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Eberly College of Science
Monday, July 18, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- New center to help advance global nuclear power safety
-- Penn State In The News: June 2016
-- Upward Bound Math and Science program to hold research symposium July 18
-- Record-breaking map of 1.2-million galaxies ready to reveal dark matter secrets
-- New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis
-- Physics graduate student Kelly Malone receives DOE award
-- Mathematician aims to learn more about operator algebras

Also in this issue: Media Highlights.

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TOP STORIES:

New center to help advance global nuclear power safety
A new center at Penn State is bringing together experts from across the University in an effort to enhance the safety performance of existing nuclear power plants and promote safety design features of future advanced reactors in the United States and around the globe.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Tq9KCvMY
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Penn State In The News: June 2016
Penn State appears in the news hundreds of times every day. Monthly, the University's Office of Strategic Communications features 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/Tw6Yxbm8
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Upward Bound Math and Science program to hold research symposium July 18
The Upward Bound Math and Science program's 2016 Summer STEM Institute is being held through July 21 on Penn State's University Park campus. At the conclusion of the program, students will understand how to conduct collegiate-level research and give a juried presentation on their findings.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/QcPg4tR2
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Record-breaking map of 1.2-million galaxies ready to reveal dark matter secrets
Astronomers are announcing this week the sharpest view yet of the properties of dark energy -- the force that currently is driving the accelerated expansion of the universe. "These results are a milestone in the study of the large-scale structure of the universe," said Penn State professor Donald Schneider, who was the survey coordinator and scientific publications coordinator for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) -- a collaboration of hundreds of scientists whose work produced the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies as well as one of the most precise measurements yet of dark energy.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/zQQTwRsp
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New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis
A discovery that could enable scientists to design better ways to use light energy and to engineer crop plants that more efficiently harness the energy of the Sun will be published online by the journal Science on Thursday July 7, 2016. The identification of a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum provides clues to the evolution of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/dD5Q6RNZ
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Physics graduate student Kelly Malone receives DOE award
Kelly Malone, a fourth-year graduate student studying particle astrophysics at Penn State, has received the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research program award. Malone was invited to conduct her research at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where she has access to the expertise, resources and capabilities available from the DOE Office of Science.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/mTXS4g1T
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Mathematician aims to learn more about operator algebras
A new National Science Foundation (NSF) focused research group grant awarded to a mathematician in the Eberly College of Science aims to learn new information about operator algebras and their connections with dynamical systems.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/vP7ygZzQ
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More stories: https://news.psu.edu/link/fcpCRcj3

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

Scientific American - Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Treated bed nets cut spread of diseases
Insecticide-treated mosquito nets are effective even against some insecticide-resistant mosquitoes, a new study shows.

https://news.psu.edu/link/PpHhc7Hr
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The Washington Post - Monday, July 11, 2016
Water clouds found outside our solar system
On the dimly glowing remnants of a failed star mere light-years from Earth, scientists have found evidence of water clouds beyond our solar system.

https://news.psu.edu/link/MMfSC2RX
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More: https://news.psu.edu/link/FDTFsTGB

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