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Paul Babitzke elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Paul Babitzke, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

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Scientist uses giant spectrometer to search for cure for cancer

Working with the ScholarSphere " essentially a gigantic MRI on stilts " Scott Showalter is moving closer to the biomedical breakthrough he so desires: to help find a cure for cancer.

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NSF grant will help create beneficial biofilms on water purification membranes

A team of chemical engineers at Penn State that includes Huck Institutes faculty researcher Thomas Wood has received a three-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation grant to help prevent biofouling of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes.

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Probing Question: Could polio make a comeback?

Melissa Beattie Moss talks with Craig Cameron about the possibility of another polio epidemic.

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DNA study gives insight into the evolution of food crops, other flowering plants

New light has been shed on a major event in the history of life on Earth the origin of all major food crops and all other flowering plants with the publication of the newly sequenced genome of the Amborella plant by researchers including Huck Institutes faculty members Claude dePamphilis, Hong Ma, Stephan Schuster, Naomi Altman, and Michael Axtell, and graduate student Saima Shahid.

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New tool developed for profiling critical regulatory structures of RNA molecules

A research team led by Huck Institutes affiliates Sarah Assmann and Philip Bevilacqua has developed a molecular technique that will help the scientific community to analyze on a scale previously impossible molecules that play a critical role in regulating gene expression.

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Turning biologists into programmers

Research by Huck Institutes affiliate Howard Salis demonstrates how synthetic life could create real benefits.

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Researchers track antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella from farm to fork

Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to researchers including Huck Institutes affiliate Edward Dudley in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Huck Institutes seek new Associate Directors for positions in science leadership

The Huck Institutes wish to appoint a series of new Associate Directors to work with the management team and help in developing new initiatives.

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New kind of antibiotic may be more effective at fighting tuberculosis, anthrax, and other diseases

Diseases such as tuberculosis, anthrax, and shigellosis a severe food-borne illness eventually could be treated with an entirely new and more-effective kind of antibiotic, thanks to a team of scientists led by Huck Institutes affiliate Kenneth Keiler, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State.

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Researchers develop a faster method to identify Salmonella strains

A new laboratory method developed by a research team including Huck Institutes affiliate Edward Dudley may significantly reduce the time it takes health officials to identify Salmonella strains.

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Engineering Biofilms: Understanding how bacteria function in communities could lead to a host of new applications

From oil-spill clean-up to producing alternative fuels, microbial communities have the potential to do great good. Professor Tom Wood is determined to figure out how.

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Craig E. Cameron appointed the Eberly Family Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Craig E. Cameron, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been appointed the Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Nine Huck Institutes faculty members featured in Discovery U videos

Peter Hudson, Scott Selleck, David Hughes, Melissa Rolls, Paula Droege, Tracy Langkilde, Phil Bevilacqua, Stephen Schaeffer, and Robert Paulson talk about research that's driving scientific discovery at Penn State.

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Sarah Assmann invited to write Coulter Review paper for the International Journal of Plant Sciences

This inaugural Coulter Review article is scheduled for publication in the January 2013 issue of the International Journal of Plant Sciences.

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Scott Showalter receives the inaugural Eastern Analytical Society New Faculty Award in NMR Spectroscopy

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by new faculty to the development of the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

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Philip C. Bevilacqua is awarded the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Bevilacqua, a professor of chemistry at Penn State and co-director of the Huck Institutes' Center for RNA Molecular Biology, has been honored by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society with the 2012 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Reese and Bevilacqua advisees travel beyond Penn State to showcase research

Jason Miller, Chris Strulson, Jenny Wilcox, Pallavi Thaplyal and Kwok Chun Kit present their work to researchers at several other respected institutions.

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Department of Chemistry and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seek to hire junior faculty

Position in structural biochemistry with emphasis on X-ray crystallography and related methods

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Huck Institutes to host 2nd Annual Bioinformatics and Genomics Retreat - September 16th & 17th, 2011

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Edward Green. Visionary talk and panel discussion. Poster sessions. Research presentations. Open to all Penn State faculty, postdocs, students, and staff. Registration is free!

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