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2017

Penn State announces Global Programs Travel Grants 2017 competition results
December 20, 2017
Global Programs' fall 2017 travel grants have been awarded in three grant categories: Faculty Travel Grants, Transformational Travel Grants, and Graduate Student Travel Grants. Based on the review committees’ evaluations and recommendations, 30 applicants were selected for funding support. The awardees will travel to 19 countries on 4 continents. Congratulations!
Pennsylvania Farm Show will have a Penn State flavor
December 19, 2017
Those interested in home gardening, preserving their own food and protecting water quality in their region will have an opportunity to learn more about these topics by visiting the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg. Other college-related displays and activities will highlight 4-H youth-development programs offered statewide through Penn State Extension.
USDA-NIFA funding supports farmers with disabilities, youth safety programs
December 19, 2017
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for programs to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.
Farmers in Kenya willing, able to ramp up croton nut output for biofuel
December 19, 2017
Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country.
Penn State Board of Trustees Election Process
December 15, 2017
The Office of the Board of Trustees at Penn State is seeking agricultural associations and organizations interested in participating in the Board of Trustees' election process.
Penn State Grape and Wine Team boosts industry through research, education
December 15, 2017
The Penn State Grape and Wine Team supports the growing grape and wine industry through cutting-edge research and outreach that addresses grape and wine production and quality challenges, with particular emphasis on Pennsylvania and the eastern United States.
Darlington named manager of Ag Progress Days
December 15, 2017
Jesse Darlington Jr., who has served as interim manager of Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition since November 2016, has been named to the position on a standing basis.
Extending food safety training to other countries could save live
December 14, 2017
Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.
Five Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows
December 14, 2017
Five Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Thanksgiving abroad: Food science embedded course explores India
December 13, 2017
Over a week during the Thanksgiving break, students enrolled in "Global perspectives on agricultural and food science in India" traveled to the city of Hyderabad to explore the food system in India while learning about the role that agriculture plays in the country's booming economy.
Uncle Charley's Sausage relies on Penn State for food safety counsel
December 12, 2017
Penn State Extension specialists work with numerous food manufacturers — small and large — in Pennsylvania and surrounding states through online and on-site seminars covering commercial food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and many other topics. Among the companies they recently have worked with is Uncle Charley's Sausage Co.
Air Force veteran balances three jobs, two kids en route to Penn State degree
December 12, 2017
Air Force veteran Selina Pedi balanced three jobs and two children as she earned her degree online through Penn State World Campus. Pedi will graduate Dec. 16 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management as she pursues a career in sustainable community development.
Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance
December 11, 2017
Limiting a much-needed resource could pit pathogens against one another and prevent the emergence of drug resistance, say researchers.
Citizen scientists to help researchers gauge Susquehanna water quality
December 11, 2017
Using a network of up to 60 citizen scientists, a team of Penn State researchers will assess the levels of endocrine-disrupting compounds in the Susquehanna River next year, and in turn empower those volunteers to become part of the solution to water-quality problems related to emerging contaminants.
Researchers receive $950,000 to develop pest controls for organic mushrooms
December 6, 2017
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to develop a suite of organic management options for three of the most challenging mushroom pests.
Penn State Extension offers online tools to small-scale cheesemakers
December 6, 2017
When it comes to artisanal cheese making, Pennsylvania is not Vermont, concedes Kerry Kaylegian, but the dairy foods extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is doing what she can to put the Keystone State on the cheese-making map.
We Are ... wherever you are: Penn State marks 125 years of distance learning
December 5, 2017
In 1892, for the first time, Penn State offered a way for people to learn without coming to the campus in State College. More than a century later, students from around the world have access to a Penn State education.
Security Center launches grant program for Penn State faculty, researchers
December 4, 2017
The Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State invites University faculty and researchers to apply to its new grant program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State.
Annual 'Big Climb' culminates arboriculture class
December 1, 2017
A dozen forestry students end their arboriculture class by climbing a 145-foot yellow-poplar on the Mont Alto campus.
Stephens recognized for outstanding leadership by Penn State Ag Council
November 30, 2017
Jon Stephens, a senior studying plant sciences in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was the recipient of Penn State Agricultural Council's Youth Leadership Award, which honors outstanding young leaders in the agricultural community in Pennsylvania.
School of Excellence in Ag Sciences students attend World Food Prize symposium
November 30, 2017
Six high school students who participated in the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State over the summer recently attended the 2017 World Food Prize International Symposium, held in Des Moines, Iowa.
