Thirty years of research supports cacao farmers, chocolate industry
The 30th anniversary of the Endowed Program in the Molecular Biology of Cocoa -- Penn State's first fully endowed research program -- was celebrated May 31-June 3 on the University Park campus during a symposium titled, "Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality, Productivity and Sustainability."
Researchers to study how microbes become 'fungi in ant's clothing'
A pair of grants worth more than $2 million will enable Penn State researchers to study how microbial parasites control the behaviors and characteristics of their animal hosts.
Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries
Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of Penn State biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi interactions.
New targets for vaccines identified on the surface of the malaria parasite
Dozens of potential new protein targets for malaria vaccines have been identified and characterized on the surface of the transmitted sporozoite stage of the malaria parasite in a new research study.
Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition
Synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability that might have applications in textiles, cosmetics and medicine, according to Penn State researchers.
How Depression and Antidepressant Drugs Work
New insight from depressed mice helps researchers unite two hypotheses
How did the giraffe get its long neck?
Clues now revealed by new genome sequencing
New Penn State research initiative part of White House microbiome event
An emerging, cross-disciplinary area of research at Penn State was represented May 13 at a White House event aimed at promoting the study of microbiomes.
Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences
Three individuals -- including Huck Institutes-cofunded faculty member Pamela Hankey-Giblin -- have received the College of Agricultural Sciences' 2016 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award.
NASA taps Penn State geoscientist to join ancient Mars habitability project
When NASA began seeking new scientists to join its Curiosity Mars rover team, Penn State geoscientist Christopher House knew his experience could be a valuable asset to the project.
13 graduate students receive Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award
Thirteen graduate students -- including Huck Institutes doctoral candidates Alexandra M. Garvin (Physiology) and Varun Vijay Prabhu (Molecular Medicine) and doctoral student Gail L. McCormick (Ecology) -- received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research. The graduate students were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
University honors graduate students with Professional Master’s Excellence Award
Four Penn State graduate students -- including Huck Institutes professional master's candidate Taryn M. Serman and professional master's graduate Fatima Carla Bertulfo (both in Biotechnology) -- received the Professional Master’s Excellence Award.
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.
Beekeepers sought to assist with research on how landscapes affect bee health
The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is recruiting beekeepers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to assist in research on how landscape features affect the quality of apiaries.
Tap water and table salt may be safer and cheaper for milk production cleanup
A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team of Penn State engineers.
Gene-edited mushroom created by Penn State researcher is changing GMO dialogue
The term "genetically modified organism" is almost guaranteed to spark debate in the news and social media, on internet message boards and at the water cooler. Now, the work of a faculty researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has generated a new wave of attention to the ongoing dialogue surrounding GMOs.
Probing Questions: Why are bees and other pollinators suffering from malnutrition?
Listen in as Christina Grozinger -- a distinguished professor of entomology, and director of Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research -- updates us on the pollinator malnutrition crisis and notes some ways we might mitigate and reverse the downward trend in pollinator health.
Your viruses could reveal your travel history, and more
The genomes of two distinct strains of the virus that causes the common lip cold sore, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), have been identified within an individual person -- an achievement that could be useful to forensic scientists for tracing a person's travel history.
In human development research, big data could mean better results
While there is no Hubble telescope gathering data about the universe of human development, projects to make large amounts of information -- big data -- more accessible to developmental researchers could bring behavioral science's biggest questions into focus, according to a Penn State psychologist.
Microfluidic devices gently rotate small organisms and cells
A method to rotate single particles, cells or organisms using acoustic waves in a microfluidic device will allow researchers to take three dimensional images with only a cell phone.