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2015

Interdisciplinary graduate training enhanced by NIH supplemental award
December 21, 2015
An $80,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with matching support from the University, will fund five years of advanced training in data reproducibility and entrepreneurship.
Berkey Creamery and Pennsylvania Farm Show to share anniversary celebrations
December 21, 2015
If you've missed out on the many activities celebrating the Penn State Berkey Creamery's 150th anniversary in 2015, you'll have another chance to participate in "birthday" festivities at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, which takes place Jan. 9-16 in Harrisburg.
Poultry specialists remind producers, small-flock owners of avian flu risk
December 18, 2015
Late fall and winter are considered flu season, but not just for humans. Poultry specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences point out that the threat of avian influenza also is heightened at this time of year.
Penn State CTSI announces pilot funding recipients
December 17, 2015
The Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced the recipients of the Bridges to Translation Pilot Project Funding.
Agricultural Sciences scholarship awarded to student at New Kensington
December 17, 2015
Ryan Kieffer, a freshman landscape contracting major at Penn State New Kensington, recently was awarded a scholarship by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Kieffer, who runs his own landscaping business, earned a Barbara U. and Daniel J. Eichenlaub Trustee Scholarship. Established last year by Penn State alumnus Daniel Eichenlaub and his wife, Barbara, the scholarship helps the college support talented students. The Eichenlaubs geared their scholarship to first-year Ag Sciences students.
Pill that targets gut receptor treats fatty liver disease, obesity in mice
December 15, 2015
A bile acid that can turn off a receptor in the gut has prevented and reversed fatty liver disease in mice, according to an international team of researchers. The compound may help treat certain metabolic disorders, such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well.
Millennium Scholars Program growing into third year
December 14, 2015
Penn State’s Millennium Scholars Program is growing, both in size and in the eyes of the national STEM community. The program’s third class, or cohort, is finishing up its first semester at University Park, and already the students' degree options have grown to encompass the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences, and College of Information Sciences and Technology. Additionally, members of the first and second cohorts, now sophomores and juniors, have just returned from presenting their research at the nationally recognized Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
Berkey Creamery store to be closed for renovations in early winter
December 14, 2015
For much of winter break and the beginning of the spring semester, the Berkey Creamery retail store will be closed due to major renovations. The store, located on the ground floor of the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building on Curtin Road, is expected to remain closed from 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 to mid-February.
Penn State announces fall 2015 commencement events and speakers
December 11, 2015
Following is a compilation of fall 2015 commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State's 24 locations.
Calvin DuBrock appointed Penn State Goddard Chair in forest resources
December 11, 2015
Calvin DuBrock, retired director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management, recently was named the Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Researchers receive $10.2 million to study new malaria-prevention method
December 11, 2015
In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing "eave tubes" that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting developed by Dutch partner In2Care that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.
Extension offers home-study courses on beef, sheep, goat, swine production
December 10, 2015
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.
Webinar to look at royalties associated with wet gas components
December 10, 2015
The royalties paid for components of so-called wet gas in some natural-gas production will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Penn State initiative helping military families
December 9, 2015
Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, in partnership with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Office of Military Community and Family Policy, is developing programming designed to guide parents from the prenatal period through the age of 18.
Boosting milk-production efficiency can reduce cow methane-emission intensity
December 7, 2015
These are not your grandfather's dairy cows. In 2014, the United States national dairy herd produced twice as much milk as it did 90 years ago, but with about 60 percent fewer cows.
Is buying a real Christmas tree a good thing?
December 4, 2015
The question of whether it is environmentally correct to buy a real Christmas tree has been asked repeatedly in recent years, and an expert in the College of Agricultural Sciences wants to lay it to rest permanently. The answer, according to Ricky Bates, associate professor of ornamental horticulture, is an emphatic, "Yes!"
Dicamba drift affects non-target plants and pollinators
December 3, 2015
Dicamba herbicide drift onto plants growing adjacent to farm fields causes significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering, of those plants, and results in decreased visitation by honey bees, according to researchers at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
The Arboretum at Penn State hosts winter celebration Dec. 11
December 1, 2015
The Arboretum at Penn State invites the community to enjoy the many festive displays created for its second annual Winter Celebration Dec. 11. Activities 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.
Student Stories: Recent wildlife, fisheries science grad monitoring condors
December 1, 2015
With a 10-foot wingspan, a mass of 26-pounds and a 60-year lifespan, the California condor is a bird with some swagger. Recent Penn State graduate Alyssa Davidge feels privileged to keep an eye on them as a condor-monitoring technician in southern California.
Penn State entomology researchers receive Grand Challenges Explorations grant
November 25, 2015
Two Penn State researchers have been chosen to receive a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Johanna Ohm, graduate student in biology, and Matt Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, will develop an insect-based artificial diet for adult Aedes/Anopheles mosquitoes as a viable alternative to mammalian blood meals.
Project aims to improve food security by enhancing gender aspects of ag research
November 24, 2015
Recognizing the need to improve food security and enhance the well-being of rural populations in developing countries, a new Penn State project will provide intensive training for researchers that will help them to integrate gender-related dimensions into international agricultural research.
Smartphones enlisted in the battle versus crop disease
November 24, 2015
Despite modern technology, the first line of defense against famine-inducing crop diseases is still the keen eyes of farmers around the world, many of whom do not have access to advanced diagnostics and treatment advice. To address this problem, scientists are releasing 50,000 open-access images of infected and healthy crop plants, with an eye toward developing a smartphone app that can automatically diagnose a crop disease.
Penn State to discontinue credit courses at Lewistown Center in 2017
November 20, 2015
Penn State will discontinue credit courses at the Lewistown Center following the spring 2017 semester. The students currently enrolled in courses at the Lewistown Center will receive assistance from Penn State to help them with potential paths to degree completion.
2016-17 budget plan seeks to restore 2010-11 funding levels
November 20, 2015
The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning on Thursday (Nov. 19) recommended for approval a 2016-17 budget plan that includes a request to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to increase the University’s Education and General appropriation by $39.5 million and a total appropriation of $353.3 million.
Pesticides, a love story
November 19, 2015
Michelle Mart, associate professor of history at Penn State Berks, investigates why Americans cling to their love of pesticides despite warnings, rising costs, and declining effectiveness in her recently published book titled "Pesticides, A Love Story: America's Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals" (University Press of Kansas, 2015).
Penn State to host pollinator biology and health conference
November 19, 2015
Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research will host the third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy, July 18-20, 2016. The conference will be held at Penn State's University Park campus.
University adopts integrated pest management plan for University Park buildings
November 17, 2015
Each year, Penn State employees submit hundreds of complaints about mice, skunks, cockroaches, ants and other pests. Lysa Holland, environmental compliance engineer in the Office of Physical Plant, hopes that number will drop as a result of the University's new commitment to implementing integrated pest management, or IPM, principles across all University Park buildings.
Ask the Ethicist: Should I lower the volume of my music if a neighbor asks?
November 17, 2015
"Turn that music down!" is something many of us have heard from a neighbor or family member. In today's column, the ethicist takes a look at this predicament and offers some guidance on how to respond.
Student Stories: Costa Rica stay readies Animal Science major for poultry plant
November 16, 2015
Prior to his trip to Costa Rica, Josh Cassar had taken only two Spanish for Agriculture classes. After participating in the month-long immersion program during the summer of 2013, Cassar -- a junior majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Poultry Science -- felt fully prepared for his internship overseeing various departments at a poultry plant in Pennsylvania.
Land-use webinar to focus on community economic development
November 13, 2015
How communities address economic development will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Ice cream, Creamery anniversary featured at Pasto Museum final 2015 open house
November 13, 2015
The last in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will be a traditional ice cream social in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Penn State Creamery.
Penn State Extension webinar to examine global use of liquefied natural gas
November 13, 2015
The role of liquefied natural gas in today's economy will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 19.
Penn State dairy nutrition research contributes to 150-year-old Creamery legacy
November 12, 2015
If you love the flavor and mouthfeel of Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream, you can thank, in part, the milk fat. You also can thank research on the diet of dairy cows, which began before the creamery's founding 150 years ago.
Center for Global Studies to present lecture on global change
November 12, 2015
Lee Ann De Reus, an associate professor of human development and family studies and women’s studies at Penn State Altoona, and her daughter, Arianna De Reus, will draw on their experiences working in Africa to inform students on how to create sustainable, meaningful change — both globally and in their own backyard — during a lecture Nov. 17 on the University Park campus.
