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International degree program spawns graduate student seminars
December 19, 2013
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students in entomology are building upon their international experiences by conducting a new graduate seminar series on tropical entomology. The students, Ariel Rivers and Loren Rivera-Vega, are enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development dual-title degree program, which provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.
Rush family gift provides scholarship support for Ag Sciences students
December 19, 2013
Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by two Penn State alumni. With a $50,000 gift, Jay and Joyce Rush, of Boalsburg, created the Jay V. and Joyce H. Rush Family Trustee Scholarship.
Corn pest decline may save farmers money
December 19, 2013
Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids -- an expensive, yet effective, solution that has been widely adopted by farmers -- may now be unnecessary in some areas.
Donley gift to support entrepreneurship, innovation programs
December 18, 2013
Programs that develop and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive a boost as a result of a gift from an alumnus of the college and his wife. William and Margaret Donley, of Pittsburgh, targeted their $50,000 gift to an existing endowment that provides programmatic support for the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.
Researchers: New sustainable ag farmers need access, farm-management knowledge
December 18, 2013
On-farm internships and land-link programs are two important models for increasing the number of farmers in the sustainable-agriculture movement, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Extension offers home-study courses on livestock production
December 17, 2013
Beef, sheep, meat-goat and swine producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of four home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension this winter.
Student Stories: It was a zoo in there, but she loved it
December 17, 2013
Picture this: a flock of parrots gathered around a television, watching Cinderella. If that sounds unrealistic, think again. Ashley Hallowell, a graduate from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences veterinary and biomedical sciences program, got to witness this very spectacle during her internship with the Philadelphia Zoo last year.
College of Ag Sciences students receive internship awards
December 13, 2013
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2013 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.
Penn State Extension enologist earns important credential
December 12, 2013
Denise Gardner, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences extension enologist, recently achieved the Certified Specialist of Wine designation from the Society of Wine Educators.
Dec. 19 webinar to look at the reclamation of shale gas cuttings
December 12, 2013
The reclamation of cuttings from the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells and the construction of gas pipelines is the subject of a Web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.
Water research makes waves in annual graduate student sustainability challenge
December 12, 2013
A diverse team of judges has recognized an interdisciplinary team of graduate students as the grand prize winner of $10,000 in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) at Penn State.
Three named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences
December 10, 2013
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored three of its graduates with 2013 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. Recipients were Scott A. Burk, of Boalsburg; H. Louis Moore, of Linden Hall; and A. David Carroll Jr., of Berks County.
Student Stories: Food Science major interns with pet food maker
December 9, 2013
Penn State junior Kenzie Brancato had a revelation of sorts when she interned with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition last year.
Webinar to examine local economic impacts of shale gas development
December 4, 2013
The economic impact of Marcellus Shale natural gas development in counties where the most drilling is occurring is the subject of a Web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.
In the case of wholesale food distributors, it's all about location
December 4, 2013
In all but the shortest supply chains, food travels through wholesale distribution centers on its way from farm to consumer, and the location of these distributors can have a big impact on the efficiency of a food system. Now, a new mathematical model can help business owners and policy makers determine the optimal locations for such distributors, thanks to a research team led by an engineer in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State, Cornell partner on vegetable, small-fruit programs
December 3, 2013
Vegetable and small-fruit growers will have a chance to gain knowledge that can enhance their operations during a series of monthly, Web-based seminars that will kick off Dec. 18. Presented by Penn State Extension in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the webinars will provide timely updates in vegetable and small-fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York and surrounding states.
Companies could make the switch to wood power
December 3, 2013
Some companies could economically convert their operations to wood boilers for heat and power, according to a team of forestry researchers.
Student Stories: Environmental major studies marine issues in Bonaire
November 26, 2013
Alexandra Lukasiewicz got an up-close look at the oceans' mysteries while she studied abroad in Bonaire.
Deer hunters, be sure downed animal was healthy before eating venison
November 22, 2013
Food-safety specialists with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences annually issue warnings to deer hunters to keep food safety in mind if they are fortunate enough to get a buck or a doe, and this fall is no exception. However, this year because of the discovery of chronic wasting disease in wild Pennsylvania deer, they are cautioning hunters to be sure their animal appears healthy.
Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation Team places high in contest
November 22, 2013
A student team from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently finished fifth overall in the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. The team placed third in the cottage cheese competition, fourth in butter, fourth in milk and fourth in ice cream.
World Campus 15th anniversary symposium to be streamed live Dec. 2
November 22, 2013
In 1998, Penn State became one of the leaders in online education with the establishment of its online World Campus. Throughout this year, the University is holding a series of events to celebrate this anniversary. On Monday, Dec. 2, the University community is invited to participate in the symposium “Penn State World Campus — Past, Present and Future” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Penn State Public Media will stream the discussion live from The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at http://wpsu.org/live/convocation13/.
Don't overlook safe turkey-handling practices for a happy holiday
November 20, 2013
Thanksgiving is a time for sharing: good food, family time, friendship and memories. But one thing you don't want to share, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is pathogenic bacteria.
Additive may make wine fine for a longer time
November 20, 2013
An additive may help curb a chemical reaction that causes wine to look, smell and taste funky, according to food scientists.
Penn State economists: Loss of middle-wage jobs widens income gap in Pa.
November 19, 2013
From 2001 to 2011, the Pennsylvania workforce underwent a marked shift from higher-paying to lower-paying jobs, a trend that could have serious implications for the state's economy, according to a new report by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Azzara Family Trustee Scholarship assists food science students
November 18, 2013
A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife is benefiting students in the college with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to those majoring in Food Science. With a $100,000 gift, C. Daniel and Wendy S. Azzara, of State College, Pa., established the Azzara Family Trustee Scholarship.
Course provides immersive experience with Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota
November 15, 2013
Two courses that focus on Native American culture and history offer students a life-changing educational experience.
Queen bee's honesty is the best policy for reproduction signals
November 13, 2013
Queen bees convey honest signals to worker bees about their reproductive status and quality, according to an international team of researchers, who say their findings may help to explain why honey bee populations are declining.
Student Stories: CED major sold conservation, warned farmers about pollution
November 12, 2013
Door-to-door sales can be a frustrating job, but last year, Penn State junior Megan Romania found satisfaction selling conservation to farmers.
Webinar highlights county's effort to manage shale gas development
November 8, 2013
One northcentral Pennsylvania county's struggle to keep up with the demands of shale-gas development is the subject of a Web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension. Offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bradford County Community Planning: Resources for the Community, will feature Ray Stolinas, planning director in Bradford County's Office of Community Planning and Grants.
Extension looking to expand statewide education for private water supply users
November 8, 2013
Penn State Extension is looking for volunteers to take part in its Master Well Owner Network, according to a water resources expert in the University's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Webinar to focus on implementing land use and other plans
November 8, 2013
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal, community and organizational officials implement strategic, land-use and comprehensive plans.
Entomologist uses ScholarSphere repository to preserve rare insect collection
November 5, 2013
A Penn State entomologist uses the ScholarSphere repository to preserve rare insect collections.
Professor leads project to breed beans resistant to climate stresses
November 5, 2013
With support from a $5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, an international team led by Jonathan Lynch, professor of plant nutrition in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Beans. The project will employ novel techniques to accelerate breeding programs for common bean aimed at conferring traits that can increase yield under heat and drought stress.
Interactive, networking, educational events planned for Global Entrepreneurship
November 4, 2013
The College of Engineering is partnering with other academic colleges and local businesses to coordinate a variety of activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 18-22.
Diefenbach receives award for excellence in wildlife research
November 1, 2013
A professor in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been honored by The Wildlife Society for his wildlife research.
Penn State Soil Judging Team takes first at Northeast Regionals
November 1, 2013
A Penn State Soil Judging Team finished first in the Northeast Regional Soil Judging Contest held Oct. 21 to 25 near Adamstown, Md.
Convert some lawn into meadow or prairie, expert advises
November 1, 2013
If you want to do something good for the environment, consider not mowing so much grass, advises an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Industrialized agriculture brings change in Turkey
October 30, 2013
We've all heard versions of the story, and many of us have relatives or ancestors who were a part of it. Small farmers, the story goes, are being squeezed out of business by large-scale, "industrial agricultural" corporations. Forced to buy patented, more expensive but higher-yielding hybrid seeds and the fertilizer and pesticides they require from multinational conglomerates, farmers harvest larger crops but at the price of rising debt. It is sometimes portrayed as a David and Goliath morality play -- with Goliath winning -- but the reality is much more complicated.
