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2017

Student takes on challenges, earns degree and sets sights on medical school
November 7, 2017
"I can honestly say it would have been easier for me to climb out of a 100-foot well, though I would not have learned nearly as much." That is how Mannaa I. Mannaa, a native of Egypt, described his dream to attend Penn State, a journey that began when he stepped off a plane at University Park Airport on a frigid day in January 2005 and continues today as he pursues a goal of earning a medical doctorate.
Internship strengthens Penn State's ongoing relationships in China
November 7, 2017
A new summer internship, which will be available to undergraduate students with a veterinary research interest, is the most recent in a series of collaborations spanning a century-old partnership between Penn State and South China Agricultural University.
Penn State hosts international E. coli research experts
November 6, 2017
With its 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center, Penn State long has been at the forefront in isolating bacteria from animals, humans and the environment. The University will continue its leading role Nov. 6-8 when it hosts an international group of experts to propose how to transition one of the most fundamental tests for E. coli into a genomics-based assay.
Penn State partners to address Republic of Georgia's invasive stink bug problem
October 31, 2017
Entomologists from Penn State are working to apply what they have learned by studying the Mid-Atlantic region's brown marmorated stink bug infestation — which peaked between 2010 and 2013 — to similar recent problems impacting the Republic of Georgia in eastern Europe.
Bean Research Collaboration Contributes to Food Security
October 23, 2017
Cacao pioneers: Meet Penn State's Colombian Fulbright Scholars
October 23, 2017
Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.
World Food Prize: Grad students look forward to expanding knowledge at symposium
October 12, 2017
This year, two graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ilse Huerta Arredondo and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct.18-20.
Penn State student explores the economic impact of disaster relief in Nepal
October 11, 2017
Herr, a member of Schreyer Honors College, is a senior in the Community, Environment and Development (CED) major in College of Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The CED major is an interdisciplinary social science degree designed to help students develop the skills needed to work with individuals, communities, governments and organizations to solve societal problems and improve quality of life in communities.
Penn State launches interdisciplinary Center for Security Research and Education
October 10, 2017
Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society’s most critical threats.
Ag Sciences student explores global food practices, nutrition
October 10, 2017
Not every Penn State student can say her research has taken her halfway across the globe, but senior Emily Seiger can. The Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, native spent three weeks in Bangladesh conducting research related to food safety and hygiene practices.
Ag Sciences students to represent Penn State at World Food Prize Symposium
October 9, 2017
Five students enrolled in College of Agricultural Sciences programs will represent Penn State at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium, Oct. 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.
New mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts rural farmers
October 2, 2017
Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across Africa.
College of Agricultural Sciences hosts Mandela Washington Fellow
September 18, 2017
Aïssata Abdou Gado, a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, spent six weeks of professional development at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September. She worked with faculty and staff from across the College of Agricultural Sciences on issues related to food security, livestock and women's empowerment.
School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences positively influences teens
September 11, 2017
The School of Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences is a four-week residential program which provides academically talented rising high school seniors in Pennsylvania an opportunity to explore the fields of agricultural science and natural resources and life on a college campus.The Office of International Programs' Melanie Miller Foster facilitated a week-long Global Agriculture course as part of the experience.
Office of International Programs researchers receive Rural Sociological Society's Early Career Research Award
September 1, 2017
Dan Tobin and Paige Castellanos, Research Associates in the Office of International Programs, received the Early Career Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society at the 2017 annual meeting in Columbus, OH. Tobin and Castellanos will use the award to fund international research in rural Peru, investigating the role of market integration on women's empowerment. Robert Chiles, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, was also an award winner.
Chinese Dairy Leader Provides Overview of Growing Industry
July 17, 2017
Dengpan Bu, Ph.D., presented an invited seminar, discussing the economic benefits of research and interacted with faculty in the Department of Animal Science on potential collaborative efforts.
Penn State joins International Phytobiomes Alliance
June 12, 2017
In keeping with Penn State's recent focus on microbiome research, the University will join the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner, both organizations announced on June 6.
Penn State professor wins Young Professional Award in international agriculture
June 12, 2017
Melanie Miller Foster, assistant professor of international agriculture in the Office of International Programs, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Young Professional Award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.
Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia
April 26, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.
United Nations organization renews UNESCO Chair program at Penn State
April 26, 2017
fter a rigorous program review, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has renewed for another five years its support for the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State. Mark Brennan, a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue in his role as chair and provide leadership to the program.
Student uses mushroom minor to benefit her home
April 18, 2017
Aarushi Rana, an economics major, is minoring in mushroom science and technology, and plans to use what she has learned to improve living conditions for people in her home city of Mumbai, India.
Behring receives 2017 Achieving Women Award
April 18, 2017
Deanna Behring, assistant dean and director of international programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the 2017 recipient of the Commission for Women's Achieving Women Award in the administrator category.
Dual-title degree adds international flavor to Food Science graduate program
April 11, 2017
Food Science is the newest graduate program to join the INTAD dual-title degree program.
'This is our future' – Kenya's croton tree touted as new biofuels crop
March 13, 2017
The Croton biofuels project highlighted in this Guardian article is funded by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Dr. Mike Jacobson carried out a survey of 200 households to assess willingness to grow and collect Croton trees, its contribution to livelihoods and to develop a business case for Croton production and processing. Other Kenya projects Dr. Jacobson is currently involved in include market based approaches for the diffusion of clean cooking solutions, sustaining wood supply to tea industries, and developing wood pellet markets.
