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Ecology News

Ecologist Eissenstat receives Black Award for research accomplishments

David Eissenstat, professor of ecosystem management and woody plant physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and chair of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Penn State was awarded the Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

Call for nominations: IGDP student excellence

Attention Huck Institutes Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) chairs and faculty: The Huck Institutes is seeking nominations for exceptional graduate students to be highlighted on the Huck Institutes website and social media.

David Eissenstat elected Fellow of Ecological Society of America

David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, has been elected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences builds on commitment to graduate student professional development

Over the past two years, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, with the assistance of members of Penn State’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, has built and implemented a developmental system for graduate students in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (IGDPs) in the life sciences.

Congratulations to National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients Nathan Hepler, Lila Rieber, and David Villalta

The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 14 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2016-17 academic year -- among them, Huck Institutes intercollege graduate degree program (IGDP) students Nathan Hepler (Plant Biology), Lila Rieber (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences), and David Villalta (Ecology).

Foliage display may suffer in parts of Pa. due to drought conditions

Drought conditions in parts of Pennsylvania, particularly in the northcentral region, are likely to dampen the fall foliage display, according to a forest ecologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Announcing Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grant recipients for 2016

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants.

13 graduate students receive Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Thirteen graduate students -- including Huck Institutes doctoral candidates Alexandra M. Garvin (Physiology) and Varun Vijay Prabhu (Molecular Medicine) and doctoral student Gail L. McCormick (Ecology) -- received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research. The graduate students were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at awards luncheon

Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students -- including Huck institutes doctoral candidates Alexandra M. Garvin (Physiology), Nathan M. Garvin (Physiology), Carrie R. Lewis (MCIBS), Varun Vijay Prabhu, (Molecular Medicine), and Christopher J. Thawley (Ecology), doctoral student Gail L. McCormick (Ecology), professional master's candidate Taryn M. Serman (Biotechnology), and professional master's graduate Fatima Carla Bertulfo (Biotechnology) -- in recognition of outstanding achievement during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Proposals Requested for J. Lloyd Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grants 2016

The Huck Institutes is now accepting research proposals from students for the 2016 Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants. The Huck GRI Grants succeed the 2015 Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants and 2014 Huck Institutes Graduate Enrichment Awards.

Novel Ecosystems Research Symposium: An afternoon with Penn State Ecologists (April 12th 1-8pm)

Submit abstracts: PSU Novel Ecosystems Research Symposium* As part of the Ecology programs Spring Seminar Series *Novel Ecosystems: Evolution and **Invasion*, and in association with our keynote speaker visit, Dr. Richard Hobbs.

Announcing Huck Dissertation Research Grant 2015 winners

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of the Huck Dissertation Research Grants for 2015.

Chronic illness causes less harm when carnivores cooperate

Gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park have given researchers the first scientific evidence from wild mammals that living in a group can lessen the impacts of a chronic disease.

Schreyer Scholar Evanitsky studies past with hopes of preserving the future

Research project, with George Perry, on Eastern mountain lion uses ancient DNA sample from 'Original Nittany Lion'

Disease spread through ants

David Hughes talks about studying disease spread through ants.

Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections

Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.

Andrew Read named Eberly Professor in Biotechnology

Andrew F. Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD), has been named the Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State.

Call for applications: Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants

The Huck Institutes are now soliciting applications for a second round of J. Lloyd Huck Dissertation Research Grants (previously known as Huck Graduate Enrichment Awards) -- giving exceptional Huck graduate students up to $5,000 to spend on their individual research projects.

In Mojave Desert tortoise, looking for answers to bigger questions

Huck researchers attempt to guide and improve conservation success through studying the Mojave Desert tortoise.

Living African group discovered to be the most populous humans over the last 150,000 years

New genetic research reveals that a small group of hunter-gatherers now living in Southern Africa once was so large that it comprised the majority of living humans during most of the past 150,000 years.

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