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Presidential Leadership Academy selects new members for the Class of 2015. Thirty rising sophomores were appointed to the three-year program.
Emily Spadaro spent her summer caring for jaguars at a zoo, castrating pigs and a horse, and swimming in a waterfall.
Penn State programs rank among the top 200 institutions worldwide in 31 out of 36 academic disciplines reviewed by the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Among these, eight subject areas rank in the top 50: materials science; agriculture and forestry; education; geography; earth and marine sciences; mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering; communication and media studies; and statistics and operational research.
Penn State Evan Pugh Professor Andrew Read – Director of the Huck Institutes' Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics – has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Amy Kraus, an Animal Science major from Aliquippa, will receive the Outstanding Senior Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences at the college's commencement ceremony at 3:30 p.m., May 10, at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. The award honors the senior who best balances outstanding academics, extracurricular activities, work experience and communication skills.
Darryl Blakey didn't have the usual doubts freshmen have about choosing a major. For him, agriculture was his first choice -- a dream he has had since high school.
Penn State’s Dairy Challenge team earned a second place award at the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge April 9 to 11 in Syracuse, New York.
A program designed to reduce tractor-related farm injuries and deaths by helping farmers pay for the installation of rollover protective structures, or ROPS, recently reached a milestone in Pennsylvania. Administered by Penn State Extension, the ROPS Retrofit Program for Pennsylvania Farmers funded the installation of the 100th ROPS since the initiative began in 2011.
Patricia A. Woertz, chairman of the board of directors of Archer Daniels Midland Company, spoke to a full audience in the Struthers Auditorium of the Business Building on Friday, as part of the college’s Executive Insights series.
Research into anti-cancer compounds gives whole new meaning to the phrase "eat healthy."
Sustainability is a big priority at Penn State, and in the forty-five years since the University began observing Earth Day, much progress has been made toward becoming a community that lives, learns, and leads with an eye to the future.
"The basis of all frozen desserts is sugar syrup containing various characterizing ingredients and flavors," says Bob Roberts, head of Penn State's Food Science department. "When only a flavor -- and no dairy -- is added to the sugar syrup, the product is commonly referred to as a water ice, also known as Italian ice or sorbet." Adding a bit of milk makes the product a sherbet. "Further fortifying the product with some cream and condensed or powdered milk to deliver at least ten percent fat results in the product we know and love as ice cream."
Recently, Penn State Today sat down with the Class of 2014 college deans — Amr Elnashai of Engineering, Marie Hardin of Communications and Rick Roush of Agricultural Sciences — to ask them about their views and experiences as the academic year draws to a close.
Penn State graduates James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle, of Bellevue, Nebraska, have provided a $50,000 gift to endow the James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Scholarship in International Agriculture, the first scholarship to support students studying international agriculture.
Carolee Bull will become head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Sept. 1. Bull currently is a research plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service at its Crop Improvement and Protection Research Station in Salinas, California.
The Rock Ethics Institute announced its 2015 Stand Up honorees: Penn State students Melissa McCleery, Carolyn McDonald and Parker Werns. The three are being honored respectively for their work in helping to prevent sexual violence; poverty; and discrimination against the LGBT community.
Shaver’s Creek, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, will co-host the fifth annual Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The 18th annual Birding Cup, which awards prizes for the most bird species spotted in a 24-hour period, will take place the same weekend beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1.
Ian Rosenberger was named the 2015 honorary grand marshal for Homecoming during Penn State Homecoming's fifth annual Legacy Celebration on April 22.
Selective breeding of maize over the last century to create hybrids with desirable shoot characteristics and increased yield may have contributed indirectly to the evolution of root systems that are more efficient in acquiring nutrients, such as nitrogen, from the soil, according to researchers.
The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and improved products, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.