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2014

Farm Show visitors to learn gardening from the 'masters'
December 22, 2014
If you enjoy gardening and then preserving the fruits of your labor for consumption year-round, you may want to visit the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 10-17 in Harrisburg. The college will offer a series of daily presentations, many featuring the expertise of Penn State Master Gardeners, who will offer tips and advice for maximizing the productivity of vegetable and flower gardens.
CED major to intern with the National Defense University
December 18, 2014
Arianna De Reus, a senior in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is moving ever closer toward her dream of working in national security. The Hollidaysburg native's next step in realizing that goal is a spring semester internship with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society creates Trustee Matching Scholarship
December 17, 2014
The Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society has provided a $50,000 gift to create a scholarship endowment that will support students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who have demonstrated financial need. First preference for the Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society Trustee Scholarship will go to students who enroll in the Crop Production option of the plant sciences major.
Milk bottle fundraiser drives Dairymen's Club
December 17, 2014
Fifteen years ago, the Penn State Dairymen’s Club board of directors brainstormed how to boost the two scholarship programs the group supported. They decided on milk bottles.
Farm equipment developed at Penn State example of ag sciences entrepreneurship
December 16, 2014
A piece of agricultural machinery developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is starting to achieve commercial success, the latest example of potentially profitable technology transfer spurred by the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiative.
Receptor may be key to treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
December 15, 2014
Inhibiting a nuclear receptor in the gut could lead to a treatment for a liver disorder that affects almost 30 percent of the Western world's adult population, according to an international team of researchers.
Extension offers home-study courses on beef, sheep, goat, swine production
December 13, 2014
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: Environmental Major Inspired to Protect the Environment
December 13, 2014
Junior Environmental Resource Management major Kaitlyn Benson traveled to Costa Rica in high school around the time of the BP oil spill, and was motivated to make a difference.
Penn State joins universities worldwide in historic fight against global hunger
December 8, 2014
Penn State is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities will sign The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security – a declaration acknowledging their commitment to make food insecurity a priority. There is a ceremonial signing set for Dec. 9 at the United Nations in New York.
Webinar to look at methane emissions from shale gas production
December 8, 2014
The scope and effect of methane gas emissions related to shale gas production will be discussed in a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team on Dec 11.
Student Stories: Veterinary science graduate tours Southeast Asia
December 5, 2014
Jonathan Frankman made the most of his recent trip to Southeast Asia. While studying abroad in Singapore, he earned credit for taking classes in immunology, genetics and pathology. He also found time to visit seven other countries over the span of just seven weeks.
Safe to drink: App helps solve water problems
December 5, 2014
App is helping Pennsylvania homeowners solve water problems.
Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields
December 4, 2014
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida.
End-of-year sustainability town-gown review slated for Dec. 10
December 3, 2014
The public is invited to see how Penn State students are helping the State College Borough become a more sustainable community. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in Room 304 of the State College Municipal Building, the Sustainable Communities Collaborative in conjunction with the borough will host an end-of-year event to showcase student projects from the fall semester.
People in unhappy places are depressed more than a week a month
December 3, 2014
People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, according to economists.
Thanksgiving turkey sale benefits students year-round
November 24, 2014
The Penn State student-run turkey sale that draws a crowd every year may not last long, but the benefits continue around the calendar. The Poultry Science Club’s popular sale -- open to anyone who wants to celebrate Thanksgiving with a fresh turkey -- sold out of the birds in just under three hours Monday (Nov. 24).
Pasto Ag Museum offers ice cream, cookies at final open house this fall
November 24, 2014
The last in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, will feature an ice cream social and collections of antique cookie cutters and vintage aprons.
Research, food-safety fundamentals guide holiday meal preparations
November 24, 2014
This is the time of year when we gather to feast on roasted turkey, stuffing and other fixings. For many, it will be the first time they will prepare a holiday dinner, while for others, it will be the latest of many memorable occasions. But those memories should not revolve around foodborne illness, according to a Penn State expert.
'Preserving wealth and relationships' next topic for Huddle with the Faculty
November 21, 2014
Huddle with the Faculty every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; the presentation begins at 9 a.m. in The Nittany Lion Inn.
Lion’s Pantry, student food bank, to open doors on Nov. 20
November 19, 2014
With the cost of education and student debt rising, Penn State has made affordability and accessibility a priority for its students. A multitude of resources are available for all students, including additional resources for historically underserved populations. But even in the happiest of valleys, many students don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Penn State students have created Lion’s Pantry, an on-campus food bank intended to supplement any Penn State student’s food budget by providing them with a weekly assortment of goods donated by community members and corporate partners.
Penn State to help Northeast agriculture adapt to potential climate change
November 19, 2014
Penn State is one of 12 land-grant universities that will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeast Climate Hub to give the region's farmers, foresters and land managers better access to information and tools for adapting to climate and weather variability. As part of the agreement, the College of Agricultural Sciences will partner with Cornell University to develop, implement and evaluate decision-support materials for producers that describe how best to cope with -- and even take advantage of -- increasing weather-related risks.
Probing Question: What is a heritage turkey?
November 19, 2014
Over 45 million turkeys are eaten by Americans each Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hunters provide some -- last autumn, about 24,000 wild turkeys were harvested in Pennsylvania. Vegetarians might serve up a soybean-based alternative, like Tofurky.
Student Stories: Veterinary major enlightened by exotic zoo animals
November 18, 2014
Undergraduate students could take a page out of Leah Giralico’s book when it comes to figuring out a focus for their studies. Although the veterinary and biomedical sciences major in the College of Agricultural Sciences has always had a passion for animals, she came to Penn State unsure of what type of practice she wanted to pursue.
Shale gas webinar to look at response to challenges of Bakken oil development
November 17, 2014
Community challenges related to the growth of the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota are similar to those generated by development of the Marcellus Shale gas play in Pennsylvania, according to experts familiar with both situations.
Entomologists hope vigilance, research stop newly discovered spotted lanternfly
November 14, 2014
People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don't let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. This exotic, invasive insect poses a potential threat to several important agricultural commodities in Pennsylvania.
Student Stories: Turfgrass science major interns with Philadelphia Eagles
November 11, 2014
Many people dream of setting foot on the same field as the Philadelphia Eagles, but only for a few is the lure of greatness marked by painted numbers, lines, borders, hash marks and logos. Senior Eddie Harbaugh is a turfgrass science major with such ambitions -- one who realized his goals as a grounds crew intern at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Altered milk protein can deliver AIDS drug to infants
November 11, 2014
A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Wild thing: Pasto Ag Museum to look at historical wildlife collection
November 11, 2014
The sixth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum on Nov. 16 will feature a special exhibit from the Ecosystem Science and Management Department's bird and mammal collection.
Altered milk protein can deliver AIDS drug to infants
November 11, 2014
A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
College of Agricultural Sciences students receive internship awards
November 7, 2014
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2014 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $940 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.
Land-use webinar to focus on engaging a community's generations in planning
November 6, 2014
Land-use planners interacting and working with various age groups will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon Nov. 19.
Student ingenuity leads to program support endowment in food science
November 6, 2014
The financial impact of a food product developed by a team of Penn State food science students will have a much longer shelf life than the product itself, thanks to an anonymous investor who bought the rights to potentially produce it. An unnamed large company purchased the idea -- called Mooofins -- for $25,000, and the funding will be used to establish the Program Support Endowment for Food Science Students.
Student team from College of Ag Sciences heading to leadership conference
November 5, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A sophomore Animal Science major, who has been named a Campus Ambassador for the organization Agriculture Future of America, is leading a team of Penn State students to the organization's leadership conference in Kansas City, Nov. 6-9.
Never-before-seen insights into deer movement offered on research website
November 5, 2014
Two years into a study of factors influencing forest regeneration in Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers are offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.
Anonymous $1M gift creates food science fund in honor of professor emeritus
November 4, 2014
Professor Emeritus Phil Keeney has been intimately linked with Penn State's Department of Food Science since its establishment in 1975. Now, an anonymous $1 million gift will ensure that his name is connected to the department's programs in perpetuity.
Student Stories: Food Science majors attend AFA Food Institute in Chicago
November 4, 2014
Where in the world can you network with professional leaders in the food industry, visit the headquarters of numerous food-manufacturing plants and learn how to make a McDonald's Big Mac? That place would be the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute in Chicago.
Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees
November 4, 2014
Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.
Students Stories: Hard work pays off on mats, in field for landscape major
October 30, 2014
Jonathan Gingrich originally came to Penn State to wrestle, but found another passion -- landscape contracting -- along the way.
Pasto Ag Museum to look at old logging in Pennsylvania on Nov. 2
October 27, 2014
The fifth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum on Nov. 2 will look at historic logging and timber production. From 1 to 4 p.m., museum staff will share old photos and stories of the days in the late 1800s and early 1900s when Williamsport was the logging capital of the world, according to Rita Graef, Pasto Museum curator.
Alumna's bequest targets scholarships and THON for support
October 23, 2014
Students in two Penn State colleges and children fighting pediatric cancer stand to benefit from the generosity of alumna Cheryl Smith Hay, of Barrington, New Hampshire, who has pledged part of her future estate to support scholarships and the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Bitten by botany bug: Environmental major researches 'scars'
October 23, 2014
Penn State offers a wide variety of summer internship opportunities to its students. For senior Dylan Kubina, one of the most important guidelines for her research is a simple one -- don’t forget the bug spray.
Pasto Ag Museum to focus on natural fibers at Oct. 26 open house
October 22, 2014
The fourth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will feature natural fibers and historical textile making from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26.
From Williamsport to K.C.: World Series are nothing new for turfgrass student
October 21, 2014
When TV coverage of the World Series begins tonight (Oct. 21), the first thing most viewers will notice is the immense crown cut into the centerfield grass of the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium. What they won't see is that there was a little bit of Penn State skill used in crafting that image, thanks to a member of the Royals grounds crew.
PlantVillage solves crop problems by democratizing science-based knowledge
October 20, 2014
David Hughes understands the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income. This understanding, and the mentoring he received early in his research career, germinated the seed of an idea that has borne fruit in the form of an online network designed to get practical knowledge about plants and plant diseases into the hands -- and mobile devices -- of farmers around the globe.
Ariel Rivers named ESA Science Policy Fellow
October 20, 2014
Ariel Rivers, who is pursuing a dual-title doctoral degree in entomology and in international agriculture and development, has been named a Science Policy Fellow by the Entomological Society of America.
Four named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences
October 17, 2014
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Named Outstanding Alumni were N. Alan Bair, of Lancaster; Siree Chaiseri, of Bangkok, Thailand; and Calvin Ernst, of Meadville. Justin Runyon, of Bozeman, Montana, was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.
Former student's career blossomed after attending Ag Career Day
October 17, 2014
The College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day is an event designed to bring students and the companies that need them together. For recent graduate Laura Elberth, last year's event led to a full-time job with one of Pennsylvania's oldest employers -- the Henry F. Michell Co.
Horticulture professor to speak at World Food Prize event in Iowa on Oct. 16
October 16, 2014
Siela Maximova, senior scientist and professor of horticulture in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will speak Oct. 16 at a side event at the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, the annual symposium at which the World Food Prize is awarded.
Ag Career Day pays off big time for student
October 15, 2014
After multiple internships and a professional job offer, senior agricultural systems management major Brenton Sutton has nothing but great things to say about the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day.
Climate change not responsible for altering forest tree composition
October 15, 2014
Change in disturbance regimes -- rather than a change in climate -- is largely responsible for altering the composition of Eastern forests, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Shale gas webinar to explore history, challenges of Bakken oil fields
October 10, 2014
A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will look at the growth of the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and compare their development to Pennsylvania's experience with the Marcellus Shale and natural gas.
Ag Sciences grad and university president is named an Alumni Fellow
October 10, 2014
Iowa State University President Steven Leath, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences, is among 21 Penn State alumni who were honored Oct. 8 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
New scholarship memorializes agricultural educator and alumnus
October 9, 2014
Much of LeRoy Smeltz's life centered on the field of agricultural education, so it is fitting that a scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences now bears his name, according to the family members who established it. Lynn and Joyce Dietrich, of Chambersburg -- Smeltz's son-in-law and daughter -- created the LeRoy C. Smeltz Memorial Trustee Scholarship, which will benefit Agricultural and Extension Education majors with demonstrated financial need.
Penn State’s history of dairy research plays critical role
October 9, 2014
More than 150 years ago, Penn State’s first dairy barn housed cows and swine, and even a creamery. Since then, the Department of Animal Science has undergone plenty of changes while continuing to play a vital role at the University.
Video focuses on Huck Institutes' immunology and infectious diseases studies
October 9, 2014
Emily Finch, a doctoral degree candidate in the Huck Institutes' Immunology and Infectious Diseases program, and Sandeep Prabhu, a professor of immunology and molecular toxicology at Penn State, study relationships between diet and disease.
Sanford honored for 25 years of service to Penn State Berks
October 8, 2014
David Sanford, associate professor of horticulture, was recently honored for 25 years of service to Penn State Berks. During that time, he has seen many changes at the campus but the one thing that has not changed is his love for teaching.
Land-use webinar to focus on planning for healthy communities
October 8, 2014
How can land-use planners develop designs for healthy communities? That will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on Oct. 15.
Student Stories: growing pains -- student researches moringa tree in Haiti
October 7, 2014
A good day for most people does not begin with waking up in a cinder block room in an orphanage in Haiti, but as senior Cara McDonald can tell you, rewarding experiences do not discriminate. They pop up in unexpected places, are often the product of hard work and allow for continued benefits for a long time -- much like the moringa tree.
Marcellus Shale Gallery Conversations begin Oct. 10 at the Palmer Museum of Art
October 7, 2014
The Palmer Museum of Art will present a series of gallery conversations this fall related to the major exhibition organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," now on view at the museum through Dec. 14. The conversations will be led by faculty and staff members from multiple disciplines within the College of Arts and Architecture, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.
Penn State Extension, Office of Rural Health offer health insurance resources
October 3, 2014
On Nov. 15, residents of Pennsylvania who are without health insurance will have the opportunity to enroll in a health care plan through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
Student Stories: Globetrotter -- Biological engineering major travels to do good
September 30, 2014
After visiting Europe, Central America and Africa, senior Kelsey Czyzyk has no plans to stop traveling.
Beasley named head of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
September 26, 2014
Val Richard Beasley, formerly of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named professor and head of Penn State's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Beasley's appointment was effective Sept. 15.
Mortensen Trustee Scholarship promotes experiential learning
September 26, 2014
As a Penn State faculty member and administrator, James Mortensen was a firm believer in experiential learning. Now, he and his wife, Sharon, have endowed a new scholarship for students with financial need in the College of Agricultural Sciences that reflects that belief.
New Trustee Scholarship to support first-year Ag Sciences students
September 25, 2014
With a gift of $50,000, Penn State alumnus Dan Eichenlaub and his wife, Barbara, have endowed the Barbara U. and Daniel J. Eichenlaub Trustee Scholarship, which will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated financial need. First preference for funds will go to incoming first-year students.
Research shows alcohol sensations influenced by genes
September 24, 2014
How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Monnat receives $100K grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
September 22, 2014
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Shannon M. Monnat a 24-month, $100,000 grant through the New Connections program.
Ag Career Day to be held Oct. 21 at Bryce Jordan Center
September 20, 2014
Finding internship and career opportunities in a tough job market can be daunting for college students, but Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is trying to make it a little easier with its Ag Career Day.
Students to discuss Ojibwe field experience
September 19, 2014
An upcoming seminar on indigenous knowledge will highlight an enriching field experience open to all Penn State students. “Engaging with Ojibwe Communities in Northern Minnesota,” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.
Marcellus drilling boom may have led to too many hotel rooms
September 18, 2014
Drilling in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region led to a rapid increase in both the number of hotels and hotel industry jobs, but Penn State researchers report that the faltering occupancy rate may signal that there are now too many hotel rooms.
"Femme fatale" emerald ash borer decoy lures and kills males
September 16, 2014
An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.
Student Stories: Produce business crops up for entrepreneur Plant Science major
September 16, 2014
Farming seven acres of land and selling the vegetables at two roadside stands, three grocery stores and a large market may seem like a lot for a student to take on. For Penn State sophomore Alex Cantey, it's business as usual.
Pasto Ag Museum to feature historical meat preservation on Sept. 21
September 16, 2014
The second in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will focus on meat preservation through history.
Students enhance habitat for wildlife near restored creek
September 16, 2014
Students in Michael Sheriff's Conservation Biology class in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will build and install bird and bat boxes to enhance wildlife habitat near a recently restored creek.
Children's Garden at arboretum opens; new fund set up for children's programs
September 9, 2014
The Arboretum at Penn State dedicated its new Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden on September 7, and two members of the University community have endowed a fund in support of the educational programs that will complement the Garden’s family-oriented design. The gift from Sandra Parker Hall and Dennis K. Hall, both holders of graduate degrees from The College of Education and long-time State College residents, marks a new phase in the life of the Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden and its mission.
Doctoral candidate raises students' awareness of food systems issues
September 5, 2014
When Lauren Chenarides joined the Penn State-led research project called Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems, she knew she'd be getting a rich experience in food systems research. But Chenarides also did some training herself, teaching a course that immersed 40 Penn State undergraduates in the concepts of food access, food security and regional food systems.
After wet growing season, risks high for barn and silo fires
September 5, 2014
A rash of barn and silo fires in the last week has an extension farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences warning farmers to be aware of -- and if necessary take precautions against -- blazes caused by stored crops with high moisture content. This growing season was exceptionally wet, and related problems are beginning to show up with harvested crops, according to Davis Hill, senior extension associate in agricultural safety and health.
Sugar substitutes not so super sweet after all
September 4, 2014
The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing, according to Penn State food scientists.
Fall kick-off to celebrate town-gown sustainability projects
September 4, 2014
The Sustainable Communities Collaborative (SCC), a collection of Penn State classes, is partnering with the State College Borough this year to promote local sustainability efforts and the relationship between Penn State and the local government. The SCC fall kick-off event is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the State College Borough building lobby.
Immunology and infectious disease students receive scholarship support
September 3, 2014
Retired long-time faculty member and department head in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences C. Channa Reddy and his wife, Usharani, have given $50,000 to create the C. Channa and Usharani C. Reddy Trustee Scholarship. The scholarship will help students in the college who have demonstrated financial need, with first preference given to immunology and infectious disease majors.
Student Stories: Feeding the future -- alumna finds career in animal nutrition
September 2, 2014
Since graduating in 2008, Brynn Mauser has held a number of jobs, including positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the American Association of Meat Processors, but she found her perfect fit at Hubbard Feeds Inc., where she is currently employed as an account manager.
‘Conversations LIVE’ to discuss end-of-summer gardening tips
September 2, 2014
As summer winds down and gardening’s offseason approaches, watering, weeding and harvesting move to the top of the gardening to-do list, presenting new challenges for the month of September. ‘Conversations LIVE: Get Your Garden On!’ will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM, WQLN-TV in Erie and online at wpsu.org.
