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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.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced


The College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase for the fall semester took place virtually from Friday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 18. Students shared the culmination of their semester-long projects on the showcase's website.

Penn State's industryXchange explores collaborations in artificial intelligence


The Penn State College of Engineering hosted the fourth annual industryXchange on Dec. 7-8. The virtual event brought together members of industry, Penn State faculty and students, and government agencies to explore collaboration opportunities on this year’s focus, "Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning."

Some neurons target tiny cerebral blood vessel dilation


Neurons control blood flow in tiny vessels in the brain, but researchers know little about this relationship. Now a team of Penn State engineers has found a connection between nitric oxide expressing neurons and changes in arterial diameters in mice, which may shed light on brain function and aging.

Penn State researchers engineer cells to better target cancer


In cell-based immunotherapy, a treatment being explored for cancer, the body’s immune cells are modified to eliminate cancer cells more effectively. Immune cells can kill cancer cells on their own but have some difficulty recognizing the substance produced by tumors that provides information on what cells to target.

A virtual Materials Day maintains a spirit of engagement while social distancing


When Materials Day 2020 was in the planning stages back in 2019, none of the Materials Research Institute (MRI) faculty and staff involved in developing Penn State’s marquee materials science and engineering event had any thoughts about doing any part of it virtually -- until a pandemic hit.

Penn State seed grant leads to NSF funding to study stress wave mitigation


Seismic waves make the Earth quake, shaking the developments on the planet’s surface. But what if there were a way to stop those seismic waves from reaching buildings, bridges or entire towns? What if the energy from the waves could potentially be redirected or even harnessed, just by building a structure on the ground?

Six engineering graduate students named Leighton Riess Graduate Fellows


Six engineering graduate students were recently selected to receive the Leighton Riess Graduate Fellowship in Engineering. This fellowship is coordinated by the Penn State Center for Biodevices, housed in the College of Engineering.

Biomedical engineers find active particles swim against the current


Researchers are beginning to understand the behavior of so-called "active" particles, which, if it can be controlled, has potential implications for engineered drug delivery systems and smart 3D printing, according to an interdisciplinary Penn State research team.

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday


The Penn State College of Engineering invites alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the power of giving back as part of #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Novel cellulose finding may lead to new chemicals, biofuels


A multi-institutional research group led by two Penn State faculty members has identified, for the first time, how cellulose crystals orient themselves relative to the cell wall in plants, with potential implications for chemical and energy development.

Engineering professor named chair of NIH study section


Deborah Kelly, Penn State Lloyd & Dottie Foehr Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics, director of the Penn State Center for Structural Oncology and professor of biomedical engineering, has accepted an appointment as chair of the National Institutes of Health's Macromolecular Structure and Function B Study Section, directed by the Center for Scientific Review.

Researchers apply nanoscale graphene 'magic' angle to acoustics


Two atomically thin carbon sheets stacked on top of each other, called bilayer graphene, exhibit unique properties when one of the layers is twisted at a certain angle -- a "magic" angle.

Schreyer Scholar helping to nurture young students' interest in STEM


Sydney Gibbard's parents and teachers helped encourage her interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Penn State biomedical engineering and premedicine student and Schreyer Honors Scholar is now working to help elementary school students develop similar interests and maintain them throughout their lives.

Two-hour sepsis test in development at Penn State


One in three people who die in U.S. hospitals have sepsis, the body's extreme response to infection that can lead to multiple organ failure. Diagnosis can take up to five days, but death may take only hours from the initial onset of sepsis.

Modeling safer, more effective cardio implant devices


A Penn State researcher has received a $459,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a computer model that could lead to safer implantable cardiovascular devices.

Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices


New possibilities for future developments in electronic and optical devices have been unlocked by recent advancements in two-dimensional (2D) materials, according to Penn State researchers.

Novel bioresorbable, tissue-healing surgical device approved by FDA


A new surgical tendon fixation system that not only re-attaches damaged tissues but also facilitates healing as it is absorbed by the body has been granted 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, indicating that the device is "as safe and effective" as other legally marketed devices and is ready to go to market.

Acoustics associate professor to explore new materials and imaging with sound


As a child, Yun Jing loved music. Sitting in his room, he listened to Dvorak's New World Symphony over and over, without getting bored. He studied piano from an early age and later became interested in singing. When the time came to choose his undergraduate major, Jing’s adoration of music led him to study acoustics.

College of Engineering kicks off 125th anniversary with virtual celebration


The Penn State College of Engineering will begin a yearlong celebration of its upcoming 125th anniversary with a virtual event at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Fighting COVID-19 gives graduate students invaluable research experience


When the COVID-19 pandemic began to sweep across the world, many researchers shifted focus to fight the virus.

