Penn State DNA ladders:
Inexpensive molecular rulers for DNA research
Cocao for Peace
Cacao for Peace is an outgrowth of the historic peace accord signed in November 2016 between the Colombian government and the leftist rebels known as the FARC, after 53 years of civil war.
Six Huck Institutes IGDP students receive awards in spring 2017
Please join us in congratulating Weile Chen (Ecology), Adwitia Dey (Integrative and Biomedical Physiology), Sarah Jefferson (Neuroscience), Yurika Matsui (Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences), Bastian Minkenberg (Plant Biology), and William Turbitt (Integrative and Biomedical Physiology) on their accomplishments.
Plant cell walls' stretch-but-don't-break growth more complex than once thought
Plant cell wall growth is typically described as a simple process, but researchers using a microscope that can resolve images on the nanoscale level have observed something more complex.
Penn State and Geisinger team up to establish new program for graduate students
$2.4M program is designed to train the next generation of biomedical scientists
Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease
A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.
Graduate student excellence celebrated at annual awards luncheon
Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones presented 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students — including Huck Institutes IGDP students Yurika Matsui (MCIBS), Weile Chen (Ecology), Bastian Minkenberg (Plant Biology), and William Turbitt (Integrative and Biomedical Physiology) — in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia
Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.
Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies
Whole-exome DNA sequencing — a technology that saves time and money by sequencing only protein-coding regions and not the entire genome — may routinely miss detecting some genetic variations associated with disease, according to Penn State researchers who have developed new ways to identify such omissions.
Researchers encouraged to write for The Conversation and The Scientist
Online publications featuring articles by faculty and graduate researchers are an excellent avenue for additional external publicity and promotion.
Rapid screening machine can read and separate protein sequences
The structural properties of proteins that could eventually become important materials for manufacturing and medicine are revealed by a novel optical technique that works rapidly to sort through amino acid sequences even inside living bacteria, according to a team of engineers.
Limited submission: Announcing NSF ADVANCE Adaptation Track: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
We are pleased to announce the launch of the NSF ADVANCE Adaptation Track: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) (NSF 16-594) competition.
No Huck/OVPR Olympics this year
A story from 2014, announcing the second annual Huck/OVPR Olympics, was mistakenly run in the April 14, 2017, issue of Penn State Today. This event is not scheduled this year. Our sincere apologies for any confusion.
Invent Penn State’s Fund For Innovation helps start seven new ventures
A little less than two years after the launch of the Fund for Innovation, Invent Penn State has backed nearly 50 emerging Penn State technologies and has provided startup funding to promising new ventures that were born out of the program.
Limited submission: Announcing Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Innovations Award competition
We are pleased to announce the launch of Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Innovations Award competition.
Huck Institutes welcomes new staff in 2017
Please join us in welcoming Daryl Branford, Steve Bumbarger, and Kimberly Ripka to the Huck Institutes.
Using metabolomics to assess potential toxicity of plasticizers
The Omiecinski Lab collaborates with the Metabolomics Facility.
Professor’s TEDxPSU talk about benefits of conflict featured on TED.com
Jonathan Marks advocated conflict between government and corporations in his TED talk, which has been featured on TED.com.
Announcing the second annual Life Science Symposium
The Symposium will be held May 18 and 19, 2017, with the aim of promoting communication and collaboration among the life science students and faculty at the University Park and Hershey campuses.
An important message from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Announcing a new pilot requiring the use of a spreadsheet template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations information