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Graduate Program Research Retreat

Projects by faculty and graduate students featured at second annual event

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ScholarSphere repository will enable research sharing and discovery

On September 24, Penn State will launch a new online repository service which will allow users to securely collect, preserve, and share scholarly works with the Penn State community and the world.

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Darwin was right: the Eastern Pacific Barrier is virtually impassable by coral species

Iliana Baums and colleagues have discovered that a coral species found in abundance from Indonesia eastward to Fiji, Samoa, and the Line Islands rarely crosses the Eastern Pacific Barrier toward the coast of the Americas.

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Is it possible to save coral reefs?

Coral reefs are suffering from overfishing and other types of resource exploitation, and are being degraded by pollution from sewage and agricultural runoff as well as by increasing sea-surface temperatures and acidification as a result of global warming.

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Million-dollar grant will fund research into cancer-fighting nanotechnology

The Penn State College of Medicine has been awarded a $1 million research grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health's CURE program, earmarked for the development of a cancer treatment with commercialization potential.

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IST researchers examine interplay of cognition, physiology and behavior

Researchers at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, including Huck Institutes faculty member Frank Ritter, are using cognitive architecture " a theory of human cognition implemented as a computer simulation program " to understand how cognitive processes interact with biological systems and influence social behavior.

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Life Sciences Building named for J. Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck

Nearly 60 years after Lloyd and Dottie Huck's first donation to their alma mater, Penn State's Board of Trustees on July 13 honored the couple's longtime service and philanthropy to Penn State through the newly renamed J. Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Life Sciences Building.

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Vaccine research shows vigilance is needed against evolution of more-virulent malaria

Research conducted by Penn State's Andrew Read reveals that malaria parasites evolve to become more virulent in response to their hosts being immunized with a critical component of several candidate human malaria vaccines which are currently in clinical trials.

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Polar bear evolution tracked climate change, new DNA study suggests

An international study " led by Penn State's Stephan Schuster and Web Miller and the University at Buffalo's Charlotte Lindqvist " includes an analysis of newly sequenced polar bear genomes that provides important clues about the species' evolution, suggesting that climate change and genetic exchange with brown bears helped create the polar bear as we know it today.

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Opening for faculty position in cellular and molecular imaging

The Department of Bioengineering at Penn State University seeks to hire a full-time faculty member at the level of Associate or Full Professor in the area of cellular and molecular imaging.

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New TEMs coming soon to the Millennium Science Complex

Penn State will install two new transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) in the Materials Research Institute's Materials Characterization Lab and the Huck Institutes' Microscopy and Cytometry Facility.

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New laser capture microdissection system coming soon to the Microscopy and Cytometry Facility

The Huck Institutes have acquired a Zeiss PALM MicroBeam system, which will be delivered in late July 2012 to the Microscopy and Cytometry Facility located in the Millennium Science Complex.

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Carsten Krebs receives an Early Career Award from the Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry

The prize is considered to be the signature award in the field of biological inorganic chemistry, and is awarded to the most meritorious scientist who has completed no more than 15 years of distinguished research in the field.

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Huck Institutes infectious disease researcher is consulted on accuracy of "Contagion" film

Marcel Salathe of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics discusses epidemiology and global pandemics on "Did They Get it Right?"

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Penn State professor receives $500,000 grant for breast cancer research

Andrea Mastro was awarded the grant by the U.S. Army Medical and Materiel Command Breast Cancer Program in order to further her study of bone metastasis.

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Huck Institutes faculty member receives $100,000 grant from NFL Charities to advance research on concussions in children

Semyon Slobounov aims to find out whether children suffering from concussions recover faster and have a better prognosis than young adults.

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Interdisciplinary research looks at whole-farm sustainability

Heather Karsten leads the Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems research project " a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to managing whole-farm sustainability through conservation of soil, nutrients, biodiversity and energy.

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Facing modern forest management challenges: mitigation, adaptation

James Finley discusses the present state and future outlook of woodlands in the eastern United States.

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Exposure to violence has long-term stress effects among adolescents

Elizabeth Susman and colleagues find enduring negative effects of exposure to violence up to a year after the initial event.

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Penn State mourns alumni leader and philanthropist Verne Willaman

Penn State, the Eberly College of Science, and the Huck Institutes have lost a leading advocate and supporter with the passing of Verne M. Willaman, a class of 1951 graduate and retired chairman and president of Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation.

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