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Lauren Springer Ogden

A plant-driven designer carves out a career working in and designing public and private gardens around the United States and the world, giving lectures, and writing. After 20 years she’s one of the most influential horticulturalists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Student climbing tree

Students in Hort 201, Applied Arboriculture, found instructor Jim Savage had placed their midterm exam high in the big trees between the HUB and Atherton Hall--nothing like a little climbing practice before a big test!

Frederick W. Knipe ('17 Agronomy)

Graduating in 1917, Frederick W. Knipe traveled the world battling malaria. He drained waterlogged fields with picks and shovels, gouged out ditches with dynamite—all with the goal of removing the breeding grounds of mosquitoes. A key figure in the college’s long history of malaria research.

Chocolate ice cream

Want Creamery ice cream shipped to your home? Check out how you can make it possible to enjoy Peachy Paterno or Death by Chocolate on the couch at a reasonable cost.

USGS logo

Alumnus Douglas Beard, ’90 M.S. Fish and Wildlife Science, has been named chief of the USGS’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

Dennis Calvin

As the new director, Calvin will oversee the continuing implementation of an organizational restructuring aimed at enhancing the value and relevance of extension programs for Pennsylvania's citizens and other stakeholders.

Brown eggs in carton

Nearly two decades ago, Penn State researchers helped egg producers in the Keystone State implement a program called the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP) to guard against egg contamination. During a recent national Salmonella scare, consumers found Pennsylvania-produced eggs safer to eat.

Tom Richard

Replacing fossil fuels with biofuels will require a major transformation of the agricultural, transportation, and energy sectors in the United States over the next few decades, according to a paper published in the August 13, 2010, issue of the journal Science.


Testifying before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in July, David Mortensen explained how the use of crops that are genetically engineered to resist glyphosate has caused certain weed plants to also evolve resistance.

Dottie Johns, cooperative extension client

Three million people, about one-quarter of Pennsylvania’s population, rely on some private source of drinking water. With no regulations governing well construction and location or testing of private water supplies, extension helps people find answers to problems and keep their water safe.

Entomologists Matthew Thomas and Andrew Read

Each year malaria infects up to 500 million people worldwide, and as many as one million people die from the disease. Researchers in the college involved in a recent $14 million grant funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) are addressing the problem of malaria.

James Grace

James Grace, Ph.D. ’78, has been appointed the new Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation, a three-year term in which he will provide leadership on public-policy issues related to natural resources.


To help curb childhood obesity in Pennsylvania, extension uses an afterschool course that targets children who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight by educating kids and their families about the benefits of exercise and healthful eating.

Computer in the Media Commons

Students and faculty will have access to experienced consultants, training opportunities, and digital production facilities in the new Digital Media Commons located in the Agricultural Science and Industries Building.

Melanie Torres

Melanie Torres gains valuable experience as a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State. The academy comprises 30 students from nearly every one of the University’s academic colleges.

Honey bee

A gift of $100,000 will aid undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences in their efforts to understand Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a nationwide phenomenon in which adult honey bees disappear from their hives, often spelling death for the colony.

Orchard in spring

A new project will seek to identify the importance of wild pollinators to agriculture, assess bee species to determine if any pathogen or other invasive species has infected them, enhance habitat, and promote pollinator awareness through education.

Carrie Bomgardner

Wondering why you should become a member of the Ag Alumni Society? Writer Sara LaJeunesse talks with Carrie Bomgardner (’97 dairy and animal science, ’01 MBA), president of the Ag Alumni Society.

Gas drilling worker

A survey of people in 21 Pennsylvania counties and eight New York counties—a region some refer to as “the Marcellus Fairway”—looks at how much they know about efforts to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale and whether or not they support such efforts.

Strawberry with chocolate sauce

An international team including Professor of Plant Molecular Biology Mark Guiltinan and Associate Professor of Horticulture Siela Maximova sequenced the genome of the ancient Criollo variety of cacao, which generally is considered to produce the world’s finest chocolate.