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Graduate student excellence celebrated at awards luncheon

Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students -- including Huck institutes doctoral candidates Alexandra M. Garvin (Physiology), Nathan M. Garvin (Physiology), Carrie R. Lewis (MCIBS), Varun Vijay Prabhu, (Molecular Medicine), and Christopher J. Thawley (Ecology), doctoral student Gail L. McCormick (Ecology), professional master's candidate Taryn M. Serman (Biotechnology), and professional master's graduate Fatima Carla Bertulfo (Biotechnology) -- in recognition of outstanding achievement during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Korzick honored with 2016 Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award

Donna Korzick, professor of physiology and kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Development, is the 2016 recipient of the Graduate School Alumni Society Graduate Program Chair Leadership Award.

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Beekeepers sought to assist with research on how landscapes affect bee health

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is recruiting beekeepers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states to assist in research on how landscape features affect the quality of apiaries.

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'This is Penn State' salutes the hard-working honeybee

Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research is the bee’s knees.

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Tap water and table salt may be safer and cheaper for milk production cleanup

A safer option for cleaning milking systems on dairy farms may also decrease cleaning time and cost, according to a team of Penn State engineers.

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Gene-edited mushroom created by Penn State researcher is changing GMO dialogue

The term "genetically modified organism" is almost guaranteed to spark debate in the news and social media, on internet message boards and at the water cooler. Now, the work of a faculty researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has generated a new wave of attention to the ongoing dialogue surrounding GMOs.

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Gene-edited CRISPR mushroom escapes US regulation

A fungus engineered with the CRISPR–Cas9 technique can be cultivated and sold without further oversight.

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Probing Questions: Why are bees and other pollinators suffering from malnutrition?

Listen in as Christina Grozinger -- a distinguished professor of entomology, and director of Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research -- updates us on the pollinator malnutrition crisis and notes some ways we might mitigate and reverse the downward trend in pollinator health.

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Your viruses could reveal your travel history, and more

The genomes of two distinct strains of the virus that causes the common lip cold sore, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), have been identified within an individual person -- an achievement that could be useful to forensic scientists for tracing a person's travel history.

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In human development research, big data could mean better results

While there is no Hubble telescope gathering data about the universe of human development, projects to make large amounts of information -- big data -- more accessible to developmental researchers could bring behavioral science's biggest questions into focus, according to a Penn State psychologist.

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Microfluidic devices gently rotate small organisms and cells

A method to rotate single particles, cells or organisms using acoustic waves in a microfluidic device will allow researchers to take three dimensional images with only a cell phone.

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Keeping ribosomes stuck may stop virulent bacteria strain in its tracks

Compounds that stop a cellular rescue operation for stuck ribosomes may bolster the nation's defenses against biowarfare and bioterrorism, as well as create alternative antibiotics to handle increasingly resistant pathogens, according to a team of researchers.

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DJs, drones and the sounds of data featured at 2016 Polar Day on March 22

The weather may be warming with spring on the horizon, but ice will be center stage at Penn State’s annual Polar Day on March 22, 2016 on the University Park campus.

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Announcing the Huck Institutes' Integrated Safety Plan (ISP) initiative

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences has established a group to develop an Integrated Safety Plan (ISP), which aims to engage all in ensuring a safe work environment for employees and visitors, alike.

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Gorilla and human Y chromosomes are highly similar, new method reveals

A new, less expensive, and faster method has been developed to determine the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosome in the gorilla.

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Data-sharing video library aids developmental studies

The first large-scale, open data-sharing video library is expanding at a rapid pace, providing developmental researchers at Penn State and across the world unprecedented access to data in a rich, new way.

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Second annual Penn State Addiction Symposium set for April 4

The second annual Penn State Addiction Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4, in the Junker Auditorium on the Penn State Hershey campus.

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Demirel receives proof-of-concept grant

Melik Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics is one of four researchers receiving a QED Proof-Of-Concept grant from the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.

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Fruits, vegetables, "farm-to-fork continuum" vital to cancer prevention

After decades of research aimed at improving the yield, appearance and safety of fruits, vegetables and grains, it's time to focus science on the health benefits those foods can provide, according to a cancer researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Impact of climate change on parasite infections depends on host immunity

New research demonstrates how climate change and the immune reaction of the infected individual can affect the long-term and seasonal dynamics of parasite infections.

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