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2016

Fungus-infecting virus could help track spread of white-nose syndrome in bats
December 27, 2016
A newly discovered virus infecting the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats could help scientists and wildlife agencies track the spread of the disease that is decimating bat populations in the United States, a new study suggests.
Research suggests climate change affecting plants above ground more than below
December 22, 2016
It's a long way between central Pennsylvania and Greenland — at least 2,000 miles — but Laura Radville came to Penn State so she could study climate change in the "Iceberg capital of the world."
Agricultural educator receives Teacher Mentor Award from national organization
December 22, 2016
Daniel Foster, associate professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was one of six educators nationwide to receive the National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award.
Four receive Outstanding Alumni Awards from College of Agricultural Sciences
December 21, 2016
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2016 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.
Food Safety Modernization Act website, workshops offered by Penn State Extension
December 21, 2016
Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal-feed producers striving to navigate the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now have new educational resources to help them determine what their farms and businesses must do to comply with new regulations. Penn State Extension recently launched a new FSMA information website and will be organizing several FSMA educational workshops throughout the state during 2017.
Endowment to support Dauphin County 4-H
December 20, 2016
Lynn M. and Helen B. Henninger, of Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, have pledged an estate gift of $25,000 in support of Penn State Extension's Dauphin County 4-H program. Available funds from the endowment will be used to provide supplemental support for the program, including recognition for outstanding accomplishments achieved by 4-H members.
Penn State plant scientist appointed to National Organic Standards Board
December 20, 2016
David Mortensen, professor of weed and applied plant ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, was appointed to the National Organic Standards Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Mortensen will serve a five-year term on the board as a farming systems ecotoxicology expert.
Workshop on running for local office offered by Penn State Extension
December 20, 2016
If you are considering running for local elected office, you can get helpful advice by attending a workshop to be offered by Penn State Extension early next year. The "Toss Your Hat in the Ring" workshop will be offered both as a web-based seminar on Jan. 17 and 24 and as an in-person seminar at various locations throughout the state Jan. 25 to Feb. 2. All face-to-face workshops will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
Land-use webinar to focus on intergenerational spaces and places
December 20, 2016
Creating public places that are conducive to intergenerational engagement and cooperation and how planners can develop these places will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension. Presenting the 75-minute webinar from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 18 will be Matt Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
College of Ag Sciences names Behring assistant dean for international programs
December 16, 2016
Deanna Behring, director of international programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences and affiliate faculty member in the School of International Affairs, has been appointed assistant dean for international programs for the college, effective Jan. 3, 2017. In that role, Behring will help to plan and set priorities for the college and leverage resources to forge deep and lasting partnerships around the world.
University Park fall commencement ceremonies to be live streamed
December 16, 2016
Because inclement weather may cause travel issues for those seeking to attend this weekend’s commencement exercises at the University Park campus, Penn State will be live streaming the ceremonies.
Survey finds Pa. farmers have done much to protect Chesapeake Bay water quality
December 15, 2016
Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Stearns receives Trailblazer award from Association of Landscape Professionals
December 14, 2016
Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor in the Department of Plant Science at Penn State, recently was awarded the status of Trailblazer by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Trailblazers are a select group of individuals nominated by their peers for being dedicated professionals who have made significant and long-term contributions to the landscape industry.
Brook trout personality, genetics could help populations adapt to habitat change
December 14, 2016
If we get a better understanding of brook trout ecology, we might get better answers for management, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who is studying the behavioral traits, movement habits, heat tolerance and genetics of wild brook trout, as a member of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.
Student stories: Plant sciences major interns with Monrovia in Pacific Northwest
December 13, 2016
Switching majors in college is not unusual, but Morgan Lingle followed an unusual path. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology before she began pursuing her interests in plants professionally.
Penn State announces fall 2016 commencement events and speakers
December 13, 2016
This fall approximately 5,247 Penn State students will receive their diplomas. University-wide there will be 252 associate, 3,936 baccalaureate, 762 master's, 11 law and 286 doctoral degrees awarded. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State's 24 locations.
Devastating wildfires in Eastern forests likely to be repeated, expert warns
December 13, 2016
The intense wildfires that swept through the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee late last month were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Climate change driving population shifts to urban areas
December 13, 2016
Climate change is causing glaciers to shrink, temperatures to rise, and shifts in human migration in parts of the world, according to a Penn State researcher.