Headed for the field: Commercializing a new diagnostic test for cows
November 10, 2015
Troy Ott, professor of reproductive physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is developing a blood test that dairy farmers and livestock veterinarians can use to tell whether a cow failed to conceive after insemination.
Free screening of 'A Place at the Table' to be held on Nov. 12
November 10, 2015
The Community Food Security Club and the Student Farm Club at Penn State will host a free screening and panel discussion of the documentary "A Place at the Table" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 in 102 Thomas Building.
New Creamery website means your favorite ice cream is just a few clicks away
November 10, 2015
As the iconic Penn State Berkey Creamery celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, its geographically dispersed customers now have an ordering tool and fulfillment system befitting a contemporary, 21st-century retail operation. A newly launched website (http://creamery.psu.edu), powered by a sophisticated e-commerce platform, allows creamery fans to have the taste of Penn State delivered to their door.
Penn State In The News: October 2015
November 6, 2015
In a monthly feature, Penn State’s Office of Strategic Communications will feature national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.
Student Stories: Plant science major's family tradition spawns career goal
November 6, 2015
Years ago, young Sara Getson ventured into the woods with her father, hunting for the stout, honey-colored mushroom that is her family's favorite. They searched for the aptly named honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea) not just for fun, but to pick, can and sauté them with butter and onions for dinner. Now, that tradition has spawned her studies and career ambitions at Penn State.
Consumers can find help in navigating Health Insurance Marketplace
November 4, 2015
Those considering options for purchasing insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act, will find comprehensive information on a newly revised website developed by Penn State Extension specialists.
Two prescribed fires scheduled for Penn State Stone Valley Forest in November
November 4, 2015
Between Nov. 5 and the third week in November, the Forestland Management Office in the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science will permit the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to complete two prescribed fires within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County.
Industry gift could make dairy processing internships pay off for students
November 3, 2015
Penn State food science students who have completed an internship in dairy processing could receive a financial reward as the result of an endowment established by the National Ice Cream Mix Association. The trade group has donated $22,500 to create the National Ice Cream Mix Association Internship Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
College of Agricultural Sciences students receive internship awards
October 30, 2015
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2015 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.
Faculty couple endows graduate fellowship in rural sociology
October 30, 2015
A $250,000 gift from two Penn State faculty members promises to enhance graduate education in rural sociology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, and his wife, Esther Prins, associate professor of education, established the Luther R. Glenna Graduate Fellowship in Rural Sociology in memory of Glenna's father, who died in 1975 at the age of 47.
College of Agricultural Sciences honors four as outstanding alumni
October 30, 2015
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Recognized as Outstanding Alumni were David C. Ferree, of Centre Hall; Robert D. Heilman, of Henrico, Virginia; and Kenton D. Rexford, of Glenshaw. Beth Panko Briczinski, of Annandale, Virginia, was named Outstanding Recent Alumna, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.
Entrepreneurial spirit can help communities better withstand trade shock
October 28, 2015
Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists.
Penn State soil-judging team qualifies for national competition
October 26, 2015
A student soil-judging team representing Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences finished second in the Northeast Regional contest Oct. 13-16 in Wooster, Ohio, qualifying for the national championship event next spring in Kansas.
Penn State Extension’s 'wild side' featured on Wildlife Outreach Center website
October 22, 2015
Pennsylvanians can find research-based answers to questions about wildlife on their computer, tablet, or smartphone, thanks to the Penn State Extension Wildlife Outreach Center website.
Cell phones could be a lifeline for honey bees and beekeepers in Africa
October 22, 2015
A new Penn State project aimed at improving the food system in East Africa by enhancing pollination services and promoting bee-derived products has received a Food Systems Innovation Grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, based at Michigan State University.
Student Stories: Breaking the mold — female turfgrass student sees opportunity
October 22, 2015
As the only female turfgrass science major at Penn State’s University Park campus, junior Devon Carroll is enjoying being a woman in what is considered a man's career field.
