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Summer/Fall 2013

January 20, 2014

The stories in our magazine, in part, reflect changes—in research, education, and how our alumni engage the world. But this issue reflects a change that underlies every story you read.

January 20, 2014

While many people recognize that clean water and air are signs of a healthy ecosystem, most do not realize that a critical part of the environment is right beneath their feet.

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Daily temperature variation has a greater effect than average monthly temperature on identifying risk of malaria infection.

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The college’s new dual-title graduate degree program in International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) has graduated its first two students: Anna Testen, who received her primary master’s degree in plant pathology, and Brad Olson, who received his primary master’s degree in agricultural and extension education.

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Penn State’s agriculture and forestry programs rank in the top 10 worldwide.

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Managing bacteria and other microorganisms in the body, rather than just fighting them, may lead to better health and a stronger immune system, according to Eric Harvill, professor of microbiology and infectious disease.

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Changing the way a plant forms 
cellulose may lead to more efficient, less expensive biofuel production, according to Penn State engineers.

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Pennsylvanians can help by creating landscapes for these insects and certifying them as “pollinator friendly” with Penn State Extension Master Gardeners.

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A 3.4 percent increase in funding for Penn State agricultural research and extension included in the newly passed 2013–2014 state budget will help to maintain programs critical for Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry and the consumers it serves.

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We are Pennsylvania’s only land-grant university. What does that mean?

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Swimming with sharks doesn’t terrify Jennifer McAndrew. For her, it is just another day on the job.

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A new approach may be able to reduce the time it takes health officials to identify Salmonella strains by more than half, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Robert F. Roberts, who has served as interim head of the Penn State Department of Food Science since May 2012, has been named to the post on a permanent basis.

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Pennsylvania now has more than 160 wineries. What are these wineries making? What wines are good to try? These are questions I often receive from consumers. Pennsylvania wines can be broken down into three main categories: European, hybrid, and native varieties.

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Autumn is beautiful as the leaves begin to change and people start pulling out their brightly colored sweaters. Unfortunately, all of those falling leaves can be a headache for anyone with large ponds on their property.

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The brown marmorated stink bug and the western conifer seed bug look very similar. How can I identify them correctly?

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A new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the college assists students and faculty members in commercializing their ideas.

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How a teacher revived student interest in agricultural education.

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Penn State research helps the mushroom industry turn up the heat on human pathogens.

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Lignin is nature’s plastic. It gives plants the ability to stand tall and to withstand weather, insects, and diseases. But while lignin is useful for plants, it’s an obstacle to humans who want to use cellulose—a type of sugar found in plant cells that is tightly interwoven with lignin—to make biofuels.

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Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

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In July, Roxanne Molnar ’99 Food Sci became president of the Ag Alumni Society. You’ve probably seen her at alumni events, but did you know these fun facts about her?

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May 2013 officially marks one year of my adventure as the Ag Alumni Society intern. What a year it has been!

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The number-one turfgrass program in the nation hit a hole-in-one this year: all three major U.S. golf tournaments were hosted at courses run by Penn State turfgrass grads

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Robert Van Saun, professor of veterinary science, has been selected to receive the Ag Alumni Society’s 2013 Excellence in Academic Advising Award. The award recognizes overall effectiveness in student advising, individual student goal-setting and career planning, and personal counseling.

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Kelcey Grogan was named by the Ag Alumni Society as outstanding senior in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences Class of 2013.

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Since becoming the Commonwealth’s sole land-grant institution in 1863, it has been Penn State’s goal to offer its students a practical education to enter the workforce and provide service to their communities. Perhaps no alumnus has better carried out Penn State’s original mission than Calvin H. Waller, the University’s first African American graduate.

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Dana James has always been ambitious. In high school while peers were putting in a few local community service hours, she chose to volunteer in Guatemala. She approached her college education 
with the same above-and-beyond attitude.