College of Agricultural Sciences names 2017 Armsby Society inductees
November 30, 2017
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has inducted seven alumni into the Armsby Honors Society. The society was created to honor individuals whose service, scholarship, teaching and philanthropy have demonstrated a profound commitment to the college.
Bowen, Bugbee named College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni
November 30, 2017
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Kira Bowen, professor of plant pathology at Auburn University, and Bruce Bugbee, professor of environmental plant physiology at Utah State University, as 2017 Outstanding Alumni.
Uncertainty surrounds U.S. livestock methane emission estimates
November 30, 2017
A new study of methane emissions from livestock in the United States — led by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has challenged previous top-down estimates.
Landscape contracting student blazes his own trail
November 29, 2017
Elliot Redding, a junior in landscape contracting, is taking full advantage of his time at Penn State to dig into the world of agriculture and find a career he is passionate about.
NIH grant supports exploration of plasma medicine capabilities in blood
November 28, 2017
Researchers in Penn State’s Colleges of Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, and Medicine have been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to investigate how low-temperature plasma can treat infectious bacterial growth on human tissue and prosthetic implants in the cardiovascular system.
The Arboretum at Penn State to host winter celebration Dec. 8
November 27, 2017
The Arboretum at Penn State invites the campus and community to welcome the holiday season at its annual Winter Celebration on Dec. 8.
Internships earn awards for College of Agricultural Sciences students
November 27, 2017
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2017 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.
Eight selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2018
November 21, 2017
On Nov. 10, the Penn State Board of Trustees selected eight Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest honor presented to its alumni. The following individuals have been officially notified of their selection by the Board and are invited to accept the award from the University in June 2018.
Corn genetics research exposes mechanism behind traits becoming silent
November 21, 2017
For more than a century, plant geneticists have been studying maize as a model system to understand the rules governing the inheritance of traits, and a team of researchers recently unveiled a previously unknown mechanism that triggers gene silencing in corn.
Phospholutions selected for Innovation Showcase on Capitol Hill
November 20, 2017
Penn State startup company Phospholutions was one of 20 startups to participate in Association of Land Grant Universities' first-ever University Innovation Showcase, to help inform Capitol Hill staffers about the impact of research on economic development, held last weekend in Washington D.C.
Penn State team receives $7M award to enlist insects as allies for food security
November 20, 2017
A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.
Say cheese, Penn State! Cheese Club evolves, looks forward to continued growth
November 17, 2017
The Cheese Club was founded in 2013 by animal science students with an interest in dairy science. Since then, involvement fairs and word-of-mouth advertising have helped club members reach students from across the University who share their love of cheese.
Clearinghouse releases veteran needs report
November 17, 2017
The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has just released “Supporting United States Veterans: A review of veteran-focused needs assessments from 2008-2017.” The report reviewed veterans needs assessments from the past decade and identified the most common needs.
Researchers aim to develop best practices for organic beekeeping industry
November 17, 2017
A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support Penn State researchers in determining best management practices for organic beekeeping by comparing organic and chemical-free to conventional management systems. The funding comes from the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Penn State food safety expert offers tips on safe handling of holiday leftovers
November 16, 2017
Leftovers from holiday meals — if not properly handled, including prompt refrigeration — can lead to foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ag Alumni Council alumnus endows Open Doors Scholarship
November 15, 2017
Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired U.S. Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Major gifts benefit College of Ag Sciences entrepreneurship and innovation
November 10, 2017
The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences today (Nov. 10) announced two $1 million gifts to endow positions in its Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) Program. Both gifts have received matching funds from the university.
Webinar will examine estimating the number of abandoned oil and gas wells
November 9, 2017
What is a reasonable estimate of abandoned natural gas wells in Pennsylvania? That will be the focus of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.
Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have antiaging potential
November 9, 2017
Mushrooms have more ergothioneine and glutathione together than any other food. Both of these are important antioxidants that previous research has linked to anti-aging treatments and strategies. Researchers are also exploring whether the antioxidants play a role in brain health.
Penn State research expenditures reach all-time high of $863 million
November 8, 2017
Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high of $863 million for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, an increase of $27 million, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The total included $534 million in federal funds, and $329 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and university sources.
James Clapper talks national security at inaugural Security Center event
November 8, 2017
On the evening of Nov. 6, Penn State’s new Center for Security Research and Education hosted its inaugural guest speaker, Gen. James Clapper, former director of national intelligence in the Obama administration, in the Sutliff Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.
