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Monday, May 23, 2016



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.  Full story

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.  Full story

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.   Full story

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.  Full story

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.  Full story

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.   Full story

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.  Full story



Planet Interactions

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

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