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Plant sniffs out danger to prepare defenses against pesky insect
December 17, 2012
A plant may start to prime its defenses as soon as it gets a whiff of a male fly searching for a mate, according to Penn State entomologists. Once tall goldenrod plants smell a sex attractant emitted by true fruit fly males, they appear to prepare chemical defenses that make them less appealing to female flies that could damage the plants by ...
Penn State students address water needs in developing countries
December 17, 2012
According to Mike Henry, when visiting a developing country, the fastest way to cross cultural barriers and make friends is to wield a pickaxe. And that's exactly what he plans to do later this month when he arrives in Ghana. That doesn't sound like a very friendly gesture until you realize that the Schreyer Scholar will be working alongside ...
Penn State to focus on education, ag literacy at state Farm Show
December 15, 2012
Helping the public understand the importance and diversity of agriculture is a major goal for the faculty, staff and students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who will participate in the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5 to 12, in Harrisburg, Pa. The college's presence will be felt throughout the Farm Show Complex, but the public ...
Penn State team questions dogma in synthetic biology events
December 14, 2012
Six Penn State students recently participated in a competition in Boston that examined the building blocks of life. It was an experience they won't soon forget. They qualified for the international event sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- which involved 190 collegiate teams with nearly 3,000 participants from more than 30 ...
Student Stories: The wildlife awaits for senior
December 14, 2012
Penn State student Megan Davis has always loved the outdoors and knew from an early age she wanted to dedicate her career to her love for nature. The wildlife and fisheries science major spent the summer of 2011 doing just that. From May to August, Davis completed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service internship, splitting her time between Parker ...
Harding wins academic award at NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship
December 14, 2012
A standout student-athlete in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received a prestigious academic award. Maggie Harding, a redshirt sophomore on the women's volleyball team, was named the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, ...
Expert: Latest food scare avoided with proper handling and cooking
December 7, 2012
Seems like every month there is a new food scare that makes the national news. Most recently, it was antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens found in pork. But whether pathogens are drug-resistant or not, consumers should know that these microorganisms can be controlled by proper food handling and destroyed by proper cooking, noted a food-safety ...
Shale gas webinar focuses on published research about water impacts
December 7, 2012
A web-based seminar focusing on published research about the effects of shale-gas development on water quality and quantity will be presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Dec. 20....
Penn State collaborates to improve ag education in developing world
December 5, 2012
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is part of a $6.2 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving food security in the developing world. Called innovATE -- Innovation in Agricultural Training and Education -- the project is part of the federal government's Feed the Future initiative to ...
Researcher part of international pig genome sequencing
December 4, 2012
An animal scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences played a role in the first complete sequencing of the pig genome by an international team of researchers. The study, conducted by the International Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, provides a genetic comparison of the domesticated pig and its wild cousins. The research, ...
Six Faculty named Fellows of AAAS
November 29, 2012
Six Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Fellows are Peter Hudson, director, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Willaman Professor of Biology; Soundar Kumara, Allen E. & M. Pearce Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Andrew Read, professor of ...
Ag Springboard Competition winners announced
November 29, 2012
A five-student team recently was named winner of the 2012 Ag Springboard Competition conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. For winning the business-pitch contest, which promotes agricultural entrepreneurship and new venture ideas in the field, Team Green Towers won the $5,000 first-place award. The team is developing a ...
Webinar to cover proposed changes to Farm Bill conservation programs
November 29, 2012
Proposed changes to federal agricultural conservation programs being considered as part of the ongoing Farm Bill debate will be the focus of a Web-based seminar at noon Wednesday (Dec. 5). The webinar is sponsored by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center, a new, federally funded virtual center based in Penn State's ...
Research shows managed fire benefits forest carbon sequestration
November 28, 2012
With the current focus on carbon emissions affecting climate change and the critical role forests play in storing the element, a better understanding of the impact that fire has on the global carbon cycle is needed by policymakers, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. As carbon registries, carbon credits ...
Student Stories: Environmental major removes exotics in Illinois
November 28, 2012
When you're closely involved with something, it's easy to take for granted how good it is. But for junior Veronica Pasi, spending 10 weeks last summer managing invasive species as part of a hands-on internship in Illinois's Glacial Park provided a new appreciation for her Penn State education....
