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.
Building A Better Honeybee
January 8, 2016
Honeybees have almost become an annual crop. In fact, honey bee die-offs are so common now that beekeepers generally just order more bees in the spring when they lose a hive over the winter.
Researchers receive $10.2 million to study new malaria-prevention method
January 6, 2016
In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing "eave tubes" that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting developed by Dutch partner In2Care that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.