Clemson University wants middle and high school students to think about going to college—and about majoring in science when they get there.
Princeton University—with support from HHMI—offers science teachers a lifeline in the form of two-week summer workshops that help them keep current on the latest science and polish their teaching techniques.
Lehigh's Biosystems Dynamics Summer Institute (BDSI)—a 10-week summer program—places undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members on interdisciplinary teams to tackle projects such as looking for drugs to treat stress disorders and developing reliable methods to separate cells in the blood for detection of HIV.
A new dual-mentorship program offers students the opportunity to learn from two faculty collaborators from different disciplines—most often a basic scientist and a translational scientist— and how to apply scientific understanding to a practical problem in human health.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Carolina Covenant Scholars Program seeks to devise effective strategies to significantly increase diversity in the research community.
Virginia Tech is developing a “Scieneering” minor that will unite life sciences with engineering.
Fellows and supporting faculty will discuss effective teaching methods, as well as design and revise educational materials.
With the help of a 2006 HHMI grant, the University of Texas at Austin created year-long Research Streams for freshmen, a program that will grow with the school’s most recent grant.
An undergraduate laboratory class called the “Python Project” teaches students about the python genome.
The California Institute of Technology will use part of a new $1.6 million grant to further empower its students in the classroom and the lab.
HHMI today announced new grants totaling $79 million that will help universities strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education nationwide.
The University of Missouri, Columbia's interdisciplinary program with the renowned University of Missouri School of Journalism will prepare up-and-coming scientists to communicate with—even educate—the public.
With the help of an HHMI grant, Harvard revamped its introductory science curriculum to expose students to a set of interdisciplinary foundation courses.
UMBC's HHMI Scholars Program nurtures students during their vulnerable first and second years and explains science careers to the students’ families.
High school students across New Mexico have conducted basic genetics experiments with the help of New Mexico State University scientists and a mobile lab that travels to a different high school each week.
The Science Literacy Program (SLP), funded by an HHMI grant, will help faculty from four departments—chemistry, physics, biology, and geological sciences—transform the classes they offer to non-science majors.
HHMI grant's will jumpstart SUNY at Binghamton's effort to pair majors in the life sciences with students in the physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering as they begin collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects focused on biological questions.
Through its new HHMI grant, Brown University will bring together four diverse, eight-person research teams each summer.
A new HHMI-funded program at Georgetown University is designed to show students that a scientific life is not only attainable, but appealing.
With a portion of its the new HHMI grant, the University of Arizona will add to its BioMath course offerings and provide support to undergraduates doing summer research at the interface of biology and math.
The University of North Texas will use a portion of its first $1.3 million HHMI grant to encourage a successful transition for students from community colleges to the four-year school and expand research opportunities to more students.
The University of Maryland will use a portion of its new $1.5 million grant to partner with the nonprofit MDBio Foundation to bring its mobile laboratory to high schools throughout the state for one-week visits.
The central goal of Boston University's program, which is part of a broader science education initiative funded by an HHMI grant, is to bring students in the lab earlier in their undergraduate years.
With the help of a new $1.6 million grant from HHMI, Iowa State University will revamp its introductory lab courses and develop a new interdisciplinary class on science and sustainability so that sophomores can experience firsthand how science can help solve complex and socially important problems.
With its first HHMI grant, Northwestern University (NU) will create a formal program to encourage an addiction to scientific inquiry.
The University of Alabama's new grant will create a semester-long introductory seminar that will rotate among three campuses.
MIT will use part of its $1.8 million HHMI grant to share its online science educational tools with a larger worldwide audience through its OpenCourseWare (OCW) program.
A groundbreaking comparison of human and Neandertal genomes reveals astonishingly few differences in the DNA that codes for proteins.
Scientists have new clues about what makes some people's immune systems better equipped to control HIV.
In a new study investigating just how pervasive a fruit fly’s sexual identity actually is, researchers find that most cells in flies’ bodies are identical, regardless of whether they are in a male or a female.
Professors from three schools participating in HHMI's Science Education Alliance will help create the next generation of research-based courses to extend the program’s reach to upperclassmen.
Jack Dixon and Gregory Petsko are elected to the oldest learned society in the United States.
Eleven HHMI investigators and one Janelia Farm senior fellow have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
A Giardia parasite engineered to express its extensive wardrobe of surface proteins worked as a vaccine that could help prevent or mitigate future intestinal infections.