Turfgrass research endowment named in memory of Stanley J. Zontek
November 21, 2012
Earlier this year, the U.S. Golf Association, the golf turfgrass industry and the Penn State turfgrass program lost a friend and colleague, Stanley Zontek. To honor his contributions to the golf-turf industry and his love for the University, Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. and Penn State have named a new endowment the Stanley J. Zontek ...
Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation Team places high in contest
November 20, 2012
A four-student team from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently finished second in the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. It was the University's first entry into the contest after a seven-year absence. Team members included senior Food Science majors Kelsey Rogers, of Howard; Megan Woo, of San Francisco; Jennifer ...
Graduate students win awards at food science sensory conference
November 20, 2012
Three graduate students studying food science, with an emphasis in sensory science, in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences won awards in a poster contest held at the recent 2012 Society for Sensory Professionals Conference in Jersey City, N.J. The theme of the conference, "Managing Complexity to Drive Clarity," was designed to bring ...
Natural fungus may provide effective bed bug control
November 20, 2012
"And don't let the bed bugs bite" is no longer a harmless adage. In reality today, these bloodthirsty bugs infest thousands of homes. According to a team of Penn State entomologists, biopesticides -- naturally occurring microorganisms -- might provide an answer to this pest problem....
College of Ag Sciences students receive internship awards
November 20, 2012
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2012 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....
CWD or not, same safety advice for field dressing, processing deer
November 16, 2012
For those fortunate hunters who bag a deer in the upcoming season, a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers some advice for field dressing and storing the carcass properly and processing the meat....
Lighting before electricity featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house
November 16, 2012
The last in a series of Sunday open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum during home football weekends this fall will focus on the history of lighting before the advent of electricity. The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. In today's modern society, we take electrical lighting for granted, and most seldom consider how ...
Ag businesses urged to fall in for Social Media Boot Camp
November 16, 2012
The use of social media has become an increasingly important way to enhance a farm or food business' marketing activities, allowing owners and managers to connect directly with their audiences. While a social media presence is almost expected of many businesses, some struggle with how to use the various tools to connect. To help these ...
Alumni endow Hoffman DeGrandi scholarship in College of Ag Sciences
November 14, 2012
Penn State alumni Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman and Richard F. Hoffman, of Tucson, Ariz., want young people to have the same educational opportunities that helped them become successful. That was their core motivation in creating a new scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....
Drinking green tea with starchy food may help lower blood sugar spikes
November 12, 2012
An ingredient in green tea that helps reduce blood sugar spikes in mice may lead to new diet strategies for people, according to Penn State food scientists. Mice fed an antioxidant found in green tea -- epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG -- and corn starch had a significant reduction in increase in their blood sugar -- blood glucose -- levels ...
History of timbering featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house Nov. 18
November 9, 2012
The next in a series of open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on the history of timbering in Pennsylvania and its significance in America's past....
Webinar to analyze options for establishing the value of shale gas
November 9, 2012
A Web-based seminar, "Analyzing the Options for Monetizing the Shale Gas Resource," will be presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The one-hour webinar will examine the growing supply and varying demand for natural gas produced from deep shale formations in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Uday Turaga, founder and chief ...
Experts advise hunters not to overreact to CWD discovery in Pa.
November 9, 2012
The discovery this fall of chronic wasting disease in two deer on a game farm in southeastern Pennsylvania has hunters concerned, but they shouldn't overreact, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Because the disease -- often referred to as CWD -- was discovered in recent years in both wild and game-farm deer in ...
Conference to focus on educating participants in golf turf management
November 8, 2012
When it comes to golf course management, there is a lot more to know than how to run a mower. Education is crucial with a growing demand for personnel trained to manage turfgrass. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to fill that need by offering a conference that will provide information about golf course management to ...
Student Stories: Costa Rica is fertile ground for learning
November 8, 2012
Allison Hoover didn't quite know what she was getting herself into last spring when she traveled to Costa Rica with Penn State's Spanish for Agricultural Sciences program. The Agricultural and Extension Education major went with 10 other Penn State students to the city of Turrialba to learn the Spanish language and explore the diverse agriculture ...
Chocolate genome research good for farmers, environment, sweet lovers
November 7, 2012
With the help of information technology (IT), Penn State professor Mark Guiltinan makes the world a sweeter place. Guiltinan is a professor of plant molecular biology in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He currently runs the Guiltinan Lab, where he studies crop improvement and sustainable farming methods. ...
