Huck graduate students elect co-chairs for new academic year

This year, HGSAC members elected two students to serve as the graduate co-advisers for the Huck Institutes for 2022-23; Plant Biology student Alenka Hafner and Bioinformatics and Genomics student Corrine Smolen.

What are potential animal reservoirs for monkeypox?

While monkeypox has been circulating in Africa for many years, the recent outbreak across the globe has exposed considerable uncertainties about the virus’ transmission.

Microbiome Center announces inaugural Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellows

The Penn State Microbiome Center has named six recipients for its inaugural Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellowships (IIF) program, which aims to promote collaborative training opportunities for center members.

Six graduate students begin Translational Research Training Program

Graduate students with varied research interests have started a yearlong training program in clinical and translational sciences.

Penn State team wins Global Frog Discovery Challenge

A group of Penn Staters placed first in the Global Frog Discovery Challenge, a competition that attracted over 9,000 participants across more than 100 countries.

Podcast explores the tension of teaching evolutionary science in public schools

In the season two opener of the Tracking Traits podcast, Penn State Professor of Political Science and Sociology Eric Plutzer shares some of what he has learned over a period of 15 years researching the teaching of evolutionary science in U.S. public schools.

COVID-19 drugs persist in wastewater, may pose risk to aquatic organisms

Certain drugs used to treat COVID-19 patients — including remdesivir, dexamethasone and antibiotics for associated bacterial infections — persist through wastewater treatment and may occur in waterways at levels high enough to negatively affect aquatic organisms, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn State.

New approach more than doubles stem cell editing efficiency, researchers report

A Penn State-led team of interdisciplinary researchers has developed techniques to improve the efficiency of CRISPR-Cas9, the genome editing technique that earned the Nobel Prize in 2020.

Metabolomics Core Facility continues to expand while pushing scientific bounds

Established nearly a decade ago, Penn State’s Metabolomics Core Facility is housed in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences on the University Park campus.

Boy’s discovery reveals highly complex plant-insect interaction

When 8-year-old Hugo Deans discovered a handful of BB-sized objects lying near an ant nest beneath a log in his backyard, he thought they were a type of seed