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Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has a long history of helping to fulfill the University's land-grant mission by providing educational outreach to dairy farmers and other producers in Pennsylvania and beyond. Now, utilizing the latest educational technology and methods, the college is poised to offer Dairy Production and Management, the world's first dairy-related "massive, open online course" (or MOOC to the tech savvy).
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar focusing on the challenges of managing stormwater in communities.
Energy is essential to home, community, commercial and government operations, and any disruption in the flow of energy could lead to life or death situations. How energy deliveries are protected from unauthorized disruptions will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Penn State Extension’s Centre County Master Gardeners will host a Home Gardening School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Forest Resources Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The Home Gardening School will feature a full day of presentations for both beginning and experienced gardeners.
Invasive species, such as gypsy moth and emerald ash borer, have had devastating effects on Pennsylvania's forests, and the keys to combatting these threats are active management, collaboration and research, according to U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson. Thompson made his remarks during a forum on invasive forest species that he sponsored Feb. 5 on Penn State's University Park campus.
To help tackle the complexities of infectious disease dynamics, Penn State has developed an interdisciplinary approach to disease research, bringing together a diverse team of theoreticians and empirical scientists — representing such disparate fields as molecular biology, mathematics, plant pathology, entomology, genomics, statistics, physics, population dynamics and more — under a single umbrella. Now entering its 13th year in existence, Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics has become a global leader in infectious disease research.
Anne Hoag, associate professor of communications, has been appointed director of the Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, effective January 2016.
Biological engineering student Gaby Garzon lands exciting research and development internship at Frito-Lay in Mexico.
With the help of Keirstan Kure, Penn State Food Services created the Green2Go container, a reusable takeout box that replaces the need for Styrofoam cartons in campus dining halls.
An alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has created a new endowment fund that will support students' participation in activities and enrichment opportunities. Bob Robinson, of Tunkhannock, has given $25,000 to establish the Robert K. Robinson Fund for Student Engagement.
Consideration of human behavior in an international context is necessary to gain a complete picture of global agricultural problems. According to Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree program does just that.
Excess stormwater is a growing problem in Pennsylvania and across the country, contributing to water pollution, flash floods and other issues. To help youth and adults understand and reduce the impacts of stormwater, Penn State Extension has launched a new curriculum titled "Rain to Drain — Slow the Flow."
The 2016 Mid-Atlantic Field Crop Weed Management Guide is now available.
A gift from David Dowler, a long-time educator for Penn State Extension, and his wife, Lois, will create a new scholarship endowment to benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Dowler Family Scholarship will be given to full-time undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in the college who have achieved strong academic records or who show promise of outstanding academic success.
Robby Ost took his passion for business and the environment abroad last summer. The sophomore Environmental Resource Management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, where he spent three months working for an environmental consulting business.
Penn State’s Quality Team Highlights provides a way to recognize those who have contributed to innovation and improvement initiatives. Teams newly charged or formed since July 1, 2015, or not previously registered, can be entered in Penn State’s Team Database, managed by the Department of Planning and Institutional Research in the Office of Planning and Assessment.
A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed this month in the state of Indiana serves as a warning to Pennsylvania poultry producers and small-flock owners that they ignore biosecurity measures at their own risk, according to a poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Thanks to geospatial technologies like GPS, one Penn State research study may soon have a better understanding of how to balance woodland creatures’ affect on forest vegetation. The Deer-Forest Study, led by professors Duane Diefenbach and Marc McDill, is a collaborative project among Penn State, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry and the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
As happens with many Penn State students, an internship led to a good job for John-Claude Lacroix. The recent Food Science graduate was hired by Stauffer's — maker of cookies and crackers — after he interned with the York, Pennsylvania, company during his sophomore and junior years.
Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and food safety extension specialist focusing on muscle foods, has been named recipient of the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.