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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.

Measuring methane emissions of Holstein cows. Image: Penn State
August 5, 2015

A supplement added to the feed of high-producing dairy cows reduced methane emissions by 30 percent and could have ramifications for global climate change, according to an international team of researchers. In addition, over the course of the 12-week study conducted at Penn State's dairy barns, cows that consumed a feed regimen supplemented by the novel methane inhibitor 3-nitrooxypropanol -- or 3NOP -- gained 80 percent more body weight than cows in a control group. Significantly, feed intake, fiber digestibility and milk production by cows that consumed the supplement did not decrease.

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July 31, 2015

Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could allow more virulent versions of a virus to survive, putting unvaccinated individuals at greater risk of severe illness. The research has important implications for food-chain security and food-chain economics, as well as for other diseases that affect humans and agricultural animals.

Mark Brennan, Penn State UNESCO Chair Professor and professor of leadership and community development. Image: Penn State
July 7, 2015

An estimated 8 million children worldwide live in orphanages and similar institutions, children of whom an estimated 80 percent have living parents or families who could look after them with the right assistance. A newly announced research partnership between British author J.K. Rowling's nonprofit children's organization Lumos and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at National University of Ireland Galway -- and including Penn State's UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership and Youth Development program -- aims to change that by transforming the lives of children living in orphanages.

Brian Rutkowski, a recent graduate in horticulture, poses by the River Seine in Paris, where he studied the similarities and differences between the food and agricultural systems of the United States and France. Image: Penn State
June 22, 2015

Two weeks in Paris might sound like a dream vacation, but for Brian Rutkowski, the trip was just one component of his ag business management class. Rutkowski, a recent graduate in horticulture, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, learned about the course when one of its professors visited his introductory horticulture class. He explained that the course focuses on the similarities and differences between the food and agricultural systems of the United States and France.

Olivia Murphy Sweet will conduct research on youth development programming in Belize this summer
June 8, 2015

Two Agricultural & Extension Education undergraduate students enrolled in the International Agriculture minor receive grant funding for research in Costa Rica and Belize.

June 1, 2015

Two graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been selected to attend the Future Leaders Forum, to be held as part of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development annual meeting, May 31-June 2 in Washington, D.C. Sarah Eissler, a master's degree candidate from West Chester, and Megan Wilkerson, a doctoral degree candidate and native of Savannah, Georgia, were among only 12 students selected to participate out of nearly 100 applicants from universities across the country. Both students are enrolled in the college's International Agriculture and Development, or INTAD, dual-title graduate degree program.

May 27, 2015

Two Penn State faculty members will travel to Paris to share research at a UNESCO forum titled “Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism” this summer. Mark A. Brennan, Penn State’s UNESCO chair and a professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Colleen Connolly-Ahern, an associate professor in the College of Communications, will participate in the conference, which runs June 16-17. Their research is focused on refugees and communication.

Image: Patrick Mansell
May 11, 2015

The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists, whose self-stated purpose is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Seeing is Belizing ... While in the Caribbean, Emily Spadaro studied large-animal and tropical veterinary practices as well as wildlife conservation and ecology. Image: Penn State
May 11, 2015

Emily Spadaro spent her summer caring for jaguars at a zoo, castrating pigs and a horse, and swimming in a waterfall. A senior majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Spadaro completed a four-week study-abroad program in Belize that consisted of a course in large-animal and tropical veterinary practices for the first two weeks, and a wildlife conservation and ecology course for the last two weeks.

Penn State student and 2015 Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award recipient Carolyn McDonald, right, in Haiti. Image: Penn State
April 27, 2015

See something that’s wrong in the world? Do something about it and help others — that’s the common motto for this year’s Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up honorees. Penn State students Melissa McCleery, Carolyn McDonald and Parker Werns are being honored respectively for their work in helping to prevent sexual violence; poverty; and discrimination against the LGBT community.

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April 17, 2015

A nonprofit venture to provide basic laboratory equipment to high school science students in West African countries won the $7,500 grand prize April 14 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition, sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Bridge the GapSci is the brainchild of five doctoral degree students, two of whom grew up in Ghana, who are aware of both the void of basic laboratory equipment for high school students in Africa – and the abundance of surplus and “gently used lab” equipment available in the United States.

March 27, 2015

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with a nonprofit organization and college benefactors to create a center aimed at advancing agricultural science and technology in Ukraine. With $20,000 in seed funding from the Woskob New Century Fund, Penn State will work with CRDF Global to establish the Research and Education Center for Agricultural Technologies in Ukraine. CRDF Global, an independent nonprofit that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, will lead the creation of the center, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.