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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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Using satellite images to better target vaccination

A team of researchers led by Penn State scientists have combined satellite imagery, vaccination records, and measles case reports to illustrate how using predictable population fluctuations can help to improve vaccination coverage — a vital factor in combatting infectious disease outbreaks.

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Retired congressman, AAAS CEO Holt to lead panel on science and politics

The Penn State community is invited to join a panel discussion featuring a scientist-turned-lawmaker and a group of leading Penn State researchers about the role of scientists helping to shape policy for a more sustainable future.

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Artificial intelligence could help farmers diagnose crop diseases

A network of computers fed a large image dataset can learn to recognize specific plant diseases with a high degree of accuracy, potentially paving the way for field-based crop-disease identification using smartphones, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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New Media & Communications Service Desk now live

Huck Media & Communications has launched its new service desk and media guide, a comprehensive resource for communications-related information and support.

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Low-cost sensor for cystic fibrosis diagnosis based on citrate

Penn State biomaterials scientists have developed a new, inexpensive method for detecting salt concentrations in sweat or other bodily fluids. The fluorescent sensor, derived from citric acid molecules, is highly sensitive and highly selective for chloride, the key diagnostic marker in cystic fibrosis.

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Congratulations to National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients Nathan Hepler, Lila Rieber, and David Villalta

The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 14 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2016-17 academic year -- among them, Huck Institutes intercollege graduate degree program (IGDP) students Nathan Hepler (Plant Biology), Lila Rieber (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences), and David Villalta (Ecology).

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Foliage display may suffer in parts of Pa. due to drought conditions

Drought conditions in parts of Pennsylvania, particularly in the northcentral region, are likely to dampen the fall foliage display, according to a forest ecologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Greg Ning, Microscopy Facility director, awarded Diatome Prize

Dr. Gang (Greg) Ning, director of the Huck Institutes' Microscopy Facility, was awarded the Diatome U.S. 1st place prize for his poster during the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) Annual Meeting held July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

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First accurate simulation of a virus invading a cell

For the first time, scientists know what happens to a virus' shape when it invades a host cell, thanks to an experiment by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Understanding how the virus shape changes could lead to more effective anti-viral therapies.

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Researchers promote STEM education through online learning and 3-D models

Funded by the Social Science Research Institute, the Brain3M project aims to enhance middle school science education through virtual and 3-D printed brain models. (The “3M” stands for mobile devices, magnetic resonance imaging and 3-D models.)

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We Are: Meet 'dreamer,' student and plant biologist Shu Li

Shu Li is getting ready to defend her research and earn a Ph.D. in plant biology, but her reach already goes beyond the lab or classroom.

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David Hughes to be featured on President Barron’s WPSU show Sept. 11

Penn State President Eric J. Barron’s monthly WPSU show returns for its third season when it airs at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, on WPSU-TV. Barron will welcome Huck Institutes researcher David Hughes of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) to discuss how Penn State researchers utilize crowdsourcing and mobile technology to protect the world's food supply.

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New book illustrates the wonderful world of viruses

A new book by Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and environmental microbiology at Penn State, reveals the fascinating world of viruses, from the deadly to the beneficial. Titled "Virus: An Illustrated Guide to 101 Incredible Microbes," the book was published this summer by Princeton University Press.

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New Innovation Gateway connects researchers to industry funding

Penn State’s Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) has announced the creation of a new, interactive online platform that will help the University’s researchers collaborate better with industry, increase commercialization opportunities and obtain new funding sources for research projects.

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Katriona Shea elected Fellow of Ecological Society of America

Katriona Shea -- Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences at Penn State, and faculty member in the Huck Institutes' Ecology IGDP -- has been elected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

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Nina Jablonski to deliver inaugural Liberal Arts First-Year Lecture

Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology, will deliver the inaugural Liberal Arts First-Year Lecture at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in 129 Waring Commons. The theme of Jablonski's presentation will be “You, the Liberal Arts, and the Human Condition.”

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