Graduate unionization hearing transcripts now available
November 8, 2017
Several weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) provided Penn State and the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) with the transcripts from the PLRB hearings that were held on the petition filed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) to unionize Penn State graduate students.
Schreyer Scholar aims to create cost-effective policies that protect environment
November 8, 2017
Schreyer Scholar Aaron Blakney hopes to create policy solutions that will help protect the environment but are also fiscally responsible.
Exposure to chemical during pregnancy may cause health problems for offspring
November 8, 2017
A chemical used in plastic packaging may get passed from mother to offspring during pregnancy, affecting the gut bacteria of the young. Researchers suggest this could increase the possibilities of inflammation-related conditions, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, for the offspring later in life.
'Virtual farm' website provides a plethora of dairy sustainability information
November 7, 2017
Farmers can see sustainability principles in action with just a few mouse clicks, thanks to an interactive "virtual farm" web site developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension, in partnership with the project's lead, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University and the Dairy Innovation Center.
Penn State researchers take aim at invasive, 'pernicious' spotted lanternfly
November 7, 2017
As populations of the invasive spotted lanternfly explode — and the state-imposed quarantine area in southeastern Pennsylvania expands — researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are looking for solutions to help stop the insect's spread and save agricultural crops from serious damage.
'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite
November 7, 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A fungal parasite that infects ants and manipulates their behavior to benefit the fungus' reproduction accomplishes this feat without infecting the ants' brains, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.
Use of glow sticks in traps greatly increases amphibian captures in study
November 7, 2017
With amphibian populations declining around the world and funds to find the causes scarce, a team of Penn State researchers has shown that an unorthodox tactic will make it easier and therefore less expensive to capture adult salamanders and frogs.
Internship strengthens Penn State's ongoing relationships in China
November 6, 2017
A new summer internship, which will be available to undergraduate students with a veterinary research interest, is the most recent in a series of collaborations spanning a century-old partnership between Penn State and South China Agricultural University.
Student takes on challenges, earns degree and sets sights on medical school
November 6, 2017
Student Mannaa I. Mannaa he has had more than his share of challenges during his academic journey at Penn State. Instead of giving up, the alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences continued on and hopes to attend medical school.
A half-century later, Ag Sciences roommates establish scholarship together
November 2, 2017
Thomas Mischen, of Gibsonia, and Sylvester "Sy" Tanner, of Turtlepoint, were randomly placed together as roommates during the fall of 1966 -- the first semester of their freshman year at Penn State -- and have been close friends ever since. To commemorate their enduring friendship, the friends recently established the Mischen/Tanner Scholarship Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State hosts international E. coli research experts
November 1, 2017
With its 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center, Penn State long has been at the forefront in isolating bacteria from animals, humans and the environment. The University will continue its leading role Nov. 6-8 when it hosts an international group of experts to propose how to transition one of the most fundamental tests for E. coli into a genomics-based assay.
College of Agricultural Sciences department head honored by alma mater
November 1, 2017
Carolee Bull, head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a Notable Alumni Award from her alma mater, Ohio University, for her professional achievements.
Elmendorf named Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry
October 31, 2017
William Elmendorf, professor and extension specialist in urban forestry in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the first holder of the Joseph E. Ibberson Chair in Urban and Community Forestry. The endowed chair was made possible by a gift from the late Joseph E. Ibberson, a 1947 forestry graduate of Penn State who retired in 1977 from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry as chief of forest advisory services.
So, you want to raise sheep or goats? Attend these workshops
October 31, 2017
Southwestern Pennsylvania provides an ideal environment to raise sheep and goats. Rolling hills may not be suitable for crop production but can provide high-quality pasture for sheep and goat production.
Penn State group’s role fighting global hunger to be discussed on WPSU on Nov. 5
October 27, 2017
Penn State President Eric J. Barron and a pair of University professors will discuss how a Penn State group is helping fight global hunger during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper” on Nov. 5. The show will air on WPSU-TV at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Students dig in to help create new value from potatoes
October 26, 2017
Sterman Masser, Pennsylvania's largest potato producer, knows consumers aren't reaching for 5- and 10-pound bags of raw potatoes like they used to, and growing its business means developing new value-added products. So students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working on finding solutions to this market challenge.
General Assembly approves Penn State's 2017-18 appropriation
October 26, 2017
The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Penn State’s 2017-18 non-preferred appropriations bill on Oct. 25 after a delay of more than three months. As proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in February, the bill includes level funding of $230.4 million for Penn State’s general support appropriation. The bill also includes increases of $2 million for Pennsylvania College of Technology and $500,000 for Penn State Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension, for a total appropriation of $318.2 million.
