The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences


Headed for the field: Commercializing a new diagnostic test for cows

Troy Ott, professor of reproductive physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is developing a blood test that dairy farmers and livestock veterinarians can use to tell whether a cow failed to conceive after insemination.

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Rice Research to Production short course helps young scholars advance their careers in rice science

Getting their feet wet in rice paddies, three Asia Rice Foundation USA (ARFUSA) grant winners and other scholars learn how rice is connected to the international community.

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Penn State receives prestigious HEED Award for diversity

Penn State has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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Gut bacteria could be blamed for obesity and diabetes

An excess of bacteria in the gut can change the way the liver processes fat and could lead to the development of metabolic syndrome, according to health researchers.

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Molecular motor grows cell's microtubules

Motor proteins that pause at the ends of microtubules and produce pushing forces can also stimulate their growth, according to researchers at Penn State.

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Response to environmental change depends on individual variation in partnership between corals and algae

New research reveals that some corals are more protective than others of their partner algae in harsh environmental conditions.

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Bees to scientists: "We're more complicated than you think"

Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.

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New technology discovered for brain repair: Chemical transformation of human glial cells into neurons

For the first time, researchers have used a cocktail of small molecules to transform human brain cells, called astroglial cells, into functioning neurons for brain repair.

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Stress in adolescence prepares rats for future challenges

Rats exposed to frequent physical, social, and predatory stress during adolescence solved problems and foraged more efficiently under high-threat conditions in adulthood compared with rats that developed without stress, according to Penn State researchers.

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Interdisciplinary graduate training at Penn State enhanced by NIH supplemental award

An $80,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with matching support from the University, will fund five years of advanced training in data reproducibility and entrepreneurship.

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Oligo synthesis service discontinued

The Penn State Genomics Core no longer provides oligonucleotide synthesis as a service. However, IDT and Penn State have established an internet ordering portal for researchers at University Park that automatically discounts your orders and provides free shipping on all non-expedited orders.

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Caterpillar deceives corn plant into lowering defenses against it

In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves induces the plant to turn off its defenses against insect predators, allowing the caterpillar to eat more and grow faster, according to chemical ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Only above-water microbes play a role in cave development

Only the microbes located above the water's surface contribute to the development of hydrogen-sulfide-rich caves, suggests an international team of researchers.

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Water heals a bioplastic

A drop of water self-heals a multiphase polymer derived from the genetic code of squid ring teeth, which may someday extend the life of medical implants, fiber-optic cables and other hard to repair in place objects, according to an international team of researchers.

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Macromolecular X-ray Crystallography and Automated Biological Calorimetry Facilities Newsletter Summer 2015

Auto-ITC 200 gets a system upgrade VP-Cap DSC has a new heater Next free training sessions for auto ITC, DSC and CD is scheduled for Sept. 24, 2015

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Multiple openings for faculty positions

Penn State’s Department of Biomedical Engineering seeks to hire multiple full-time biomedical engineering (BME) tenure-track or tenured faculty members for 2016-17 at the levels of assistant, associate, and/or full professor to continue developing an interdisciplinary cluster in biomedical engineering.

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Facilities and Equipment description - NSF format

Looking for a description of all of the equipment and services available through the Huck Core Facilities? Look no further. Please feel free to edit and incorporate this information into your own grant proposals.




The information provided below describes related instrumentation not included in the project description.

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Announcing new instrumentation for life scientists

In collaboration with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Materials Research Institute (MRI) has purchased a Horiba LabRam HR Evolution Raman spectroscope which will be arriving in its core facilities within the next several months.

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Huang awarded Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science and Mechanics

Tony Jun Huang, a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has been chosen by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and the College of Engineering to fill a new endowed professorship -- the Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science and Mechanics.


The position, effective beginning with the Fall 2015 semester, comes with an annual endowment of $30,000 and will run for 3 years.


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Reading comprehension focus of NSF grant

Understanding how different levels of readers comprehend science texts is the focus of a nearly $1 million grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State psychology and education researchers by the National Science Foundation.

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