Food science researchers discuss flavor sensations
November 2, 2012
As Penn State celebrates 150 years of graduate education, Research Unplugged featured a graduate student researcher at the third talk in its six-event series. Food science doctoral candidate Nadia Byrnes and her faculty mentor, John Hayes, presented "Some Like it Hot: The Science Behind Our Food Preferences." Hayes is assistant professor of food ...
Penn State soil judging teams win Northeast Regional contest
November 2, 2012
A team of students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently won the Northeast Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest in Wilmington, Ohio, qualifying to compete in the national championship in the spring....
Penn State workshop focuses on pasteurization
November 2, 2012
Pasteurization is a crucial element in producing safe, high quality dairy products, and most companies in the business of producing them are very committed to the process. To provide the latest information on pasteurization, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is offering a workshop designed for plant supervisors and quality-control and ...
New publication offers advice on managing wood-destroying pests
November 2, 2012
A new publication offered by the Pesticide Education Program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides recommendations for preventing and controlling infestations of wood-destroying insects. Although aimed primarily at pest-control professionals, "Wood-Destroying Pests" provides information useful to homeowners who are confronting ...
In wake of Hurricane Sandy, disinfect contaminated wells
November 1, 2012
As the Northeast begins the recovery process in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a water-quality specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is urging those who rely on private water supplies to guard against possible flood contamination of their wells. In areas where flooding occurred, well owners should disinfect these water supplies ...
After Hurricane Sandy, many confront food-safety issues
November 1, 2012
After Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, people and businesses face the daunting task of recovery. One of the biggest questions they confront is what to do with food, according to a food safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. In some cases, food may have been exposed to contaminated water; in other cases, electrical ...
Photo Gallery: Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove Scholarship plaque dedication
October 30, 2012
On Thursday, Oct. 25, a memorial plaque in honor of slain Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove was presented to the University during a ceremony at the Forest Resources Building.
Expert: Hunters taking Lycoming deer should have them tested for CWD
October 26, 2012
The three-year-old doe that recently was found to be Pennsylvania's first case of chronic wasting disease was born on a deer farm near Williamsport. But Lycoming County is not within the disease management area set up by the state, and hunters who kill deer there this fall and are concerned about the health of animals they harvest should consider ...
Normans establish scholarship for Penn State animal science students
October 25, 2012
Duane and Roslyn Norman, of Fulton, Md., have established an undergraduate scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to support students who are enrolled or who plan to enroll in the Department of Animal Science. The H. Duane Norman and Roslyn W. Norman Scholarship in Animal Science will be offered to an undergraduate who has an ...
Students get unique environmental research experience in Spain
October 25, 2012
Several students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently studied the potential effects of global climate change in Spain. For the last two years, eight students journeyed from central Pennsylvania to Madrid to conduct research in the field of global climate change ecology. Enrolled in the Ecological Research in Spain course, at ...
Emerging water topics focus of upcoming webinar series
October 25, 2012
The effects of Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling and other emerging water-resources issues will be covered during monthly Web-based seminars produced by Penn State Extension starting this fall....
Vegetable, small-fruit production webinar series to start Dec. 19
October 24, 2012
A series of monthly, Web-based seminars covering topics related to vegetable and small-fruit production issues will kick off Dec. 19. Presented by Penn State Extension, the webinars will provide access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small-fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in ...
Extension to hold fall beef management workshops
October 22, 2012
Penn State Extension will hold its fall Beef Cow/Calf Management Workshop in two locations Nov. 3: Beaver Creek Angus Farms in East Berlin, Adams County, will host the eastern event, and Heritage Hill Farms in Clarksburg, Indiana County, will host the western event....
Course focuses on the science, art of making cheese
October 19, 2012
Cheese making is a complex process involving many factors that must be considered -- it's not as easy as simply looking up a recipe on the Internet. If you are serious about making fine cheese, you likely need some help. A short course, The Science and Art of Cheese Making, will be held today through Oct. 24 in the Food Science Building....
Ag Sciences students awarded international fellowships
October 19, 2012
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students have been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Ariel Rivers, a dual-degree doctoral student in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, and Daniel Tobin, a dual-degree doctoral student in Agricultural and Extension Education and ...
