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All in a Day’s Work: Melissa Rolls Excels as Researcher, Mentor, and Leader

All in a Day’s Work: Melissa Rolls Excels as Researcher, Mentor, and Leader

Scientists have different motivating factors when it comes to deciding what exactly they are going to study. For some, the thrill of discovering something new pushes them to pursue research in a particular field; for others, passion or experience in an area makes the topic an easy choice. For Melissa Rolls, one direction of her research at Penn State was guided by a suggestion from one of her lab technicians.

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Person-to-Person: Michelle Stone

Person-to-Person: Michelle Stone

During the day, you can find Michelle Stone hard at work in Melissa Rolls’ lab while simultaneously working on her graduate degree in genetics. In the early mornings, evenings, and weekends, you’ll find Stone feeding calves, milking cows, and helping her husband work on their 100-cow dairy farm, all while chasing after their three-year-old daughter.

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Powering the Future of Science

Powering the Future of Science

From witnessing the first catalytic nanomotors to advancing the way we think about modern medical treatment and more, Ayusman Sen and Thomas Mallouk are making big discoveries on the nanoscale.

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Nanomotors Collaboration

At Penn State, many researchers in the Eberly College of Science and the College of Engineering have been interested in applications of Sen and Mallouk’s nanomotor research. Their collaborators agree that it’s exciting and inspiring to work with Sen and Mallouk.

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Climate and Diversity: It's All About Communication

Climate and Diversity: It's All About Communication

Climate outside the office can affect us everyday, whether it is winter weather making transportation difficult or a warm sunny day lifting the mood. But what about the other type of climate? People experience climate everyday in the workplace, in school, and in social situations; the atmosphere in each situation has a profound effect on a person’s mood, productivity level, and mental well-being. So what can be done to improve this type of climate?

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The Math Behind Decision-Making

The Math Behind Decision-Making

Mathematics is a language interwoven in the everyday movements of the world around us. It is universal, often surprising in its applications, and can reveal previously hidden patterns and information about the workings of the world. Tim Reluga is an applied mathematician using the language of mathematics across disciplines in his work with the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at Penn State.

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What is Game Theory?

What is Game Theory?

While many people find games to be endlessly entertaining, game theory is not as purely recreational as the name suggests. At its most basic, game theory is a study of strategic decision-making. Mathematical models are built using game theory to explain the interactions between two or more rational decision-makers.

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