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2011

Student Stories: Intern persuades landowners to protect watershed
December 28, 2011
Justin Kauffman let his love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors guide him to the right Penn State major and to a meaningful internship helping to protect natural resources. The York, Pa., native graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences in December with a degree in Environmental Resource Management and a minor in Watersheds and Water ...
Penn State-administered farm safety program wins rural health award
December 22, 2011
A farm rescue training program administered through Penn State was the recipient of a Pennsylvania Rural Health Award. The awards are given annually by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health....
Possible cure for leukemia found by Penn State researchers
December 22, 2011
A compound produced from fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the disease, according to Penn State researchers. The compound -- delta-12-protaglandin J3, or D12-PGJ3 -- targeted and killed the stem cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML, in mice, said Sandeep Prabhu, associate professor of immunology ...
College mourns the loss of meat scientist Chris Raines
December 19, 2011
The College of Agricultural Sciences is mourning the loss of a valued friend and colleague, Dr. Christopher Raines, who was killed in an automobile accident on Dec. 18.
Disease-causing fungi prevalent in sink drains, study finds
December 19, 2011
A study examining the prevalence of the fungus Fusarium in bathroom sink drains suggests that plumbing systems may be a common source of human infections. In the first extensive survey of its kind, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences sampled nearly 500 sink drains from 131 buildings in eight states and found at least one ...
Entomologist De Moraes named AAAS fellow
December 16, 2011
Consuelo De Moraes, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected by her peers for her distinguished contributions to the fields of entomology and chemical ecology, particularly with regard to research on ...
Remember food-safety fundamentals during the holiday season
December 16, 2011
In light of all of the recent reports of foodborne illness, it is important to remember the fundamentals of food safety when you are preparing food during the holidays, according to an expert in Penn State's College Agricultural Sciences. ...
Dairy geneticist Dechow wins Arthur Nesbitt Faculty Development Award
December 15, 2011
Chad Dechow, associate professor of dairy genetics, has been named recipient of the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Webinar to look at the impacts of Marcellus gas play on Pa. forestland
December 9, 2011
A Web-based seminar sponsored by Penn State Extension and the College of Agricultural Sciences will examine how Marcellus Shale natural-gas development is affecting forestland in Pennsylvania. ...
Student Stories: Animal Sciences major works with Idaho wolves
December 9, 2011
Animal Sciences major Emily Blade was working on a research paper about wolf-dog hybrids for class when she stumbled upon her dream internship working with wolves at the Wolf Education and Research Center in Idaho. ...
Penn State students compete in national poultry contest
December 8, 2011
A team of students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences finished fourth overall at the fall National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest, held recently at University of Arkansas....
Humans unequipped for high-salt diet, food scientist contends
December 7, 2011
Humans are physiologically unprepared for the amount of sodium found in manufactured foods in the modern food supply, contributing to the diet-related diseases observed today. ...
PSU4PA: Penn State provides testing to help ensure water safety
December 5, 2011
Safe drinking water is necessary for survival, as Pennsylvania residents discovered during recent flooding. For those who live in rural areas, it's not always clear where to turn when disaster strikes--or simply to avoid disaster in the first place. Penn State can help, as residents of Allegheny Township in Westmoreland County discovered. "Some ...
Holiday season perfect time to ponder future of your forestland
December 3, 2011
When families gather over the holidays, there are lots of conversations, but one subject they seldom talk about if the clan owns woodlands is the future of those tree-covered tracts, according to a forest stewardship expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....
Agritainment offers farm owners a chance to boost revenue
December 1, 2011
It's getting tougher all the time to be a farmer, and managers of small agricultural operations have to be increasingly efficient, clever and resourceful just to stay profitable. But "agritainment" may help farmers improve their bottom lines, according to agricultural business experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Student team wins Ag Business Springboard Competition
November 28, 2011
A team of five students from the College of Engineering, the Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences won the 2011 Ag Business Springboard Competition. Students traveled to Benin, Africa, in May to get a first-hand look at how a village cooperative proceses baobab fruit. The team designed a machine they hope will increase ...
National hunger 'events' highlight difficulties of living on less
November 23, 2011
Initiatives such as the National Food Stamp Challenge and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week draw attention to the daily struggles of the unemployed and poor. A specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said these special-attention events also illustrate the complexities of modern food insecurity....