Wendell and Carol Hunt endow scholarship in College of Ag Sciences
October 19, 2012
Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will benefit from a new scholarship created by a gift from alumnus Wendell Hunt and his wife, Carol, of Waymart, Pa. They have committed $50,000 to endow the Wendell and Carol Hunt Trustee Scholarship, which will assist students who have financial need....
Pasto Ag Museum open house puts spotlight on natural fibers
October 19, 2012
The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will feature natural fibers and historical textile making from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28....
Plant science seminar planned
October 16, 2012
"The Answer is Blowing in the Wind: Air Pollution Effects on Plants," a lecture by Dennis DeCoteau, professor of horticulture and plant ecosystem health in the Department of Plant Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, will be offered at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 26....
Image analysis may allow pathologists to expedite diagnoses
October 16, 2012
For pathologists, identifying damaged or diseased tissue is a time-consuming process of poring over samples under a microscope. But collaborative research between veterinarians and electrical engineers at Penn State could significantly speed up the process. Using image recognition technology similar to what powers photo-editing software and social ...
$10M grant will fund research into biofuel-based economic development
October 16, 2012
The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants. That's the goal of a new research and education project led by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and supported by a $10 million grant from the ...
Veterinarian: State should consider deer-feeding ban to combat CWD
October 15, 2012
On the heels of finding chronic wasting disease in a Pennsylvania deer, it's time for the state's game commissioners to consider a ban on deer feeding, according to a veterinarian in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. It actually is past time, noted David Wolfgang, extension veterinarian and field studies director in veterinary and ...
Student Stories: Environmental law appeals to wildlife, fisheries grad
October 10, 2012
You gotta love it when a plan comes together ... Robert Caccese always knew he wanted to attend law school to study environmental law, but he felt it would be beneficial to focus on something else as an undergraduate student. ...
The Arboretum at Penn State hosts pumpkin festival Oct. 14-20
October 10, 2012
A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's second Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 14-20. 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. Festival activities begin with a ...
Six named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences
October 10, 2012
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored six of its graduates with 2012 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....
Students work with golf course crew at Ryder Cup tournament
October 9, 2012
Nineteen students from the Golf Course Turfgrass Management program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently had a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience at the highest level of golf when they helped prepare and maintain the links for the Ryder Cup tournament in Chicago. Last month, the students were among volunteers who ...
Professor to give regional projects seminar
October 8, 2012
Richard Marini, department head and professor of horticulture in the Department of Plant Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, will give a seminar titled "Regional Projects: The North Central 140 Project as an Example" at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 19, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. The ...
Precautions for hantavirus urged when opening, cleaning hunting camps
October 5, 2012
As people head out to deer camps or cabins this fall, they may want to take some precautions to safeguard themselves against a potentially fatal virus that sickened nine and killed three in California's Yosemite National Park this past summer, warned an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....
Penn State team wins World Dairy Expo Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
October 5, 2012
The Dairy Judging team from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took top honors at the recent Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wis....
Penn State host to 23 new NSF graduate researchers
October 4, 2012
Penn State is hosting 23 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients in 2012-13. These students join 33 prior recipients continuing in the University's graduate degree programs in the Eberly College of Science and the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Health ...
USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan to visit College of Ag Sciences
October 4, 2012
Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will visit Penn State on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to talk about the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. The address will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Forest Resources Building, at the corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road on the University ...
Student named to receive new scholarship in memory of fallen alum
October 3, 2012
A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be the first recipient of a scholarship created to honor the memory of Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty in November 2010. ...
NSF awards $11.9 million for Sustainable Climate Risk Management
October 3, 2012
An interdisciplinary team of scholars has received an $11.9 million award from the National Science Foundation to support the establishment of a multi-institution research network on Sustainable Climate Risk Management strategies. Part of the NSF's Sustainability Research Networks initiative, the network is centered at Penn State and spans nine ...
Penn State Extension fact sheets help new farmers get started
October 3, 2012
Beginning farmers who need to enhance their knowledge about organic vegetable production, ecological plant-disease management and soil basics will find useful information in a new series of fact sheets offered by Penn State Extension. The series is part of the Start Farming program, led by Tianna DuPont, sustainable agriculture extension educator....
Penn State students spent month 'immersed' in Costa Rica last spring
September 28, 2012
There was no turning back for the 11 Penn State students who traveled to Turrialba, Costa Rica this spring. If they wanted to get as much as they could out of the four weeks they would spend there, they had to completely immerse themselves in their surroundings and try their best to unplug from life back in the United States. ...
