Nominations are sought for 2013-2014 academic year and will be accepted until 5 PM EST on June 1, 2013.
With populations of wild and domesticated pollinators, such as honeybees, in decline, some of the world's foremost scientists in the field will converge on Penn State this summer to discuss the latest research aimed at understanding and overcoming challenges to pollinator health.
Darcy McKinley Lester does not like baked beans and spaghetti on toast for breakfast, but she said that dish is hard to avoid when you study abroad in Australia. The Mechanicsburg, Pa., native studied at the Australian National University in Canberra last spring. Now a senior studying forest science, Lester wanted to travel to Australia because she considers the ecosystem Down Under to be fascinating. "The Australian ecosystem is different from anywhere else in the world," she said.
Allison Hoover, a junior majoring in agricultural and extension education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2012 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for undergraduate students.
Kristal Jones, a doctoral candidate in agricultural economics, sociology and education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Nicole Laliberté, a doctoral candidate in geography and women’s studies, have been honored as co-recipients of the 2013 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for graduate students.
A new dual-title graduate degree program in International Agriculture and Development offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has graduated its first two students. The students' diplomas recognize both their primary degree and the International Agriculture and Development dual-title. Students can earn a master's or a doctoral degree through the dual-title program, also known as INTAD.
Laura Davis had dreamed of traveling to Africa for years. So in May 2012, she jumped at the chance to embark on a journey to South Africa and Mozambique offered through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences natural resources embedded course.
Two students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be recognized by the college this spring for their experiences in the Critical Language Scholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Abraham DeHart, an undergraduate from Glenside majoring in agricultural systems management, learned Urdu; Leslie Pillen, a master's degree candidate in rural sociology from Lincoln, Neb., learned Hindi. Thanks to the federal funding, both studied in India last summer.
Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Spirit of Internationalization Awards. These annual awards honor women from Penn State and the local community who embody the "Spirit of Internationalization" through academic achievements, artistic excellence, volunteerism in international organizations or dedication to advancing the status of women.
Penn State senior Meghan Kane visited France not once, but twice through programs offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences. A Food Science major with a minor in French, the Maple Glen, Pa., native enrolled in an embedded course last year that focused on U.S. and French agricultural systems. This year she was asked to participate as a teaching assistant for the course.
he UN estimates that one in every seven people around the world are hungry. Fortunately, Jonathan Lynch uses information technology (IT) to get to the root of this problem. Lynch is a professor of plant nutrition in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. His research focuses on plant root architecture, and how the study of plant roots can increase crop yields and improve global food security. Lynch conducts research on five continents, where he uses computer simulations to study root characteristics.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has established a UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Co-hosted by the college's Center for Economic and Community Development and its Office of International Programs, the chair will be held by Mark Brennan, associate professor of rural community and leadership development.
Allison Hoover didn't quite know what she was getting herself into last spring when she traveled to Costa Rica with Penn State’s Spanish for Agricultural Sciences program. The Agricultural and Extension Education major went with 10 other Penn State students to the city of Turrialba to learn the Spanish language and explore the diverse agriculture of Costa Rica's central valley. With her minors in international agriculture and Spanish, this was the perfect environment for Hoover.
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is part of a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving food security in the developing world. Virginia Tech will lead the project, which also includes Tuskegee University and the University of Florida. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of institutions responsible for educating the next generation of agricultural professionals.
With the help of information technology (IT), Penn State professor Mark Guiltinan makes the world a sweeter place. Guiltinan is a professor of plant molecular biology in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He currently runs the Guiltinan Lab, where he studies crop improvement and sustainable farming methods. Guiltinan was a key player in The International Cocoa Genome Sequencing Consortium, a worldwide effort to sequence and analyze the genome of the Criollo variety of the Theobromo cacao plant, the key ingredient in high-quality chocolate. Using genome sequencing programs and computer clusters at Penn State and abroad, Guiltinan and his colleagues have mapped the cacao genome and are working to breed better, more disease-resistant cacao plants.
"The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain." Whether that's a scientific fact or just a famous line from the popular Broadway musical and film "My Fair Lady," observing precipitation patterns across various landscape types wouldn't have been out of the question for several students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who recently studied the potential effects of global climate change in Spain.
Indianapolis - Josh Walker, a 2013 student teacher at Mohawk HS, was recently selected as the National Champion in the National Alpha Tau Alpha Essay Contest with entry entitled, "Agricultural Development: Selfish gain or altruistic service?"
Penn State graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals to conduct research between April 2013 and January 2014 on topics that focus on aspects of indigenous knowledge, with awards not to exceed $1,800. Awards will be funded through the M. G. Whiting Endowment forthe Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. If your proposal is selected, you will be required to present your research findings and/or project results at the 2014 ICIK Retreat or an approved alternative. Applicants for the Indigenous Knowledge Research Grants must be current Penn State University students.
There was no turning back for the 11 Penn State students who traveled to Turrialba, Costa Rica this spring. If they wanted to get as much as they could out of the four weeks they would spend there, they had to completely immerse themselves in their surroundings and try their best to unplug from life back in the United States.
Penn State Libraries will host an "Indigenous Knowledge Showcase" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at the University Park campus of Penn State. Eva Pell, undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution and former Penn State senior vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, will deliver the keynote address from 10 to 11 a.m. on "The Importance of Indigenous Knowledge to the Academy."