Penn State working with Philadelphians on urban ag with high tunnels
November 22, 2011
High tunnels offer an inexpensive way to extend the production season for vegetables and small fruits. They also might help eradicate a "food desert" in the southeast corner of the Keystone State, if a collaboration between Penn State Extension and community partners in Philadelphia is successful. ...
Student Stories: Steelers fan/turfgrass student interns with Eagles
November 22, 2011
Pittsburgh Steelers fan George Peters scored the internship of a lifetime -- in enemy territory. The turfgrass science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences interned at Lincoln Financial Field with the Philadelphia Eagles grounds crew. ...
Pesticide-resistant weeds closing in on Pennsylvania
November 18, 2011
The challenge of weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate -- the active ingredient in Round-Up herbicide -- has become an evolving national threat, with new challenges emerging and spreading annually. At least three glyphosate-resistant species on the horizon for Pennsylvania require new strategies to combat them, according to a specialist ...
Best business plans picked in College of Ag Sciences student contest
November 18, 2011
Three winning student teams recently were selected and awarded $7,000 in a business-plan competition held by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The college has designated entrepreneurship as one of its strategic priorities. ...
Marcellus natural-gas presentation focuses on municipal experiences
November 18, 2011
A presentation detailing how municipal governments are dealing with the Marcellus Shale natural-gas boom will be offered by Penn State Extension from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6. ...
Student Stories: Some head to Mexico in Spanish-immersion program
November 18, 2011
To get Spanish exposure during a time when the language is a growing part of the agricultural industry, select students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences go to central Mexico for four weeks every summer. ...
10 students in the College of Ag Sciences win internship awards
November 18, 2011
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2011 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $760 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Trustees approve College of Ag Sciences academic restructuring
November 11, 2011
Penn State's Board of Trustees today (Nov. 11) approved a plan submitted by the College of Agricultural Sciences to restructure the college's academic departments, reducing their number from 12 to nine. The new structure formally will take effect July 1, 2012. The reorganization was the outcome of a two-year strategic planning process, known as ...
Penn State student horseman headed for United Arab Emirates event
November 11, 2011
During a time when most students are stressing over finals, Penn State junior Steven Hays will be heading to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. ...
New International Agriculture and Development graduate degree unveiled
November 9, 2011
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is marking the nationwide observance of International Education Week (Nov. 13-19) by rolling out a new dual-title graduate degree in International Agriculture and Development. ...
Final Pasto Ag Museum open house of year focused on haymaking
November 8, 2011
The last open house of the year at the Pasto Agricultural Museum, held Nov. 13, highlighted the history of haymaking. John Baylor, professor emeritus of agronomy extension -- a hay and forage expert -- discussed haymaking, and visitors watched a video of haymaking field demonstrations showing historic farm equipment....
Penn State receives USPOULTRY Foundation recruiting grant
November 4, 2011
The Poultry Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a student-recruiting grant from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) Foundation.
Poultry Science Department's Burns receives Reagle Award
November 3, 2011
Patti Burns, administrative support assistant in the Department of Poultry Science, is the recipient of the 2011 Emma Reagle Staff Assistant Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Soil judging team wins group segment at regionals; going to nationals
November 3, 2011
Has your mother ever yelled at you for playing in the mud? Students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences may be able to trace their college careers back to such humble beginnings. Two teams from the college recently took first and fourth places in group judging at the regional soil judging competition at the University of Rhode ...
Kennett takes the helm in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
November 3, 2011
Mary Kennett, professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim head of the department, effective immediately. Also the director of the university's Animal Resource Program, Kennett succeeds Vivek Kapur, who is now associate director for strategic initiatives ...
Vitamin A is available from many sources in diet, not just animals
November 3, 2011
Recent surveys show that a growing number of people are deciding to abstain from consuming animal products. But if they're not careful, that decision can result in deficiencies of certain nutrients needed for optimum health, according to a nutrition expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Don't let 'extreme couponing' result in food waste
November 3, 2011
Extreme couponing is becoming the hot trend for people looking to cut their food costs, but it can lead to increased waste, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who offers some savvy tips to save money in the long run. ...
Webinar to look at natural gas development's effect on agriculture
November 1, 2011
A Web-based seminar sponsored by Penn State Extension will examine how Marcellus Shale natural-gas development is affecting agriculture in Pennsylvania....