Pasto Agricultural Museum open house focuses on haymaking
September 28, 2012
The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on the history of haymaking. The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. ...
Horticulture Show offers visitors a wet and wild theme
September 28, 2012
Water features will be the star of the 99th annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Oct. 6 and 7. Presented by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the show will be held in the Snider Agricultural Arena, diagonally across Park Avenue from Beaver Stadium on the University Park campus. ...
Farm-safety expert: Beware of toxic gases from manure storages
September 27, 2012
A narrowly averted farm tragedy this month has a farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences renewing his warning about the dangers of toxic gases emanating from manure-storage facilities. ...
Barbara Christ named interim dean of Penn State College of Ag Sciences
September 24, 2012
Barbara Christ, senior associate dean and professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim dean of the college while a national search for a permanent replacement gets under way. Current Dean Bruce McPheron announced his plans to take on the role of vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of ...
Penn State scholars earn awards from the Entomological Foundation
September 21, 2012
Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive four of 16 awards announced recently by the Entomological Foundation for 2012. The awards will be presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 11-14....
A warm, wet fall would dampen foliage colors
September 20, 2012
This summer was notable because of drought conditions in June and July, and searing heat in July, but that won't limit the beauty of Pennsylvania's fall foliage. Instead, it's the next few weeks' weather that will be determinant, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. And long-term weather forecasts point to ...
Marcellus Summit to cover shale-gas issues, offer balanced views
September 20, 2012
The 2012 Marcellus Summit, sponsored by Penn State Extension, will cover the latest trends, issues and concerns surrounding shale-gas development in Pennsylvania, according to organizers. ...
College of Ag Sciences open house for prospective students Oct. 8
September 20, 2012
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will hold an informative open house for prospective students, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, in the auditorium of the Hetzel Union Building -- also known as the HUB. ...
Corn featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house Sept. 23
September 14, 2012
The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on old-fashioned corn production and its historical significance in America's past....
Student Stories: Future teacher wants to pass on passion for ag
September 13, 2012
From his family's farm to the classroom, Doug Masser's life has been all about agriculture. ...
Penn State's Great Insect Fair moves to the Bryce Jordan Center
September 13, 2012
Organizers of "The Greatest Insect Show on Earth" are planning their biggest event yet. Penn State's Great Insect Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at a new location: the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Entomology Department, the increasingly popular ...
Research looks at hydrology, soil constraints to shale-gas development
September 13, 2012
Across the Appalachian Plateau in Pennsylvania, 50 to 70 percent of shale-gas pads are being developed on slopes that could be prone to erosion and sedimentation problems, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Research moves LEDs from the theatre stage to the greenhouse
September 12, 2012
It's a rare event when one technological breakthrough can have far-reaching effects in fields as diverse as stage lighting, horticulture, entomology, energy management, and potentially, space colonization. Penn State researchers from theatre arts and horticulture have collaborated with the Office of Physical Plant to fine-tune lighting for ...
App helps dairy farmers milk profits during volatile times
September 12, 2012
A free mobile app developed by Penn State researchers can help dairy farmers plow through financial planning by helping them track feed costs and income. The DairyCents app, currently available on the Apple iPhone, helps farmers estimate income over feed cost per cow, a number that tells farmers how much money is left over to pay other expenses ...
Wolf mange part of nature's cycle
September 10, 2012
-- Mange and viral diseases have a substantial, recurring impact on the health and size of reintroduced wolf packs living in Yellowstone National Park, according to ecologists. Following the restoration of gray wolves to Yellowstone in 1996, researchers collected blood from the animals to monitor parasite-induced disease and death. They also ...
Washboards featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house Sept. 16
September 7, 2012
The next in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on washboards and their historical significance in America's past. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. ...
Dramatic rise in College of Ag Sciences students studying abroad
September 7, 2012
In the past decade, the number of students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences studying abroad has grown exponentially. ...
Marcellus Shale natural gas webinar series to start Sept. 13
September 7, 2012
A new series of monthly, Web-based seminars covering issues related to Marcellus Shale natural-gas production will kick off Sept. 13. ...
Fall 2012 EarthTalks Speaker Series on water continues Sept. 10
September 5, 2012
The speakers have been announced for the Fall 2012 EarthTalks Speaker Series "PSU 'Talks' on Water." The series will focus on water and Penn State faculty will share experiences and research results on topics related to all aspects of water science. All seminars are held on Mondays at 4 p.m. in 112 Walker Building on the University Park campus....