El parásito intestinal Giardia lamblia cambia de vestimenta casi tan frecuentemente como una modelo en una pasarela parisina, pero su amplio guardarropa de proteínas superficiales podría en realidad ser su propia perdición. Parásitos Giardia diseñados para que expresen todas sus proteínas de superficie se comportaron como vacunas que podrían ayudar a prevenir o a atenuar futuras infecciones intestinales.
By switching off a single gene, researchers have created mice that behave much like people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The animal model could help scientists design new therapies for the debilitating condition.
Some bacteria take over cells by interfering with an important process called SUMOylation, which helps cells respond to stress.
On May 26, Egnor will give a free public lecture titled, "Whistling in the Dark: What Can Mouse Vocalizations Tell Us about the Brain?"
Scientists have uncovered thousands of DNA segments that were missing from the reference sequence of the human genome.
A molecule best known for fighting off cellular clutter is now recognized as an important defender against another cellular threat: viruses.
New research provides details of how genetic mismanagement by RNA can lead to a human disease—in this case, breast cancer.
New research suggests that training to do a new task causes groups of brain cells to “learn” how to work together more efficiently.
Jibrell joins HHMI from the Ford Foundation in New York where he served as chief technology officer.
A new discovery shows how wing spots evolved in a species of polka-dotted fruit fly, and underscores the concept that evolution likes to tinker with existing genetic machinery.
Sean Carroll, an award-winning scientist, author, and educator, will become the Institute’s vice president for science education.
Kaelin is one of five scientists honored with the 2010 Canada Gairdner International Award in recognition of their contributions to medical science.
A statement regarding fraudulent activity involving checks that are purported to be from HHMI.
New research reveals how genetic and environmental factors influence an organ that has not traditionally taken much of the blame for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Researchers have identified key cells involved in zebrafish heart regeneration and begun to decipher the instructions the cells use to carry out their work.
Fred R. Lummis, a Houston businessman and entrepreneur, has been elected a Trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
New studies of how the heart develops in mouse embryos have brought researchers closer to understanding how to induce the body’s own cells to rebuild damaged arteries.
Scientists have found several new ways to kill M. tuberculosis, which could lead to the development of alternative drugs.
Over the past year, two scientists who have been at Janelia since its opening took on new roles as group leaders, and six new fellows were recruited to head their own research groups.
An ambitious survey has identified differences in the binding of master regulators called transcription factors that affect how genes are expressed in different people.
In a discovery that may one day aid law enforcement in identifying suspects, researchers have found that skin bacteria left behind on keyboards and computer mice can identify the objects’ users.
A new software package promises to greatly speed up scientists’ ability to assemble and manipulate extremely detailed microscope images.
Experiments with an artificial cell surface demonstrate that a tumor’s aggressiveness is strongly correlated to its mechanical pulling power.
HHMI has selected five exceptional individuals to receive the 2010 Gilliam Fellowships. These students will join a dynamic group of 30 Gilliam fellows, who share a passion for science and a commitment to increasing diversity in the sciences.
New findings about an often fatal neurodegenerative disease suggest that helping a beneficial protein linger a little longer could promote neuron survival.
Five students have been named 2010 Gilliam Fellows.
Silvia N. Kariuki is a 2010 Gilliam Fellow.
Rachel A. Johnston is a 2010 Gilliam Fellow.
Flavian D. Brown is a 2010 Gilliam Fellow.
Lisandro Maya-Ramos is a 2010 Gilliam Fellow.
Mariam El-Ashmawy is a 2010 Gilliam Fellow.
An HHMI scientist has moved a step closer to turning sexually-reproducing plants into asexual reproducers, a finding that could have profound implications for agriculture.
Researchers have discovered how one New World hemorrhagic fever virus latches onto and infects human cells, offering a much-needed lead toward new treatments.
Las fiebres hemorrágicas del Nuevo Mundo son enfermedades infecciosas emergentes que se encuentran en Sudamérica y que pueden causar síntomas terribles, similares a los del Ébola. Investigadores del HHMI han descubierto exactamente cómo un virus de fiebre hemorrágica del Nuevo Mundo se adhiere e infecta a las células humanas, lo que ofrece una pista muy necesaria para lograr nuevos tratamientos.
Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada, becario internacional de investigación del Instituto Médico Howard Hughes (HHMI), se preguntó si podría aprender lo suficiente sobre la genética de la reproducción asexual para aplicarla a las plantas que se producen sexualmente.
