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Summer/Fall 2012

August 23, 2012

There have been—and there will be more—moments to savor for the rookie Electrotechs, the 4-H Clarion/Venango robotics team. But this moment is not one of them.

August 23, 2012

Two college researchers in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences have cured leukemia in mice without any side effects, and they think their therapy will work in humans too.

August 23, 2012

Shelley Coneybeer sat down on her bed and cried. The past few months of her life felt like a horror movie. Hundreds of stink bugs invaded her home.

August 23, 2012

People are busy. Life is complicated. Yet, alumni continue to donate time and resources to support the college despite professional and personal commitments. Three alumni explain why they chose to get involved.

Mount Nittany, June 25, 2012
August 23, 2012

On assignments, I often have the good fortune to see scientists, educators, students, alumni—all the people that make up the college—at work, in a way most people don’t.

August 23, 2012

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by Penn State’s David Hughes.

August 23, 2012

Supercritical carbon dioxide is a unique type of phase-change fluid that has special diffuse capabilities with unique liquid properties, including high solvency.

August 23, 2012

Out of more than 250 graduate students who competed at Penn State’s 27th Graduate Exhibition, nine graduate students in programs offered or co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences were among 46 recognized with awards.

August 23, 2012

Two researchers in the college have been awarded a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

August 23, 2012

When Adam Plucinski returns to Penn State this fall to begin a Master’s program in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, he will be no stranger to working in a laboratory.

August 23, 2012

Recent graduate Michelle Myers built some strong relationships at Penn State; she also built a passion to create enduring furniture.

August 23, 2012

The Department of Animal Science offers a range of courses emphasizing a scientific approach to horse management.

August 23, 2012

Paulson and Prabhu have cured leukemia in mice, but the most important question remains: Will the therapy work in humans?

August 23, 2012

First-year FRC teams hold their breath as they wait for one moment: the announcement of the Rookie All-Star Award.

August 23, 2012

Growers, homeowners, and nursery operators throughout the continental United States can report the extent of their problems with brown marmorateds and their associated costs via a website developed by Penn State, stinkbug-info.org.

August 23, 2012

A historical marker commemorating the first extension agent in Pennsylvania—and one of the first in the United States—was dedicated on June 7 in Schellsburg, Bedford County.

August 23, 2012

Think Ag Sciences might be the right educational choice for you?

August 23, 2012

A senior forest science major won the STIHL Collegiate Timber-sports Championship, held June 1–3 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

August 23, 2012

After spending five days this spring studying aquaponics at the University of Arizona, Jessica Foster, a junior in horticulture with a minor in wildlife and fisheries science, and greenhouse manager Scott DiLoreto are developing the first aquaponic system at Penn State.

August 23, 2012

Effectively managing organic nutrient sources is a challenge.

August 23, 2012

They’re small, they’re bloodthirsty, they trek quickly, and if you’re traveling, they could be waiting for you in your hotel bed.

August 23, 2012

Eleven-year-old Joy Brahney’s picture of R.J., an Appaloosa horse grazing at Serenity Stables in Hooversville, Pennsylvania, won this year’s photo contest at 4-H State Achievement Days held at University Park.

August 23, 2012

To serve the more than 600,000 private forest landowners in Pennsylvania, the college has created the Center for Private Forests.

August 23, 2012

Students representing 36 nations and universities from across the United States took part in the Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar hosted by the college.

August 23, 2012

John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in the college, was chosen to receive the 2011–2012 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

August 23, 2012

“Patreese Ingram’s scholarly background and passion for creating opportunities for cultural understanding make her the ideal person to lead the college in this area,” said Dean Bruce McPheron.

August 23, 2012

Tracy Hoover, who has served as interim associate dean for undergraduate education in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences since June 2011, has been named to the post on a permanent basis.

August 23, 2012

Do you garden, compost, or have a private drinking water well?

August 23, 2012

After three decades of work breeding blight resistance into American chestnut trees, the trees are ready to be reintroduced into forests, according to Sara Fitzsimmons, the north-central region science coordinator for the American Chestnut Foundation and a research support technologist in the School of Forest Resources.

August 23, 2012

“Do you eat?” Earl K. Harbaugh, of St. Charles, Ill., offers that simple question when others wonder why donations to agricultural science research and education are important.

August 23, 2012

Nancy Dreschel, ’07 Ph.D. HHD, has taught courses in small-animal sciences at Penn State since 2004 and is the adviser for the Small and Exotic Animal Club.

August 23, 2012

More than 200 ag alumni from eight Big Ten schools gathered in Washington, D.C., on February 27 to work together for what Naomi Knaub, ’98 HHD, calls “the good of the land-grant mission.”

August 23, 2012

Nelson Loftus, ’58, ’62g Forestry, ’66 Ph.D. Agronomy, was recently awarded the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) Volunteer Service Award.

August 23, 2012

Jena Sigel is a new member of the alumni society team this year—an intern with a lot of experience.

August 23, 2012

The Ag Alumni Society blog keeps 31,000 alumni across the country updated on the activities of the society and the things we do to connect, serve, and recognize our alumni, students, and faculty.

August 23, 2012

Philip Bachman was recognized for outstanding academics, extracurricular activities, work experience, and communication skills by the Ag Alumni Society with the 2012 Outstanding Senior Award.

August 23, 2012

The Ag Live Tailgate will be held 3.5 hours prior to the Penn State versus Wisconsin football game on November 24 at the Snider Agricultural Arena.

August 23, 2012

Roxanne (Hoffman) Shiels, ’90 ERM, ’93g Forest Resources, and Sharon Stringer, ’78 Comm, ’96g Ag Ed, ’99 Ph.D. Ag Ext Ed, were recently elected to three-year terms on the Alumni Council, an organization that shapes the policies and direction of the Penn State Alumni Association.

August 23, 2012

Experienced and new beekeepers alike have a new opportunity to expand their learning through an online Penn State Extension course.

August 23, 2012

As 4-H celebrates its 100th birthday, take a few moments to see what it can do for the young people in your life.