Biological engineering senior turns manufacturing internship into full-time job
December 12, 2016
Biological engineering senior Lauren Oeste accepted a full-time position at Mondelez after completing a manufacturing internship with the company during summer 2016.
Diversity panel highlights alumni careers from the farm to the urban forest
December 8, 2016
The Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Agricultural Sciences hosted a panel to highlight the career paths and accomplishments of several notable alumni on Nov 9.
Department of Justice grant to develop Pennsylvania SAFE-T Center
December 8, 2016
A new Penn State project will use telemedicine technology to enhance access to sexual assault forensic exams in underserved populations.
Poultry Science Club lets members fly high
December 7, 2016
At 8:30 a.m. on the Monday before Thanksgiving, students in Penn State’s Poultry Science Club gathered at the University’s Meats Lab, across from Beaver Stadium. Numerous cars had already begun to fill the parking lot, full of turkey buyers eager to hop in line. At 9:30 a.m., the students handed out numbered tickets and began to allow customers to come out of the cold and fill the building’s auditorium. Finally, at 11 a.m., customers were able to redeem their tickets for a fresh, never-frozen bird. The mood was a mixture of enthusiasm, excitement and exhaustion.
Common insecticides are riskier than thought to predatory insects
December 7, 2016
Neonicotinoids -- the most widely used class of insecticides -- significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, according to researchers at Penn State. The team's research challenges the previously held belief that neonicotinoid seed coatings have little to no effect on predatory insect populations. In fact, the work suggests that neonicotinoids reduce populations of insect predators as much as broadcast applications of commonly used pyrethroid insecticides.
J. Clair Graybill Scholarship to be an investment in the future of agriculture
December 7, 2016
Gail Graybill Carson and her husband, Dr. James H. Carson, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, have donated $50,000 to create the J. Clair Graybill Scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to commemorate the life and values of Mrs. Carson's father, the late J. Clair Graybill.
Celebrate winter with The Arboretum at Penn State on Dec. 9
December 6, 2016
The Arboretum at Penn State will welcome the holiday season at its annual Winter Celebration on Friday, Dec. 9. The campus and community are invited to join the festivities, which will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.
Going All In: IST student leads diversity initiative
December 2, 2016
To further the spirit of inclusiveness at IST, Bertha Castaneda Guzman started WIRED IN (Women International Racial Ethics Diversity Intercultural Network), which brings women from underrepresented communities together to network and develop professional skills.
New tool helps consumers measure their emerging contaminant footprint
December 2, 2016
Consumers who want to calculate and reduce their use of products containing chemicals that can contaminate water supplies now have a tool to assist them, thanks to a Penn State researcher and her students.
Agricultural education professor wins USDA teaching award
November 29, 2016
John Ewing, associate professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was among 10 educators recently honored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as a recipient of a 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Giving Tuesday contributions supporting College of Agricultural Sciences today
November 29, 2016
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is making initial progress toward its single-day Giving Tuesday fundraising goals for Nov. 29 while continuing to spread the word online about the opportunity to be part of today's special day of giving. There are still several hours left for supporters to help the college meet its two challenge goals to raise funds for its alumni-sponsored student scholarship fund and its 4-H youth programs.
Picking up the beat
November 22, 2016
Many Penn State Schreyer Scholars fill their already busy schedules with participation in the Blue Band. They discussed how they keep it in balance.
New interim manager announced for Ag Progress Days
November 22, 2016
Jesse Darlington Jr., a facilities coordinator in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim manager of the University's Ag Progress Days exposition.
Biological engineering senior engages in environmental research in Costa Rica
November 21, 2016
Biological engineering senior Chris Valdez spent his summer at the University of Costa Rica, where his research focused on treating polluted water.
Free screening of documentary ‘After Coal’ set for Nov. 29
November 18, 2016
A screening of the documentary "After Coal" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the State Theatre in downtown State College. Co-sponsors of the event include Penn State's Sustainability Institute, the Center for Global Studies, Sierra Club Moshannon, and the Rock Ethics Institute. The screening is free and open to the public.
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences to join Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29
November 18, 2016
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is spreading the word to its alumni and friends about their chance to participate in the college's Giving Tuesday program, a special day of giving on Tuesday, Nov. 29, when the college will call for support for its student scholarship fund and 4-H youth programs.
