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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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Studying rare genetic mutations with metabolomics

The Hanna-Rose Lab’s collaboration with the Metabolomics Facility yields new discoveries, projects, and funding.

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Using metabolomics to discern nutrients’ influence on immunity

The Cantorna Lab’s collaboration with the Metabolomics Facility yields new insights.

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Call for submissions: "Technology enabling discovery"

Are you a Huck Institutes-funded faculty or graduate student researcher? Has working with one of the Huck Institutes' instrumentation facilities enabled you to make a newsworthy discovery? We want to hear from you!

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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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Announcing Energy Days at Penn State

Energy Days is an annual conference (May 22–23, 2017) that brings together leaders from across the energy realm, including members of industry, government, non-profits, and academia.

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Call for submissions: Health and the environment posters

Undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty are invited to submit their posters on research/scholarly work pertaining to health and the environment, for a special event with Linda Birnbaum, director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, who will be presenting beforehand.

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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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Limited submission: Pathways to Stop Diabetes

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Pathways to Stop Diabetes competition.

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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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Limited submission: Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity program

Research Development at the College of Medicine in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting letters of intent for this limited submission opportunity by noon Monday, March 6.

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Ecologist Eissenstat receives Black Award for research accomplishments

David Eissenstat, professor of ecosystem management and woody plant physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and chair of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Penn State was awarded the Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

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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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AIBS identifies emerging public policy leader Stephanie Bora

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has selected the winner of the 2017 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Stephanie Bora is a Ph.D. candidate in immunology and infectious disease at Pennsylvania State University.

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Huck Institutes recognizes Scott Boor with 25-year award

Each year, Penn State recognizes faculty and staff members who have given long service to the University and completed 25 years of full-time employment. On March 1, 2017, Scott Boor will have reached 25 years of service to Penn State.

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Call for submissions: research in focus

Do you have eye-catching visual media that conveys the essence and excitement of your research at the Huck Institutes? We're looking for stimulating video and photographic content to share on our social media, and we'd like to feature yours!

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