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Amira Maddeb, associate professor of materials science and engineering, studies liquid droplets dispersed in a soft matrix. Maddeb's research is helping to develop better range of motion for robotics used in medical applications. Credit: Patrick Mansell. All Rights Reserved.

Latest NSF rankings show breadth and depth of Penn State research

Penn State’s research enterprise ranks 22nd in the country in total research expenditures, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures, released in January 2022.

A selfie taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Sol 2291 at the "Rock Hall" drill site, located on Vera Rubin Ridge. Reduced carbon released from powder from this drill hole was strongly depleted in carbon 13, the surprising carbon isotopic signature reported by the team. The selfie is composed of 57 individual images taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), a camera on the end of the rover's robotic arm.   Credit: NASA/Caltech-JPL/MSSS. All Rights Reserved.

Newly discovered carbon may yield clues to ancient Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, and since then has roamed Gale Crater taking samples and sending the results back home for researchers to interpret. Analysis of carbon isotopes in sediment samples taken from half a dozen exposed locations, including an exposed cliff, leave researchers with three plausible explanations for the carbon's origin — cosmic dust, ultraviolet degradation of carbon dioxide, or ultraviolet degradation of biologically produced methane.

A squash bee gathers pollen in a pumpkin flower. With support from a USDA grant, a team of researchers will study how climate change interacts with stressors such as pesticides and diseases to influence the health of pollinators important for crop pollination. Credit: Tom Andres. All Rights Reserved.

Entomologists to study how climate change may influence pollinator stressors

A Penn State-led team of researchers will use a newly awarded $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to examine how climate change may influence and interact with various stressors that affect the health of pollinators.

Neela Yennawar, director of the X-Ray Crystallography and the Automated Biological Calorimetry, Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Credit: Penn State. Creative Commons

Core facilities director brings more than technical advice to research

Directors of the core facilities at Penn State’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences are more than expert technicians — they are also researchers in their own right. And though their unique contributions are not always consistently recognized within the broader community, faculty researchers who work in the core facilities are well aware of these unsung heroes' many impressive insights.