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Eberly College of Science
Monday, May 23, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Four synchronized planets reveal clues to how planets form
-- How did the giraffe get its long neck?
-- Under Pressure:
-- Back to the forest
-- How depression and antidepressant drugs work
-- New one-year Smeal master's program to enhance business acumen of STEM students
-- EMS Museum exhibit explores ocean acidification's impact on microscopic sea life
-- Schreyer Honors College presents awards to graduating scholars
-- Quinnan receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
-- Three selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team
-- Penn State Learning honors outstanding guided study group leaders with award
-- Class of 2016 selected for Presidential Leadership Academy
-- Leigh Krompasky and Grace Lee receive the John W. White Graduate Fellowship

VIDEOS:
-- Planet Interactions

PHOTO GALLERIES:
-- Schreyer Honors College Senior Awards Reception May 6

Also in this issue: Media Highlights.

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TOP STORIES:

Four synchronized planets reveal clues to how planets form
The search for planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy has revealed an extraordinary family of planets whose orbits are so carefully timed that they provide long-term stability for their planetary system. A paper describing the formation of this planetary system by a research team that includes a Penn State astrophysicist will be published in the journal Nature on May 11.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/CX8zqTXR
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How did the giraffe get its long neck?
For the first time, the genomes of the giraffe and its closest living relative, the reclusive okapi of the African rainforest, have been sequenced — revealing the first clues about the genetic changes that led to the evolution of the giraffe's exceptionally long neck and its record-holding ranking as the world's tallest land species. Douglas Cavener of Penn State led the research team with Morris Agaba of the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology in Tanzania.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/WScQ56gr
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Under Pressure:
A new, high-pressure technique developed at Penn State may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at a fraction of the size and cost of current technology.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/mDTCmfZ9
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Back to the forest
Ecologist Chris Uhl went to Brazil to see the destruction first-hand. Twenty-five years later, his response has borne amazing fruit for the Amazon rainforest—and the world.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/TXC6Wc_x
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How depression and antidepressant drugs work
New research demonstrates the effectiveness of ketamine to treat depression in a mouse model of the disease and brings together two hypotheses for the cause of depression.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/884y1_pX
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New one-year Smeal master's program to enhance business acumen of STEM students
The Penn State Smeal College of Business will begin accepting applications this summer for fall 2017 enrollment in its new Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership, an accelerated master's program designed primarily for recently graduated baccalaureate students from technical, nonbusiness backgrounds.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/SBLYJ1n2
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EMS Museum exhibit explores ocean acidification's impact on microscopic sea life
On a mission to show how increased atmospheric carbon dioxide can impact microscopic creatures at the base of the food chain in the ocean, a group of geosciences graduate students chose a communication tool that is uncommon for many students: a museum exhibit.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/FdDZtC8m
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Schreyer Honors College presents awards to graduating scholars
Four Schreyer Honors College Scholars, Nicholas Frazzette, Colleen Tygh, Grace Lee and Joshua Bram were selected for the college's annual awards from a group of 28 distinguished finalists for annual awards recognizing their efforts in academic pursuits, research, globalization and civic engagement.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/xLsrYsX6
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Quinnan receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Melissa Quinnan, who recently graduated from the Eberly College of Science with an undergraduate degree in physics, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/B1FC11xT
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Three selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team
Three Penn State student-athletes have been selected to the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District At-Large First Team for District 2. Women's ice hockey player Laura Bowman and wrestling individual national champions Nico Megaludis and Zain Retherford are Penn State's honorees.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/CgQhg9jV
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Penn State Learning honors outstanding guided study group leaders with award
Thanks to the generosity of a former peer leader, Penn State Learning, a no-charge guided study and tutoring service, has selected its first group of Outstanding Guided Study Group Leader Award recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The inaugural recipients, each provided a stipend of $500, are Ryan Creedon, Natalie Morrissey, Jeff Ross, and Nicole Williamson.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/qXSTx1c3
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Class of 2016 selected for Presidential Leadership Academy
Thirty rising sophomores were selected for the Penn State Presidential Leadership Academy class of 2016 from a record number of applications.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/LGvJ5qPG
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Leigh Krompasky and Grace Lee receive the John W. White Graduate Fellowship
The Penn State University Faculty Senate awarded Leigh Krompasky, a senior majoring in science, and Grace Lee, a senior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and genetics and developmental biology, and a Schreyer Scholar, with the John W. White Graduate Fellowship.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/rsgstNj3
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More stories: https://news.psu.edu/link/GFkfYtLn

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VIDEOS:

Planet Interactions
This video illustrates how the mutual gravitational interaction of planets can be used to measure the masses of planets.

Watch video: https://news.psu.edu/link/26mjhGcH
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More videos: https://news.psu.edu/link/GFkfYtLn

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PHOTO GALLERIES:

Schreyer Honors College Senior Awards Reception May 6
Schreyer Honors College recognized the winners of its four annual awards and the winner of the Outstanding Thesis Award at its Senior Awards Reception on May 6.

View photos: https://news.psu.edu/link/C4z64M9P
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More photo galleries: https://news.psu.edu/link/GFkfYtLn

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

Futurity - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Watch electronic material heal after cut in two
A new electronic material can heal all its functions automatically—even after breaking multiple times. This material could improve the durability of wearable electronics.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rFvw3h9t
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The New Yorker - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
How the Giraffe Got Its Neck
For centuries, the giraffe's unusual anatomy has confused and intrigued human observers. The animal's long neck is most baffling of all.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KrV9ccdd
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Space.com - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Exploring the seas of Saturn's moon Titan
NASA researchers discuss the best way to delve into the depths of Saturn's moon Titan in a new clip from the Science channel show "Space's Deepest Secrets."

https://news.psu.edu/link/jzyBdLgQ
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More: https://news.psu.edu/link/kdnsgKnp

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