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Discovery rewriting the evolutionary history of the nervous system

Penn State researchers at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences uncover a long-standing, fundamental error in the story of the nervous system’s evolution.

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.

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.

Graduate students seek solutions to complex challenges through novel research

What if you could predict when a civil war would break out in a country? Or, what if there was a way to reverse the nerve damage associated with traumatic brain injury? Two graduate students at Penn State are doing extraordinary research to solve these problems that impact our global society.

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).

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.

Summer fieldwork for MCIBS students: from here to China

This summer many MCIBS students can be found hard at work in their labs. Or you just might find some by a local stream or in Africa or China taking their research into the field.

Congratulations to Dr. Archie Taylor

MCIBS/Molecular Medicine student Archie Taylor has successfully defended his PhD dissertation.

University honors 10 graduate assistants with Martin Outstanding Teaching Award

Ten graduate students -- including Huck Institutes doctoral candidates Nathan M. Garvin (Physiology) and Carrie R. Lewis (MCIBS) -- were presented the 2016 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award 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.

Interdisciplinary graduate training at Penn State enhanced by NIH supplemental award

An $80,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with matching support from the University, will fund five years of advanced training in data reproducibility and entrepreneurship.

Some vaccines support evolution of more-virulent viruses

Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could allow more virulent versions of a virus to survive, putting unvaccinated individuals at greater risk of severe illness.

Increasing prevalence of autism is due, in part, to changing diagnoses

The greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States between 2000 and 2010 may be due in large part to the reclassification of individuals who previously would have been diagnosed with other intellectual disability disorders, according to new research led by Santhosh Girirajan.

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.

Modern brain circuitry retains ancient foundation

Studying sea anemones' molecular nerve-signaling machinery, Tim Jegla finds that a burst of evolutionary innovation laid the foundation of our nervous systems more than half a billion years ago.

Study shows how E. Coli thrive in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

The survival and proliferation of usually harmless Escherichia coli in the gut of inflammatory bowel disease patients may now be better understood, as researchers have defined a fundamental mechanism through which the bacteria can thrive during flare-ups.

Andrew Read elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

Penn State Evan Pugh Professor Andrew Read – Director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics – has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Researchers discover gene that controls melting point of cocoa butter

The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and improved products, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Five Penn State professors honored with Faculty Scholar Medals

Huck-cofunded faculty researcher Song Tan is among the awardees.


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