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2016 Stand Up Awardee Alanna Kaiser Image: Penn State
April 19, 2016

Penn State students Alanna Kaiser, Nathan Larkin, and Jaden Rankin-Wahlers are being honored respectively for their work in social & environmental justice; organizing efforts to address climate change; and combatting stigmas associated with poverty and homelessness. The Penn State Rock Ethics Institute created the Stand Up Award in 2008 to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have the courage and fortitude to take an ethical stand for a person, cause or belief and thereby demonstrate ethical leadership. You can learn more about each awardee and their story by watching their Stand Up Award Video Story.

Olivia Murphy Sweet poses with a lizard in Belize. Image: Penn State
April 19, 2016

Olivia Murphy-Sweet was alone when she ventured into San Jose Succotz, a rural village in the Central American country of Belize. To supplement her coursework as an agricultural and extension education major and international agriculture minor, the senior made the five-week trip last summer to conduct research under the guidance of one of her professors.

Image: Courtesy Alabama A&M/Auburn Universities Extension
March 25, 2016

The massive global livestock industry holds the key to mitigating greenhouse gases from the agriculture, forestry and land-use sector, but actual reductions in the foreseeable future likely will be just a fraction of what technically is possible. That's the conclusion of a study conducted by an international team of researchers that included Alex Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Hristov oversaw key components of the report assessing the potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by improving animal nutrition and management and by using feed additives to curb enteric methane emission from ruminant animals.

A farmer harvests her crop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A new Penn State-led project aims to improve the livelihoods and nutrition of Cambodian women and families by promoting the sustainable production of marketable vegetables. Image: Rick Bates, Penn State
February 25, 2016

A team of researchers, led by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will launch a project designed to improve nutrition and empower women in Cambodia by promoting their production and marketing of horticultural crops and rice produced via sustainable intensification practices.

February 10, 2016

Penn State Global Programs is issuing advice to travelers about the risks of mosquito-borne illnesses, like Zika, based on the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Penn Staters are currently traveling to affected areas and are likely to continue to do so. Officials, however, say Zika is not the only concern, as travelers should take simple precautions to prevent all mosquito-borne illnesses — such as Zika, dengue or chikungunya viruses.

"Dairy Production and Management" will provide students around the world with information to better understand dairy production systems and their role in feeding the global population.  Image: Penn State
February 10, 2016

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has a long history of helping to fulfill the University's land-grant mission by providing educational outreach to dairy farmers and other producers in Pennsylvania and beyond. Now, utilizing the latest educational technology and methods, the college is poised to offer "Dairy Production and Management," the world's first dairy-related "massive, open online course" (or MOOC to the tech savvy).

Keirstan Kure, left, and Emily Newman pose in front of a poster promoting the sustainable takeout container program they helped to create at Penn State. Image: Penn State
February 8, 2016

With the help of Keirstan Kure, Penn State Food Services created the Green2Go container, a reusable takeout box that replaces the need for Styrofoam cartons in campus dining halls. Kure, a senior plant sciences major with minors in international agriculture and geography, worked as the sustainable food programmatic intern at the Sustainability Institute on campus.

Biological engineering junior Gaby Garzon stops into a lab between classes in the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building on Feb. 3. Image: Provided by Gaby Garzon
February 8, 2016

Gaby Garzon’s love of food extends far beyond the kitchen or campus dining hall. With a prestigious internship at Frito-Lay in Mexico last summer, the junior biological engineer in the food and bioprocessing option is working to be an innovator in the food industry. Garzon, who was born in Ecuador and grew up in Mexico, moved to the United States three years ago to pursue a degree at Penn State. She said Penn State seemed like the perfect fit because of the University’s renowned engineering program and close proximity to family in Queens, New York.

As part of her doctoral research, Ariel Rivers studied insect and spider communities in low-input cropping systems in Mexico. She said the INTAD program provided her with networking opportunities and challenged her to grow professionally. Image: A. Rivers
February 3, 2016

Agriculture is a human endeavor that is practiced in every corner of the world. That's why consideration of human behavior in an international context is necessary to gain a complete picture of agricultural problems. According to Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program does just that.

Robby Ost jumped at the chance to experience the unique culture of Israel through a program called Onward Israel, which is offered through Penn State's Hillel.  Image: Penn State
February 1, 2016

Robby Ost took his passion for business and the environment abroad last summer. The sophomore Environmental Resource Management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, where he spent three months working for an environmental consulting business.

January 30, 2016

On January 8th, 2016 over one hundred participants logged on to a virtual meeting room to learn more about globalizing agriculture education.

Malaria mosquitoes find their way to humans by responding to odors leaving the house. Many mosquitoes enter the house through the eave -- the gap between the roof and the walls. Image: In2Care
December 14, 2015

In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing "eave tubes" that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting developed by Dutch partner In2Care that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.

A cassava farmer tends her crop in Tanzania. Image: Neil Palmer (CIAT)
November 24, 2015

Recognizing the need to improve food security and enhance the well-being of rural populations in developing countries, a new Penn State project will provide intensive training for researchers that will help them to integrate gender-related dimensions into international agricultural research.

Joshua Cassar with a toucan in Costa Rica. Image: Penn State
November 23, 2015

Prior to his trip to Costa Rica, Josh Cassar had taken only two Spanish for agriculture classes. After participating in the month-long immersion program during the summer of 2013, Cassar -- a junior majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Poultry Science -- felt fully prepared for his internship overseeing various departments at a poultry plant in Pennsylvania.

When last held in 2013, the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy attracted more than 230 participants from 15 countries. Image: David Cappaert, Michigan State University,
November 23, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research will host the third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy, July 18-20, 2016. The conference will be held at Penn State's University Park campus.

October 26, 2015

A new Penn State project aimed at improving the food system in East Africa by enhancing pollination services and promoting bee-derived products has received a Food Systems Innovation Grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, based at Michigan State University.

October 9, 2015

With InnovATE-Armenia, Dr. Joseph Marcy, Head of the Food Science and Technology Department of Virginia Tech and Dr. Cathy Cutter, Professor of Food Science from Penn State University, are designing a Food Safety Systems Management Certificate curriculum for the Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) of the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education in Yerevan, Armenia.

Kristin Babbie, graduate of INTAD and rural sociology, is currently working as a development consultant at the William Davidson Institute
September 9, 2015

Where are they now? Three recent Penn State INTAD graduate students are pursuing successful careers. The students were enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program. According to Deanna Behring, director of international programs, the program provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.

Jess Linder at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary. Image: Penn State
September 8, 2015

Jess Linder, a veterinary and biomedical sciences major from Cedar Grove, N.J., has always been inspired by health professionals. “When I was 9, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune eye disease called uveitis. Since then, I have seen how my doctors not only care for my physical health, but also my emotional and mental health.” The experiences left a deep impression on Linder, influencing her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. “The empathy they have shown me has inspired me to incorporate the same characteristics into my passion, caring for animals,” she said.

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August 24, 2015

Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental, and regional economics, has been awarded the Community Development Society’s (CDS) 2015 Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award. This award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research that exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field.