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Improving efficiency, reliability of AI medical summarization tools


Researchers from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology created a new method to streamline medical summarization, a process that uses artificial intelligence to condense complex patient information.  

New structural insights could lead to mechanical enhancement in alloys


A new class of metallic materials with potential applications in airplane turbines, nuclear reactors and equipment for space exploration can withstand extreme temperatures and resist fractures, but scientists haven’t understood why until now. According to a new study co-led by Penn State researchers, the answer could relate to the material’s short-range order, or the local arrangement of atoms within a material.

Penn State study shows themes for farmers negotiating solar leases


Profit alone isn’t enough for farmers to sign over control of their land.

Measles cases rose 79% globally last year, WHO says. Experts explain why.


The World Health Organization is warning about the rapid spread of measles around the world. As a Florida school district deals with confirmed cases, experts share why we're seeing the rise. This article quotes Matt Ferrari, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and professor of biology.

Feb. 26 EarthTalks: How science can help solve big problems facing humanity


Christa Brelsford, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will give the talk, “Cities, climate change and disease: How can science help humanity solve big problems?” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, via Zoom.

Dual-energy harvesting device could power future wireless medical implants


A new wireless charging device developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically improve powering capability for implantable biomedical devices — like pacemakers, insulin pumps and neurostimulators — while still being safe for our bodies, the researchers said.

Cervone named interim director for the Institute for Computational Data Sciences


Guido Cervone, a renowned expert in computational science and geoinformatics, will become the interim director of the Institute for Computational Data Sciences, effective April 1. He will take over from Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, who will retire in June 2024 after a distinguished career at Penn State.

Carbon sequestration and mineralization

| by Anne Menefee

Addressing the incontrovertible risks of climate change requires deep decarbonization. In addition to green measures like upscaling renewables and improving energy efficiency, there is broad scientific consensus that large-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) remains critical to limiting global temperature rise below 2°C.

Carolina azolla plant could help reduce global food insecurity


Researchers from Penn State have shed light on a remarkable yet underappreciated plant to fight food insecurity: Carolina azolla.

2024 Undergraduate Exhibition applications open


Penn State undergraduates from all campuses are invited to participate in the 2024 Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, and Creative Activity. The virtual exhibition will be open April 15-17, with an in-person component at the University Park campus on Wednesday, April 17. 

Penn State approves $115M laboratory renovation


The Penn State University Board of Trustees approved the renovation of Osmond Laboratory at its meeting on Friday, Feb. 16.

Pa. environmental, religious and other groups criticize Shapiro plan for ignoring climate change


More than 100 advocacy groups say Shapiro’s “fossil fuels-first all-of-the-above energy strategy” does not move at the speed of climate change.