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Researchers track antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella from farm to fork

Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Edward Dudley in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Huck Institutes graduate student studying ecological impacts of increased noise on animals

Ecology doctoral candidate Jenny Tennessen focuses her research on bioacoustics.

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Huck Institutes researcher elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of entomology, Consuelo De Moraes will be honored at the Society's 61st annual meeting.

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Huck Institutes affiliate receives Early Career Award

From the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, David Puts has received the 2013 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution, which "recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior."

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Huck Institutes affiliate receives NIH grant to study crucial genetic mechanism

With the help of an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Scot Kimball will study the relationship between high-fat diets and impairment in the control of a crucial genetic mechanism known as alternative pre-mRNA splicing.

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Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) Workshop well received by attendees

The X-Ray Crystallography Facility held a Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) workshop on August 20th, 2013, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews from attendees.

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Huck Institutes faculty member receives 2013 Silverstein-Simeone Lecture Award

Consuelo De Moraes is recognized for outstanding work at the frontiers of chemical ecology.

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Not all memories fade with age

Huck Institutes affiliate Nancy Dennis finds that changes in brain activity compensate for some types of normal decline in our ability to remember.

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Multiple genes manage how people taste sweeteners

Genetics may play a role in how people's taste receptors send signals, leading to a wide spectrum of taste preferences, according to Penn State food scientists including Huck Institutes affiliate John Hayes.

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Protein changes linked to symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

A research discovery that helps point the way to potential therapies for memory-related disorders including Alzheimer's Disease has been made by a team of neuroscientists that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Douglas Cavener.

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Ping Li featured in Psychology Today

Neuroscience research by Huck Institutes affiliate Ping Li is featured in an article entitled "The Bilingual Brain."

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New characterization of human genome mutability catalyzes biomedical research

A crucial development for personalized genomic medicine researchers at the Center for Medical Genomics elucidate intricacies of mutagenesis.

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Ground-breaking roots

The team working in Penn State's Roots Lab, led by Jonathan Lynch, is studying the work going on underneath the ground that enables the growth of healthier crops.

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Bubbles are the new lenses for nanoscale light beams

Bending light beams to your whim sounds like a job for a wizard or a complex array of bulky mirrors, lenses, and prisms; but a few tiny liquid bubbles may be all that is necessary to open the doors for next-generation high-speed circuits and displays, according to Huck Institutes affiliate Tony Jun Huang.

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USDA announces EPA registration of gonacon immunocontraceptive vaccine for white-tailed deer

Collaborative study with the National Wildlife Research Center to address deer overpopulation in many areas across the United States. This research focuses on developing safe and effective ways for the long-term contraception of deer.

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Gong Chen selected as holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences

Gong Chen, a professor of biology at Penn State, has been appointed as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences effective July 1, 2013 in recognition of his national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

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Short-term gene-expression "memory" is inherited in proteins associated with DNA

By studying a gene in yeast, a team of scientists led by Huck Institutes affiliate Lu Bai has found that modifications to proteins associated with DNA can control whether or not a gene is allowed to function and may be important in maintaining a gene's "expression potential" so that future cells will behave as the parent cell did.

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Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests

Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix an insect pest and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Ottar Bjornstad.

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Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife

An international team of scientists that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Eric Post tackles the question of how ecological communities in the Arctic might be affected by the continued and even accelerated melting of sea ice over the next decades.

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Aquatic playground can turn water tanks into fish schools

Raising fish in tanks that contain hiding places and other obstacles can make the fish both smarter and improve their chances of survival when they are released into the wild, according to an international team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Victoria Braithwaite.

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