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2017

Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy
May 24, 2017
When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.
Chronic wasting disease research with deer in Pa. becomes more crucial
May 23, 2017
The recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that it found 25 more wild deer with chronic wasting disease last year underlines the importance of studies being conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Research focuses on reclaiming strip-mine sites for biofuel crop production
May 23, 2017
Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is currently working a project to bring highly productive life back to damaged land by planting a crop — switchgrass — that can be used as an alternative fuel source.
Animal science major Gabel stands out from the herd
May 23, 2017
Amber Gabel leveraged the academics, scholarship options, internship programs, and alumni network in the College of Agricultural Sciences to prepare for a career in dairy cattle genetics.
Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2017
May 22, 2017
The following is a list of Penn State fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1.
Penn State promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2017
May 22, 2017
The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.
Penn State startup Phospholutions demonstrates product on White Course
May 19, 2017
Penn State President Eric Barron joined providers of entrepreneurship resources in celebrating innovative Penn State startup, Phospholutions, on Thursday, May 18, at the Penn State Golf Course in State College.
Baker gift to support College of Agricultural Sciences LGBTQA student club
May 19, 2017
Generous support from MeeCee Baker, a respected alumna of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will support Students for Cultivating Change.
Pennsylvania's forest-products industry the focus of Timber 2017 expo
May 18, 2017
Businesses and individuals interested in Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2017 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which will take place Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.
Kang elected Fellow of American Phytopathological Society
May 18, 2017
Seogchan Kang, professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.
'An Apple a Day' event to give research view into apple microbiomes May 24
May 18, 2017
Do the microbes associated with apples help keep the doctor away? This is one of the many questions that will be investigated at a May 24 workshop titled "An Apple a Day!" The event, hosted by the Microbiome Center at Penn State, will enable participants to learn about and discuss the "apple microbiome," from seed to soil to the human gut and beyond.
Penn State to launch undergraduate Ag Stewardship and Conservation certificate
May 17, 2017
A new undergraduate certificate program offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will give students interested in agricultural stewardship an opportunity for classroom and hands-on learning in the sustainability of agricultural soil and water resources. The Agricultural Stewardship and Conservation Certificate program will provide critical coursework and practical experience that will help make students marketable for jobs in the public and private sector.
Grant aimed at solving agricultural water issues through community engagement
May 17, 2017
A group of institutions led by Penn State has received nearly $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project aimed at developing a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. Partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Innovating Abroad
May 17, 2017
Robinson Laventure, Penn State student in biological engineering, spent three months helping to redesign 3D-printed prosthetics for TakeaHand, a biotechnology company located in Santiago, Chile.
American chestnut rescue will succeed, but slower than expected
May 16, 2017
The nearly century-old effort to employ selective breeding to rescue the American chestnut, which has been rendered functionally extinct by an introduced disease — Chestnut blight, eventually will succeed, but it will take longer than many people expect.
From Coca to Cacao
May 15, 2017
As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State scientists are helping poor farmers switch from growing coca, the stuff of cocaine, to growing cacao, the principal ingredient in chocolate. Cacao for Peace, the international partnership they are a part of, seeks to transform Colombia's rural Caribbean coast in a cacao-growing hotspot.
Penn State researchers hope to extend berry growing season in Northeast
May 15, 2017
Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are among a group of researchers examining how the use of high and low tunnels and plastic coverings extend the growing season for strawberries and raspberries, and as a result, increase yields while also reducing pesticide use and improving berry quality and shelf-life.
Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation team members win awards at contest
May 9, 2017
A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the Yogurt category of the 95th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held April 12 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Webinar to compare state and local oil and gas revenues across the country
May 9, 2017
Comparing revenues from oil and gas production across 16 states and describing major impacts in regions such as the Marcellus, Bakken and Permian will be the focus of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.
Penn State Extension names six to oversee program units
May 9, 2017
Penn State Extension has named six assistant directors to oversee statewide educational programs addressing a variety of subject-matter areas of importance to Pennsylvania. The appointments are part of recently announced changes to the organization's structure, product development and program delivery.
Schreyer Honors College presents graduating scholars with awards
May 9, 2017
The Schreyer Honors College distributed four annual senior awards to Scholars at a reception in the HUB-Robeson Center's Alumni Hall.
Student landscaping team builds outdoor space for local Stormbreak house
May 9, 2017
Penn State’s landscape design and landscape construction classes are known for their incredible community projects. But with this year’s undertaking, the courses have gone above and beyond.
Recovering lost genetic diversity in Holsteins is focus of professors' research
May 8, 2017
Holstein calves recently born at Penn State may help to reintroduce valuable genetic variance thanks to research conducted by Chad Dechow and Wansheng Liu, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Andrew Read gives Graduate School Commencement Speech
May 8, 2017
Andrew F. Read, Ph.D., Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor of Biotechnology, was the keynote speaker for this year's Graduate School commencement ceremony held on May 7, 2017.
