Wham, former graduate student in LaJeunesse’s lab, and Gang Ning, director of Penn State’s Microscopy Facility.
$1 million Army grant aimed at adaptive fluid materials
09 January 2019Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State, has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Army to conduct research related to reconfigurable fluids. Zarzar was awarded an Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers grant, which is given by the Army to the nation’s top young investigators.
Searching the stars
03 January 2019With forward-looking, concurrent development of a new global research hub and a unique graduate curriculum, Penn State is growing the worldwide SETI community, looking for intelligent life across the cosmos.
2019 Lectures on the Frontiers of Science from 19 January 2019 12:00 AM to 23 February 2019 12:00 PM
Start Date: 19 January 2019  / End Date: 23 February 2019
Beyond the black hole singularity
20 December 2018Our first glimpses into the physics that exist near the center of a black hole are being made possible using “loop quantum gravity”—a theory that uses quantum mechanics to extend gravitational physics beyond Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
Bacterial protein could help find materials for your next smartphone
19 December 2018A newly discovered protein could help detect, target, and collect from the environment the rare-earth metals used in smartphones.
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.

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