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Biomedical engineers find neural activity during rest is highly organized


When mice rest, individual neurons fire in seconds-long, coordinated cascades, triggering activity across the brain, according to research from Penn State and the National Institutes of Health.

Salvaging rare earth elements from electronic waste


Manufacturers rely on rare earth elements, like neodymium, to create strong magnets used in motors for electronics including hybrid cars, aircraft generators, loudspeakers, hard drives and in-ear headphones.

Student entrepreneurs Q&A: Sydney Gibbard and Leo Girlando


As Penn State has grown entrepreneurship education across the University, more than 19,000 students from have enrolled in at least one course offered in the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Penn State President Eric Barron told the Board of Trustees during a report today (Nov. 12).

Penn State launches Center for Neurotechnology in Mental Health Research


Penn State is launching a University-wide center to bridge fundamental research to understand the brain and mind with potential clinical applications for diagnosing and treating mental health disorders.

Engineer receives Trailblazer grant to create smart skin grafts


Nearly 35 million people in the United States with diabetes face a common effect of dysregulated glucose: chronic, slow-healing wounds.

Engineer invited to present research at two international conferences


Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in Penn State’s College of Engineering, has been selected to present at two invite-only scientific conferences.

Saliva-based COVID-19 test may provide at-home results in 30 minutes


Penn State researchers plan to develop an affordable and accurate at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test, rivaling the simplicity and convenience of pregnancy tests and glucose monitors, but with higher sensitivity.

A new twist on 2D materials may lead to improved electronic, optical devices


The two types of interfaces between layers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) 2D materials where the top layer is a Janus TMD with two types of atoms (selenium and sulfur) and the bottom layer is a regular TMD with one type of atom (sulfur).

Monitoring glucose levels, no needles required


Noninvasive glucose monitoring devices are not currently commercially available in the United States, so people with diabetes must collect blood samples or use sensors embedded under the skin to measure their blood sugar levels.

Wearable head scanner could allow for comfort, mobility during brain scans


To collect accurate images of a patient's brain, the patient must be still and confined in a tube-like MRI scanner for a long period of time.

Multi-institute team awarded NSF grant to develop dynamic architected materials


A multi-institute collaboration including Yun Jing, associate professor of acoustics and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to design architected materials that are fine-tuned with dynamic behaviors.

$1.3M grant to study brain function during anesthesia-induced unconsciousness


Anesthesia has been used for surgeries and procedures for almost two centuries, but scientists are just now making advances in determining what our brains do when we lose and recover consciousness.

$1.25M grant lays groundwork for synthetic tendon and ligament implants


Torn ligaments and tendons are the bane of athletes and runners, difficult to heal and often taking months or years of rehab.

Undergraduate engineering programs once again rank among nation's best


In the recently released 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks No. 21 in the country, advancing one place from last year's report.

Penn State, Freiburg faculty collaborate on early cancer diagnostics


In 2019, Penn State and the University of Freiburg conducted the third year of their Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-grant-funded program designed to facilitate collaborative research and teaching projects to become sustainable, self-supporting, long-term activities.

Graphene made with lasers for wearable health devices


Graphene, hexagonally arranged carbon atoms in a single layer with superior pliability and high conductivity, could advance flexible electronics according to a Penn State-led international research team.

Researchers use stem cells to make insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells


The human body can be genetically inclined to attack its own cells, destroying the beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin, which helps convert sugar into energy.

Biomedical engineer to lead Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology


The Penn State Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology's (CoEIB) fourth fall semester is its first under the leadership of Dan Hayes.

Associate director named for Penn State Center for Biodevices


The Penn State Center for Biodevices has a new associate director who will further cement its cross-disciplinary goals: Gregory Lewis, associate professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, with courtesy appointments in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and engineering science and mechanics.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers announces fellow, conference honoree


A College of Engineering faculty member and student were recently honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Penn State team earns second place in international entrepreneurship competition


A team composed of Penn State students and partners from other universities recently claimed second place in the Creating Shared Value Challenge, an international competition which invited student teams from around the world to pitch business ideas that promised to advance social good.