Student Stories: Despite quake, New Zealand impressed her
October 28, 2011
Attracted by the country's unique wildlife, Melanie Torres spent her spring 2011 semester studying abroad in New Zealand, where she had many amazing experiences and more than a few surprises. ...
For the Bay: Faculty honored for work to improve water quality
October 28, 2011
Several faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are members of a team that recently was honored by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer with the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Institution and Federal Laboratory Partnership Award for applied research on subsurface manure application in no-till ...
Penn State receives $2.3 million organic-agriculture research grant
October 28, 2011
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded a $2.3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate how certain cover crops and rotations can improve production of organic commodities. The study's goal is to determine whether diverse cover crop mixtures -- as opposed to a single-species cover ...
Penn State scientists part of new stink bug research project
October 27, 2011
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are part of a $5.7 million, multi-state project to study the brown marmorated stink bug. The three-year project is aimed at developing economically and environmentally sustainable pest-management practices for the pest, which has caused millions of dollars worth of crop damage and become ...
Study looks at water quality in private wells near Marcellus drilling
October 25, 2011
A study of more than 200 drinking-water wells near Marcellus Shale natural-gas wells in 20 counties did not find statistically significant evidence of contamination from hydraulic fracturing -- a process used by gas drillers to release natural gas using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemical additives. The study was conducted by ...
Penn State experts contribute to new online resource for apple growers
October 23, 2011
With the arrival of apple-harvest season, researchers and extension educators in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have teamed with counterparts from across the country to establish a new online resource about growing apples and apple production....
Plant ecologist honored by Ecological Society of America
October 22, 2011
A post-doctoral scholar and instructor in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been recognized by the Ecological Society of America as a 2011 ESA Education Scholar....
Foundation honors Penn State entomologists
October 21, 2011
The Entomological Foundation, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a future for entomology by educating young people about science through insects, has announced the winners of its 2011 student and professional awards. Several entomologists with ties to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are among the ...
Pasto Ag Museum Oct. 30 open house highlights corn
October 20, 2011
Corn, the most widely grown crop in the country for many generations, will be the subject of the next open house at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum on Oct. 30....
Oct. 20 webinar to look at natural-gas compression in pipeline systems
October 14, 2011
Penn State Extension will sponsor a Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20 that will examine the need for and performance of compressor stations in natural-gas pipeline delivery systems. ...
Weather, Wall Street affect U.S. agricultural commodity prices
October 14, 2011
Recent weeks have been bad for agricultural commodity producers, with falling prices impacting Pennsylvania's farmers. An economist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said there are reasons why prices for corn, milk, soybeans, beef, pork and wheat have fallen sharply....
Watson assumes leadership of Crop and Soil Sciences Department
October 14, 2011
Jack Watson, professor of soil physics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim head of the college's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, effective Oct. 17. Watson succeeds David Sylvia, who will become director of academic affairs for graduate programs for Penn State's World Campus....
98th annual Penn State Horticulture Show set for homecoming weekend
October 12, 2011
The 98th annual Horticulture Show will take place during Penn State Homecoming weekend, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 16, at the Snider Ag Arena, located near Beaver Stadium on the University Park campus. Students in the Horticulture Club will transform the livestock show arena into a beautiful landscape, themed "Relaxation and Meditation ...
The Arboretum at Penn State hosts pumpkin festival, Oct. 16-22
October 12, 2011
The Arboretum at Penn State will host a pumpkin festival, Oct. 16-22, featuring a pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, located at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus. Admission is free....
Publication presents solutions to roaches, bed bugs and other pests
October 11, 2011
Are you being bugged by bugs? Are mice or rats chewing on your last nerve? Maybe you could use some good advice about how to deal with them. ...
Relax -- perhaps even meditate -- at the Horticulture Show, Oct. 15-16
October 11, 2011
Penn State's Horticulture Club will host its 98th annual Horticulture Show, Oct. 15-16 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at the corner of Park Avenue and Fox Hollow Road on the University Park campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and admission is free. ...
Team earns national award for work on database of 4-H research
October 11, 2011
A team composed primarily of Penn State faculty and staff members has won a national award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a project that began as an effort to locate and document the body of research undergirding the 4-H youth development program. Led by Jan Scholl, associate professor of agricultural and extension education in the ...