David Geselowitz, who contributed to artificial heart development, dies


Penn State faculty, staff and students are mourning the loss of David Geselowitz, distinguished alumni professor emeritus of bioengineering and professor emeritus of medicine, who died on Aug. 22 at age 90.

Biomedical engineering doctoral student receives NSF-funded internship


Yue “Lilly” Yan, a Penn State doctoral student in biomedical engineering, has been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) program. The award will support a five-month internship experience with spotLESS Materials, a Penn State spin-out company co-founded by mechanical engineering alumna Birgitt Boschitsch, in State College.

First Outcomes Day to connect, educate researchers on biodevices


The Penn State Center for Biodevices, led by the College of Engineering, will hold its first Outcomes Day on Sept. 24.

Engineering professor named fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society


Jian Yang, professor of biomedical engineering and Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Regenerative Engineering at Penn State, was named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

10 new biotechnologies revealed at inaugural Penn State BioTech Discovery Day


On June 12, the first Penn State BioTech Discovery Day brought together Penn State researchers, industry experts and venture investors for a day of technology reveals and networking opportunities focused on accelerating the transfer of Penn State's top BioTech innovations to the marketplace.

Biomedical engineering graduate student receives Blue Flame Award


Lauren Randolph, a graduate research assistant in biomedical engineering at Penn State, has received the Blue Flame Award, given by Addgene, a non-profit plasmid repository.

Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams


Invent Penn State's 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week student startup accelerator, wrapped up Aug. 12 in a virtual showcase after funding seven student-startup teams with $15,000 each to work on their startup, nonprofit, or social good full time over the summer.

Two teams of engineering students emerge as capstone project award winners


Two undergraduate teams at Penn State were recognized by the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering's Service Enterprise Engineering Initiative for their capstone projects that embodied the initiative's motto, "engineering the 21st century service economy."

NIH grant recipients to develop novel coronary heart disease treatment


The National Institutes of Health awarded Penn State and University of Akron researchers a $2 million grant to develop a novel implant patch that can release protein drugs as needed for improved treatment of coronary heart disease.

Podcast features three women at the forefront of cryo-EM research


The latest episode of The Symbiotic Podcast features the bleeding-edge research of three Penn State scientists working at the convergence of materials and life sciences, at the university’s best-in-class cryogenic electron microscopy facility.

Faculty teams awarded seed grants to fund biodevice development


Faculty teams from across multiple disciplines recently received Penn State Biodevices Seed Grants and Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants to support work on the development of biodevices.

Researchers to examine relation of dysfunctional brain hubs to mental disorders


The National Institutes of Health awarded Penn State researchers a $1.85 million grant to develop a new way to test if dysfunctions in certain areas of the brain lead to mental health complications and brain disorders. If successful, the research could lead to better mental health treatments.

Brain thickness and connectivity, not just location, correlates with behavior


Most people think of the brain as divided into regions that are each responsible for different functions, such as language and fine motor skills.

Enhanced water repellent surfaces discovered in nature


Through the investigation of insect surfaces, Penn State researchers have detailed a previously unidentified nanostructure that can be used to engineer stronger, more resilient water repellent coatings.

Custom nanoparticle regresses tumors when exposed to light


A unique nanoparticle to deliver a localized cancer treatment inhibits tumor growth in mice, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

New website offers cancer patients a different kind of medicine: Exercise


A group of Penn State College of Medicine faculty are bringing a different kind of medicine to cancer patients and survivors: exercise.

NIH grant recipients to study why some blood clots can't be cleared


A team of Penn State and U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers have received a four-year, $2.49 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand why certain blood clots that cause strokes cannot be removed.

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program inducts six new fellows


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program (ALP) in 2020-21 will include six new fellows from Penn State.

Biomedical engineering department head elected IAMBE fellow


Cheng Dong, head of the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering and distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

NSF CAREER grant recipient offers potential boost for stem cell therapy


Xiaojun "Lance" Lian, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Penn State, has received a $500,000, five-year Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation.

Acoustics and biomedical engineering professor receives NSF CAREER grant


Julianna Simon, assistant professor of acoustics and biomedical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, was recently awarded an Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation.

New urine testing method holds promise for kidney stone sufferers


An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature and proposed by researchers from Penn State and Stanford University may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead of the current turnaround time of a week or more.

Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced


With the shift to a virtual format for this year's College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, students shared their semester's hard work on the showcase’s newly developed website.

2020 Summer Founders Program draws record number of teams and increases amount


A record number of student startups from across Penn State campuses are getting ready for the 2020 Summer Founders program.

