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2014

CED major to intern with the National Defense University
December 23, 2014
Arianna De Reus, a senior in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is moving ever closer toward her dream of working in national security. The Hollidaysburg native's next step in realizing that goal is a spring semester internship with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Student Stories: Environmental major inspired to protect the environment
December 16, 2014
Environmental Resource Management major Kaitlyn Benson traveled to Costa Rica in high school around the time of the BP oil spill, and was motivated to make a difference.
Student Stories: Veterinary science graduate tours Southeast Asia
December 9, 2014
Jonathan Frankman made the most of his recent trip to Southeast Asia. While studying abroad in Singapore, he earned credit for taking classes in immunology, genetics and pathology. He also found time to visit seven other countries over the span of just seven weeks.
Penn State joins universities worldwide in historic fight against global hunger
December 9, 2014
Penn State is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities will sign The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security – a declaration acknowledging their commitment to make food insecurity a priority. There is a ceremonial signing set for Dec. 9 at the United Nations in New York.
PlantVillage solves crop problems around the globe
October 20, 2014
Farmers around the world, like these in India, increasingly use mobile devices for information to help them grow food, a trend that PlantVillage developers are capitalizing on.
Student Stories: growing pains -- student researches moringa tree in Haiti
October 17, 2014
A good day for most people does not begin with waking up in a cinder block room in an orphanage in Haiti, but as senior Cara McDonald can tell you, rewarding experiences do not discriminate. They pop up in unexpected places, are often the product of hard work, and allow for continued benefits for a long time -- much like the moringa tree. 
Penn State Student Ambassadors at World Food Prize
October 16, 2014
Five Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students attend World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa.
Horticulture professor to speak at World Food Prize event in Iowa on Oct. 16
October 15, 2014
Siela Maximova, senior scientist and professor of horticulture in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will speak Oct. 16 at a side event at the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, the annual symposium at which the World Food Prize is awarded.
Student Stories: Globetrotter -- Biological Engineering major travels to do good
October 7, 2014
Kelsey Czyzyk, senior in biological engineering, researches options for building affordable greenhouses to increase food security in developing countries.
'Femme fatale' emerald ash borer decoy lures, kills males
September 26, 2014
An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.
Fall 2014 Seminars with International Foci (PDF)
September 26, 2014
Summary of various seminars/talks.events happening on campus this semester. All events listed have some participation from the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS
September 8, 2014
A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
World's cocoa crop could get a big boost from a simple, non-toxic spray
August 28, 2014
Cocoa farmers this year will lose an estimated 30 to 40 percent of their crop to pests and disease, and with chocolate prices having risen globally by roughly two-thirds in the past decade, concern is growing about sustainability in cocoa production. Of particular concern are the environmental impact and human health risks of toxic agrichemicals – organochloride insecticides and heavy-metal-based fungicides – used in cocoa production to fight pests and disease.
Zombie ant fungi manipulate hosts to die on the 'doorstep' of the colony
August 28, 2014
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa.
Gettin' dirty: Agroecology major excels as member of U.S. soil-judging team
August 27, 2014
The study of agricultural sciences can lead to incredible opportunities. Penn State student Nancy Kammerer discovered this firsthand during her recent trip to Jeju, South Korea, for the first International Soil Judging Contest.
U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Workshop links Ethiopian Entrepreneurs with Former Borlaug Fellows and Scientists from Penn State University
August 27, 2014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 14, 2014 – From August 11-14, the U.S. Embassy’s Foreign Agriculture Service held a four-day Borlaug Fellowship workshop linking female agribusiness entrepreneurs from the Ethiopian coffee, dairy and feed sectors with former Borlaug fellows from the local agricultural research community as well as with scientists from Penn State University.
World Food Prize student scholarship - apply now!
August 6, 2014
The Office of International Programs, together with the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, in the College of Agricultural Sciences is excited to announce sponsorship to the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.
Office of International Programs Director Deanna Behring assumes presidency of international agriculture association
June 20, 2014
Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has begun a one-year term as president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development. She received the gavel from outgoing President Mike McGirr at the group's 50th annual meeting held recently in Washington, D.C.