PSU4PA: Christmas tree farmers take advantage of Penn State expertise
October 10, 2011
'Tis almost the season -- again -- and most people are just beginning to think about gift lists and travel arrangements. But for Christmas tree farmers like Gordon Repine of Scotia, Pa., the holidays last all year. One thing many growers do to prepare is attend the Christmas Tree Management Short Course offered by Penn State's College of ...
Penn State Extension 'Start Farming' program wins national award
October 7, 2011
A Penn State Extension program that is helping novice farmers to start and maintain successful farm businesses has been recognized for its efforts. Extension's Start Farming program received the Search for Excellence in Beginning Farmer Programming award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents....
Pasto Ag Museum Oct. 16 open house focuses on apples
October 7, 2011
Homecoming is as American as apple pie, and in recognition, Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus its Oct. 16 open house, during the University's homecoming weekend, on rare old devices used to prepare and process apples....
4 Penn State teams get $1.4 million in conservation research grants
October 7, 2011
Four research teams in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently were awarded a total of more than $1.4 million in Conservation Innovation Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grants will fund research aimed at developing innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address existing and emerging ...
Penn State student gets grant to attend World Food Prize in Iowa
October 7, 2011
A sophomore in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is one of two students to receive grants from the national Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization to attend World Food Prize events, Oct. 12-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. Allison Hoover, 20, of Port Matilda, Pa., an agricultural and extension education major, is a former Pennsylvania FFA ...
Finley named Ibberson Chair in Forest Resources Management
October 7, 2011
James Finley, professor of forest resources, has been named the Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Forest Resources Management in the School of Forest Resources. ...
Washboards featured at next Pasto Ag Museum open house Oct. 9
October 6, 2011
The next open house held at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9, will feature washboards and their historical significance in America's past. ...
PA 4-Hers join nationwide experiment for National Youth Science Day
October 6, 2011
Youth across Pennsylvania recently completed a simultaneous wind-energy experiment, joining hundreds of thousands of young people around the nation in demonstrating the world of alternative fuels and discussing how they can make a difference in their home towns....
James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen honored with plant pathology endowment
October 6, 2011
Dr. James Tammen and his wife, Marilyn, are being remembered and honored with the creation of the James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen Memorial Endowment for International Plant Pathology. Continuing his passion and support of students' international experiences, colleagues, family and friends of Dr. Tammen pledged $25,000 to create the endowment.
Green tea helps mice keep off extra pounds
October 4, 2011
Green tea may slow down weight gain and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity, according to Penn State food scientists....
Listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes rare but not surprising
September 30, 2011
Listeriosis outbreaks like the current one traced to Colorado cantaloupes are extremely rare, according to a farm food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. But Luke LaBorde, associate professor of food science, worries that melons present a heightened risk for spreading food-borne illnesses. Listeria normally is ...
Forest resources professor part of huge biofuels research project
September 29, 2011
A forest products researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is playing a role in a national effort to gauge the viability of wood and wood waste as feedstocks for jet fuel and other high-value co-products. As part of a multi-institutional consortium, Paul Smith, professor of forest products marketing at Penn State, will lead a ...
Penn State offers risk-management education for women in farming
September 27, 2011
Of the 3.3 million U.S. farm operators counted in the 2007 Census of Agriculture, about 30 percent, or more than 1 million, were women. Responding to a critical need for education specifically designed to help women manage business risks and enhance the financial viability of their agricultural operations, Penn State Extension will offer a ...
Marcellus Shale science target of $2.5 million NSF grant
September 27, 2011
A science- and energy-based program focusing on Pennsylvania counties with natural gas exploration and production, and developed by a multidisciplinary team of Penn State researchers, is part of a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)....
Foliage expert: La Nina may dampen fall leaf colors
September 23, 2011
The extreme climatic conditions Pennsylvania experienced in 2011 may not cause less brilliant foliage this autumn, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Ironically, the display may be limited by tamer weather that is occuring right now. ...
Komarneni honored for outstanding published research
September 22, 2011
Sridhar Komarneni, distinguished professor of clay mineralogy, has been chosen to receive the Marilyn and Sturges W. Bailey Distinguished Member Award from the Clay Minerals Society. ...
