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Researchers promote STEM education through online learning and 3-D models

Funded by the Social Science Research Institute, the Brain3M project aims to enhance middle school science education through virtual and 3-D printed brain models. (The “3M” stands for mobile devices, magnetic resonance imaging and 3-D models.)

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We Are: Meet 'dreamer,' student and plant biologist Shu Li

Shu Li is getting ready to defend her research and earn a Ph.D. in plant biology, but her reach already goes beyond the lab or classroom.

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David Hughes to be featured on President Barron’s WPSU show Sept. 11

Penn State President Eric J. Barron’s monthly WPSU show returns for its third season when it airs at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, on WPSU-TV. Barron will welcome Huck Institutes researcher David Hughes of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) to discuss how Penn State researchers utilize crowdsourcing and mobile technology to protect the world's food supply.

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New book illustrates the wonderful world of viruses

A new book by Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology at Penn State, reveals the fascinating world of viruses, from the deadly to the beneficial. Titled "Virus: An Illustrated Guide to 101 Incredible Microbes," the book was published this summer by Princeton University Press.

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New Innovation Gateway connects researchers to industry funding

Penn State’s Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) has announced the creation of a new, interactive online platform that will help the University’s researchers collaborate better with industry, increase commercialization opportunities and obtain new funding sources for research projects.

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Katriona Shea elected Fellow of Ecological Society of America

Katriona Shea -- Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences at Penn State, and faculty member in the Huck Institutes' Ecology IGDP -- has been elected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

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Nina Jablonski to deliver inaugural Liberal Arts First-Year Lecture

Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology, will deliver the inaugural Liberal Arts First-Year Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in 129 Waring Commons. The theme of Jablonski's presentation will be “You, the Liberal Arts, and the Human Condition.”

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Announcing CMOST Research Symposium 2016: Comparative approaches to understanding the neuromechanics of posture and movement

The Center for Movement Science and Technology will host a research symposium, entitled "Comparative approaches to understanding the neuromechanics of posture and movement," on Friday, September 23rd, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, with a buffet lunch (RSVP required) to follow, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Announcing fall 2016 schedule for CMOST Action Club: Interactive seminars in motor control and coordination

The Center for Movement Science and Technology (CMOST) is excited to announce the fall 2016 schedule of speakers for the Action Club: Interactive seminars in motor control and coordination.

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Did smoking kill the Neanderthals?

Smoke inhalation would have been a serious threat for early man, due to campfires. But it appears that modern humans have evolved a reduced sensitivity to the chemicals in smoke so that it doesn’t trigger so much inflammatory damage to our airways.

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Coral conservation efforts aided by computer simulations

New research shows that endangered corals in the eastern Pacific Ocean are isolated from healthy coral populations in the west

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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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