University issues statement following revised executive order
March 12, 2017
As you may have seen, a revised executive Order was issued Monday (March 6) by President Donald Trump. The new executive order, which will go into effect on March 16, 2017, removes Iraq from the list of seven countries impacted by the previous Order, and implements a 90-day suspension on issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen who wish to travel to the United States (U.S.). An important distinction is that the new Order exempts current visa holders and those who held visas at the time the original Order was implemented. International students and scholars with valid F, M or J visas are not affected at this time. It also provides for a “case-by-case” waiver process for individuals from these six countries who fit certain criteria.
International agriculture minor offers students global perspectives
March 12, 2017
With global, interdisciplinary coursework and a robust study-abroad program, the international agriculture minor is attracting students from a wide range of majors. The international agriculture minor, commonly referred to as INTAG, is an 18 credit minor offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences to help students cultivate an understanding of international development and the agricultural systems of various cultures throughout the world. The program features courses in a broad range of academic fields, including socioeconomic and communication systems and nutritional sciences, and can be paired with any Penn State major.
Penn State in top 10 for Peace Corps volunteers
March 9, 2017
Penn State has once again been recognized among the nation's top producers of Peace Corps volunteers. With 50 undergraduate alumni serving overseas and working in fields such as agriculture, education, environment, health, community economic development and youth development, the University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps' 2017 rankings of colleges and universities in the large school category.
Penn State Update: Campus Climate
March 6, 2017
Penn State is firmly committed to ensuring that every student, faculty and staff member feels safe in our community. Nurturing a welcoming environment where education and research can flourish is one of our top priorities. As part of our obligation and commitment as a university, we also are dedicated to the right of members of our community to express their opinions on matters of concern, but we will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or violence. This site offers up-to-date statements and resources that may be helpful for those looking for accurate information on Penn State’s position on immigration, changes in federal policy and key issues impacting our community.
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
March 6, 2017
"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture.
Penn State forest economist helping to propel African croton biofuel effort
February 20, 2017
Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson's blood, and the combination has helped shape his career. In turn, the forest economist has played an important role in launching a tree-based biofuel initiative that has major implications for the continent and its millions of subsistence farmers.
University Town Hall focuses on resources for international community
February 20, 2017
The issues facing international students and scholars in the United States at a time of potential changes in immigration and visa regulations, along with the University’s strong commitment to supporting its students, were the topics of a Penn State town hall meeting on the University Park campus Thursday (Feb. 16) evening.
Penn State helps to develop food safety training program in Armenia
February 20, 2017
A program developed by Penn State food scientists is training students in Armenia on food safety practices and procedures, with an eye toward improving the safety of the country's food supply chain — from crop production and processing to packaging, handling, marketing and consumption. Catherine Cutter, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Siroj Pokharel, postdoctoral researcher in food science, partnered with Virginia Tech to bring the Food Safety Systems Management Professional Certificate Program to the Agribusiness Teaching Center at the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education in Yerevan, Armenia.
Researchers receive $7 million grant to develop deeper crop roots
February 20, 2017
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, to design a low-cost, integrated system that can identify and screen for high-yielding, deeper-rooted crops. The interdisciplinary team, led by Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant nutrition, will combine a suite of technologies designed to identify phenotypes and genes related to desirable root traits, with the goal of enhancing the breeding of crop varieties better adapted for nitrogen and water acquisition and carbon sequestration.
U.S. Presidential Executive Orders Concerning the International Community
February 2, 2017
On January 27, 2017, the President of the United States signed an Executive Order (EO) on immigration. Several aspects of the EO will impact members of our Penn State international community. Global Programs is committed to serving our Penn State international students, faculty and scholars. This website summarizes the latest information pertaining to this Executive Order. As more information becomes available this information will be updated.
Penn State president shares message following executive order on immigration
February 2, 2017
Considering cattle could help eliminate malaria in India
January 23, 2017
The goal of eliminating malaria in countries like India could be more achievable if mosquito-control efforts take into account the relationship between mosquitoes and cattle, according to an international team of researchers. "In many parts of the world, the mosquitoes responsible for transmitting malaria are specialist feeders on humans and often rest within human houses," said Matthew Thomas, professor of entomology, Penn State. "We found that in an area of India that has a high burden of malaria, most of the mosquitoes that are known to transmit malaria rest in cattle sheds and feed on both cows and humans."
Research suggests climate change affecting plants above ground more than below
January 9, 2017
It's a long way between central Pennsylvania and Greenland — at least 2,000 miles — but Laura Radville came to Penn State so she could study climate change in the "Iceberg capital of the world." However, the research conducted in Greenland by the Boston native did not deal with ice at all, but rather plants — arctic shrubs to be specific. Her work focused on how rising air temperatures are affecting the growth of leaves and stems much more than the growth of roots, perhaps "uncoupling" aboveground and belowground plant development, or phenology.
Researchers receive $3.6 million to study genetics of plant disease resistance
January 9, 2017
A $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support a new research project aimed at pinpointing the genes that confer disease resistance in cacao. The ultimate goal of the four-year study is to develop a new approach that plant scientists and breeders can use to identify the genetic basis for disease resistance in a variety of perennial crops, according to lead researcher Mark Guiltinan, professor of plant molecular biology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.