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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.

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.

Chuck Cascio with children in the village of Kalechelo, Zambia. Image: Penn State
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.

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.

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.

Dana James traveled to Cambodia for a 10-day visit with College of Agricultural Sciences faculty to help improve that country's agricultural education and training programs. Image: Penn State
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.

 Kelly Doyle helps build a bio-digester on a farm in Costa Rica. Credit Kelly Doyle
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.

Kate Ortbal graduated with an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Philosophy degree, enabling her to bring together academic programs in the Colleges of Ag. Sciences and Engineering to focus on her interest in social entrepreneurship. Image: Penn State
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.

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.