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Image: Dorothy B. Huck: January 15, 1923 - August 9, 2014
  Dorothy B. Huck: January 15, 1923 - August 9, 2014 read more
Image: World's cocoa crop could get a big boost from a simple, non-toxic spray
  The Guiltinan Lab finds Theobroma cacao trees' natural disease defense is bolstered by glycerol foliar treatment. read more
Image: Human heart beats using nearly billion-year-old molecular mechanism
  Tim Jegla and his Lab find in a living, ancient sea anemone the same molecular mechanism that regulates the beating of the human heart. read more
Image: Existence of new neuron repair pathway discovered
  The Rolls Lab discovers a new neuron repair pathway that could one day help people suffering from nerve damage. read more
Image: Huck Institutes announce 2nd Annual Huck/OVPR Olympics
  Second Annual Huck/OVPR Olympics: July 23rd, Millennium Science Complex read more

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Aug 27, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Steven J. Siegel (University of Pennsylvania)
EEG Biomarkers of Therapeutic Response in Animal Models of Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sep 15, 2014 Monday 12:10 PM
Kirsten Bomblies (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University)
Adaptation of Meiosis to Whole Genome Duplication
Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday 4:00 PM
Linda Overstreet Wadiche (UAB School of Medicine)
Adult-born Neurons: Hyperexcitable and Hyperselective
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The small body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, according to an international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes faculty scientist George Perry, but all African pygmy phenotypes do not have the same genetic underpinning, suggesting a more recent adaptation than previously thought. Pygmy phenotype developed many times, adaptive to rainforest - Full article
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa. Zombie ant fungi manipulate hosts to die on the 'doorstep' of the colony - Full article
Penn State’s Department of Kinesiology and Intercollege Program in Physiology, part of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, have received a $1,353,144, five-year pre-doctoral training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Training program for kinesiology, physiology students receives $1.3M grant - Full article