Penn State Ag Sciences offers open house for high school seniors
September 22, 2011
Choosing which college to attend can be a difficult decision for high school students, but Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is trying to make it a little easier with its Open House and High School Senior Day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, at the University Park campus. ...
Student Stories: Environmental major taught kids wild things
September 21, 2011
Forty-five minutes down an old logging trail outside Pecos, N.M., lies a wildlife lover's paradise. Cow Creek Ranch offers up to 20 visitors at a time the chance to fly-fish, horseback ride and hike throughout its miles of wilderness. It was amid this scenic splendor that Jessica Thomas interned during the summer of 2010....
Do not eat flood-affected garden fruits and vegetables
September 21, 2011
Now that communities across the state have dried out and are repairing damages from Tropical Storm Lee, a gardening expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences reminds backyard gardeners that fruits and vegetables are not safe to consume if they have been partially or completely submerged in flood water or have come in contact with ...
Penn State marks 100 years of beef cattle breeding with Oct. 21 sale
September 20, 2011
The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences will celebrate 100 years of breeding Angus beef cattle with a production sale Oct. 21 at the Beef-Sheep complex on Orchard Road near the University Park campus....
Insect fair draws enthusiastic crowds
September 19, 2011
Penn State's Department of Entomology hosted The Great Insect Fair at the Ag Arena on the University Park campus on Sept. 17. Visitors explored a variety of insect-related displays, collections, activities and games that included an insect deli, which offered some interesting snacks to fair-goers brave enough to try them. Go to ...
School of Forest Resources hosts Pennsylvania Forest Fest
September 16, 2011
The Penn State School of Forest Resources will host families, friends and Nittany Lion fans at Pennsylvania Forest Fest, a celebration of 2011 as the International Year of Forests. Festivities at the Sept. 25 event will be free and open to the public....
Gift from ice cream company supports pollinator research
September 16, 2011
Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (Haagen Dazs) recently pledged $50,000 to create the Pollinator Research Endowment in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Outstanding Alumnus supports undergraduate research in food science
September 16, 2011
Dr. Tawfik Y. Sharkasi and his wife, Magda Fehema-Sharkasi, have pledged $150,000 to create the Sharkasi Family Student Research Endowment in Food Science.
Pasto Ag Museum public open house features butter, churns
September 15, 2011
The next open house held at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, will feature butter and churns and their historical significance in America's agrarian past....
Komarneni honored for outstanding published research
September 15, 2011
Sridhar Komarneni, Distinguished Professor of Clay Mineralogy, has been chosen to receive the Marilyn and Sturges W. Bailey Distinguished Member Award from the Clay Minerals Society.
College of Agricultural Sciences honors seven outstanding alumni
September 14, 2011
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored seven of its graduates with 2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni....
In wake of flooding, disinfect contaminated wells
September 13, 2011
The central and eastern parts of the state were saturated by frequent heavy rains in early August before being drenched by Hurricane Irene and then inundated by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. The resulting flooding could have contaminated many private water wells. Well owners should disinfect the water supplies before drinking water from ...
Be cautious with food after floods, expert advises
September 13, 2011
After floods strike, people try to salvage what they can from their affected homes, shops and gardens. However, they should play it safe when it comes to food, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
College of Ag Sciences eliminates positions, refocuses for future
September 12, 2011
The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences will eliminate about 130 positions -- more than half through early retirements -- as it refocuses its programs and reorganizes in the wake of state budget cuts of 19 percent for fiscal year 2011-12, which began July 1. The job losses will occur at Penn State Extension offices across the state and in ...
Sept. 15 webinar to examine Marcellus gas legal issues
September 9, 2011
A Web-based seminar to be presented Sept. 15 by Penn State Extension will examine legal issues associated with natural-gas development in the Marcellus Shale formation underlying Pennsylvania....
Gypsy moth caterpillars hormonal slaves to virus gene
September 8, 2011
Gypsy moth caterpillars infected with baculovirus forfeit safety and stay in the treetops during the day because a virus gene manipulates their hormones to eat continuously and forego molting, according to entomologists. The caterpillars die where they climb and infect other gypsy moth caterpillars....
Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing at University Park
September 7, 2011
Penn State administrators welcomed members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Jake Corman (R-34), to the University Park campus this afternoon (Sept. 7) for the first of a series of public hearings on the role of the Commonwealth's state-related universities. Corman said the committee wanted to hear testimony from ...
