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Jared Ali named Huck Chair of Chemical Ecology

Jared Ali, associate professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair of Chemical Ecology by the University’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Sarah Armstrong and Jane Yun envisioned a month-long petition signing event to promote the cultivation of pollinator friendly yards and gardens. The materials were designed and produced for the purpose of inspiring visitors to take ideas from the Pollinator and Bird Garden and pledge to apply them to areas outside their own homes. Posters designed for placement around campus included scannable quick response (QR) codes to direct visitors to a web page with more information about the event. Some of the posters were designed with augmented reality movements that can only be seen through a mobile device. Credit: Sarah Armstrong & Jane Yun. All Rights Reserved.

Penn State unit partner projects highlight awareness, importance of pollinators

Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research and the Insect Biodiversity Center, both at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and the Department of Graphic Design at the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture have formed a partnership, funded by the Apes Valentes Program, to develop, design and produce materials to help increase awareness of pollinator biodiversity, the importance of pollinators to food security and ecosystem health, and strategies that can be used to support pollinators in urban, agricultural and natural landscapes.

An international team of 114 scientists, led by Penn State and Northeastern Illinois University, reports the most comprehensive study of aging and longevity to date comprising data collected in the wild from 107 populations of 77 species of reptiles and amphibians worldwide. Credit: Mathew Schwartz, Unsplash. All Rights Reserved.

Secrets of reptile and amphibian aging revealed

At 190 years old, Jonathan the Seychelles giant tortoise recently made news for being the “oldest living land animal in the world.” Although, anecdotal evidence like this exists that some species of turtles and other ectotherms — or ‘cold-blooded’ animals — live a long time, evidence is spotty and mostly focused on animals living in zoos or a few individuals living in the wild.

Avery Sicher Credit: Provided by Avery Sicher. All Rights Reserved.

Neuroscience grad student awarded grant to study adolescent binge drinking

Avery Sicher, a graduate student in the neuroscience program at Penn State's Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, has received a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her continued research. Sicher is one of few Huck students to receive this recognition.