Penn State geneticists on cutting edge of effort to save ash trees
November 18, 2016
When Kim Steiner created an ash plantation on the edge of Penn State's University Park campus in 1978, few Americans thought about "climate change," no one had heard of the emerald ash borer, and the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the World Series, swinging primarily bats made from ash.
Researchers receive grant to test nanotube device for plant disease detection
November 18, 2016
An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers has received federal funding to test whether a nanotechnology device can be used to trap and concentrate plant viruses, with an eye toward providing early detection that could help protect crops from disease and reduce pesticide use.
Food safety, from farm to fork
November 18, 2016
As the holiday season approaches, millions of Americans will be preparing, cooking, eating and cleaning up holiday feasts enjoyed with family and friends. With all the hustle and bustle that surrounds these events, sometimes food safety can take a back seat.
Gift to Penn State Extension to memorialize donors' niece
November 18, 2016
Joan and John Baxter, of Linfield, Pennsylvania, have created an endowment, the Julie A. Haines Memorial Professional Development Scholarship for Penn State Extension, to memorialize their niece, Julie Haines. The fund will support professional development for nutrition education paraprofessionals, or those in a similar role, employed by Penn State Extension.
The science and technology behind Thanksgiving turkey
November 15, 2016
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for many families, that means a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. But for Penn State researchers, it's also the culmination of the science and technology that go into raising a better turkey.
Student Stories: Plant sciences major spends fabulous summer interning in Hawaii
November 15, 2016
Is there a better place for a summer vacation than Hawaii? After spending 12 weeks on the island of Maui interning with Monsanto, Nettie Baugher, a senior plant sciences major, doesn't think so.
Video: 2016 Alumni Fellow Award acceptance speeches
November 15, 2016
The Penn State Alumni Association honored 24 outstanding alumni in October with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association. Watch their acceptance speech videos online, and hear how graduating from Penn State impacted the honorees’ lives and careers.
Biological engineering senior uses farm know-how to excel at Penn State, beyond
November 14, 2016
Biological engineering senior Tyrel Kling draws from experiences on his family farm to make the most of his Penn State education, which he plans to put to good use in the agricultural machine industry.
A taste of success for Penn State alumni startup Analytical Flavor Systems
November 11, 2016
When Jason Cohen, CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems, talks about the work his young company is doing, you can hear the passion in his voice. The start-up, launched in 2012 while Cohen was an undergraduate at Penn State, stemmed out of his research on the flavor profiles of tea. But he couldn't recruit enough tea tasters.
Prescribed fire at Penn State’s Stone Valley Forest scheduled for Nov. 14
November 11, 2016
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has indicated that Nov. 14 is the potential date to complete a prescribed fire in the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County. The low-intensity fire will be conducted under the authority of the University's cooperative agreement with the PGC.
Webinar to focus on natural gas liquids
November 10, 2016
The role of natural gas liquids from the Appalachian Basin will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
American chestnut restoration effort getting a boost from molecular geneticists
November 10, 2016
Efforts to restore American chestnut trees to their rightful place in the North American forest ecosystem are progressing, although progress has come at a slower pace than once expected, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, who explain they have reached a pivotal point.
EMS students say Millennium Scholars Program already opening doors
November 8, 2016
It’s early and the latest cohort of Millennium Scholars are already on their feet, walking single file to a 6:45 a.m. breakfast, readying for a long day of learning that’ll conclude some 16 hours later. Today, like every day in this summer Bridge Program — a six-week summer boot camp that preps students for the four-year Millennium Scholars Program — there is rigorous classwork, seminars, workshops and math recitation awaiting 29 of Penn State’s new bright minds.
Prescribed fire at Penn State’s Stone Valley Forest scheduled for November
November 7, 2016
Between now and the third week in November, the Forestland Management Office in the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will permit the Pennsylvania Game Commission to complete one prescribed fire within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County.
Seminar on antibiotic resistance part of CDC Get Smart About Antibiotics Week
November 7, 2016
University Health Services, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, joins the Pennsylvania Department of Health to offer the One Health Seminar focused on antibiotic stewardship in Pennsylvania. The seminar will be held on Nov. 15 in Schwab Auditorium. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and presentations begin at 8:15 a.m.. The seminar is open to the public.
