Anonymous $1M matching gift fuels drive to endow department head in food science
October 5, 2015
An anonymous donor is pledging to match gifts — on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $1 million — in an effort to enhance food science programs at Penn State in the name of a professor emeritus once called the "Emperor of Ice Cream." If the donor's maximum match is reached, these funds will help to create the first endowed department head position in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Phone app allows researchers to conduct concealed food safety observations
October 1, 2015
Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.
Tillage timing influences nitrogen availability and loss on organic farms
October 1, 2015
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State Animal Diagnostic Lab among first lines of defense versus avian flu
September 18, 2015
More than 48 million turkeys and laying hens in 21 states have died this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. As wild waterfowl, which may carry the virus, begin their autumn migration, Pennsylvania is in the crosshairs, and that has Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory on high alert.