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Rob Ritson posed before a pride of lions in Tanzania. Image: Penn State
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

Abe DeHart graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural systems management. After completing an MBA, DeHart plans on working with farmers in developing countries to improve agricultural systems and crop yields.  Image: Penn State
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.

African honey bee, Apis mellifera scutellata, on ornamental succulent, Kitui, Kenya. Image: Maryann Frazier/Penn State
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.

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.

Kate Thompson, a senior in the Schreyer Honors College, flashed the Four Diamonds sign, a symbol of THON, Penn State's annual Dance Marathon, while atop Sangasanga, a mountain outside of the village of Kianjavato in Madagascar. Image: Photo provided
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.

Goodfield and Muse visit the Cliffs of Moher, along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, during a spare moment in their travels.  (Image VBS)
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.

An estimated 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide come from animal production. A Penn State-led consortium will seek to develop feeding strategies that will reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions from livestock. Image: Penn State
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.

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.

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.

February 27, 2014

College of Agricultural Sciences (and INTAG minor) students Abe DeHart and Allison Hoover honored for their many achievements.

Morgan Porter posed with a kangaroo during her veterinary internship in Brisbane, Australia.  Image: Penn State
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.

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.

January 29, 2014

Nominations are sought for 2014/2015 academic year and will be accepted until 5 PM EST on April 30, 2014.

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.

According to Alexandra Lukasiewicz, the island of Bonaire prides itself on having the best diving in the Caribbean, with the best protected marine area and most 'pristine' reefs. Image: Penn State
December 18, 2013

Alexandra Lukasiewicz got an up-close look at the oceans' mysteries while she studied abroad in Bonaire. A senior environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, she spent four months -- from August to December 2012 -- in a program offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange designed to get students to work independently on the Caribbean island.

December 18, 2013

Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2013 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $760 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences. Three of these awards went to students who completed international internships in Poland, Kenya, and Italy.

Worker eggs laid by workers in the hive. Image: Bernardo Niño/Penn State
November 25, 2013

Queen bees convey honest signals to worker bees about their reproductive status and quality, according to an international team of researchers, who say their findings may help to explain why honey bee populations are declining.

Doctoral candidate Yetkin Borlu's study of the social dynamics of corn production in his native Turkey has implications for farmers internationally. Image: Patrick Mansell
November 14, 2013

We've all heard versions of the story, and many of us have relatives or ancestors who were a part of it. Small farmers, the story goes, are being squeezed out of business by large-scale, "industrial agricultural" corporations. Forced to buy patented, more expensive but higher-yielding hybrid seeds and the fertilizer and pesticides they require from multinational conglomerates, farmers harvest larger crops but at the price of rising debt. It is sometimes portrayed as a David and Goliath morality play -- with Goliath winning -- but the reality is much more complicated.

Common beans are an important source of nutrition across the developing world, but yields often are limited by heat and drought stress and poor soils. Image: Neil Palmer, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture)
November 14, 2013

With support from a $5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, an international team led by Jonathan Lynch, professor of plant nutrition in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Beans. The project will employ novel techniques to accelerate breeding programs for the common bean aimed at conferring traits that can increase yield under heat and drought stress.

Participants in a haymaking workshop in Uganda display a bale of hay made with baling technology introduced to the region by Penn State agronomy extension specialist Sjoerd Duiker (background in the red striped shirt).
October 30, 2013

A project spearheaded by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Uganda's Makarere University is helping African youths establish businesses and generate income. And these young people, in turn, are providing services that can help farmers improve dairy nutrition and increase milk production.