Barron presents Invent Penn State success stories to Board of Trustees
November 4, 2016
University President Eric Barron shared some Invent Penn State success stories with the Board of Trustees at its meeting Friday (Nov. 4), held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.
Eight selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2017
November 4, 2016
The Penn State Board of Trustees today (Nov. 4) selected eight Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest honor presented to its alumni. The following individuals will be officially notified of their selection by the board and invited to accept the award from the University in June 2017.
GEW Penn State will unite town and gown entrepreneurs
November 2, 2016
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at Penn State, Nov. 13-17, will bring together student and community entrepreneurs with start-up events and workshops on 12 Penn State campuses — including University Park. GEW is an international event celebrating world-wide entrepreneurship in more than 160 countries and organized at Penn State by the Penn State Small Business Development Center.
From grape to glass: Penn State enologist supports Pennsylvania winemakers
November 2, 2016
As Penn State's resident enologist, Denise Gardner spends her days helping Pennsylvania wineries and winemakers perfect their grape-to-glass blends.
Screening, discussion of climate change film ‘Before the Flood’ set for Nov. 2
October 31, 2016
"Before the Flood," a new National Geographic documentary film about climate change featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be shown in a special screening at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in 22 Deike Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Graduate students awarded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grants
October 28, 2016
Student researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences received nearly half of the 2016 grants recently awarded to graduate students by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Internships earn awards for College of Agricultural Sciences students
October 28, 2016
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2016 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.
Community garden at Penn State Schuylkill named 'pollinator friendly'
October 28, 2016
The community garden at Penn State Schuylkill recently received its certification from the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners as a Pollinator Friendly Garden.
Earl and Kay Harbaugh honored as Penn State’s Fundraising Volunteers of the Year
October 27, 2016
Penn State has recognized Earl Harbaugh, a 1961 alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and his wife, Kay Harbaugh, as its 2016 Fundraising Volunteers of the Year. The award, which was officially presented to the Harbaughs on Oct. 7 for their service to the University, honors the leadership of alumni and friends in securing philanthropic support for Penn State.
Parasitic plants may form weapons out of genes stolen from hosts
October 25, 2016
Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a team of scientists.
Event series to promote, strengthen relationship between Penn State and Ukraine
October 24, 2016
A series of lectures and performances, hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of both Ukrainian independence and the University's partnership with Ukraine in 2016 and 2017.
Ag Career Day not just for seniors; offers networking, internships
October 21, 2016
Ag Career Day, hosted Oct. 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center by the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, was successful in helping students to polish their career skills, network and find internships with companies as early as their freshman year, according to organizers in the college's Office for Undergraduate Education.
Penn State developer of gene-edited mushroom wins 'Best of What's New' award
October 19, 2016
The developer of a mushroom that is genetically modified to resist browning has received a "Best of What's New" award from Popular Science magazine. Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, edited the mushroom's genome using a revolutionary new tool known as CRISPR-Cas9, which enables researchers to create crop varieties with desirable traits without introducing foreign DNA.
2017 Farm and Dairy Safety Calendar available from Penn State Extension
October 18, 2016
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team, with assistance from Penn State's Agricultural Safety and Health program, has released a 2017 calendar to help agricultural producers implement and maintain necessary safety procedures on their dairy farms. The calendar was designed to raise awareness of the hazards on farms that put workers at risk.
Sending a 'We Are' to these Penn Staters
October 17, 2016
This week, we recognize six people who go above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. We're sending a "We Are!" to Penn Staters with Penn State Law, the College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State World Campus, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Bursar's Office and Penn State Lehigh Valley.
America the Bountiful ag workforce event highlights Penn State initiative
October 14, 2016
PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by a Penn State researcher, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Rural Council announced America the Bountiful, which will include wide-ranging efforts to expand and diversify the U.S. agriculture workforce.
Fall programming at Pasto Museum offers a peek into Pennsylvania’s past
October 14, 2016
Events hosted by the Pasto Agricultural Museum in October and November will feature Pennsylvania’s ghost towns, the history of logging and forestry in the state, and discoveries and advances in ice cream science.
