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Ag Career Day, hosted Oct. 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center by the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, was successful in helping students to polish their career skills, network and find internships with companies as early as their freshman year, according to organizers in the college's Office for Undergraduate Education.
The developer of a mushroom that is genetically modified to resist browning has received a "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science magazine. Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, edited the mushroom's genome using a revolutionary new tool known as CRISPR-Cas9, which enables researchers to create crop varieties with desirable traits without introducing foreign DNA.
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team, with assistance from Penn State's Agricultural Safety and Health program, has released a 2017 calendar to help agricultural producers implement and maintain necessary safety procedures on their dairy farms. The calendar was designed to raise awareness of the hazards on farms that put workers at risk.
This week, we recognize six people who go above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. We're sending a "We Are!" to Penn Staters with Penn State Law, the College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State World Campus, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Bursar's Office and Penn State Lehigh Valley.
PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by a Penn State researcher, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Rural Council announced America the Bountiful, which will include wide-ranging efforts to expand and diversify the U.S. agriculture workforce.
Events hosted by the Pasto Agricultural Museum in October and November will feature Pennsylvania’s ghost towns, the history of logging and forestry in the state, and discoveries and advances in ice cream science.
It took 32 years to build both the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Washington Monument. And it took 32 years for Penn State Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology Jay Stauffer to publish his landmark book, "The Fishes of Pennsylvania." Go figure.
Penn State grad student Julianna Razryadov is exploring the benefits of using native plants on the HUB's new green roof to help boost the sustainability of rooftop gardens across the United States.
Researchers, educators, elected officials, farmers, agribusiness professionals and agricultural and environmental agency representatives gathered for the 2016 Penn State Agricultural Research Tour in late September to learn about current water quality and soil health research relevant to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The role of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in municipal land use planning will be the focus of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Rural communities across the country have come a long way in many respects since the Great Recession of 2008, but more progress is needed to ensure the future health and vitality of rural America. That was the general consensus of participants at the White House Rural Forum, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in the HUB-Robeson Center's Heritage Hall on Oct. 5.
Penn State, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine will continue the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute through an award from the National Institutes of Health.
A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's sixth Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 9 and Oct. 14-15. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus. Admission is free.
Rush Holt, executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will headline a panel discussing the role of scientists helping to policy. The event, "Scientist-Citizen: Science Policy in the Age of Promise and Peril," will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the HUB-Robeson Center's Freeman Auditorium.
A network of computers fed a large image dataset can learn to recognize specific plant diseases with a high degree of accuracy, potentially paving the way for field-based crop-disease identification using smartphones, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that after decades of decline -- and despite continued exposure to stressors such as non-native fish, disease and pesticides -- the abundance of the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog across Yosemite National Park has increased seven-fold over a 20-year study period. Researchers hope this bodes well for disappearing amphibians in the eastern United States, too.
When the Nittany Lions take the field for this year's Homecoming game on Oct. 8, Beaver Stadium spectators and television viewers alike will watch the team play on a vibrant, green athletic field, carefully manicured and painted with precision for its game day glory. What fans may not realize is that Penn State students are part of the pre-game preparation needed to keep the grassy venue an impressive and resilient playing field.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the first chair of the White House Rural Council, will convene a White House Rural Forum at the University Park campus on Oct. 5. The invitation-only event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center, and the forum will be live-streamed for the public.
Greg Roth, professor of agronomy in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will become associate head of the college's Department of Plant Science, effective Oct. 1. In announcing the appointment, Rick Roush, dean of the college, said Roth will work with Department Head Erin Connolly, faculty and staff to keep a large, complex department with multiple educational and research programs functioning smoothly.
The typical procedure for most students applying for a job or internship these days starts by applying online, and then later, they hope, getting an in-person interview. But Matthew Leise was able to short-circuit the process at Ag Career Day — and he was greatly rewarded.