Penn State partners to address Republic of Georgia's invasive stink bug problem
October 25, 2017
Entomologists from Penn State are working to apply what they have learned by studying the Mid-Atlantic region's brown marmorated stink bug infestation — which peaked between 2010 and 2013 — to similar recent problems impacting the Republic of Georgia in eastern Europe.
Caramel apples stored at room temperature for extended periods can pose risk
October 24, 2017
A food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences warns of the potential health risk of eating caramel apples that have not been stored at refrigerated temperatures.
Research yields test to predict bitter pit disorder in Honeycrisp apples
October 19, 2017
A test to determine whether bitter pit — a disorder that blindsides apple growers by showing up weeks or months after picking — will develop in stored Honeycrisp apples was developed by a team of Penn State researchers, promising to potentially save millions of dollars annually in wasted fruit.
Cacao pioneers: Meet Penn State's Colombian Fulbright Scholars
October 19, 2017
Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.
Tailgate Ambassadors tackle recycling, sustainability at football games
October 18, 2017
This Saturday, Penn State will host the Michigan Wolverines in one of the most anticipated football match-ups of the season. While the football team and tailgaters prep for the big game, the Tailgate Ambassadors also are preparing to meet an important challenge.
College of Agricultural Sciences professor honored by alma mater
October 18, 2017
Marvin Hall, professor of forage management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was lauded by his alma mater, Bluffton University.
Penn State social science researchers collaborate on opioid epidemic
October 18, 2017
Drug overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids have increased by 20 percent since 2015, killing some 64,000 Americans last year. In response, social science researchers at Penn State are leading initiatives to combat the increasing rates of illicit drug use.
Penn State Extension to host Food Safety Modernization Act trainings
October 13, 2017
Is your farm in compliance with food safety standards? The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule states: “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”
Like it or not: Broccoli may be good for the gut
October 13, 2017
Cruciferous vegetables -- such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage -- may help trigger a receptor in the gut that can improve gut function. In a study on mice, eating broccoli led to a better ability to withstand digestive irritants. The researchers also suggest that the mechanism might improve barrier function -- keeping nutrients in and toxins out of the intestinal lining -- and that could limit the damage of inflammation.
Land-use webinar to focus on benefit of tree ordinances
October 13, 2017
How municipalities can utilize municipal tree commissions and subsequent ordinances to support community development pertaining to open space in the community will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
University leadership's plea to Penn Staters: write to legislators
October 12, 2017
University leaders are renewing their plea to Penn Staters and others, asking them to urge Pennsylvania legislators to release the University's state funds. Without critical state funding, Penn State would be forced to make "dramatic cuts and raise tuition, perhaps even for the upcoming spring semester."
World Food Prize: Grad students look forward to expanding knowledge at symposium
October 10, 2017
This year, two graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ilse Huerta and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 18-20.
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences adds five new faculty members
October 9, 2017
Five new faculty members have joined the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State launches interdisciplinary Center for Security Research and Education
October 9, 2017
Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society’s most critical threats.
Ag Sciences student explores global food practices, nutrition
October 9, 2017
Emily Seiger, a community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is gaining insight into problems related to food safety, hygiene and food security around the world.
Ag Advocates serve as ambassadors for College of Agricultural Sciences
October 6, 2017
An elite group of undergraduate students -- known as Ag Advocates -- serve as ambassadors for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, building positive relationships with students, alumni and industry professionals.
Career day helps senior land dream internship with Land O’Lakes
October 5, 2017
Agribusiness management major Kayli Kumanchik found the internship she wanted with Land O' Lakes, Inc., after meeting with representatives at Ag Sciences Career Day in 2016. This year's event will take place on Oct. 10 in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.
Ag Sciences students to represent Penn State at World Food Prize Symposium
October 5, 2017
Five students enrolled in College of Agricultural Sciences programs will represent Penn State at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium.
Webinar to focus on commercial small-scale liquid natural gas
October 4, 2017
What is liquefied natural gas, or LNG, and how is it made? What are its benefits compared to other energy sources? How is it transported, stored and consumed? And what are the markets for LNG? Those questions and more will be answered during a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Graduate training program in pollinator ecology gets a boost with USDA grant
October 4, 2017
A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enhance an innovative Penn State graduate training program in entomology and ecology aimed at helping to solve the multifaceted problem of pollinator decline.
