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Val Richard Beasley, professor emeritus of comparative biosciences in the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named head of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. He succeeds Mary Kennett, who served as interim department head since November 2011.
Postdoctoral researchers are sometimes an unseen element on college campuses and they often miss out on the professional development opportunities available to students, faculty members, and staff members. Read what the college is doing to help.
John Kaminski, associate professor of turfgrass management, was selected as the first holder of the $500,000 Tombros Early Career Professorship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The professorship was established by Peter Tombros ’64 AGSCI, ’68g AG EC.
Peter Tombros's business experience and insight is helping the college innovate for the future and reward young professors.
The professorship is the first of its kind in the college. Funds from the endowment will provide the holder of the professorship with resources to expand research, teaching, or outreach efforts and best safety practices.
Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental, and regional economics, recently became an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES). Alter was selected because of excellence in collaboration with communities and the University in addressing critical issues of mutual benefit.
George and Nina Woskob, of State College, have pledged $100,000 to support the Woskob Ukraine New Century Fund, an endowment established by George Woskob’s parents, real estate developers Helen and Alex Woskob.
The Hamer Foundation has committed $500,000 over five years to support the Center for Private Forests. The center, housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences, uses applied research and outreach to address opportunities associated with owning and managing privately held forests.
Penn State’s agriculture and forestry programs rank in the top 10 worldwide.
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.