Professor: Pennsylvania's forest cover remains stable at 59 percent
October 29, 2013
Despite continuing development, urban sprawl and changing land use, Pennsylvania's forest area has remained stable in recent decades, according to a forest scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Project helps African youth become haymaking entrepreneurs
October 29, 2013
A project spearheaded by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Uganda's Makarere University is helping African youths establish businesses and generate income. And these young people, in turn, are providing services that can help farmers improve dairy nutrition and increase milk production.
Ice cream, 'U' creameries: How do the Big Ten's frozen desserts compare?
October 28, 2013
The Berkey Creamery at Penn State is known as one of the best college creameries in the nation -- but it's not the only one of its kind. Creameries have been a staple of life at land-grant universities, where educating farmers about safe and innovative farming practices long has been part of the curriculum.
Student Stories: Adult student finds his niche with agricultural systems major
October 28, 2013
For Michael Bartolomucci, majoring in Agricultural Systems Management in college wasn't his first goal – it wasn't even his second or third. But now, as an adult student, he calls Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences home.
Public health anthropologist uses ethnography to improve farmworker safety
October 28, 2013
We rely on them for virtually all of the fruits and vegetables that grace our tables. Yet our country's farmworkers are among the poorest of the working poor. Working long hours in the fields, they are constantly exposed, not just to hardship and severe weather but to dangerous pesticides. As Amy Snipes puts it, "Farmwork is more than an occupation. It is a condition of risk." An assistant professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, Snipes spends months at a time with farmworker families, observing and recording their lives and concerns as she works alongside them in the field.
Information night for indigenous knowledge course and Ojibwe Nation field study
October 24, 2013
An information night for the spring semester course “Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the North American Context” and Maymester field study (CED 497B and 497C) will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in 113 Thomas Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. This program offers students an opportunity to learn about the history, culture and ways of life of the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe Nations in northern Minnesota through an unforgettable, immersive field study experience.
Short course focuses on the art and science of cheese making
October 24, 2013
Cheese making certainly has become an art, especially with the increasing desire of cheese makers to create their own unique product. With rising interest among consumers in knowing where their food comes from and who makes it, standing out matters.
Hen turkey study yielding reassuring information
October 23, 2013
What level of fall wild turkey harvest by hunters causes population declines? That's what researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are learning midway through a five-year study of the birds.
Professors and students recognized at annual meeting of Waterbird Society
October 23, 2013
Penn State Berks professors and students were recognized for their research at the 37th annual meeting of the Waterbird Society in Wilhelshaven Germany in September. Jennifer Arnold, associate professor of biology; Stephen Oswald, instructor in biology; and three students -- Amy Rutter, Christy Wails and Brittany Morey; were all recognized for their work. Amy Rutter, junior wildlife and fisheries science major, has been conducting research at Penn State Berks for one year, and has completed an international conservation Internship. She won the Best Student Poster Award.
Protect aquatic life: Don't flush unused medications, expert advises
October 22, 2013
Unused prescription medications should not be flushed or washed down the drain because the residue from pharmaceuticals adversely affects fish and other aquatic species, according to a Penn State Extension water specialist.
Teach Ag! Society finds more than education in the Southwest
October 22, 2013
As part a newly formed organization, student members of the Teach Ag! Society in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were not sure what to expect when they chose to do a domestic study-abroad trip to Arizona. But over the course of eight days, 1,500 miles, six agriscience-education programs and three national parks, they found more than they were looking for.
Food scientist Kaylegian receives Nesbitt Faculty Development Award
October 17, 2013
Kerry Kaylegian, dairy foods research and extension associate and director of the Center for Food Manufacturing in the Department of Food Science, has been named recipient of the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Student Stories: Immunology major interns with the state
October 16, 2013
For the average person, ignorance is bliss. But for Alyssa Patt, not knowing was not an option during her internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Students can explore grad, vet and law schools at Ag Career Day
October 15, 2013
About one in four graduates from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences move on to graduate school, veterinary school, law school or other professional courses -- showing that a bachelor's degree in the ag sciences is a great foundation for acquiring another degree.
