Penn State Research News
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded Dennis Scanlon from the College of Health and Human Development $7.3M to evaluate a Foundation initiative to improve health care quality.
Posted: May 09, 2013
A very thin keyboard that uses shape-changing polymers to replicate the feel and sound of chunky, clicking buttons could be in laptops and ultrabooks next year. Strategic Polymers Sciences, the San Francisco-based company that developed the keyboard, is working on transparent coatings that would enable this feature in touch screens.
The 2012 Annual Report of Research Activity is now available for online reading and download.
Penn State College of Medicine has just received a $3.9 million award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health for research to find biomarkers for Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects more than 1 million Americans. The five-year award is part of the Parkinson's Disease Biomarkers Program of the NINDS that is designed to find reliable markers that can be used in the future evaluation of novel therapies that may stop Parkinson's. Professor Xuemei Huang of Penn State Hershey Medical Center has been an active researcher in this field. The new award will be based on recent results from her laboratory that suggest a novel way to detect Parkinson's related brain damage by using a commonly available clinical technique, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Posted: Nov 14, 2012
The National Science Foundation awarded an interdisciplinary team of scholars $11.9 million to support a multi-institution research network on Sustainable Climate Risk Management.
Posted: Nov 14, 2012
Penn State's International Center for the Study of Terrorism is part of a $1.48 million research collaborative.
The Federal Transit Administration has recognized the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State with a $6 million grant.
Smartsphere, the leading Enterprise Portfolio Management consulting firm donated iteraplan, Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) software, valued at $250,000, to the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The donation of iteraplan software supports the center's efforts in pursuing its educational and research objectives. Iteraplan is already being used in an IST Enterprise Architecture course.
The AT&T Foundation has awarded a grant of $200,000 to the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State to support its ongoing research and professional education efforts.
Penn State will receive $4.2 million over the next three years from the National Science Foundation to continue the work of the National Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Network (NACK Network), founded at the University with a four-year grant from the NSF in 2008.
The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants. That's the goal of a new research and education project led by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and supported by a $10 million grant from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The work of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State has been recognized with a $6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to improve facilities and continue operating a rigorous analysis and testing program for new model buses.
The NSF has awarded an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers a grant of $3 million over five years for a new Big Data Social Science training program.
The NSF announced an $18.5 million grant to Penn State, North Carolina State University, the University of Virginia and Florida International University for the development of self-powered health monitoring devices.