It took decades to publish, but landmark Pa. fishes book worth the wait
October 13, 2016
It took 32 years to build both the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Washington Monument. And it took 32 years for Penn State Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology Jay Stauffer to publish his landmark book, "The Fishes of Pennsylvania." Go figure.
Student uses technology to study plants on HUB green roof
October 12, 2016
Penn State grad student Julianna Razryadov is exploring the benefits of using native plants on the HUB's new green roof to help boost the sustainability of rooftop gardens across the United States.
Industry leaders, decision-makers take Chesapeake water quality research tour
October 11, 2016
Researchers, educators, elected officials, farmers, agribusiness professionals and agricultural and environmental agency representatives gathered for the 2016 Penn State Agricultural Research Tour in late September to learn about current water quality and soil health research relevant to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Land use webinar to focus on the role of Pa. PUC in municipal planning
October 7, 2016
The role of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in municipal land use planning will be the focus of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
White House Rural Forum shines spotlight on progress, issues in rural America
October 7, 2016
Rural communities across the country have come a long way in many respects since the Great Recession of 2008, but more progress is needed to ensure the future health and vitality of rural America. That was the general consensus of participants at the White House Rural Forum, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in the HUB-Robeson Center's Heritage Hall on Oct. 5.
Penn State receives $20 million grant to accelerate medical discoveries
October 5, 2016
Penn State, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine will continue the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute through an award from the National Institutes of Health.
Arboretum Pumpkin Festival to celebrate jack-o'-lantern creativity
October 5, 2016
A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's sixth Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 9 and Oct. 14-15. 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.
Retired congressman, AAAS CEO Holt to lead panel on science and politics
October 4, 2016
Rush Holt, executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will headline a panel discussing the role of scientists helping to policy. The event, "Scientist-Citizen: Science Policy in the Age of Promise and Peril," will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the HUB-Robeson Center's Freeman Auditorium.
Artificial intelligence could help farmers diagnose crop diseases
October 4, 2016
A network of computers fed a large image dataset can learn to recognize specific plant diseases with a high degree of accuracy, potentially paving the way for field-based crop-disease identification using smartphones, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Researchers hope Yosemite frog comeback promising for East's amphibians
October 3, 2016
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that after decades of decline -- and despite continued exposure to stressors such as non-native fish, disease and pesticides -- the abundance of the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog across Yosemite National Park has increased seven-fold over a 20-year study period. Researchers hope this bodes well for disappearing amphibians in the eastern United States, too.
Students get Beaver Stadium's turfgrass ready for the big game
October 3, 2016
When the Nittany Lions take the field for this year's Homecoming game on Oct. 8, Beaver Stadium spectators and television viewers alike will watch the team play on a vibrant, green athletic field, carefully manicured and painted with precision for its game day glory. What fans may not realize is that Penn State students are part of the pre-game preparation needed to keep the grassy venue an impressive and resilient playing field.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to host White House Rural Forum at Penn State
September 30, 2016
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the first chair of the White House Rural Council, will convene a White House Rural Forum at the University Park campus on Oct. 5. The invitation-only event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center, and the forum will be live-streamed for the public.
Roth named associate head of Department of Plant Science
September 29, 2016
Greg Roth, professor of agronomy in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will become associate head of the college's Department of Plant Science, effective Oct. 1. In announcing the appointment, Rick Roush, dean of the college, said Roth will work with Department Head Erin Connolly, faculty and staff to keep a large, complex department with multiple educational and research programs functioning smoothly.
Animal science major lands internship with Cargill after Ag Career Day encounter
September 29, 2016
The typical procedure for most students applying for a job or internship these days starts by applying online, and then later, they hope, getting an in-person interview. But Matthew Leise was able to short-circuit the process at Ag Career Day — and he was greatly rewarded.
Barry Halliwell to present Healthy Lion Award Seminar on Oct. 5
September 28, 2016
Dr. Barry Halliwell, a senior advisor to the president, will present the Healthy Lion Award Seminar, co-sponsored by Penn State's Center of Excellence for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health and the Department of Food Science.
Ag Career Day to be held Oct. 11 at Bryce Jordan Center
September 27, 2016
In a continuing effort to help its students secure internships, jobs and advanced-degree opportunities in their fields, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host scores of company and graduate-school recruiters at its annual Ag Career Day. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Contacts from Ag Career Day lead food science major to internship
September 27, 2016
Set for Oct. 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Ag Career Day is an excellent venue for any undergraduate student looking for an internship or full-time job — just ask senior food science major Evan Azzara.
