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Engineering Biofilms: Understanding how bacteria function in communities could lead to a host of new applications

From oil-spill clean-up to producing alternative fuels, microbial communities have the potential to do great good. Professor Tom Wood is determined to figure out how.

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Penn State open online course "infects" learners, causing a "virtual pandemic"

In a free new online course, "Epidemics: the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases," offered by the Eberly College of Science at Penn State, students and members of the public will learn about how infectious diseases spread by playing a real-time epidemic game " a "virtual apocalypse," which instructors will run in parallel with the more traditional lessons.

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Penn State Hershey researcher receives $765,000 for diabetes research

Work done by Penn State College of Medicines Dr. Alaa S. Awad to identify potential new therapies for diabetic kidney disease recently earned $765,000 through Novo Nordisk's Diabetes Innovation Award Program.

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19th Plant Biology Symposium at Penn State will be hosted by Plant Biology graduate program

The international conference, entitled "Cellulose synthesis, structure, matrix interactions and technology," will be held May 16-18, 2013, at University Park, and is being sponsored by the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation.

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Probing Question: Is being overweight always bad for your health?

According to Gordon Jensen, head of Penn State's Department of Nutritional Sciences, the answer may be "no" " at least for those of us who are lucky enough to live to the age of 75 and beyond.

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Craig E. Cameron appointed the Eberly Family Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Craig E. Cameron, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been appointed the Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Engineering control theory helps create dynamic brain models

Models of the human brain, patterned on engineering control theory, may some day help researchers control such neurological diseases as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and migraines, according to Steven Schiff, who is using mathematical models of neuron networks from which more complex brain models emerge.

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Decoys could blunt spread of ash-killing beetles

After 25 years, Tom Baker and other researchers may have found a way to keep the emerald ash borer in check.

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Huck Institutes graduate student launches Yellowstone Wolf: Project Citizen Science

Ecology student Emily Almberg is working to harness public interest in Yellowstone's wolves with a citizen science website aimed at improving research and public outreach.

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Microbes team up to boost plants' stress tolerance

While most farmers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to Marilyn Roossinck.

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Evolution helped turn hairless skin into a canvas for self-expression

Hairless skin first evolved in humans as a way to keep cool " and then turned into a canvas to help them look cool, according to Nina Jablonski.

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Modern life may cause sun exposure, skin pigmentation mismatch

As people move more often and become more urbanized, skin color " an adaptation that took hundreds of thousands of years to develop in humans " may lose some of its evolutionary advantage, according to Nina Jablonski.

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Wild plants are infected with many viruses and still thrive

Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans, domestic animals, and plants, but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative, benevolent role of the microbe, according to Marilyn Roossinck.

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Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core Facility is putting tobacco settlement funds to innovative good use

For researchers at Penn State interested in biological mass spectrometry (MS) analysis, the Facility's newest mass spectrometer " the Thermo LTQ Orbitrap Velos " has become the instrument of choice.

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Computer modeling breaks new ground in study of root architecture

The United Nations estimates that one in every seven people around the world is hungry; fortunately, Jonathan Lynch and Kathleen Brown are getting to the root of this problem using Information Technology (IT).

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Social media abuzz about how to breed super queen bees

While honey bee populations dwindle across the globe, Christina Grozinger and other Penn State researchers aim to use communication technologies to spread revolutionary beekeeping techniques that will help offset the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

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Physiology IGDP students win awards for research and scholarship

Theresa Carr and Brenna Hill have been selected, respectively, as recipients of the Alumni Association Dissertation Award and the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award

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Penn State and the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology receive one of five new grants from the World Health Organization's TDR program

The grant from the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) will fund 3 years of research on the impact of climate and land-use changes on trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and malaria dynamics in Tanzania's semi-arid Maasai Steppe region.

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Graduate students sought for CarbonEARTH fellowships

The program is seeking exceptional graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for several $2,500/month National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Fellowships, beginning Aug. 1, 2013.

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Daniel Hagen selected to serve on Penn State's Presidential Search and Screen Committee

Dr. Hagen is one of 18 individuals recently selected to help find Penn State's next president.

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