Endothelial cells keep blood stem cells dividing healthily in a lab dish much longer and more effectively than previous methods of growing the cells.
A new study suggests that gut microbes might one day be grouped along with inadequate exercise and overeating as a cause of obesity and metabolic syndrome.
The mitochondrial genome, long thought to be nearly identical in every cell in the human body, actually varies to a surprising degree.
At the AAAS Annual Meeting, David Anderson discussed how studies of model organisms such as mice and fruit flies can improve scientists' understanding of the neural basis of emotion.
At the AAAS Annual Meeting on Feb. 20, Owen Witte discussed a new tool to understand how cancers grow—and with it a new opportunity to identify novel cancer drugs.
At the AAAS Annual Meeting on Feb. 20, George Daley described the current climate facing stem cell researchers in the United States.
In their report "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians"—discussed Feb. 19 at the AAAS Annual Meeting—the AAMC and HHMI challenge colleges and universities to seize the opportunity to make premedical and medical education more interactive and interdisciplinary.
Researchers have created a group of stem cells from patients who have a disorder that causes accelerated aging and bone marrow failure. Using a genetic reprogramming technique to “turn back the molecular clock” in these cells appears to reset the cells and reverses rapid aging.
A new vaccine tested in 100 West African children triggers the immune system to produce antibodies against the malaria parasite at levels normally seen only in adults who have strong resistance to the disease.
Una nueva vacuna que se probó en 100 niños de África Occidental hizo que el sistema inmune produjera anticuerpos contra el parásito de la malaria en niveles que normalmente sólo se observan en adultos que tienen una fuerte resistencia a la enfermedad.
With a collection of tools for rapidly processing changing visual cues, the eyes and brain work together to create meaningful images from raw signals.
Researchers have found the key factors that cause proteins to turn into sticky, fibrous clumps that can grind cellular activity to a halt.
Two groups of HHMI scientists working independently have identified a critical enzyme that allows a malaria-causing parasite to take over and thrive in human red blood cells.
Dos grupos de científicos del HHMI que trabajaban de forma independiente han identificado una enzima crítica que permite que el parásito que causa la malaria controle los glóbulos rojos sanguíneos humanos y prospere en el interior de los mismos.
Researchers have discovered that when DNA-copying machines run head-on into oncoming traffic, they kick the obstacles out of their way.
The BBVA Foundation honors HHMI investigator Robert Lefkowitz for research on G protein-coupled receptors.
With the discovery of a sodium taste receptor, researchers have now identified the molecular receptors, cells, and coding logic for all five basic tastes.
HHMI researchers have developed a new method for growing human liver cells outside the body, which may boost efforts to develop a vaccine or treatment for hepatitis C infection.
Researchers have devised a new method that increases the number of blood vessel-forming cells they can make from human embryonic stem cells.
Researchers have shown that distinct cancer-causing mutations in neighboring cells can cooperate to produce tumors.
Investigadores han demostrado que distintas mutaciones que causan cáncer en células vecinas pueden cooperar para producir tumores.
Researchers have new information about how proteins called Argonautes bind to small RNAs and selectively shut down protein production.
Scientists have identified the genetic cause of a rare eye movement disorder and found that specific mutations in the disease gene can cause additional errors in neurodevelopment and neuronal survival.
A newly identified enzyme could help scientists create stem cells and arrest the growth of cancers by giving them the ability to wipe clean cells' developmental slates.
Terrible and swift as anthrax appears to its victims, the deadly toxin takes its time breaking into their cells. The entry of anthrax toxin into its cellular target is part of a carefully-planned, two-pronged attack, scientists have found.
Gerald M. Rubin, director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Fly Brain and Yours—Closer Than You Think,” at Janelia Farm in Ashburn, VA.
Janelia scientists have borrowed a technique from the field of astronomy to overcome biology’s equivalent of the twinkling of stars and the shimmering mirages in desert landscapes.
A small but aggressive fraction of metastatic cancer cells can re-infiltrate the original tumor, boosting its malignant potential.
Una fracción pequeña pero agresiva de células cancerígenas puede reinfiltrar el tumor original, aumentando su potencial maligno.
From the brain's point of view, not every itch is the same. HHMI researchers have identified a new type of itch receptor.
Bruns, who has led the HHMI Grants Program since 2001, will retire in August 2010.