'Battle of the Bugs' at Penn State's Great Insect Fair
September 7, 2011
Some people lump all insects together and consider them just plain creepy. Visitors at Penn State's 2011 Great Insect Fair can learn to recognize and value good bugs for the necessary roles they play in keeping bad bugs at bay....
Research shows that soil calcium limits forest songbirds
September 6, 2011
Acid rain and subsequent calcium depletion of forest soils in eastern North America may be limiting forest songbird populations, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Pennsylvania youth elected to lead state 4-H council
September 2, 2011
Seven Pennsylvania youth leaders were elected to serve one-year terms in executive positions on the Pennsylvania State 4-H Council at the 2011 Pennsylvania 4-H State Achievement Days held recently at Penn State's University Park campus....
Student Stories: Love for woodcraft brought her to Penn State
September 2, 2011
When one thinks of woodworking and power tools, women and Penn State may not be the first things that come to mind. But in the case of Carol Chang, they are entirely relevant. A senior Wood Products major with a business and marketing option, she spent a year at Penn State Mont Alto before transferring to the University Park campus. She is no ...
Recent disasters show need for emergency readiness on farms
September 2, 2011
An earthquake centered in Virginia shakes the mid-Atlantic region. Hurricane Irene causes severe flooding and widespread power outages up and down the Eastern Seaboard. If these recent natural disasters aren't enough to convince people that emergency preparedness is important, then perhaps nothing will. And being ready for disasters means special ...
Student third in national lumberjack competition
August 29, 2011
It's not necessary to be a lumberjack to pursue a career in forestry, Penn State senior Timothy Benedict will tell you, but it doesn't hurt, either. A forest science major (with a forest management option) in the University's College of Agricultural Sciences, Benedict placed third in the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Event Aug. 28 in Salem, Ore. ...
Study shows Marcellus Shale benefits economy, but questions remain
August 29, 2011
A new study examining the Marcellus Shale natural-gas boom in Pennsylvania suggests that, although development of this resource is having a positive economic impact in the state, the net benefits may be more modest than previously reported. ...
Pasto Agricultural Museum plans public open houses
August 26, 2011
Agriculture enthusiasts, history buffs and others will have expanded opportunities to get a glimpse of America's agrarian past when Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum hosts a series of public open houses this fall. Typically open only by appointment and during the three days of Ag Progress Days in August, the museum will welcome visitors from ...
Adequate amount of vitamin D critical for good health
August 26, 2011
Vitamin D has been touted in the news recently as the new miracle vitamin, and the importance and benefits of vitamin D supplementation has been discussed at length by media giants from Oprah Winfrey to Dr. Phil. Vitamin D supplementation does seem to be linked with benefits, according to a nutrition specialist in Penn State's College of ...
Sustainability of Pennsylvania forests challenged
August 23, 2011
A new report on the sustainability of forests in the United States indicates that Pennsylvania forests have declined slightly in the last decade and face a number of threats, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Webinars will focus on business opportunities related to Marcellus gas
August 18, 2011
A series of Web-based seminars aimed at helping local businesses prosper from natural-gas drilling and development will be offered this fall by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Educational Consortium. ...
Student Stories: Environmental major models pesticides with EPA
August 18, 2011
After completing several short work experiences with various Pennsylvania state agencies, Cody Cogan was ready for something different when he interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this summer. ...
Pate receives Distinguished Service Award from SSR
August 18, 2011
Joy Pate, professor of reproductive physiology, recently was recognized with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated unselfish service and leadership in advancing the discipline of reproductive biology.
Agribusiness professor Barry Zoumas passes away
August 18, 2011
Barry Zoumas, the College of Agricultural Sciences' first Alan R. Warehime Professor of Agribusiness, died Aug. 14 in Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College, where he was a patient since Aug. 6.
Ag Progress Days highlights advances, achievements in agriculture
August 17, 2011
Penn State's 2011 Ag Progress Days highlighted many of the latest advances in agricultural and natural sciences. The three-day event provided visitors a wide range of exhibits and demonstrations while also offering some fun activities. On Aug. 17, Ag Progress Days hosted the annual Government and Industries Luncheon at the facilities special ...