Share

Summer/Fall 2011

November 1, 2011

An interview with Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. McPheron discusses the challenges and issues related to a dramatic cut in state funding support.

November 1, 2011

The College of Agricultural Sciences works to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset among students, faculty members, and the community.

November 1, 2011

Through international study and collaboration, faculty, staff, and students in the college help solve society's pressing problems.

November 1, 2011

Ag Alumni Society members help mentor students to success through the Mentoring Workshop. This is the story of Catherine Claxton.

November 1, 2011

A few words with Kristen Saacke Blunk, director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center and senior extension associate.

November 1, 2011

I was at the Mushroom Research Center photographing Dan Royse, professor of plant pathology, in an environment remarkably similar to one I had photographed him in 20 years earlier.

November 1, 2011

John Hayes, assistant professor of food science, is studying why people experience bitter foods differently.

November 1, 2011

Surinder Chopra, associate professor of maize genetics, has been awarded $1 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to research diseases in sorghum.

STEVE JACOBS
November 1, 2011

People love apples—the tart-tasting ones for cooking or sweeter ones for snacking. The brown marmorated stink bug likes them, too.

iSTOCKPHOTO.COM
November 1, 2011

Penn State researchers need help from growers, nursery operators, and homeowners to enhance their understanding of stink bugs.

November 1, 2011

Genomics applies to structure, function, and mapping of entire DNA sequences of organisms, which carry all their genetic information. Few genomic resources are available for the hardwood species in eastern forests. John Carlson has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research program.

November 1, 2011

Amanda Miller, Environmental Resource Management major, spent last spring studying marine science in Australia.

November 1, 2011

Every summer and fall students anywhere in the world have the opportunity to take AN SC 497B: Companion Animal Behavior online through World Campus. This online course is so popular that it always has a waiting list.

November 1, 2011

Growing up on a small farm in Snyder County, Terri Woodling was no stranger to agriculture, but she never associated it with math and statistics. After two internships with the National Agricultural Statistics Service, she has a new appreciation for the calculations behind farming.

November 1, 2011

Sarah Caldwell (’11 Ag BM, left) and Sarah Wickard (’11 AnSci) led students in organizing the third annual Ag Day event held near the Berkey Creamery.

November 1, 2011

This fall students will have the chance to win $5,000 by competing in the Ag Business Springboard Competition—part of the college’s entrepreneurship initiative.

November 1, 2011

The college will lead a nationwide network to monitor and maintain honey bee health as part of the Bee Informed Partnership, a five-year, $5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture with partners throughout the country.

November 1, 2011

The Marcellus Education Fact Sheet: Impacts, Opportunities, and Challenges for Marcellus-Related Businesses in Pennsylvania describes issues of Marcellus shale development on businesses in the commonwealth that have intentionally positioned themselves to benefit from the expected increase in economic activities.

November 1, 2011

A recent proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the eastern cougar extinct takes on a special significance at Penn State, where the Nittany Lion has been the University’s mascot since 1904. Many wildlife biologists believe that native populations of the big cat were wiped out a century ago.

November 1, 2011

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are voluntary guidelines established by the FDA and USDA in 1998. They were created with the intent of identifying potentially hazardous situations and taking preventive steps to avoid product contamination altogether, rather than having producers react to problems that occur, which could prove financially disastrous to a farm.

November 1, 2011

The society will look toward the future this fall when it celebrates its tenth anniversary and inducts new members at a banquet in November.

November 1, 2011

Instead of watching reruns of SpongeBob all summer they can go to 4-H camp—new friends, science experiments, swimming, archery, games, arts and crafts, teamwork, and more

November 1, 2011

Four clean-water projects from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been recognized as Regional Projects of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Water Program.

November 1, 2011

Tracy Hoover, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, has been appointed interim associate dean for undergraduate education.

November 1, 2011

Gary Thompson joins the college as the new director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.

November 2, 2011

Join us at the Ag Arena with hundreds of ag alumni and friends before the Penn State/Nebraska football game.

November 2, 2011

A one-day mentoring workshop provides an opportunity for students to meet and learn from accomplished alumni in their field of interest.

November 2, 2011

Join 31,000 alumni across the country through the Ag Alumni Society blog for news, updates, and more.

November 2, 2011

Learn more about how to get latest information from the college.

November 2, 2011

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor presented to select alumni by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Ag Alumni Society.

November 1, 2011

Denise Gardner, a sensory scientist for Vinquiry Enartis in Windsor, California, is the college’s new extension enologist to support Pennsylvania’s wine industry.

November 2, 2011

John Ewing is an assistant professor of agricultural and extension education and received his award from the Ag Alumni Society at spring commencement.

November 2, 2011

Since the inception of the endowment in 1971, the society has awarded more than $281,000 in scholarships benefiting 327 students.

November 2, 2011

Since 1986, more than 230 students have received over $126,000 in support of experiential learning in the college.

November 2, 2011

Gypsy moth caterpillars infected with baculovirus forfeit safety and stay in the treetops during the day because a virus gene manipulates their hormones to eat continuously and forego molting, according to entomologists.

November 1, 2011

An old photograph stimulates a brief look at how research has changed the risk of and the way agriculture uses pesticides.

November 2, 2011

Scott McAllister is elected as the new alumni society president.

November 2, 2011

Larry Campbell and Jody Kull receive recognition from the Penn State Alumni Association.

November 3, 2011

Pictures of alumni and events from the past year.