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Monday, June 6, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- New targets for vaccines identified on the surface of the malaria parasite
-- Discovered: Why warm galaxies stop birth of new stars
-- Fortuitous Fire
-- Penn State scientists share in Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
-- Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries
-- Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition
-- Energy Days symposium explores Penn State's role in shaping the future of energy
-- Penn State In The News: May 2016
-- Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2016
-- Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2016
-- Ten Penn State research groups produce winning posters for Energy Days 2016
-- Penn State professor elected to Hungarian Academy of Sciences

VIDEOS:
-- Probing Questions: What can we do to save coral reefs?

Also in this issue: Media Highlights.

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TOP STORIES:

New targets for vaccines identified on the surface of the malaria parasite
Dozens of potential new protein targets for malaria vaccines have been identified and characterized on the surface of the transmitted sporozoite stage of the malaria parasite in a new study by a team of researchers at Penn State and other universities. The research also demonstrates, for the first time, that some proteins on the surface of the parasite have sugar additions that could cloak them from the human immune system.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/L_hyndfw
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Discovered: Why warm galaxies stop birth of new stars
Astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, including scientists at Penn State University, are announcing the discovery of a new class of galaxies called "red geysers." These galaxies harbor supermassive black holes with winds that produce a mysterious kind of "galactic warming" that, over the last few billion years, has turned huge numbers of galaxies into deserts devoid of fresh young stars.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/DJcNHS7w
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Fortuitous Fire
By removing shade cover and letting more sunshine reach the forest floor, prescribed burns may give rattlesnakes a boost.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/qVrN3gyG
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Penn State scientists share in Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Merging black holes ripple space and time in this artist's concept. For the first time, scientists announced in February 2016 that they observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This observation, from a research team that includes Penn State scientists, confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, published in 1916, and opens an unprecedented new window onto the universe.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/px9cgxn1
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Study of fungi-insect relationships may lead to new evolutionary discoveries
Zombie ants are only one of the fungi-insect relationships studied by a team of Penn State biologists in a newly compiled database of insect fungi interactions.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/wGzTTPnv
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Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition
Synthetic proteins based on those found in a variety of squid species' ring teeth may lead the way to self-healing polymers carefully constructed for specific toughness and stretchability that might have applications in textiles, cosmetics and medicine, according to Penn State researchers.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/vBg9rpGR
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Energy Days symposium explores Penn State's role in shaping the future of energy
Penn State Energy Days, a two-day symposium organized by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), took place May 19 and 20 at Penn State Law.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/h5Dmn8_L
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Penn State In The News: May 2016
In a monthly feature, Penn State's Office of Strategic Communications will feature national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State's faculty, students and staff.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/H9XYHjYb
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Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2016
Following is a list of fixed-term faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2016.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Yx3RjqkP
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Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2016
The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1, 2016.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/ZCZq_Ddg
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Ten Penn State research groups produce winning posters for Energy Days 2016
Ten posters were awarded first prize in various categories during Energy Days 2016, held May 19-20 on the University Park Campus. The winning posters, as well as all posters from Energy Days, are viewable online.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/KRC4_CQG
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Penn State professor elected to Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Reka Albert, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Biology at Penn State, has been elected as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/MLDs3zD1
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More stories: https://news.psu.edu/link/kZF7QpXJ

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VIDEOS:

Probing Questions: What can we do to save coral reefs?
Todd LaJeunesse, associate professor of biology, studies coral reefs, a crucial ecosystem in decline worldwide. In this Probing Questions video, LaJeunesse touches on what people can do to reverse this trend and allow the reefs to recover.

Watch video: https://news.psu.edu/link/4GRp48b3
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More videos: https://news.psu.edu/link/kZF7QpXJ

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

NPR - Thursday, June 2, 2016
She's a man-eater, and that's OK with the males
Male orb-weaving spiders get devoured by the females they mate with, but a new study shows that at least they get to choose their mate.

https://news.psu.edu/link/L8sKNG_v
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More: https://news.psu.edu/link/RzNXp9SM

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