Harvard professor to discuss "why we should trust science" on Oct. 26
October 21, 2015
Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University, will speak at the 2015 Colloquium on the Environment, which will take place at 6 p.m Oct. 26 in the Freeman Auditorium in the HUB Robeson Center. Her talk titled, "Why we should trust science (most of the time)," will examine how the public can make sense of competing claims on topics such as vaccines and climate change, as well as what conditions undermine scientific integrity. This event is part of Science Communication Month at Penn State.
Bees to scientists: "We're more complicated than you think"
October 20, 2015
Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.
Endowments to support Penn State Extension programs in Berks County
October 19, 2015
Two new endowments initially totaling $80,000 will benefit educational programs in Berks County focusing on 4-H youth development and consumer horticulture, Penn State Extension has announced.
Probing Question: What is behind America's heroin epidemic?
October 19, 2015
Heroin first came into being in 1874 when English chemist C.R. Alder Wright added two acetyl groups to the morphine molecule found in the flowering plant Papaver somniferum, the variety of poppy that gives the world both opium and poppy seeds. Scientists had high hopes that heroin would be a safer and less addictive alternative to morphine, which had left tens of thousands of soldiers dependent on it after the Civil War. At the dawn of the 20th century, philanthropic societies even dispensed free samples of heroin to morphine addicts. Unfortunately, the wonder drug, when injected, turned out to be two to four times more potent than morphine and highly addictive.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding honored as Alumni Fellow
October 16, 2015
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, who holds two degrees from the College of Agricultural Sciences, will be one of 19 Penn State alumni honored Oct. 21 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Creamery rolls out new flavor in honor of Paul McCartney's visit
October 13, 2015
In honor of legendary musician Paul McCartney's first-ever performance on campus, the Penn State Berkey Creamery is introducing a new flavor -- "Sir Paul Mcadamia" -- in the former Beatle's honor.
Sudent Stories: Fungi fan — food science alumna got her job though career day
October 13, 2015
The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Ag Career Day, set for Oct. 20 at the Bryce Jordan Center, is a great opportunity for students to interact and meet future employers. For recent graduate Anh Tran, attending last year’s event led to a full-time job with the largest single-location mushroom farm in the world — Giorgi Mushroom Company.
President's Oct. 31 tailgate to serve student-developed Mooofins, Chilk-Out
October 13, 2015
Two award-winning products developed by food science students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be served to hundreds of guests at University President Eric Barron's tailgate before the Nittany Lions' football game Oct. 31.
Land-use webinar to focus on resurgence of agriculture in Pittsburgh
October 13, 2015
Urban agriculture will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension, addressing the resurgence of agriculture in urban zoning, healthy communities and land use.
Webinar to examine how shale gas development is affecting health, welfare
October 13, 2015
How shale gas development is affecting public, animal and environmental health will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension Oct. 15.
New community garden at Penn State Schuylkill promotes sustainability
October 13, 2015
The community at Penn State Schuylkill created a garden this past summer with funding received in 2014 from the Penn State Sustainability Institute Reinvention Fund, the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, and the Campus Research and Scholarship Award from the Schuylkill Campus Advisory Board. The garden, part of the campus' sustainability program, is available for campus and public use.
Orange surprise in avocados may be future product
October 8, 2015
Food Science Professor Gregory R. Ziegler is exploring the commercial potential of a brilliant orange found in avocado pits as a natural food coloring.
Visitors can 'tour' national parks at Horticulture Show Oct. 10-11
October 8, 2015
Fall is here, and what better way to enjoy the season than by visiting the 102nd Horticulture Show Oct.10-11 at the Snider Agricultural Arena. The theme for this year's show is national parks. Visitors will be able to imagine strolling through the Great Smoky Mountains, visiting Gettysburg National Military Park, and seeing some of the sites in our nation's capital.
Historic herbarium featured at Pasto Museum open house Oct. 11
October 8, 2015
The fourth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, to be held Oct. 11, will focus on the Pennsylvania Agricultural College Herbarium, established by the University's first president, Evan Pugh, in the 1800s
Reducing waste in the classroom
October 5, 2015
Part of Chef Kristi Branstetter’s food preparation course involves teaching students that where they get their food and what they put in their body impacts the Earth.
Teenage mutant ninja tadpoles?