Novel method of imaging silicon anode degradation may lead to better batteries


A novel method of characterizing the structural and chemical evolution of silicon and a thin layer that governs battery stability may help resolve issues that prevent using silicon for high-capacity batteries, according to a group of researchers.

Researchers film human viruses in liquid droplets at near-atomic detail


In an effort to expand the tools scientists have to study the microscopic world, researchers led by Penn State Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics and Professor of Biomedical Engineering Deb Kelly recorded live, 20-second-long movies of human viruses floating in liquid at near-atomic detail in an electron microscope.

A naturally inspired, reusable system that purifies water and builds itself


In nature, the interaction of molecules at the boundary of different liquids can give rise to new structures.

From waste to wear: How squid may be key to material revolution


With elongated bodies, large eyes and a combination of arms and tentacles, squid appear alien.

Penn State's biotechnology community overcomes COVID-19 challenges


One of the many Penn State units that adapted to the pandemic's challenges was the Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology (CoEIB).

Engineers find imaging technique could become treatment for deep vein thrombosis


A Penn State research team found that their method of imaging clots may actually help treat them, too. They published their results in Advance Healthcare Materials.

Penn State research teams awarded seed grants to advance biodevices


Interdisciplinary research teams from across Penn State recently received seed grants from the Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant program and the Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant program to fund their work in advancing biodevices.

National Institutes of Health funds neural engineering graduate training program


Penn State has a new cross-disciplinary program to train graduate students interested in the complex landscape of the human brain, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Student research sheds new light on inner ear disease


The function and purpose of the Bast valve, a thin membrane in the inner ear, has largely been a mystery to medical professionals since it was discovered more than 100 years ago.

54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education


Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded to 54 undergraduate Penn State students to cover costs related to undergraduate research.

Eight scholars begin summer Translational Science Fellowship program


Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s 2021 Translational Science Fellowship summer program begins this week.

$1 million grant to address cold storage logistics in vaccine delivery


With a $1 million grant, Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will study a new protein coating that could eliminate the need for drug refrigeration.

New tissue-closure model may aid in promotion of faster wound healing


The observation of a previously undetected biological mechanism for closing gaps in living tissue improves basic understanding of the wound-healing process and may one day inform strategies to speed healing after surgery, according to a team of Penn State and Singapore researchers.

Coupled brain activity, cerebrospinal fluid flow could indicate Alzheimer's risk


Penn State researchers may have discovered a potential marker to clinically evaluate patients’ risk for Alzheimer's disease through non-invasive imaging tests, according to a study published today (June 1) in PLOS Biology.

University Libraries Research Awards honor 100 students from 19 campuses


Penn State University Libraries presented its fourth annual Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy honors at the end of the spring 2021 semester to 100 students at nearly all undergraduate Penn State campuses.

Protein simulation, experiments unveil clues on origins of Parkinson's disease


Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem teamed up to study the different conformations of a protein called alpha-synuclein, which when combined to form harmful aggregates, may lead to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Three student startups win $10,000 each in 'Shark Tank'-style competition


Three Penn State student startups each won $10,000 for their startups in the annual "Shark Tank"-style Inc.U Competition hosted by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP).

What makes plant cell walls both strong and extensible?


A plant cell wall's unique ability to expand without weakening or breaking -- a quality required for plant growth -- is due to the movement of its cellulose skeleton, according to new research that models the cell wall.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions


Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering tenure-line faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1.

College of Engineering announces Learning Factory capstone project winners


The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the spring Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, which took place virtually for the second year in a row.

Trustees approve plans, funds for new West 1 engineering building


The Board of Trustees today (May 7) approved the final plans and construction of a new engineering research and teaching space at the University Park campus.

Engineering students and clubs recognized with leadership and service awards


Penn State recognized its recipients for student service and leadership awards and student organization and involvement awards?during the week of April 26.

The micro-environment of breast cancer in three dimensions


Penn State engineers used 3D bio printing to study how cancerous tumors communicate with their environment to aggressively invade.

College of Engineering hosts inaugural Engineering Equity Summit


The inaugural Engineering Equity Summit, presented by the College of Engineering Diversity Student Round Table, took place virtually on April 10-11.

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society


The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarships to three Penn State engineering students.