Turning biologists into programmers
October 14, 2013
For more than half a century scientists have looked on the DNA molecule as life's blueprint, but biological engineers are beginning to see the molecule not as a static plan, but more like a snippet of life's computer code that they can program. Penn State researchers are now unraveling the mystery of how nature codes and recodes this program to address some of the world's biggest challenges, says Howard Salis, assistant professor of biological engineering and chemical engineering.
Webinar to focus on fiscal demands of different land uses on local governments
October 11, 2013
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal officials assess the impacts of land use on local governments.
Penn State to develop national approach to youth farm safety education
October 8, 2013
Reducing the risk of injury or death for young people on farms is the goal of a new project aimed at developing a coordinated national approach to youth farm safety education. Led by safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the Safety in Agriculture for Youth project will serve as an umbrella for curricula, programs, activities and expertise across the country, with an eye toward increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches.
Penn State students help rebuild stormwater systems in Philadelphia
October 7, 2013
Penn State students, staff and community volunteers worked to revamp two green infrastructure sites in the heart of Philadelphia. In all, about 40 volunteers participated in the Water Blues, Green Solutions Stormwater Management Project on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Legislation may cause data deficit for researchers, small businesses
October 7, 2013
Small farms and businesses may be the unintended victims of legislation aimed at cutting the federal budget by eliminating certain sets of local and county-based economic data, according to a group of economists.
Horticulture Show celebrates 100 years of plant science education
October 4, 2013
The annual Penn State Horticulture Show, to be held Oct. 12-13 in the Snider Agricultural Arena, celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Professor to reflect on culture, student engagement in Nicaragua
October 4, 2013
“Yo Soy #Nicaragüense … How do University Students in Central America Perceive Their Indigenous Culture?” a presentation by Nicole Webster, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public, and can also be viewed online.
Ag Career Day to be held at Bryce Jordan Center Oct. 22
October 4, 2013
Exploring internship and career opportunities can be overwhelming for college students, but Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is trying to make it a little easier with its Ag Career Day.
Pumpkin Festival slated for The Arboretum at Penn State from Oct. 13 to 19
October 4, 2013
A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's third Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 13 to 19.
Student Stories: Nutty for research, Horticulture major comfortable in lab
October 3, 2013
Grace Garbini helped plant more than 5,000 trees in the summer of 2012. As part of a Rutgers University research project on hazelnut breeding, she was tasked with transplanting and inoculating hazelnut saplings to test their resistance to fungal infections.
Penn State Extension names Kleiner associate director
October 1, 2013
William Kleiner, interim associate director of Penn State Extension since July 2012, has been named to the post on a standing basis, effective Oct. 1. Kleiner will provide organizational and operational leadership in support of the strategic objectives of Penn State Extension and will be a key member of the College of Agricultural Sciences administrative group.
Farmers need help to plow through new food safety regulations
October 1, 2013
Agricultural extension educators should take a flexible approach in teaching farmers about the changing landscape of food safety regulations, according to Penn State researchers.
Pruss scholarship will assist agricultural education students
September 30, 2013
Penn State students majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education will get first preference to receive a new endowed scholarship created in memory of a College of Agricultural Sciences alumnus. With a $50,000 gift, Mary Pruss, of Washington, Pa., established the Stanley and Mary Pruss Trustee Scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, Stanley, who died in August 2012.
New Penn State homeland security programs head predicts growing challenges
September 30, 2013
As terrorism and organized crime continue to converge, information technology security, identity theft, cyber-attacks and other terrorist threats will increase, predicts Alexander Siedschlag, Penn State’s new chair of online homeland security programs. He is leading the effort to enhance Penn State’s online homeland security programs to prepare professionals for these evolving challenges.
Penn State Extension site helps navigate Health Insurance Marketplace
September 25, 2013
A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The "Health Insurance Literacy" website provides extensive resources for Pennsylvania shoppers who want to do their homework before deciding which policy to buy.
Adjusting bacteria in intestines may lead to obesity treatments
September 24, 2013
A drug that appears to target specific intestinal bacteria in the guts of mice may create a chain reaction that could eventually lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes in humans, according to a team of researchers.