Penn State dairy faculty train international professionals in Dairy Herd Management
June 17, 2014
The USDA Cochran Fellowship Program sponsored this group of dairy professionals who traveled to Penn State from the Republic of Georgia and Turkmenistan. Under the leadership of Dr. Alex Hristov, the group spent two weeks learning about dairy herd management methods and techniques related to breeding, nutrition, and animal health.
When it comes to global education, dual degrees are better than one
June 17, 2014
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students -- each from different backgrounds and primary areas of study -- graduated Spring 2014 with something in common. Both gained valuable international experience and earned dual degrees that make them stand out as they embark on their professional careers. Jonathan Dumas and Kristal Jones were enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development dual-title degree program, known as INTAD, which provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.
Student Stories: Food science major gets to meat of the matter in Poland
June 17, 2014
Most college students originally enrolled in their studies following high school graduation, but Penn State senior and food science major Steve Bookbinder took a different path. Bookbinder spent two years at the Culinary Institute of America, and another two years working in the food industry, before deciding to take his experience to the next level. He enrolled in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to better understand the food industry, specifically the meat industry.
UNESCO chairs announce international symposium
June 13, 2014
When Mark Brennan became the UNESCO chair in rural community, leadership and youth development at Penn State in 2013, he articulated a call to action for groundbreaking research, teaching and applied programs for the betterment of young people and communities worldwide. Today, Brennan and two of his fellow UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) chairs from Ireland announced a major event to further that agenda. The UNESCO Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership through Sport and Recreation will be held Aug. 28 at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in conjunction with the American football game between Penn State and the University of Central Florida, scheduled for Aug. 30 at the stadium.
CAS Junior Teaching Ag and Start-up Skills to Haitian Orphans
May 27, 2014
Junior Carolyn McDonald wants to teach students in Haiti’s orphanages how to create jobs for themselves and become entrepreneurs. McDonald, a community, environment and development major, is the mastermind behind the Haitian Youth Team initiative, a non-profit enterprise to educate children in agriculture and business. The project’s goal is that children leave the orphanage ready and able to create and sustain their own food-related businesses.
Peace Corps hires Penn State (& CAS) alumnus as recruiter
May 27, 2014
The Peace Corps recently hired Penn State alumnus and returned Peace Corps volunteer Charles Cascio at the Peace Corps for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Washington, D.C. Cascio, 27, will serve as a recruiter in Virginia, promoting awareness of Peace Corps programs and serving as a liaison for volunteer applications.
Gift of $100K to support collaboration between Penn State and Ukraine
May 27, 2014
Penn State programs that foster collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences and agricultural universities in Ukraine will get a boost as the result of a gift from a local family. George and Nina Woskob, of State College, have pledged $100,000 to support the Woskob Ukraine New Century Fund, an endowment established by George Woskob's parents, real estate developers Helen and Alex Woskob.
CAS Graduate featured by EcoWatch - Global Environmental Leader: Samuel Duo Helps Build Liberia’s Sustainable Community
May 23, 2014
Samuel Duo, like many Liberians in the 1990s, was forced to flee his home country and seek refuge in Ghana to escape the terrors of the First Liberian Civil War. The civil war displaced over a million Liberians like Duo into refugee camps in neighboring countries. Entire villages were emptied as people fled. The war destroyed a once-viable economic infrastructure, and spread to Liberia’s neighbors, destabilizing a region that already was one of the world’s most marginal. To make matters worse, the war severely damaged the nation’s agricultural sector. Productivity plummeted, especially as people fled their homes, and agricultural value chains were left under-developed.
Student Stories: Alumna puts ag degrees to use promoting food security
May 23, 2014
Innovation is key when dealing with issues such as poverty, food security and conservation, according to Dana James, a recent graduate of the College of Agricultural Sciences. In May 2013, she graduated with dual degrees in environmental resource management and in community, environment and development. She also minored in international agriculture, and in watersheds and water resources.
WPSU/NPR Feature: Beyond the Classroom: A Trip to Costa Rica Brings Studies to Life
May 15, 2014
WPSU’s occasional series “Beyond the Classroom” takes a look at learning beyond university walls. Today Kelly Doyle is a junior double majoring in “Community, Environment and Development” and “Environmental Resource Management” with a minor in “International Agriculture.” She tells us about how those studies came to life on her recent trip to Central America.
