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A rendering of the proposed Shared Fermentation Facility lab.
September 19, 2017

CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to transform biotechnology education and research across Pennsylvania and beyond.

Laura Reese, a plant sciences student who interned at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, often communicated with the astronauts working on the International Space Station via this live link. Here, astronaut Peggy Whitson harvests cabbage plants.
September 15, 2017

Plant sciences student Laura Reese spent her spring semester working for NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. She performed research in conditions meant to emulate growing plants in space.

Penn State toxicologist Gary Perdew has received a $7.3 million "outstanding investigator award" from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
September 15, 2017

A faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $7.3 million grant for innovative research on a cellular protein that could be a target for enhancing immune function in response to a variety of diseases and environmental toxins. Gary Perdew, John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences, received the award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

September 14, 2017

Penn State's Rural Sociology Graduate Student Association (RSGA) will host the 5th Annual Rural Studies Graduate Student Conference on Oct. 27-28 at the HUB-Robeson-Center on the University Park campus. This conference welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and all institutions who study rural areas and topics, both domestically and internationally.

Aïssata Abdou Gado, left, a Mandela Washington Fellow from Niger who was hosted by Penn State in 2017, visited the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Progress Days.
September 14, 2017

Aïssata Abdou Gado, a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, spent six weeks of professional development at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September. She worked with faculty and staff from across the College of Agricultural Sciences on issues related to food security, livestock and women's empowerment.

What we need now is for cool to cold temperatures to arrive by early to mid-October to bring out the best colors like these, according to Penn State forest ecologists.
September 14, 2017

The rainy summer in Pennsylvania has set the stage for what could be an awesome autumn foliage display, according to forest ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Aaron Blakney, an environmental resource management major, tries out the HAZMAT suits with his fellow CDC interns during the summer of 2017.
September 13, 2017

Senior environmental resource management student Aaron Blakney spent the summer of 2017 analyzing the impacts of hazardous materials during an internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers said findings of their recent study suggest that dietary interventions that promote fruit and vegetable consumption can help reduce childhood obesity and cardio-metabolic disease risk.
September 12, 2017

Potential disparities in fruit and vegetable intake in Mexican-American children may be placing them at greater risk for obesity and related health problems, according to researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Penn State.

Lauren Steinberg
September 12, 2017

Following a comprehensive national search, Lauren Steinberg has been named senior director of development in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Formerly the director of major gifts for the college, Steinberg brings more than 17 years of fundraising experience to her new position.

September 8, 2017

How municipalities and their local authorities can utilize renewable energy such as solar to run their systems will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Sept. 20.

September 8, 2017

How does natural gas transform the economics of the Appalachian Basin and the production of plastics? That will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Thursday, Sept. 21.

September 8, 2017

The NorthEast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is a regional network of individuals from leading universities, businesses and government who worked together to advance sustainable bioenergy in the Northeast through a $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant.

Penn State President Eric J. Barron, left, with Andrew Read and Erina MacGeorge during a taping of WPSU Penn State's "Digging Deeper."
September 8, 2017

Penn State President Eric J. Barron will welcome a pair of University professors to his monthly WPSU show, “Digging Deeper,” to discuss their research on reducing harmful overuse of antibiotics. The show will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 17 on WPSU-TV.

A new report just released examines how flooding and recent changes to the federal flood insurance program are impacting rural Pennsylvania in unique ways.  
September 7, 2017

A newly released report examines how flooding and recent changes to the federal flood insurance program are impacting rural Pennsylvania in unique ways.

Research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will help poultry farmers provide safe, comfortable housing for cage-free chickens.
September 7, 2017

A shift in consumer behavior is prompting some poultry producers to change the manner in which chickens are housed and cared for, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will help them convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems that continue to safeguard the health and safety of flocks and employees.

September 6, 2017

Ann Tickamyer, professor of rural sociology, examines why the geography, demography and history of rural communities keeps them poor, in a comprehensive analysis that extends from the Civil War to the present in the new publication, "Rural Poverty in the United States."

September 5, 2017

Penn State Extension has named client relationship managers and business operations managers to serve its 10 administrative areas across Pennsylvania. The appointments are part of recently announced changes to the organization's structure, product development and program delivery.

Ongoing research conducted by Nicole Webster, associate professor of youth and international development in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, examines the role of youth in civic engagement and social change. Here, members of a youth group that Webster mentored in Los Angeles, Calif., stand in front of a mural they created.
August 31, 2017

Ongoing research conducted by Nicole Webster, associate professor of youth and international development in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, examines the role of youth in civic engagement and social change.

The effects of maternal stress on offspring have often been described as “maternal programming,” which assumes that the characteristics and instinctive behaviors of offspring are primarily under maternal control. The ruffed grouse chicks that hatch from these eggs -- sought by raccoons, coyotes, foxes and more -- have already been "prepared" by their mother's stress hormones to elude predators.
August 31, 2017

If a human mother is stressed while pregnant, research shows her child is much more likely to have emotional, cognitive or even physiological problems, such as attention deficit, hyperactivity, anxiety, language delay, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Conversely, the results of maternal stress on the offspring of other animals — particularly wildlife under threat from predators — is believed to be positive, and contributes to their survival.

Children have their picture taken during the 2016 Great Insect Fair.
August 31, 2017

Although insects are all around us, we tend to pay attention primarily to the ones that sting, bite, eat our garden plants or invade our homes. But there is much more about the world of insects and other arthropods that goes unnoticed. Giving the public a glimpse into this fascinating world is the goal of Penn State's Great Insect Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Snider Ag Arena on the University Park campus.