President's blog: The power of language
At a recent brown bag luncheon, Penn State President Eric Barron learned about the Center for Language Science, an outfit that examines everything from language acquisition to bilingualism to cognition to neurobiology.
American chestnut restoration effort getting a boost from molecular geneticists
Efforts to restore American chestnut trees to their rightful place in the North American forest ecosystem are progressing, although progress has come at a slower pace than once expected, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, who explain they have reached a pivotal point.
Penn State communication arts and sciences faculty receive CDC grant
A one-year, $322,876 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will enable researchers from the Penn State Department of Communication Arts and Sciences to evaluate antibiotic prescriptions for childhood ear infections, examine doctor-parent conversations about the use of antibiotics, survey parents’ attitudes toward antibiotic use, and, ultimately, identify effective communication strategies that reduce the overuse of antibiotics in treating pediatric illness.
New strategy for antidepressant therapies
Increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brains of depressed mice has antidepressant effects
Geier recipient of early career professorship award
Charles Geier, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, was recently named as the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Frances Keesler Graham Early Career Professorship.
Research Penn State 2016 a success
This first-of-its-kind showcase event for the University's five interdisciplinary research institutes, held over two days in October, highlighted the breadth and depth of research in the life sciences, energy and the environment, materials science and engineering, cyber-enabled science, and the social sciences at Penn State.
Parasitic plants may form weapons out of genes stolen from hosts
Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a team of scientists.
America the Bountiful ag workforce event highlights Penn State initiative
PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by Penn State researcher David Hughes, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C.
Heard on Campus: Rush Holt, retired lawmaker and AAAS leader
Rush Holt, executive officer of the American Association for Advancement of Science, and retired United States congressman, joined a group of leading Penn State researchers at a panel discussion entitled 'Scientist-Citizen: Science Policy in the Age of Promise and Peril' at Penn State's HUB Robeson Center on the evening of Oct. 13.
Huck Institutes granted Integrated Safety Plan (ISP) certification
The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences has been granted certification of its Integrated Safety Plan by Penn State’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.
Too much of a form of vitamin B3 in cells can cause behavioral changes in worms
Experiments show that too much of a form of vitamin B3 -- nicotinamide -- that is produced naturally inside of cells can lead to cell death in certain sensory cells and cause behavioral changes in the worm, Caenorhabditis elegans.
New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification
A new tool that uses a forest-like array of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes that can be finely tuned to selectively trap viruses by their size can increase the detection threshold for viruses and speed the process of identifying newly-emerging viruses.
Using satellite images to better target vaccination
A team of researchers led by Penn State scientists have combined satellite imagery, vaccination records, and measles case reports to illustrate how using predictable population fluctuations can help to improve vaccination coverage — a vital factor in combatting infectious disease outbreaks.
Retired congressman, AAAS CEO Holt to lead panel on science and politics
The Penn State community is invited to join a panel discussion featuring a scientist-turned-lawmaker and a group of leading Penn State researchers about the role of scientists helping to shape policy for a more sustainable future.
Artificial intelligence could help farmers diagnose crop diseases
A network of computers fed a large image dataset can learn to recognize specific plant diseases with a high degree of accuracy, potentially paving the way for field-based crop-disease identification using smartphones, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland.
New Media & Communications Service Desk now live
Huck Media & Communications has launched its new service desk and media guide, a comprehensive resource for communications-related information and support.
Low-cost sensor for cystic fibrosis diagnosis based on citrate
Penn State biomaterials scientists have developed a new, inexpensive method for detecting salt concentrations in sweat or other bodily fluids. The fluorescent sensor, derived from citric acid molecules, is highly sensitive and highly selective for chloride, the key diagnostic marker in cystic fibrosis.
Congratulations to National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients Nathan Hepler, Lila Rieber, and David Villalta
The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 14 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2016-17 academic year -- among them, Huck Institutes intercollege graduate degree program (IGDP) students Nathan Hepler (Plant Biology), Lila Rieber (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences), and David Villalta (Ecology).
Foliage display may suffer in parts of Pa. due to drought conditions
Drought conditions in parts of Pennsylvania, particularly in the northcentral region, are likely to dampen the fall foliage display, according to a forest ecologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Greg Ning, Microscopy Facility director, awarded Diatome Prize
Dr. Gang (Greg) Ning, director of the Huck Institutes' Microscopy Facility, was awarded the Diatome U.S. 1st place prize for his poster during the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Annual Meeting held July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.