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Donald Bryant elected to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology

The three-year term is an elected position that is voted upon by the membership of the Academy " the honorific arm of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Scott Showalter receives the inaugural Eastern Analytical Society New Faculty Award in NMR Spectroscopy

The award recognizes outstanding contributions by new faculty to the development of the field of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

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Chocolate genome research is good for farmers, the environment, and sweet lovers

Using genome sequencing programs and computer clusters at Penn State and abroad, Mark Guiltinan and colleagues have mapped the cacao genome and are working to breed better, more disease-resistant cacao plants.

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Awards announced: Shared Technology Facilities pilot projects

The first round of funded projects will receive up to $10,000 per award.

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Interaction of genes and environment influences obesity in children

Kathleen Keller and colleagues at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine find that while neither genes nor the environment alone can predict obesity in children, a strong relationship emerges when these factors are considered together.

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Students get unique environmental research experience in Spain

Over the past two years, Margot and Jason Kaye have coordinated trips to Madrid, Spain, for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences to conduct research in global climate change ecology.

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Individual gene differences can be tested in zebrafish

Keith Cheng and his lab are using the zebrafish to test a class of unique individual genetic differences in humans, in order to better understand the biological results of those differences.

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NSF grant seeks to replicate human pattern recognition in computers

Yanxi Liu and Rick Gilmore will collaborate with Stanford's Anthony Norcia to bridge the gap between how humans and computers perceive and process visual patterns.

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Lisa Gatzke-Kopp is featured in a new Research Unplugged video

This excerpt from the October 11 session of Research Unplugged features a discussion of the role of dopamine in behavioral patterns of children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Penn State Profiles is launched at University Park

Software tool for research networking and expertise mining shows traditional directory information and illustrates how researchers are connected to one another in the broader community.

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Textbook for Domestic Animal Reproductive Genomics

Center member Troy Ott co-edited "Reproductive Genomics in Domestic Animals," a thorough examination of genomics in the livestock industry, encompassing genome sciences, genome biotechnology, and reproduction.

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Introducing Jian Yang

There is a new researcher in the Millennium Science Complex developing vascular grafts to treat atherosclerosis, bio-glue to aid wound closure without stitches, a biopolymer to induce bone regeneration, an injectible hydrogel to aid in cancer treatment, and biodegradable photoluminescent nanomaterials for use in therapeutic nanomedicine.

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Public health messages can influence infectious disease stigmas

Crafting public health messages about a disease may create stigmas that influence how likely people are to endorse certain interventions " such as isolating infected persons, forcing treatment on them, and mapping their location " according to researcher Rachel Smith.

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New method of resurfacing bone improves odds of successful grafts

Coating a bone graft with an inorganic compound found in bones and teeth may significantly increase the likelihood of a successful implant, according to researchers including Henry Donahue at Penn State's College of Medicine.

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Research looks at hydrology, soil constraints to shale-gas development

Across the Appalachian Plateau in Pennsylvania, 50 to 70 percent of shale-gas pads are being developed on slopes that could be prone to erosion and sedimentation problems, according to Patrick Drohan and other researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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A warm, wet fall would dampen foliage colors

This summer was notable because of drought conditions in June and July, and searing heat in July, but that won't limit the beauty of Pennsylvania's fall foliage.

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Physiology students awarded for research and scholarship

Paige Chandler, Alexandra Machikas, Mariano Russo, Sarah Owusu, Nathan Garvin, and Darshan Trivedi have all received awards from state and national institutions.

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ScholarSphere repository launched

Designed to collect, preserve, and share digital research content across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and media types, ScholarSphere is now available to the Penn State University community.

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DNA analysis aids in classifying single-celled algae

A group of single-celled algae known as Symbiodinium, which live inside corals and are critical to their survival, are only now being separated into species via DNA analysis by researchers including Todd LaJeunesse.

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Wolf mange is part of nature's cycle

Emily Almberg and Peter Hudson discuss the impact of mange and viral diseases on the wolf packs living in Yellowstone National Park.

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