Penn State Vice Provost Blannie Bowen appointed to Penn College board
September 26, 2016
Blannie E. Bowen, vice provost for academic affairs at Penn State, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors. Bowen, whose appointment was made by the Corporation for Penn State, succeeds the retiring John J. Cahir, board vice president, who served on the board for 20 years. Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State.
24 Alumni Fellows recognized for distinguished careers
September 26, 2016
The Penn State Alumni Association will recognize 24 graduates in October with the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.
Alumni in the field: Josh Mulhollem, aquatic invasive species biologist
September 26, 2016
Josh Mulhollem remembers his fascination with aquatic resources beginning at an early age. The son of an avid outdoorsman, Mulhollem spent much of his youth in central Pennsylvania developing the same passion. He parlayed that interest into a Penn State degree and a rewarding career as an aquatic ecologist.
Nyblade appointed co-director of Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
September 23, 2016
Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences, has been named co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, effective immediately. He joins Thomas Murphy, education and strategy manager with the Penn State Extension Marcellus Education Team, in leading MCOR.
Review of studies finds genetically engineered crops are safe
September 21, 2016
Genetically engineered (GE) crops are no different from conventional crops in terms of their risks to human health and the environment, according to a report published by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology and society in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, served on the committee that authored the report.
Growers urged to be on lookout for fall emergence of invasive onion pest
September 20, 2016
An insect that attacks onions, leeks, garlic and related crops may be emerging now in parts of Pennsylvania, and growers should be prepared to take measures to manage the pest, according to a Penn State entomologist. The allium leafminer, which never had been seen in the Western Hemisphere until its discovery last winter, produces two generations per year, and the second generation could emerge in September or October.
Future leaders in wildlife conservation visit campus
September 20, 2016
A group of young people interested in careers focused on wildlife conservation or research visited Penn State DuBois on Monday to learn about educational opportunities that could interest them. A total of 19 high school age students visited as members of the Wildlife Leadership Academy, based in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and they learned more about the Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology degree program during their visit.
Blogging in the classroom can help both students and educators
September 16, 2016
Penn State researcher Priya Sharma is researching how blogging in the classroom can help students better understand and make meaning from their classes.
Expert: Foliage display may suffer in parts of Pa. due to drought conditions
September 15, 2016
Drought conditions in parts of Pennsylvania, particularly in the northcentral region, are likely to dampen the fall foliage display, according to a forest ecologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Blue Band drum major marches into the spotlight for 'This is Penn State'
September 14, 2016
Watch the next episode of "This is Penn State" with the front-flipping, mace-wielding leader of the Blue Band: Jimmy Frisbie.
Penn State Extension offering home-study course on livestock grazing practices
September 14, 2016
Pennsylvania livestock producers looking for information on how to make their enterprises more profitable through pasture and grazing management can take advantage of a home-study course offered by Penn State Extension this fall.
Eggs from small flocks more likely to contain Salmonella enteritidis
September 14, 2016
Eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis -- often referred to as SE -- than eggs sold in grocery stores, which typically come from larger flocks, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Researchers harness 'big data' to see the big picture on lakes, nutrient cycles
September 13, 2016
Two Penn State researchers will play a key role in a multi-university study of the contribution that U.S. lakes make to global nutrient cycles, funded by a $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Penn State begins new interdisciplinary Peace Corps fellowship program
September 13, 2016
Penn State and the Peace Corps have finalized a partnership that will help returning Peace Corps volunteers pursue their graduate education in the School of International Affairs, Smeal College of Business, or the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Beware of silo gas in coming weeks, ag safety expert advises
September 13, 2016
The hot, dry summer experienced by Pennsylvania likely will lead to an increased potential for the creation of silo gas, creating a hazard for both animals and farmers and their families, warns a farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Researchers promote STEM education through online learning and 3-D models
September 13, 2016
A cross-disciplinary group of Penn State researchers is working to boost young students' interest in STEM fields through 3-D and virtual models of the human brain.
Penn State In The News: August 2016
September 9, 2016
Penn State appears in the news hundreds of times every day. Monthly, the University’s Office of Strategic Communications features national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.