The Arboretum at Penn State to host pumpkin festival Oct. 8 and Oct. 13-14
October 3, 2017
Creative pumpkin carvers will craft scores of imaginative jack-o'-lanterns and compete for ribbons as The Arboretum at Penn State hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13-14. 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.
Warming unlikely to have major impact on animal agriculture in Northeast
October 3, 2017
Climate change will not significantly impair animal agriculture in the Northeast region of the United States, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who point out there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.
Penn State student explores the economic impact of disaster relief in Nepal
October 3, 2017
Kelli Herr, senior in community, environment and development in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, spent her break a long way from home in Thulo Pakhar, Nepal. She worked with a group called All Hands Volunteers, a U.S.-based nonprofit disaster relief organization.
Penn State hosts 15 new NSF graduate researchers
October 3, 2017
The Graduate School at Penn State is pleased to host 15 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.
Extension offers home-study course on livestock grazing practices
October 3, 2017
Pennsylvania livestock producers looking for information on 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.
Cathy Bowen: Penn State Faculty Profiles in Diversity and Inclusion
October 2, 2017
Cathy Bowen, professor of agricultural and extension education and consumer issues, has spent nearly 30 years at Penn State helping Pennsylvanians and students to become financially literate, and manage their resources.
Partnership targets farm safety among region’s Amish population
September 29, 2017
Beyond the picturesque barns and horse-drawn buggies that define Pennsylvania Dutch Country lurk farm dangers that can land children in the hospital.
New mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts rural farmers
September 29, 2017
Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across Africa. David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, Penn State, leads the project with James Legg, of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.
Networking event promotes microbiome research collaborations
September 29, 2017
Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event Oct. 3 sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.
Ag Department, Penn State seek public input on state Pollinator Protection Plan
September 28, 2017
Farmers, gardeners and other Pennsylvanians concerned about the health of pollinators — given their critically important role in growing and producing food — now have the chance to comment on a draft of the state’s proposed Pollinator Protection Plan. The plan, developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, is designed to protect bees and other insects that pollinate nearly 75 percent of the Commonwealth’s food crops.
Alumnus' gifts to support 4-H, Penn State Extension and agricultural engineering
September 22, 2017
Wayne Martenas, a Penn State alumnus in agricultural engineering, and his wife, Marian McKeegan Martenas, have pledged $250,000 in gifts, which will be divided among a new endowment, an existing endowment, a new building and an existing scholarship fund.
New faculty member aims to support the growth of agricultural education
September 22, 2017
Kevin Curry Jr. recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.
Ag Sciences Career Day will take place Oct. 10 at Bryce Jordan Center
September 22, 2017
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its annual Ag Sciences Career Day on Oct. 10. The event draws nearly 200 exhibitors, recruiters and academic program representatives from agricultural and related industries annually.
New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
September 20, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.
Pate named Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety
September 20, 2017
Michael Pate has been appointed Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
CHAPS open house offers rare view of Penn State’s equine science programs
September 20, 2017
Sept. 30 will mark the fifth annual Penn State Horse Barn Open House, hosted by the Collegiate Horseman’s Association at Penn State (CHAPS) and the Penn State Equine Research Team at the equine science facilities' “Old Barn,” directly across from Beaver Stadium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in connection with the third annual Celebrate Agriculture Day at Beaver Stadium, an event designed for Penn Staters to honor the agricultural roots and history of the University.
Whole food diet may help prevent colon cancer, other chronic conditions
September 20, 2017
Colorful fruits and vegetables -- like the purple potato -- may contain compounds that help fight some types of cancer. An international team of researchers studied the anti-cancer effects of purple potatoes in pigs. This could be another step in finding prevention strategies and cancer treatments for patients.
$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research
September 19, 2017
CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to transform biotechnology education and research across Pennsylvania and beyond.
The Final Ag Frontier: Plant sciences student looks to the skies
September 15, 2017
Plant sciences student Laura Reese spent her spring semester working for NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. She performed research in conditions meant to emulate growing plants in space.
Grant supports research to enhance epithelial barrier function, immune response
September 15, 2017
A faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $7.3 million grant for innovative research on a cellular protein that could be a target for enhancing immune function in response to a variety of diseases and environmental toxins. Gary Perdew, John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences, received the award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Fifth annual Rural Studies Conference to be held Oct. 27-28
September 14, 2017
Penn State's Rural Sociology Graduate Student Association (RSGA) will host the 5th Annual Rural Studies Graduate Student Conference on Oct. 27-28 at the HUB-Robeson-Center on the University Park campus. This conference welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and all institutions who study rural areas and topics, both domestically and internationally.