October 5, 2015
Penn State researchers use IT to study environmental sustainability of the 'Living Filter' water system
Creamery 150th anniversary celebration continues during Homecoming week
October 5, 2015
The celebration marking the Penn State Berkey Creamery's 150th anniversary continues through Homecoming Week with events and recognitions.
Anonymous $1M matching gift fuels drive to endow department head in food science
October 5, 2015
An anonymous donor is pledging to match gifts — on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $1 million — in an effort to enhance food science programs at Penn State in the name of a professor emeritus once called the "Emperor of Ice Cream." If the donor's maximum match is reached, these funds will help to create the first endowed department head position in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
2015 Upward Bound Math and Science program's summer program marks 17th year
October 5, 2015
Upward Bound Math and Science program completed their 17th annual summer academy, which gives disadvantaged high schoolers the chance to learn and do research in the STEM fields.
From Ag Career Day to career: Plant sciences major accepts full-time job
October 2, 2015
Kyle Love doesn't have the stress other seniors do about searching for a job after graduation. Thanks to connections he made through Penn State's Ag Career Day, he's already been hired for a job in his chosen field, agronomy.
New faculty mark expansion of Penn State leadership in ethics research
October 2, 2015
This fall semester, Penn State welcomes the first group of faculty recruited to expand the University’s national leadership in ethics research and ethical literacy. The faculty members are part of the University’s transformative initiative to position itself at the intersection of its research strengths and the world’s major ethical conversations.
The Arboretum at Penn State to host annual Pumpkin Festival Oct. 11, 16-17
October 2, 2015
The Arboretum at Penn State will host its fifth Pumpkin Festival Oct. 11 and Oct. 16-17, highlighted by a pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display. 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.
Phone app allows researchers to conduct concealed food safety observations
October 1, 2015
Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.
Tillage timing influences nitrogen availability and loss on organic farms
October 1, 2015
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Fall 2015 Research Unplugged kicks off Oct. 8
September 29, 2015
The Penn State speaker series Research Unplugged launches its fall season on Oct. 8 with six events that bring to life Penn State faculty and student research for local audiences.
‘Reinventing’ sustainability: A collaborative passion
September 29, 2015
A portable, lightweight wind turbine to assist with energy demands during a natural disaster; an on-campus food bank for hungry, food-insecure students; greenhouse technology to help small-share farmers in Africa grow their own food and diversify their diets; and thousands of photographs taken to document the transformation in our local communities resulting from the Marcellus Shale boom. These are the creations of Penn State students with a passion for addressing sustainability issues, with assistance from the Reinvention Fund, an internal grant program to support collaborative projects by faculty, staff and students that improve and expand sustainability efforts at Penn State.
NASA funds Penn State research on high-elevation communities in Asia
September 29, 2015
Exploring the effects of environmental stress and policy strategies for building more resilient communities in the central Asian highlands is the focus of a new NASA-funded research project at Penn State.
Business Majors Night informs students about academic choices
September 28, 2015
The Division of Undergraduate Studies, in partnership with many academic colleges across University Park, will host Penn State’s sixth annual Business Majors Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in 110 Business Building. This event is an annual program for students who have business goals but are not sure which major(s) might match their interests and abilities, or who may not know if a business curriculum would be a good fit at all.
Beer entrepreneur, Ag Sciences alumnus, to speak
September 28, 2015
What's it like to be a young founder and CEO of a startup tech company in State College, tasting beer and coffee for your job and working in a former frat house? Jason Cohen, founder and CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems, tells his story Sept. 30 as the Harbaugh Forum speaker.
Student Stories: Ag Career Day led to internship for ag sciences major
September 25, 2015
For senior agricultural science major Luke Salter, the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day last year was a window to the multiple job and internship opportunities the field has to offer. The result was an internship at Wenger Feeds.
From cow to cone, 'This is Penn State' goes to the Creamery
September 25, 2015
A lot goes into getting a bowl of Keeney Beany from cow to cone.
Penn State to host engaged scholarship leaders at international conference
September 24, 2015
Penn State will host the 16th annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference — “Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact” — from Sept. 29-30 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. The international conference will welcome approximately 400 leaders — faculty, administrators, staff, community members and select students — of engaged scholarship.