Video: 100 years later, it's not your father's 4-H
September 5, 2012
Pennsylvania 4-H, the youth-development program administered by Penn State Extension, has been cultivating versatile children for a century. Over the last 100 years it has evolved from its agricultural roots into a globally competitive program offering educational opportunities on everything from government to robotics....
Alumnus Philip Cook endows scholarship in College of Ag Sciences
September 5, 2012
Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will benefit from a new scholarship created by a gift from Philip Ray Cook, of Loysville. He has committed $50,000 to endow the Philip Ray and B. Joyce Cook Family Trustee Scholarship, which will assist students who have financial need.
Plants' fungi allies may not help store climate change's extra carbon
August 30, 2012
Fungi found in plants may not be the answer to mitigating climate change by storing additional carbon in soils as some previously thought, according to an international team of plant biologists....
Pennsylvanians want more electricity to come from renewable sources
August 30, 2012
There is broad public support among Pennsylvania residents for increased renewable-energy generation, according to a study recently conducted by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...
Reflective vests keep children safe on the road
August 30, 2012
A farm-safety extension educator in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has found a way to keep Amish and Mennonite children safe as they travel on the road. ...
Penn State offers venison workshop for hunters on Sept. 8
August 30, 2012
Time was when every deer hunter was taught how to butcher a deer, process the meat and prepare a variety of tasty venison dishes. But these days, it sometimes seems as though that vital information is not passed down. That's why Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences again this fall is offering its Venison 101 workshop. ...
Student Stories: CED grad helps African youth with finances
August 30, 2012
A month-long, study-abroad trip to Kenya last year turned into an extended stay for one College of Agricultural Sciences student so she could continue helping at-risk youth in that country. ...
Bitter tastes quickly turn milk chocolate fans sour
August 30, 2012
Dark chocolate lovers can handle a wider range of bitter tastes before rejection compared to milk chocolate fans, according to Penn State food scientists....
Video of Trustees' special meetings available online
August 27, 2012
Video of the special meetings held by Penn State's Board of Trustees on Aug. 25 and 26 is available for viewing online. To see video of the Aug. 25 session, visit http://goo.gl/BgVBQ; video of the Aug. 26 session is available at http://goo.gl/cqHNM. Trustees participated in a series of special meetings this past weekend at the Penn Stater ...
Search process for new University president being planned
August 27, 2012
On the final day of a two-day retreat (Aug. 26), Penn State trustees discussed the pending search for a new University president to replace Rodney Erickson when he retires in less than two years. The search is expected to start in earnest in early 2013....
Video of Trustees' Aug. 25 special meeting available online
August 26, 2012
Video of the special meeting held by Penn State's Board of Trustees on Aug. 25 is available for viewing online, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZi7-wGrFDA. University Trustees are participating in a series of special meetings this weekend at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel on the University Park campus; public sessions are being ...
Board chairman delivers remarks during Trustees' special meeting
August 25, 2012
Chairman Karen Peetz delivered the following remarks during a special meeting of Penn State's Board of Trustees on Aug. 25....
Trustees to meet this weekend; public sessions to be streamed online
August 24, 2012
Members of Penn State's Board of Trustees will participate in a series of special meetings on Aug. 25 and 26 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel on the University Park campus. Public sessions of the meeting will be streamed live online, at http://www.wpsu.org/live. Various committee seminars also will be public. There are no items for ...
History of butter to be featured at Pasto Ag Museum open house
August 24, 2012
When you butter your toast or melt a pat of butter in a steaming baked potato, you probably don't give much thought to the versatile dairy spread. But butter has had an important role in the nation's agricultural development. History buffs, agricultural enthusiasts, "foodies" and others can learn about the annals of butter during an open house at ...
College of Ag Sciences to offer International Ag Speaker Series
August 24, 2012
The Office of International Programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is offering an International Ag Speakers Series, beginning Aug. 29. ...
Remove standing water to keep mosquitoes, West Nile virus at bay
August 23, 2012
The itch of a mosquito bite is one of the common nuisances of summer. But with mosquito populations seemingly exploding this year -- and cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus reaching unprecedented numbers nationally -- it's a good idea to take a few simple precautions to reduce the chances of being bitten, says an urban entomologist in Penn ...