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High Tunnel

To help Pennsylvania growers, researchers are looking at portable high tunnels, or “hoop houses,” which can help Pennsylvania farmers extend their growing season, expand crop variety, and increase yields—all while reducing pesticide use and retaining vital soil nutrients.

Far from home, recent horticulture graduate Curtis Frederick takes his education and experience to South Africa to manage the Ukulima Root Biology Center. His skill and hard work enable him to juggle myriad responsibilities so that researchers can successfully pursue their goals.

Lisa Rankin

Lisa Rankin demonstrates that valuable experience is waiting outside the classroom and beyond the borders.


A research team including Catherine Cutter, associate professor of food science; John Floros, professor and head of food science; and Valentina Trinetta, a visiting scholar from the University of Milan, Italy, explore the use of pullulan films to control food pathogens.

Bob Cameron

Penn State horticulturists use discarded materials and a combination of plant and bacterial communities to treat wastewater. Plant roots enmeshed in layers of discarded materials can purify dirty water, making it suitable for other uses.

Jon Oatley

Stem cell researcher Jon Oatley seeks to better understand general stem cell biology in hopes of finding ways to advance the treatment of disease.

Fred Gouker

Fred Gouker gains valuable knowledge as a plant researcher through internships and study abroad experience.

Bruce McPheron (photo by Steve Williams)

Dean Bruce McPheron Tweets about his ideas and experiences and offers a glimpse of the college through his Dean’s Desk site, an online view of the college, agriculture, and emerging issues through words and pictures.

Old Main

The University recognizes Avery August, Thomas Baker, Douglas Beegle, and Jeffrey Peters as Distinguished Professors for their exceptional accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.

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Alumni Mentoring Workshop (photo by Steve Williams)

The college’s alumni society pairs students with alumni mentors to discuss career paths, professional fields, and educational options in their field of interest.

Penn State graduate and mascot (photo by Jason Jones)

Drs. Dennis and Janet Scanlon donate $50,000 to create the Scanlon Trustee Scholarship for students majoring in agricultural and extension education with financial need.

Glen Cauffman (photo by Steve Williams)

Teams from the Ukraine, Honduras, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Iraq visit Penn State to learn agriculture as a means to building democracy.

Philip Bachman (photo by Steve Williams)

Philip Bachman, sophomore in animal science, assistant cheese-maker, and fourth-generation dairy farmer, and his parents rebound from industry-wide economic woes to make healthy, high-quality cheeses.

Centrice Martin (photo by Steve Williams)

Centrice Martin, parent and graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in youth and family education, receives 2009 Outstanding Adult Student Award for her undergraduate career as an agribusiness management major.

ERM students (photo by Gary Abdullah)

Ten environmental resource management students each receive $5,000 Teva Pharmaceuticals “Green Dream” Science Scholarships to help fund their solutions to environmental problems.

Winemaking as a Hobby

The college provides free and for-sale fact sheets, grower guides, and other publications on a wide variety of topics through the Publications Distribution Center and online.

Dave Filson (photo by Howard Nuernberger)

Penn State Cooperative Extension and EDEN co-develop Pandemic Preparedness for Business, a free, two-hour online course to help extension educators nationwide advise businesses on how to prepare for a pandemic.

Peaches (photo by Howard Nuernberger)

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture certifies the state as plum pox free when the stone fruit quarantine on peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and cherries in four counties is lifted.