Penn State hosts new National Science Foundation graduate researchers
September 2, 2014
Penn State is hosting 22 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.
Sensory-tested drug-delivery vehicle could limit spread of HIV, AIDS
August 28, 2014
A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State World Campus student cheers on Nittany Lions from home in Ireland
August 28, 2014
A Penn State World Campus student in Ireland will root for Penn State when the Nittany Lions take on the Central Florida Knights Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. Tim O’Sullivan lives in Killarney in southwestern Ireland, where he works as a superintendent and project manager for Turfgrass Consultancy Ltd. For the past few years, O’Sullivan has been taking courses in the World Campus’s advanced certificate in turfgrass management from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ag Education grad student selected for scholarship
August 28, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Amanda Forstater, a graduate student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was recently selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
Zombie ant fungi 'know' brains of their hosts
August 22, 2014
A parasitic fungus that reproduces by manipulating the behavior of ants emits a cocktail of behavior-controlling chemicals when encountering the brain of its natural target host but not when infecting other ant species, a new study shows. The findings, which suggest that the fungus "knows" its preferred host, provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, according to researchers.
Gettin' dirty: Agroecology major excels as member of U.S. soil-judging team
August 22, 2014
The study of agricultural sciences can lead to incredible opportunities. Penn State student Nancy Kammerer discovered this firsthand during her recent trip to Jeju, South Korea, for the first International Soil Judging Contest.
Long-time extension educators endow animal science scholarship
August 22, 2014
Eugene and Carol Schurman, of Clymer, Pennsylvania, have given $50,000 to establish the Eugene and Carol Schurman Trustee Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The scholarship will benefit students with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to animal science majors.
Land-use webinar to explore conservation easements
August 21, 2014
Conservation easements and their role in enhancing the landscapes and greenways of Pennsylvania communities will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Zombie ant fungi manipulate hosts to die on the 'doorstep' of the colony
August 18, 2014
A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa.
Student Stories: Dairy Diva -- alumna finds her place marketing milk industry
August 18, 2014
Since she was a kid growing up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Roscinski has had a particular fondness for dairy animals.
Public urged to be on watch for invasive Asian longhorned beetles
August 15, 2014
By spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts, Pennsylvanians can help keep the non-native, invasive wood-boring threat to the state’s trees at bay, according to agriculture officials.
Penn State helps put robots to work down on the farm
August 15, 2014
Laser-guided robots and computer-programmed cleaning devices are allowing dairy farmers to work smarter rather than harder.
Webinar to focus on how dry gas, wet gas production impacts landowners
August 13, 2014
A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will look at how natural gas processing affects landowner income.
Land-use webinar to explore 'Designing Entrepreneur-Friendly Communities'
August 12, 2014
How important is it to incorporate considerations for new businesses in your land-use planning? That will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Native bacteria block Wolbachia from being passed to mosquito progeny
August 11, 2014
Native bacteria living inside mosquitoes prevent the insects from passing Wolbachia bacteria -- which can make the mosquitoes resistant to the malaria parasite -- to their offspring, according to a team of researchers.
Student Stories: Veterinary major journeys to S. Africa for experience
August 8, 2014
Morgan Brown took a risk last August when she decided to be one of the first students to travel to South Africa through a newly developed immersion program.
'Huddle with the Faculty' lineup announced
August 6, 2014
"Huddle with the Faculty" every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free, and no reservations are needed. Free parking in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; presentation at 9 a.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
Ag Progress Days is a 150-acre smorgasbord of activities
August 5, 2014
One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap Aug. 12-14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do. The annual event gives as many as 50,000 visitors a glimpse into the science and business of agriculture. But you don't have to be a farmer to enjoy and learn from Ag Progress Days.
Student Stories: Immunology major devoted to infectious disease study
August 4, 2014
Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.