Service trip set Schreyer senior on a new career path
May 14, 2014
When it comes to social change, Kate Ortbal doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty, whether that’s in the dry clay of a rural village in Honduras or in the depths of computer databases at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. The Schreyer Honors College senior has brought that same dig-in-and-get-it-done approach to her academic pursuits. Ortbal chose not to study in an established program in just one of Penn State’s academic colleges but instead brought together areas in two colleges -- Engineering and Agricultural Sciences -- to focus on social entrepreneurship.
Student Stories: Wildlife major camps in Serengeti during semester abroad
May 14, 2014
To junior Rob Ritson, African wildlife was the stuff of books and documentaries, not college experience. But a semester in Tanzania turned the exotic ecosystem into a place where he could bring his education from the classroom to the field. Field research is what drew Ritson to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Growing up in a family of hunters, he became fascinated by game management. "I knew that this program would allow me to do exactly what I want to do -- work outside with and study animals," he said
Lay of the Land: Scholar finds solid ground through summer language programs
May 14, 2014
Picture this. The temperature outside is a scorching 120 degrees but the house you are living in has no air conditioning. You take a shower on a hot summer day, step foot outside, and immediately start dripping in sweat. Abe DeHart doesn’t have to try hard to imagine what that would be like. He lived it while studying abroad in India during what turned out to be the hottest summer in 65 years.
East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests … for now
April 23, 2014
Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.
Immunology student McMenamin awarded 2014 Goldwater Scholarship
April 7, 2014
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program recently announced the complete list of winners for the 2014–15 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a distinguished undergraduate scholarship initiative that provides up to $7,500 a year for college sophomores and juniors in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. This competitive award is granted to up to 300 students nationwide.
Out of Africa: Thesis research takes Schreyer Scholar to Madagascar
April 7, 2014
When people hear that Kate Thompson went to Madagascar last summer, they think she stepped into a cartoon adventure. And Thompson will agree that the lemurs she was studying for her honors thesis are indeed cute and cuddly. But her study of the species has a serious purpose.
Tag Along Funds Allow Researchers to Present Findings at Bordetella Symposium in Ireland
April 7, 2014
Graduate students Laura Goodfield, Sarah Muse, and Liron Bendor share their research with the international community and make connections during 10th Annual International Symposium on Bordetella.
Penn State-led project aimed at reducing greenhouse gases from livestock
March 26, 2014
As greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture rise worldwide, a Penn State researcher is leading a new international project aimed at helping to reduce such emissions from livestock production.
Castellanos honored with Kopp International Achievement Award
March 26, 2014
Paige Castellanos, a doctoral candidate in rural sociology and international agriculture and development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been honored as the recipient of the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for graduate students.
Brennan, Reese named recipients of Kopp International Achievement Award
March 26, 2014
Mark Brennan, professor of leadership and community development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Jane Reese, assistant coordinator of the Penn State Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, are recipients of the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.
Business Insider names two INTAG students among "Incredibly Impressive" Penn State undergraduates
February 27, 2014
College of Agricultural Sciences (and INTAG minor) students Abe DeHart and Allison Hoover honored for their many achievements.
Student Stories: Animal doctoring Down Under: Pre-vet student pursues dream
February 20, 2014
Many students have the chance to study abroad. Morgan Porter, a senior veterinary and biomedical sciences major, took the concept to a new level last year. For 10 weeks, the Ephrata, Pa., native worked as a veterinary intern at Bulimba Veterinary Surgery in Brisbane, Australia.
Two Ag Sciences Graduate Students Awarded International Fellowships
February 18, 2014
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Maggie Douglas, a doctoral student in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, and Katie Tavenner, a doctoral student in Rural Sociology and Women's Studies, received the fellowships to support their international research projects.
Jose de La Torre Endowment Opportunity for Graduate Students from Latin America
January 29, 2014
Nominations are sought for 2014/2015 academic year and will be accepted until 5 PM EST on April 30, 2014.
International degree program spawns graduate student seminars
January 24, 2014
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students are building upon their international experiences by conducting a new graduate seminar series on tropical entomology. The students are enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program. According to Deanna Behring, the college's director of international programs, the program provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.