Grad researcher investigates the role of specialized bone marrow cells
September 23, 2013
When breast cancer spreads, the disease typically invades the long bones of the body, such as the femur and tibia. Inside these long bones, giant marrow cells known as megakaryocytes (or MKs) go into overdrive in the presence of cancer and may contribute to destructive bone loss and embolisms. "The breast cancer survival rate is about 90 percent when it's detected early but drops considerably lower once the cancer has spread to the bones," says graduate student Walter Jackson. There hasn't been enough research on how these specialized bone marrow cells affect the spread of cancer cells, in spite of the fact that many cancer patients die of thromboembolism, or blood clots, he notes. "It's important that we learn more about bone metastasis and how to slow it down."
Penn State's Great Insect Fair celebrates 20th year
September 20, 2013
If you've ever wondered about some of the creepy crawlies you find in your backyard, you may want to attend Penn State's Great Insect Fair. With the theme, "Backyard Zoo -- The Bugs Around You," the 20th edition of the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Research minimizes effects of federal produce standards on mushroom industry
September 20, 2013
Strict requirements on the use of animal manures in fresh produce production imposed by the new federal food-safety law threatened to adversely impact the mushroom industry, which relies on horse and poultry manure for a specialized growth substrate.
Study leads to traction database of various sports shoes, field types
September 18, 2013
Athletes looking to maximize performance on the playing field sometimes seek footwear that provides the best traction. But it's important to balance the need for good traction with the risk of injury. Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research has released the results of an extensive traction study that tested 30 types of athletic shoes on three types of turf playing surfaces.
Student Stories: Biological Engineering grad helping to protect environment
September 17, 2013
Ever since Andrew Neal was a boy, the environment played a significant role in his life. Under the guidance of his father and the Boy Scouts of America, his appreciation for the outdoors grew into a passion, and it is what motivates him today in his natural-resource engineering career.
College of Ag Sciences to hold open house for prospective students
September 13, 2013
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. 14, in the auditorium of the Hetzel Union Building -- also known as the HUB.
A mixed blessing: Rose disease reducing invasive multiflora rose
September 13, 2013
Multiflora rose is one of the best -- or worst -- and most visible, examples of an invasive plant thriving in Pennsylvania's landscape. But for better or worse, a disease increasingly is infecting and killing the thick stands across the state.
Data Commons connects researchers through data sharing
September 12, 2013
In order to promote open access to research data, many funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), require that research data generated by publicly-funded projects be made publicly available. In addition, some journals require authors to make materials, data and associated protocols promptly available to readers as a condition of publication. Researchers can now more easily comply with these policies by utilizing the services of Penn State’s Data Commons.
Researchers receive grants aimed at technology commercialization
September 12, 2013
Four research projects with high potential for technology commercialization have received grants through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences program designed to spur innovation. The college's Research Applications for Innovation Grants -- known as RAIN Grants -- provide financial support that enables researchers in the college to realize the commercial potential of ongoing research projects.
Land-use webinar to focus on a form-based code approach to development
September 11, 2013
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar providing guidance for municipalities on a form-based code approach to development at noon on Sept. 18 .
Laughner named Penn State Extension district director
September 10, 2013
Jonathan Laughner, an extension educator based in Beaver County, has been named district director for Penn State Extension's District 1, which encompasses Erie, Crawford and Mercer counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. The appointment is effective immediately.
Pennsylvania-Australia collaboration focuses on controlling wild hogs
September 10, 2013
According to the latest estimates, Australia has more wild hogs than human beings, perhaps more than 23 million. No one is certain how many wild hogs roam Pennsylvania -- mostly escapees from commercial hog-hunting preserves and their offspring. But both commonwealths need to control and perhaps eliminate feral pigs, which are a highly destructive species, according to Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Microbes help beetles defeat plant defenses
September 9, 2013
Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who found that the beetles with bacteria were healthier and grew better.
Webinar to focus on latest Marcellus Shale natural gas estimates
September 7, 2013
The volume of natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale formation will be the subject of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Student Story: Honors pre-vet student made most of college experience
September 7, 2013
At just 4 years old, Samantha Fanelli had a passion for helping animals. In high school, she knew she wanted to go to veterinary school, so she decided Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was the perfect place to prepare, with its hands-on, well-rounded scientific programs. As an incoming freshman, she encountered a variety of opportunities that would open doors for her as a veterinary and biomedical sciences major.
