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2017 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced

Forty-one graduate students -- including Adwitia Dey of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Integrative and Biomedical Physiology -- received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 32nd annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 24 and 26 on Penn State's University Park campus.

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Can computers one day understand emotions? New patent paves the way

A new patent awarded to a Penn State team led by James Wang, professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology; Reginald Adams, associate professor of psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts; Jia Li, professor of statistics in the Eberly College of Science; and Michelle Newman, professor of psychology, takes the next step in computer learning techniques in the hopes that computers can one day understand the complex realm of human feelings.

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Penn State develops first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy

A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures.

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Global environmental health leader to present April 6

The Spring Health and the Environment Lecture on April 6 will feature Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Toxicology Program (NTP).

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Talk on student mental health will kick off "Research Unplugged"

"Research Unplugged," a series of talks by Penn State faculty and staff who share their expertise on science, technology and culture with the community, will start March 16.

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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.

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Gates Foundation grant boosts malaria research program

An international team, including researchers at Penn State, have received a three-year, $4.7 million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance their development of improved therapies for malaria eradication.

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$2.35 million grant enables better prediction of infectious disease outbreaks

Researchers at Penn State have received $2.35 million from the National Science Foundation to study disease transmission among animals with a goal of better predicting outbreaks of infectious diseases within humans.

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Scientists reveal core genes involved in immunity of honey bees

A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.

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Heard on Campus: Anne McKenna

Anne T. McKenna, visiting professor of law at Penn State, presented “Data: Risks, Responsibilities, and Rights” at the Institute for CyberScience Advanced Cyber Infrastructure (ICS-ACI) User Social on February 22, 2017.

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Radiocarbon dating and DNA show ancient Puebloan leadership in the maternal line

Discovering who was a leader, or even if leaders existed, from the ruins of archaeological sites is difficult, but now a team of archaeologists and biological anthropologists, using a powerful combination of radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, have shown that a matrilineal dynasty likely ruled Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico for more than 300 years.

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Grant to help pave a big data highway to explore genome, enhance health

A $6.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health may help researchers leverage massive amounts of genomic data to develop medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, according to an international team of researchers.

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How best to treat infections and tumors

Choice of containment versus aggressive treatment depends on drug resistance

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The virus in the cupboard: Hunting pathogens close to home

Just as we’re getting used to knowing we have trillions of bacteria populating us, from our eyeballs to our intestines, comes word that we need to look beyond bacteria to even smaller squatters: the virome, a vast community of viruses that calls us home.

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Penn State creates new center for microbiome research

A University-wide effort to promote the study of microbiomes has led to the creation of a center for microbiome research at Penn State. Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.

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Considering cattle could help eliminate malaria in India

The goal of eliminating malaria in countries like India could be more achievable if mosquito-control efforts take into account the relationship between mosquitoes and cattle, according to an international team of researchers.

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Ozbolat authors book on 3D bioprinting

Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has authored a new book titled “3D Bioprinting: Fundamentals, Principles and Applications,” published by Elsevier (Academic Press).

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Researchers use stem cells to regenerate the external layer of a human heart

A process using human stem cells can generate the cells that cover the external surface of a human heart — epicardium cells — according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

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An ecological invasion mimics a drunken walk

A theory that uses the mathematics of a drunken walk describes ecological invasions better than waves, according to Tim Reluga, associate professor of mathematics and biology, Penn State.

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Researchers receive $3.6 million to study genetics of plant disease resistance

A $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support a new research project aimed at pinpointing the genes that confer disease resistance in cacao.

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