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Research expedition continues monitoring impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea corals
07 June 2017The 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the deaths of 11 oil rig workers and ultimately the largest marine oil spill in history. As this environmental disaster recedes into history, researchers from institutions across the U.S. continue to study its enduring ecological impacts.
Two-part system turns stem cells into whatever you want
06 June 2017Whether using embryonic or adult stem cells, coercing these master cells to convert to the desired target cell and reproduce flawlessly is difficult. Now an international team of researchers has a two-part system that can convert the cells to the targets and then remove the remnants of that conversion, leaving only the desired DNA behind to duplicate.
New planet found to be hotter than most stars
06 June 2017A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot that even its nights are like the flame of a welding torch. The gas giant has a “year” only 1.5 days long, and may have a tail like a comet.
New gravity waves hit Earth after record-breaking trip through space
01 June 2017Gravitational waves produced by the birth of a massive black hole, a record-breaking billions of light-years from Earth, have been detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). The waves were generated when two smaller black holes collided and then merged to form a larger black hole with a mass about fifty times larger than our sun's.
Low cost, scalable water-splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
01 June 2017The "clean-energy economy" always seems a few steps away but never quite here. Fossil fuels still power transportation, heating and cooling, and manufacturing, but a team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have come one step closer to inexpensive, clean hydrogen fuel with a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process.
Charlton honored with inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award
31 May 2017Jane Charlton, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award for her creative approach to teaching an online version of Astronomy 001 with an immersive video game.
Penn State DNA ladders: inexpensive molecular rulers for DNA research
26 May 2017New, license-free DNA ladders will allow researchers to estimate the size of fragments of DNA for a fraction of the cost of currently available methods.
Todd LaJeunesse recognized for high impact research
25 May 2017Research by Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology at Penn State, his students, and colleagues has been recognized for its high impact and originality by two scientific societies.
Eberly College of Science announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2017
23 May 2017Six fixed-term faculty in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
Eberly College of Science promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2017
23 May 2017Nine tenured and tenure-line faculty in the Eberly College of Science have been promoted, effective July 1.
Simpson Lecture Set for May 25
18 May 2017Richard A. Young, professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will present the 2016/2017 Robert T. Simpson Memorial Lecture in Molecular Medicine at 4:00 p.m.
Lessons from Ebola: New approach improves disease outbreak management
15 May 2017A new approach to information gathering could allow scientists to quickly identify the most effective way to manage a disease outbreak, an advance that could save lives. Developed by an international team of researchers led by Penn State scientists using insights from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the method pinpoints critical pieces of missing information required to improve management decisions during an outbreak.
Nathanial Brown awarded 2017 Robinson Equal Opportunity Award
12 May 2017Nathanial Brown, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been awarded the 2017 Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award. The award recognizes a full-time faculty or staff member who has contributed to enhancing the educational environment of the University through improving cross-cultural understanding.
Rodríguez Hertz awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
10 May 2017Federico Rodríguez Hertz, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2017 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences.
Keating awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
10 May 2017Christine D. Keating, professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2017 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Life and Health Sciences.
Rao Prize Conference on May 12, 2017 features statistics prize winner
05 May 2017The Penn State Department of Statistics will host the 2017 Rao Prize Conference on Friday, May 12, 2017 in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. This one-day conference, which is free and open to the public, begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. followed by the award ceremony and lectures continuing throughout the day until 5:20 p.m.
Sylvia Biscoveanu to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2017
01 May 2017Sylvia Biscoveanu of Yardley, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 6, 2017, on the University Park campus. Biscoveanu’s faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State.
Watch live: Ashtekar introduced to membership of National Academy of Sciences
28 April 2017Watch as Penn State University Professor of Physics Abhay Ashtekar, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Physics and director of the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, is introduced to his colleagues in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and signs the 154-year-old “Registry of Membership.”
Sarah Ades named 2017 Penn State Teaching Fellow
28 April 2017Sarah Ades, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been named a 2017 Penn State Teaching Fellow, the Penn State Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award was established in 1988 to honor distinguished teaching and to encourage teaching excellence.
Penn State and Geisinger team up in new program to train next generation of biomedical scientists
27 April 2017A new $2.4-million program for graduate students seeking to contribute to breakthrough discoveries in medicine and biology has been established at Penn State University. The new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program (B2D2K) brings together researchers at Penn State and the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute to accelerate advances in the biomedical and life sciences.

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