News and Events from the Eberly College of Science
16 February 2015 — New research shows that a burst of evolutionary innovation in the genes responsible for electrical communication among nerve cells in our brains occurred over 600 million years ago in a common ancestor of humans and the sea anemone. The research, led by Timothy Jegla, an assistant professor of biology at Penn State University, shows that many of these genes, which when mutated in humans can lead to neurological disease, first evolved in the common ancestor of people and a group of animals called cnidarians, which includes jellyfish, coral, and sea anemones.
$15 million research grant awarded to Penn State Center for Nanoscience (12 January 2015)
Huge New Astronomy Database Now Available to the Public (7 January 2015)
Acoustic tweezers manipulate cell-to-cell contact (22 December 2014)
Nancy Moran to present Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on December 8 and 9, 2014 (Event Date: 09 December 2014) (8 Mueller Laboratory, from 09 December 2014 04:00 PM to 09 December 2014 05:00 PM)
Four Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award (3 December 2014)
Eight Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows (24 November 2014)