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Eric Post awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement

The Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member was accorded this honor by his peers for scholarly excellence in the life and health sciences.

Dr. Post is one of the world’s leading authorities on the large-scale ecological effects of climate change — specifically the response of Arctic ecosystems to climate change — and his models were the first to couple large-scale climate variation with population dynamics in herbivores.

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Luscher advisees awarded at Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Vladimir Khristov and Garret Cheung, two undergraduate students advised by Beni Luscher, took second prize in the life and health sciences category.

At the Exhibition held on April 11, 2012, the two students placed second out of 55 total presenters in the life and health sciences category with their presentation, "Multi-disciplinary approaches to underst

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Luscher advisees awarded at Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Vladimir Khristov and Garret Cheung " two undergraduate students advised by Beni Luscher " took second prize in the life and health sciences category.

At the Exhibition held on April 11, 2012, the two students placed second out of 55 total presenters in the life and health sciences category with their presentation, "Multi-disciplinary approaches to underst

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Volumetrics helps dieters manage hunger while losing weight

Penn State professor Barbara Rolls " the Helen A. Guthrie Chair of Nutritional Sciences and a Huck Institutes faculty member in the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity " has just published her third book on volumetrics, entitled "The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet."

What is volumetrics?

Volumetrics is based on the concept of satiety, wherein eating foods that are less nutrient-dense allows dieters to consume their customary portions and thus feel full while cutting calories.

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New research reveals deep-ocean impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

A team led by Penn State biology professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Charles Fisher finds compelling evidence of the impact on deep-water coral communities in the Gulf of Mexico.

The results of the study have been published in the Early Edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, entitled "Impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a deep-water coral community in the Gulf of

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Materials Visualization Competition announced for 2012

All Penn State researchers working on materials-related projects are eligible to enter. Deadline for submission is March 28, 2012.

About the competition

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Faculty Research Expertise Database (FRED) to be replaced by Penn State Profiles

The Faculty Research Expertise Database (FRED) is scheduled to be decommissioned, and will be replaced on April 2, 2012 by Penn State Profiles.

Starting April 2, all traffic to fred.psu.edu will be automatically redirected to profiles.psu.edu.

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Two Huck Institutes faculty members to speak at Research Unplugged

Keith Cheng and Mary Poss will discuss genetics and virology, respectively.

Research Unplugged, a free public speaker series sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of University Relations, brings University researchers to the community to facilitate discussion of current scientific issues.

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Wine ratings are a product of experts' sensitive taste

A team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes faculty member John Hayes has found empirical evidence that wine experts tend to be particularly sensitive to small taste differences, thereby casting doubt on the consumer utility of experts' wine ratings and recommendations.

Participants in the study sampled propylthiouracil, an odorless chemical which is perceived as being tasteless to mildly bitter by individuals with average sensitivity, but which is extremely bitter to those with heightened sensitivity.

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College of Medicine researchers featured in recent media

Huck Institutes faculty members Wafik El-Deiry, James Broach and Xuemei Huang have each been featured in recent Penn State publications.

Wafik El-Deiry

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Huck Institutes establish the Huck Innovative & Transformational Seed (HITS) Fund

Through the establishment of the HITS Fund, the Huck Institutes seek to support truly innovative and transformational research within the life sciences arena at Penn State.

The Huck Institutes seek to support projects that are bold, have high impact, and would transform our understanding or provide a solution to a pressing issue.

We expect high risk, but if the project works, a very high return.

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Huck Institutes establish the Huck Innovative & Transformational Seed (HITS) Fund

Through the establishment of the HITS Fund, the Huck Institutes seek to support truly innovative and transformational research within the life sciences arena at Penn State.

The Huck Institutes seek to support projects that are bold, have high impact, and would transform our understanding or provide a solution to a pressing issue.

We expect high risk, but if the project works, a very high return.

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Researchers develop app for predicting effects of coffee and caffeine

Penn State professor and Huck Institutes faculty member Frank Ritter, and fellow professor Kuo-Chuan Yeh, have developed the Caffeine Zone app for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The app produces graphs of individuals' projected caffeine experience by allowing them to enter information about their prior and projected consumption, and then integrating that information with existing data on the effects of caffeine.

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Department of Chemistry and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology seek to hire junior faculty

Position in structural biochemistry with emphasis on X-ray crystallography and related methods

The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State are seeking outstanding applicants for a junior faculty position in structural bioc

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Researchers seek participants for prostate cancer study

Huck Institutes faculty member Karam El-Bayoumy and fellow researchers from the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute are studying the effects of selenium on antigen levels and other markers.

The mineral selenium is known to protect against cancer in laboratory animal models, and Dr.

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Andrew Read appointed Alumni Professor in Biological Sciences

The Penn State professor and director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics has been recognized for excellence in teaching.

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Huck Institutes researchers featured in video "Inspiring Collaboration"

Penn State professors and Huck Institutes faculty members Robert Paulson and Sandeep Prabhu have been recognized for their research yielding a possible leukemia cure.

The researchers

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Penn State Hershey campus plans to extend REDCap usage to University Park

The REDCap web application was designed exclusively to support data capture for research studies, and allows users to build and manage online surveys and databases quickly and securely.

If you have multiple researchers trying to enter data into Excel spreadsheets, perhaps you should consider using REDCap.

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Huck Institutes and Penn State Hershey Medical Center announce grants concept development initiative

Portfolios are requested for high visibility, high risk, transformative research projects.

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center would like to build a portfolio of high visibility, high risk, transformative research projects that can be submitted to funding sources such as the

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Millennium Science Complex hosts first interdisciplinarily focused open house

Microscopy & Cytometry Facility collaborates with Materials Characterization Lab, showcasing benefits for materials researchers and life scientists, alike

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