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WPSU Digging Deeper with Eric Barron: Can two weeks of summer camp have a lasting impact on how students feel about science? Researchers at Penn State are trying to find out by using genealogy research to get kids interested in science and increase diversity in STEM fields. In this edition of Digging Deeper Penn State president Eric Barron explores the impact of the Finding Your Roots summer camp.

 

Nina Jablonski’s 2017 Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures at UC Berkeley are now available (audio and video):

The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today

 

Scientists discover large extinct otter : Dr. Xiaoming Wang, Curator and Head of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Dr. Denise Su, Curator & Head of Paleobotany and Paleoecology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have published a paper with colleagues (including Nina G. Jablonski) in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology on the discovery of one of the largest otter species ever found. This discovery was made in the Yunnan Province, Southwestern China by an international team of scientists from the United States, France, and China. It represents groundbreaking research into the evolution of a little-known fossil genus of the otter family. (Art by Mauricio Antón)

 

 

 

 One-of-a-kind summer camp offered at Penn State for first time

The first Finding Your Roots summer camp wrapped up on July 1 2016 at two locations - Penn State University and University of South Carolina.  Kids between 11-13 years old spent two weeks learning about their genetic ancestry, genealogy, and how to use that data to make healthy choices.

 

 

Hsin-Yu Chen, Ph.D. candidate in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management, has been notified that she is the 2016-17 recipient of the Kligman Graduate Fellowship in the College of Health and Human Development.  This one-year fellowship is designed to support graduate students exhibiting excellence, and permits the awardee to focus exclusively on their own research and education.

 

 

Emily Bramel, a Schreyer Honors College undergraduate conducting research in the Jablonski Lab, was awarded third place in the Health and Life Sciences category of the 2016 Undergraduate Exhibition Award competition for the poster presentation of her research project, “Quantifying Phenotypic Differences in Human Scalp Hair Morphology Associated with Ancestry and Sex”