Penn State harnessing research muscle to fight infectious diseases
February 9, 2016
It’s easy to forget about the deadly diseases of the past when decades-old breakthroughs in science and medicine have kept them at bay for so long. Diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio tend to lose their shock value when they’re out of sight and mind — as they have been, by and large, since the mid-20th century.
Collaboration, research key to managing invasive species
February 9, 2016
Invasive species, such as the gypsy moth and emerald ash borer, have had devastating effects on Pennsylvania's forests, and the keys to combatting these threats are active management, collaboration and research, according to U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson.
Summer Internships – Insect Biodiversity and Evolution
February 5, 2016
The research team at the Frost Entomological Museum seeks four undergraduate summer interns to assist with projects related to insect biodiversity and evolution. Interns will receive training in fieldwork, curation, biodiversity informatics, specimen collection and preparation, microscopy, diagnostics, and, depending on his/her project: taxonomy, rearing, dissection, GC-MS, transcriptomics, niche modeling, 3D reconstruction, histology, and novel approaches to visualizing insect anatomy.
Conflict among honey bee genes supports theory of altruism
January 13, 2016
Using modern genetic approaches, a team of researchers has provided strong support for the long-standing, but hotly debated, evolutionary theory of kin selection, which suggests that altruistic behavior occurs as a way to pass genes to the next generation.