Children benefit from positive peer influence in afterschool programs
September 4, 2013
Children in afterschool programs who have a sense of connectedness with their peers are less likely to report emotional problems, according to Penn State researchers. Children exhibited fewer behavior problems if they perceived their peers were willing to encourage them to behave well.
Penn State students' affordable greenhouse effort helping African farmers
September 3, 2013
An ongoing project by students in the College of Engineering's Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneurship program is helping Africans move beyond subsistence farming by developing affordable, inexpensive greenhouses.
Student Stories: Junior twirls toxicology studies, majorette duties
September 3, 2013
During the fall semester, Saturdays are big days for Penn State junior Jennifer Chelko. As a majorette in the Blue Band, she has embraced her role on the squad while pursuing a keen interest in toxicology and other sciences.
Researchers track antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella from farm to fork
August 29, 2013
Continuing research on Salmonella may enable researchers to identify and track strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria as they evolve and spread, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Environmental Microbiology Symposium set for Sept. 28
August 26, 2013
The Environmental Microbiology Symposium, hosted by the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 in Thomas 100.
Heinemann honored by national engineering society
August 23, 2013
Paul Heinemann, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State, has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The society recognized him "for his outstanding contributions in teaching, advising and administration, and for research in specialty crop production efficiency."
Free Arboretum event to celebrate Pennsylvania's forests
August 23, 2013
Those interested in woodlands, trees, wildlife and other aspects of nature will come together next month on Penn State's University Park campus for Pennsylvania Forest Fest, a celebration of the state's vast forestlands. The free public event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, in and around the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, part of The Arboretum at Penn State, on the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue.
Penn State Dairy Science Club named a nationwide Outstanding Chapter
August 22, 2013
Penn State's Dairy Science Club received national recognition when it was named the Outstanding Chapter at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA)/American Society of Animal Science Student Affiliate Division annual meetings July 8 to 12 in Indianapolis. The award is based on an annual report of chapter activities, participation in the ADSA Student Affiliate Division, club publications and website.
Penn State animal science students win national Quadrathlon
August 22, 2013
Students from Penn State's Department of Animal Science captured first place in the national academic Quadrathlon held as part of the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) on July 8 to 12 in Indianapolis. It is the second year for the competition, which is designed to be a comprehensive academic overview of the animal sciences; Penn State won the opportunity to represent the northeastern region both years, and won the quiz bowl portion of the first contest last year.
Extension specialist: Carefully follow instructions to preserve foods safely
August 21, 2013
Whether you picked a basket of tomatoes from your own garden or purchased a peck of cucumbers from your favorite farm stand, you can continue to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year by properly preserving them.
Aug. 28 webinar to examine water sales to shale-gas drilling companies
August 21, 2013
Water use by the Marcellus Shale gas industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be the subject of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Student Stories: Animal Science major savors lab experience related to cows
August 20, 2013
Most folks never think about it, but cows contribute many things to our daily lives, and Alicia Rickabaugh learned all about them last year.
Penn State's ORION wilderness program introduces new students to college life
August 20, 2013
Some 240 incoming Penn State students from campuses across the state take part in the ORION Wilderness Experience, a program intended to ease the transition to college.
Multiple genes manage how people taste sweeteners
August 20, 2013
Genetics may play a role in how people's taste receptors send signals, leading to a wide spectrum of taste preferences, according to Penn State food scientists. These varied, genetically influenced responses may mean that food and drink companies will need a range of artificial sweeteners to accommodate different consumer tastes.
Land-use planning webinar to focus on transportation connectivity
August 15, 2013
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar providing guidance for municipalities on how to enhance vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity.
‘Conversations LIVE’ to discuss end-of-summer gardening tips
August 15, 2013
The next installment of WPSU-TV’s "Conversations LIVE" tackles the topic of end-of-summer gardening in "Get Your Garden On!" Host Patty Satalia is joined by Tom Butzler, Steve Bogash and John Esslinger, all horticulture educators with Penn State’s Cooperative Extension.
Aug. 22 webinar to focus on volume of shale gas produced in Pennsylvania
August 14, 2013
The amount of natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania will be the subject of a Web-based seminar by Penn State Extension.