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Oxygen can wake up dormant bacteria for antibiotic attacks

Bacterial resistance does not come just through adaptation to antibiotics, sometimes the bacteria simply go to sleep. An international team of researchers is looking at compounds that attack bacteria's ability to go dormant and have found the first oxygen-sensitive toxin antitoxin system.

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Grants from NSF power super-resolution microscope, probe cell walls in plants

A new super-resolution microscope and some of the first dynamic imaging experiments it enables are being supported by two grants totaling nearly $1.5 million awarded to Penn State researchers by the National Science Foundation.

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Key regulator of bone development identified

Loss of a key protein leads to defects in skeletal development including reduced bone density and a shortening of the fingers and toes -- a condition known as brachydactyly. ThIS discovery, made by researchers at Penn State University, redefines the role of the Speckle-type POZ Protein (Spop) during bone development and provides a new potential target for the diagnosis and treatment of bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

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Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences builds on commitment to graduate student professional development

Over the past two years, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, with the assistance of members of Penn State’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, has built and implemented a developmental system for graduate students in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (IGDPs) in the life sciences.

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Imaging symposium kicks off new cross-campus convergence of materials and life sciences

At the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, speakers from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences' Microscopy Facility and the Materials Research Institute's Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) presented new imaging technologies and techniques that are spanning traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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NRC rankings place Penn State's research doctorate programs among the nation's best

Penn State was one of the largest institutional participants from among 212 universities in the latest National Research Council Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs, with 69 Ph.D. programs participating (65 ranked) in 51 different primary and three emerging fields of study.

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Penn State's doctoral programs gain top outcomes in national rankings

The National Research Council (NRC) recently released its long-awaited report on the quality of research doctorate programs in the U.S. The report, available at http://www.nap.edu/rdp/ online, confirmed that Penn State has a wealth of outstanding programs that are among the very best in the nation.

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Graduate students seek solutions to complex challenges through novel research

What if you could predict when a civil war would break out in a country? Or, what if there was a way to reverse the nerve damage associated with traumatic brain injury? Two graduate students at Penn State are doing extraordinary research to solve these problems that impact our global society.

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President's blog: The power of language

At a recent brown bag luncheon, Penn State President Eric Barron learned about the Center for Language Science, an outfit that examines everything from language acquisition to bilingualism to cognition to neurobiology.

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American chestnut restoration effort getting a boost from molecular geneticists

Efforts to restore American chestnut trees to their rightful place in the North American forest ecosystem are progressing, although progress has come at a slower pace than once expected, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, who explain they have reached a pivotal point.

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Penn State communication arts and sciences faculty receive CDC grant

A one-year, $322,876 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will enable researchers from the Penn State Department of Communication Arts and Sciences to evaluate antibiotic prescriptions for childhood ear infections, examine doctor-parent conversations about the use of antibiotics, survey parents’ attitudes toward antibiotic use, and, ultimately, identify effective communication strategies that reduce the overuse of antibiotics in treating pediatric illness.

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New strategy for antidepressant therapies

Increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brains of depressed mice has antidepressant effects

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Geier recipient of early career professorship award

Charles Geier, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, was recently named as the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Frances Keesler Graham Early Career Professorship.

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Research Penn State 2016 a success

This first-of-its-kind showcase event for the University's five interdisciplinary research institutes, held over two days in October, highlighted the breadth and depth of research in the life sciences, energy and the environment, materials science and engineering, cyber-enabled science, and the social sciences at Penn State.

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Parasitic plants may form weapons out of genes stolen from hosts

Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a team of scientists.

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America the Bountiful ag workforce event highlights Penn State initiative

PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by Penn State researcher David Hughes, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C.

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Heard on Campus: Rush Holt, retired lawmaker and AAAS leader

Rush Holt, executive officer of the American Association for Advancement of Science, and retired United States congressman, joined a group of leading Penn State researchers at a panel discussion entitled 'Scientist-Citizen: Science Policy in the Age of Promise and Peril' at Penn State's HUB Robeson Center on the evening of Oct. 13.

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Huck Institutes granted Integrated Safety Plan (ISP) certification

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences has been granted certification of its Integrated Safety Plan by Penn State’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

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Too much of a form of vitamin B3 in cells can cause behavioral changes in worms

Experiments show that too much of a form of vitamin B3 -- nicotinamide -- that is produced naturally inside of cells can lead to cell death in certain sensory cells and cause behavioral changes in the worm, Caenorhabditis elegans.

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New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification

A new tool that uses a forest-like array of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes that can be finely tuned to selectively trap viruses by their size can increase the detection threshold for viruses and speed the process of identifying newly-emerging viruses.

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