Skin and bones repaired by bioprinting during surgery


Fixing traumatic injuries to the skin and bones of the face and skull is difficult because of the many layers of different types of tissues involved, but now, researchers have repaired such defects in a rat model using bioprinting during surgery, and their work may lead to faster and better methods of healing skin and bones.

College of Engineering announces Research Symposium winners


The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of the College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Wednesday, April 14, on the virtual platform Gather.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals


Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for Penn State’s spring commencement ceremony.

Five startup teams selected for 2021 Summer Founders program


The Summer Founders program selected five teams from a pool of applicants spanning eight different Penn State campuses, four academic colleges, and The Graduate School at Penn State.

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees


The Penn State College of Engineering has selected the first cohort of honorees as part of its new 40 Under 40 Alumni Award program, which recognizes graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact.

Antibody binding-site conserved across COVID-19 virus variants


A tiny protein of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that gives rise to COVID-19, may have big implications for future treatments, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Subscription database for dancers pitch wins 2021 IdeaMakers Challenge


On March 24, five interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students pitched their ideas during the final round of the IdeaMakers Challenge.

University-wide COVID-19 response initiative marks a year of solutions, impact


One year ago, as physicians and administrators at Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prepared for the impact of COVID-19, a consortium of Penn State researchers joined together to make a positive impact.

Materials Research Institute announces seed grant recipients


The Penn State Materials Research Institute (MRI) has announced the 2021 recipients of seed grants that will enable University faculty to establish new collaborations with partners outside their own units for exploration of transformative ideas for high-impact materials science and engineering.

Student teams to compete on WPSU's 'The Investment'


The top six Penn State student startup teams have been selected for the 2021 Inc.U Competition and will compete on WPSU's Shark Tank-style TV show "The Investment" for a chance at a share of up to $30,000 in funding for their startup.

Biomedical engineer elected to two national societies


Keefe Manning, professor of biomedical engineering and surgery at Penn State, has been elected as a fellow of both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

FacultyXchange connects biodevices researchers in academia, industry


The Center for Biodevices in the College of Engineering at Penn State hosted its second annual Faculty Xchange on Feb. 10. More than 165 researchers and clinicians attended the virtual event.

Researchers awarded $1.5M to create stem cell predictive model


Stem cells are the building blocks of the body, according to Penn State researchers. Though similar to one another at their origins, stem cells take on unique characteristics as they mature, becoming specialized cells throughout the body -- such as bone, muscle, ligament, tissue or other organ cells.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The Penn State College of Engineering recently awarded more than $300,000 to six project teams through its Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants program.

Biomedical engineering professor named 'Rising Star' by professional society


Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, received a 2021 Rising Star Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group (CMBE SIG).

Multidisciplinary researcher bridges Penn State departments as first joint hire


Nina Lauharatanahirun joined Penn State’s College of Engineering and College of Health and Human Development on Jan. 1 as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and biobehavioral health.

Therapeutic cell researcher joins biomedical engineering and Huck Institutes


Yuguo "Leo" Lei joined the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering as an associate professor and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences as the inaugural faculty director of the Sartorius Cell Culture Facility in a joint appointment on Jan. 1.

Increased blood flow during sleep tied to critical brain function


Our brains experience significant changes in blood flow and neural activity during sleep, according to Penn State researchers.

Engineer awarded NSF grant to investigate acoustic graphene properties


Penn State researchers received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to further explore the characteristics of an acoustic technology inspired by nanoscale electronics.

Engineering professor named Microscopy Society of America president-elect


Deborah Kelly, Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics and professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, was elected president of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). Her three-year commitment as first president-elect, then president, then past president, began in January.

Resist the resistance: Fighting the good fight against bacteria


Drug-resistant bacteria could lead to more deaths than cancer by 2050, according to a report commissioned by the United Kingdom in 2014 and jointly supported by the U.K. government and the Wellcome Trust.

Engineering students draw inspiration from art to test COVID-19 biodevice


As a discipline, engineering often challenges students to fuse technical skills with creative design. During the fall semester, a Penn State College of Engineering senior capstone design group took this notion one step further through a collaboration with Bonnie Collura, professor of art and sculpture in the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins national award


The Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the seventh consecutive year at the virtual WE20 National Conference.

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