Penn State celebrates National Farm Safety and Health Week
September 22, 2015
Penn State Extension's Ag Safety and Health program is celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 20-26, by announcing a new, convenient way to increase hands-on activities at farm safety events.
Penn State Animal Diagnostic Lab among first lines of defense versus avian flu
September 18, 2015
More than 48 million turkeys and laying hens in 21 states have died this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. As wild waterfowl, which may carry the virus, begin their autumn migration, Pennsylvania is in the crosshairs, and that has Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory on high alert.
Food preservation to be featured at Pasto Ag Museum Sept. 20
September 18, 2015
The second in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum Sept. 20 will focus on food preservation.
University Archives exhibit illustrates Penn State’s impact on Pennsylvania
September 17, 2015
A University Archives photographic exhibit now on display at Penn State's Hintz Family Alumni Center titled “Realizing the Land-Grant Dream: Penn State across the Commonwealth” depicts ways how Penn State has fulfilled its mission across Pennsylvania.
Adolescent painkiller abuse a big problem for small towns, rural areas
September 17, 2015
Adolescents who live in rural areas and small towns and cities are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than adolescents who live in large urban areas, according to sociologists.
E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria
September 17, 2015
Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they have discovered an explanation.
Student Stories: Ag Science major's perspective changed by Ojibwe experience
September 15, 2015
In a combined course and cultural engagement experience, Alexandra Dutt explored indigenous peoples’ understanding of their environment -- and how it could inform her own.
Penn State researchers assess the impacts of changing weather on Pennsylvania
September 14, 2015
Penn State researchers assessed the effects of changing climate conditions on agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, water resources, forestry, energy and human health in the 2015 Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment Update. Researchers also made recommendations to help Pennsylvanians prepare and respond.
Webinar looks at unmanned aerial vehicle use in the energy field
September 11, 2015
How the use of unmanned aerial vehicles -- commonly called UAVs -- will change operations in the oil and natural gas industries will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Penn State mourns John Almquist, pioneering dairy physiologist
September 11, 2015
Faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are mourning the loss of one of the pre-eminent researchers in the college's long history. John O. Almquist, professor emeritus of dairy physiology, died Sept. 6 in his home at the Village at Penn State. He was 94.
Doebler's Inc. funds scholarship for Plant Science students
September 9, 2015
With a $12,500 gift to Penn State, Doebler's Inc. will establish a new scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Jersey Shore-based seed company will fund the Doebler's Inc. Scholarship, which will provide $2,500 in annual financial support to Plant Sciences majors over a five-year period.
Caterpillar deceives corn plant into lowering defenses against it
September 8, 2015
In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves induces the plant to turn off its defenses against insect predators, allowing the caterpillar to eat more and grow faster, according to chemical ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Land-use webinar to focus on economic ecology of healthy watersheds
September 8, 2015
How a community in Lancaster County has improved water quality and economic vitality while addressing the impact of stormwater runoff and flooding through an innovative restoration approach will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Student Stories: Vetward bound -- Honors student preparing for future
September 4, 2015
Jess Linder, a Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major from Cedar Grove, N.J., has always been inspired by health professionals. “When I was nine, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune eye disease called Uveitis. Since then, I have seen how my doctors not only care for my physical health, but also my emotional and mental health.”
A passion for the past: The Pasto Agricultural Museum
September 2, 2015
In 1974, the alumni of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences began an extensive project to gather and preserve pieces of agricultural history. With a mere $1,500 in donations from alumni, what is today's Pasto Agricultural Museum officially opened on Aug. 22, 1979. The museum will kick off its 2015 fall open-house series, held home football game Sundays, starting Sept. 13.
Creamery dubs anniversary flavor Birthday Bash
September 1, 2015
Berkey Creamery’s 150th anniversary flavor has a name: Birthday Bash.
Extension offers home-study courses on beef, sheep, goat, swine production
August 28, 2015
Pennsylvania producers looking for information about how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable through pasture and grazing management can take advantage of a home study course offered by Penn State Extension this fall.
Invention, technology and simple machines featured at Pasto Ag Museum Sept. 13
August 27, 2015
The first in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum is scheduled for Sept. 13. The events are scheduled for Sundays after home football games.