After 25 years of publishing Penn State Agriculture, the magazine underwent a redesign and this is the premiere issue of Penn State Ag Science Magazine. In this issue you’ll find a story of a young woman whose life was tragically cut short in the light of a growing professional and personal life. We’ll also visit five alumni who work to manage the Moshannon State Forest and deal on a day-to-day basis with the challenges of modern forestry. And last, a story on how Extension helps grow the wine industry in Pennsylvania.
Some say that water is the next generation's oil. This issue's cover story highlights the college's long tradition of research and extension programs designed to protect and enhance our precious water resources. Other articles profile a small Pennsylvania town that's steaming toward a renewable-energy future; explain how extension programs and forensic food science are helping to fight foodborne pathogens; and provide perspective from college scientists on this year's H1N1 flu pandemic. You'll also meet the college's new dean and an alumnus breaking new ground in stem-cell research and read about a wide variety of other college initiatives, from pollinator gardening to presidential ice cream.
Marcellus shale deposits have made Pennsylvania the epicenter of a natural-gas rush. In this issue, learn how Penn State Cooperative Extension is leading the educational efforts to help ensure that gas exploration benefits landowners and communities, while protecting the environment. You'll also read about successful efforts to retool the college's recruitment programs and increase enrollment; visit the new Berkey Creamery and see, through text and photos, how the college has enhanced an old tradition; find out about a new research initiative focusing on specialty crops, such as fruits and vegetables; discover how an invasive insect pest may help in the development of biofuels; and much more.
As prices rise at the gas pump and supermarket, learn how Penn State research is leading us toward energy independence in ways that won't rob resources from food production. You'll also read about extension programs that are helping families cope with tough economic times; a new group of scientists in the college who are taking a team approach to reproductive-biology research; a plant scientist who "chips" in to help the state's potato growers; an undergraduate course on soils and civilizations that takes students to the Middle East's Fertile Crescent; and much more.
Read why Penn State's reputation for infectious disease research is spreading; how investigators in the College of Agricultural Sciences are helping to solve the mystery of Colony Collapse Disorder in honey bees; and why organic agriculture could make business sense for many Pennsylvania producers. Also, learn about the development of "green roof" technology on campus, an undergraduate's exotic wildlife adventures, root research that could help make a dent in world hunger, and much more.