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While a national search for a permanent replacement is under way, Barbara Christ has been named interim dean of the college.
Andrew Read and Matthew Thomas have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Mark Brennan will hold the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development in the college.
Team Green, a five-student team, won the 2012 AG Springboard Competition for developing technology for hydroponics greenhouses for spatially constrained environments using discarded shipping containers.
Interim Dean Christ announced the department chairs that will help lead the college to meet new demands.
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.
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.
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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.
Students representing 36 nations and universities from across the United States took part in the Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar hosted by the college.
“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.
To cover state revenue shortfalls approaching $500 million, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has announced a statewide budget freeze, including a five percent holdback in Penn State's academic funding.
Three student teams were recently selected and awarded $7,000 in a business plan competition held by the college.
Christopher Raines, assistant professor of meat science and technology, was one of the college’s pioneers in the use of social media as an educational and communication tool. Raines was building a growing national reputation as an important voice in the agricultural community when he was killed in an automobile accident on December 18 at the age of 29.
Dr. Tawfik Y. Sharkasi and his wife, Magda Fehema-Sharkasi, have pledged $150,000 to create the Sharkasi Family Student Research Endowment in Food Science.
Consuelo De Moraes, professor of entomology in the college, has been named a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Taken at the end of 1861, eleven of the men in this senior class picture would go on to become the first graduates of Penn State. Four left before graduating because of illness and two others joined the staff of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
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Denise Gardner, a sensory scientist for Vinquiry Enartis in Windsor, California, is the college’s new extension enologist to support Pennsylvania’s wine industry.
Gary Thompson joins the college as the new director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.