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March 19, 2013

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.

February 19, 2013

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.

February 19, 2013

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.

January 23, 2013

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.

December 18, 2012

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.

December 11, 2012

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.

November 12, 2012

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.

November 6, 2012

"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.

November 6, 2012

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?"

October 15, 2012

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.

October 3, 2012

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.

September 29, 2012

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."

September 20, 2012

Jimmy Burridge (Plant Sciences) was in Zambia from September 5-14, 2012 working with the Zambian Agricultural Research Institute at the Misamfu Research Station.

September 11, 2012

A month-long, study-abroad trip to Kenya last year turned into an extended stay for one College of Agricultural Sciences student so she could continue helping at-risk youth in that country. Caroline Gimmillaro originally went to the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre in Nyeri, Kenya, as part of a study-abroad program embedded into one of her classes. The center is a residential and educational program for street-dwelling children and other vulnerable youths.

September 11, 2012

In the past decade, the number of students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences studying abroad has grown exponentially. While less than 1 percent of students participated in study-abroad programs 10 years ago, the College of Agricultural Sciences' most recent senior exit survey indicated that nearly 25 percent of its most recent graduating class had participated in some kind of international experience during their four years at Penn State.

September 10, 2012

Sponsored by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Enhancement of Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State October 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, Penn State University Park

August 23, 2012

The International Programs office in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is offering an International Ag Speakers Series, beginning Aug. 29. The series will kick off with, "Africa2Ag Symposium: Engaging Youth in African Agriculture," which will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom A/B. To register online, go to The other presentations, which will be offered at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 122 of the Agricultural Administration Building, are part of the college's Year of Food Security celebration. No registration is necessary.

August 23, 2012

You don't have to be in a study-abroad program to get traveling experience, Natalie Masters can tell you. The Penn State Food Science major made her way through Chile during the University's 2011 spring break as part of an embedded course trip. Through a horticulture class, the Pittsburgh native and 18 other students toured four Chilean cities to learn the processes, challenges and importance of international fruit trade.

July 26, 2012

This year's Africa2Ag week will be held at the University Park campus, August 27-31, 2012, during the first week of the Fall semester. The theme of the week will be "The next generation of African agriculture: youth, innovation, science and technology. All events are free of charge and open to all. Only the Africa Collaboration Colloquium event and the Wednesday afternoon symposium require registration.

July 16, 2012

An international initiative co-led by a professor in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently brought experts from around the world to Iceland to explore the potential for innovation in natural-resource governance.