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New research to fight human diseases: a free public minicourse starts on January 23, 2016
18 January 2016"Cures, Treatments, Prevention: Medical research from labs to hospitals to homes" is the focus of the 2016 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, a series of six weekly lectures designed as a free public minicourse. The lectures are on Saturday mornings from January 23 to February 27 in 100 Thomas Building from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Penn State University Park campus.
New Hope for Brain Repair: a free public presentation on January 30
25 January 2016A free public lecture titled "New Hope for Brain Repair" will be given by Gong Chen, professor of biology and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences, on January 30 at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus.
How to Stop an Epidemic: a free public presentation on February 6
01 February 2016A free public lecture titled "How to Stop an Epidemic" will be given by Matthew Ferrari, assistant professor of biology and statistics at Penn State University, on February 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus. During his lecture, Ferrari will answer the question "When an infectious disease like Ebola or measles erupts somewhere on Earth, what is the best way to harness limited healthcare resources to stop its spread?
New antibiotics for Drug-Resistant Infections is a free public presentation on February 13
07 February 2016A free public lecture titled "New Antibiotics for Drug-Resistant Infections" will be given by Kenneth Keiler, professor of biolochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, on February 13, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus. During his lecture, Keiler will describe his discovery of an entirely new kind of antibiotic made from molecules discovered by his team that have broad-spectrum antibiotic powers to make bacteria incapable of protein synthesis.
"Invented: A better tool against cancer" is a free public lecture on February 20
18 February 2016A free public lecture titled "Invented: A better tool against cancer" will be given on February 20, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus. The speaker will be Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science and Mechanics Tony Jun Huang, a professor of engineering science and mechanics, of chemical engineering, and of chemistry at Penn State University.
"Anti-Cancer Drugs" is a free public lecture on February 27
23 February 2016A free public lecture titled "Anti-Cancer Drugs: Discovery and Development" will be given on February 27, 2016, by Raymond J. Hohl, a professor of medicine and of pharmacology at Penn State University who also is the director of the Penn State Cancer Institute. The lecture begins at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus.
Stone Memorial Lecture set for March 21
14 March 2016Eva Harris, Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Global Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the 2015/2016 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday March 21, 2016, in 108 Wartik Laboratory at Penn State University on the University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled “New Insights into Dengue Pathogenesis: How Dengue Virus NS1 Protein Triggers Endothelial Permeability and Vascular Leak,” is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lectures set for March 21, 22, and 23
14 March 2016Mark S. Handcock, Professor and Chair of Statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present the 2016 Clifford C. Clogg Memorial Lectures on March 21, 22, and 23 at Penn State University on the University Park Campus.
DJs, drones and the sounds of data featured at 2016 Polar Day on March 22
17 March 2016The weather may be warming with spring on the horizon, but ice will be center stage at Penn State’s annual Polar Day on March 22, 2016 on the University Park campus. The annual event features performances, lectures and other events celebrating the natural and cultural value of the world’s polar regions. Polar Day 2016 events will include a multimedia performance by DJ Spooky, demonstrations of remotely operated vehicles and drones, and talks on data sonification, wildlife photography and untold stories of a North Pole expedition quest. Polar Day is sponsored by Penn State’s Polar Center. All events are free and open to the public.
Nobel Laureate, Thomas R. Cech, to Give Three Free Lectures at Penn State: The Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering and Lecture on Science Education set for April 7 and 8
18 March 2016Thomas R. Cech, Nobel Laureate, Distinguished Professor and Director of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on April 7 and 8, 2016 at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for April 19 and 20
28 March 2016Richard Lenski, the John Hannah Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Michigan State University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on April 19 and 20, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science. The series includes a lecture intended for a general audience, titled “Time Travel in Experimental Evolution,” which will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Huck Life Sciences Building. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the lecture in the lobby outside the auditorium. Lenski will give a more specialized lecture, titled "Dynamics of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution in a 60,000-Generation Experiment with E. coli," at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in 112 Chambers Building.
William Borucki to present Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on April 14 and 15
08 April 2016William Borucki, a research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on April 14 and 15, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus.
Richard Alley to present Whitmore Lecture on April 19, 2016
15 April 2016Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, will present the fourth quadrennial Frank Whitmore Lecture on Chemistry Education and Public Policy on April 19, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. This free public lecture is titled "Climate and Energy: Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunites."
Inaugural Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences set for April 25 and 26
19 April 2016The inaugural Russell E. Marker Lectures in the Statistical Sciences will be presented at Penn State University on April 25 and 26, 2016, by Bin Yu, the Chancellor's Professor of Statistics and Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
Historic first detection of a gravitational wave detailed at Friedman Lecture on April 28
25 April 2016A free presentation titled "The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy" will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus. Chad Hanna, assistant professor of physics at Penn State, will present the lecture. The event is part of the 2016 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy, which is free and open to the public.
AstroFest 2016 is Four Evenings of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival
11 July 2016Penn State University's popular "AstroFest" program, a four-night festival of astronomy activities and stargazing during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, will welcome visitors from Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each night. All ages are welcome to participate in a variety of exciting and educational activities sponsored by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Events are free and will occur rain or shine in classrooms and in the planetarium located on the fifth floor of Davey Laboratory on the University Park campus.
The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for October 24 and 25
17 October 2016Molly Przeworski, professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on October 24 and 25, 2016, at Penn State University on the University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
Supermassive black holes and their masses subject of Nov. 10 Friedman Lecture
08 November 2016Catherine Grier is presenting "The Monsters of the Universe: Supermassive Black Holes and their Masses" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is part of the 2016 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy, which is free and open to the public.

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