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Huck room scheduling moved to CollegeNET

As of August 19, 2016, the Huck Institutes has retired its room reservation system in favor of using Penn State's new CollegeNET system.

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Ecology Institute announces call for new research center proposals

The Ecology Institute has established a modest funding program to help support the development of new centers that have a central ecological theme. The aim is to add value to ongoing basic and applied ecological research and to foster new collaborations across the Penn State community.

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Where there's smoke and a mutation there may be an evolutionary edge for humans

A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an evolutionary advantage over their archaic competitors, including Neandertals, according to a team of researchers.

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Announcing Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grant recipients for 2016

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants.

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Tang wins Outstanding Oral Poster Prize

Yin Tang, a graduate student in the Bioinformatics and Genomics program who is co-advised by Sally Assmann and Phil Bevilacqua, recently won a University of California, Berkeley Center for Computational Biology Outstanding Oral Poster Prize for his presentation at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2016 meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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Penn State researcher awarded grant to study Zika transmission in United States

The Zika virus is appearing more frequently in the United States, including a locally transmitted outbreak in Florida, and people are concerned. Now the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a Penn State researcher a grant to test whether common American mosquitoes can carry the virus.

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New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

A Penn State-led research team that includes Plant Biology IGDP student Ming-Yang Ho has identified a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum, providing clues to the development of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth.

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Colleen McSweeney selected to chair the Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee 2016-2017

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce that Colleen McSweeney, a Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) has been selected to serve as chair of the Huck Graduate Student Advisory Committee (HGSAC) for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Self-healing textiles not only repair themselves, but can neutralize chemicals

Someday, chemically protective suits made of fabric coated in self-healing, thin films may prevent farmers from exposure to organophosphate pesticides, soldiers from chemical or biological attacks in the field and factory workers from accidental releases of toxic materials, according to a team of researchers.

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Super-Cold Microscope Has Super Cool Uses

While "go big" is the motto for many science initiatives, Penn State researchers are hoping a cutting-edge microscope will allow them to "go deep" to promote biomedical research and discoveries in materials science.

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Entomological Society of America Recognizes 2016 Fellows

Among those elected is Matt Thomas, director of the Ecology Institute and Huck Scholar in ecological entomology

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George Perry receives NSF CAREER Award

George Perry, Penn State assistant professor of anthropology and biology, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Trees rely on a range of strategies to hunt for nutrient hot spots

On the surface, trees may look stationary, but underground their roots -- aided by their fungal allies -- are constantly on the hunt and using a surprising number of strategies to find food, according to an international team of researchers.

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Penn State Smeal exposes scientists to business, entrepreneurship expertise

A week of executive-style business classes led by Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty recently exposed 22 life science doctoral and post-doctoral students at Penn State to the entrepreneurial possibilities of their research.

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Penn State bee research pollinates next generation of scientists

Elina Lastro Niño's curiosity about honey bees dates back to her childhood in Bosnia, where her father kept bees for a time. After perhaps one bee sting too many, her father gave up his bees, and Niño's interest in honey bees waned — but not her fascination with insect biology.

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Summer fieldwork for MCIBS students: from here to China

This summer many MCIBS students can be found hard at work in their labs. Or you just might find some by a local stream or in Africa or China taking their research into the field.

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Probing Questions: How concerned should Pennsylvanians be about Zika virus?

Jason Rasgon, associate professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, studies how viruses are spread by mosquitoes, fleas, sand flies, lice, ticks, mites, and other insects and arthropods. In this Probing Question video, Rasgon looks at the relative risks for Pennsylvanians of Zika virus, Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

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New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

Identification of a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum provides clues to the development of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth.

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Penn State, TB Alliance, and GSK partner to discover new treatments for TB

A new collaboration between TB Alliance, GSK, and scientists in the Eberly College of Science seeks to find new small molecules that can be used to create antibiotics in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

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Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen

Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.

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