Plasma medicine research highlights antibacterial effects and potential uses


As interest in the application of plasma medicine -- the use of low-temperature plasma (LTP) created by an electrical discharge to address medical problems -- continues to grow, so does the need for research advancements proving its capabilities and potential impacts on the health care industry.

Ling named biomedical engineering student marshal


Melissa Ling has been selected as the student marshal for the biomedical engineering baccalaureate degree program for Penn State's spring commencement, to be held virtually on May 9.?Ling will receive a?bachelor of science?degree in biomedical engineering.

Rethinking the traditional vaccine delivery in response to coronaviruses


Researchers are proposing a possible COVID-19 vaccine that could be good news for resisting current and future pandemics, as well as for the needle-phobic: inhalable vaccines.

Engineering capstone design showcase to be held virtually


Each semester, Penn State senior engineering students present their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Showcase. This semester, to coordinate with the shift to all online courses, the showcase will take place entirely online from Friday, May 1, to Friday, May 8.

Reusable medical devices could help solve key COVID-19 problem


Shortages of medical supplies such as ventilators, face shields and masks has been a recurring problem during the COVID-19 pandemic and production has struggled to keep up.

Penn State cancer research center joins pandemic fight


The Penn State Center for Structural Oncology (CSO) is shifting some of its focus from fighting cancer to fighting COVID-19, with three projects.

A novel method to precisely deliver therapeutics inside the body


A new way to deliver therapeutic proteins inside the body uses an acoustically sensitive carrier to encapsulate the proteins and ultrasound to image and guide the package to the exact location required, according to Penn State researchers.

Penn State engineer aims to tackle COVID-19 from two angles


To combat COVID-19 in both the treatment and testing arenas, Yong Wang, Penn State professor of biomedical engineering, has received two grants from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences COVID-19 multi-institute seed grant fund.

Designing a successful transition for student capstone projects


Like many Penn State faculty, SpencerSzczesny did not have experience teaching online prior to this semester, but he found that moving to online instruction went relatively smooth.

Engineering capstone design projects adjusted to battle pandemic


When two teams of students in a Penn State biomedical engineering capstone design course received their projects at the beginning of the spring semester, little did they know that their efforts would have relevance to a pandemic.

Moving large-enrollment course online leads to surprises


Justin Pritchard, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Early Career Entrepreneurial Professor in the Penn State College of Engineering, had never taught an online class.

Zooming through a thesis defense


A master's degree thesis defense is difficult enough under normal circumstances: in a room in front of a thesis committee. For Sabrina Carrozzi, an integrated undergraduate/graduate student in biomedical engineering at Penn State, COVID-19 added another level of difficulty by mandating social distancing guidelines.

Penn State Center for Biodevices mobilizes for COVID-19 response


Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and the Riess Chair in Engineering at Penn State, felt much of the same trepidation and anxiety that most are grappling with facing the emergence of COVID-19.

Engineers model mutations causing drug resistance


Whether it is a drug-resistant strain of bacteria, or cancer cells that no longer react to the drugs intended to kill them, diverse mutations make cells resistant to chemicals, and "second generation" approaches are needed. Now, a team of Penn State engineers may have a way to predict which mutations will occur in people, creating an easier path to create effective pharmaceuticals.

Knowing why bacteria are great upstream swimmers may prevent serious infections


New findings on how bacteria can maintain persistent and fast upstream swimming motion over distances comparable with many human organs, may help prevent life-threatening infections, according to a team of international researchers.

Engineering undergrad brings research impacts to Kenya


When Lucy Spicher first saw her mother's wireless insulin pod, it was an emotional experience.

New directors of SEDTAPP's engineering design program named


Scarlett Miller, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering at Penn State, has been named the new director of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs' engineering design program; and Sarah Ritter, associate teaching professor of engineering design at the University, was recently appointed associate director of the engineering design program.

Mechanical and biomedical engineering alumnus chosen as TED fellow


Khalil Ramadi, who graduated with his bachelor's degree in mechanical and biomedical engineering from Penn State in 2014, has been named a TED fellow.

Engineering professor named director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices


Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Riess Chair in the College of Engineering.

$2.8M grant to fund bioprinting for reconstruction of face, mouth, skull tissues


Penn State researchers are investigating methods to 3D bioprint and grow the appropriate tissues for craniomaxillofacial reconstruction.

Penn State receives five-year $3.7 million grant to study virus evolution


The evolution of viruses will be the focus of a five-year $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation's new program on convergence research, to an interdisciplinary team led by Penn State.

Academia-enterprise partnership aims to help people with diabetes


For a healthy person, a minor cut on the leg or foot is no big deal, something that only requires a bit of antiseptic and a small bandage. For a person with diabetes, it can become a much bigger problem.

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