Entrepreneurs battle in 'Shark Tank'-style contest on WPSU’s ‘The Investment’
May 4, 2017
Penn State undergraduate students and local entrepreneurs will compete for $30,000 in funding to help grow their businesses in a student-pitch competition, “The Investment,” that will air at 8 p.m. on today (May 4) on WPSU-TV.
Record 83 undergraduates receive 2017 Erickson Discovery Grants
May 4, 2017
Eighty-three students from across Penn State’s campuses will each be awarded a $3,500 Erickson Discovery Grant for summer 2017 through the Office of Undergraduate Education. The students will use the funds to immerse themselves in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
Invent Penn State’s Fund for Innovation awards $75,000 to Persea Naturals
May 4, 2017
A team of food science researchers from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are launching a promising new venture to produce a line of all-natural, vibrant food colors, dubbed AvoColor, using a compound derived from the seed of the avocado.
Plant sciences major Hayly Hoch recognized with Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award
May 4, 2017
Congratulations to Hayly Hoch, senior plant sciences major, who is a recipient of the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute’s Stand Up Award, which honors Penn State undergraduates who, as ethical leaders, have the courage and fortitude to take an ethical stand for a person, cause or belief. Hoch was recognized for her work as co-director of the student farm club, which brings together people interested in sustainable food systems.
Team of PSU Smeal students wins 2017 Supply Chain Entrepreneurship Pitch Contest
May 2, 2017
A team of four Penn State Smeal students — Cameron Stevens, senior finance, economics, and international politics triple major; Karen Burlingame, senior supply chain and information systems; Yue Shen, senior supply chain and information systems; and Tasha Burman, sophomore business — calling themselves Team DropLocker, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Supply Chain Entrepreneurship Pitch Contest and awarded $6,500.
Legally blind golf pro earns turfgrass management degree through World Campus
May 2, 2017
A legally blind man from Toledo, Ohio, earned his bachelor’s degree online through Penn State World Campus and will graduate May 6, 2017.
Webinar to focus on reverse fiscal impact analysis in hazard mitigation planning
April 28, 2017
A webinar on how local municipalities can use reverse fiscal impact analysis to assist in hazard mitigation planning will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on May 17.
If some hemlock trees can just hang on, birds that need them may be OK
April 27, 2017
In 2000, when a team of scientists led by Robert Ross studied the response of birds to the beginning of hemlock tree decline in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Matt Toenies was just seven years old, and the ecological havoc wreaked by invasive species was the farthest thing from his mind.
Plant sciences student helps research natural fungicide
April 27, 2017
Cullen Dixon, a plant sciences major, participates in a lab that tests the effectiveness of secondary metabolite compounds produced by sorghum as potential biopesticides in combating foliar diseases of Zea mays, or corn.
Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease
April 26, 2017
A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.
Ag Sciences graduate students win prestigious research fellowships
April 25, 2017
Three graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- Phillip Martin, Ismaiel Szink and Rachel Rozum -- recently received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
Three graduate students honored with Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award
April 24, 2017
Three Penn State graduate students -- Vasiliy Lakoba, Andrew Morris and Shanti Nachtergaele -- have been awarded the Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. The award recognizes excellence in master’s-level thesis research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences - applied and basic; physical and computational sciences - applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.
13 graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award
April 24, 2017
Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal, in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences — applied and basic; physical and computational sciences — applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering. The graduate students were honored during the Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Penn State announces spring 2017 commencement events and speakers
April 24, 2017
This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master’s, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.
Undergraduates honored with Rock Ethics Institute 2017 Stand Up Award
April 24, 2017
The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State recently celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Stand Up Award by honoring students Brian Anthony Davis, Hayly Hoch and Alexis Scott. This award is presented to Penn State undergraduates who have demonstrated courage, fortitude and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause or a belief.
Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia
April 24, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.
Arboretum to host discussion about use of fire to restore ecosystems
April 21, 2017
The Arboretum at Penn State will host a discussion of the role of fire in ecosystem health and how Penn State uses controlled burns to manage and restore natural landscapes. The April 26 presentation precedes a controlled burn on a 12-acre portion of Arboretum lands adjacent to campus planned for this spring as part of an ongoing re-creation of a prairie/meadow containing native grasses and wildflowers.
Penn State Extension names associate directors of client relations, programs
April 21, 2017
As part of recently announced changes to its organizational structure, product development and program delivery, Penn State Extension has appointed two individuals to statewide leadership posts. Tara Mondock is the new associate director for client relations, and Jeffrey Hyde was named associate director for programs.
Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies
April 20, 2017
Whole-exome DNA sequencing -- a technology that saves time and money by sequencing only protein-coding regions and not the entire genome -- may routinely miss detecting some genetic variations associated with disease, according to Penn State researchers who have developed new ways to identify such omissions.
Office for General Education announces Integrative Studies Seed Grant awards
April 20, 2017
The Integrative Studies Seed Grant Program, offered through the Penn State Office for General Education, will support 71 different course development projects this summer. In response to the large volume of highly qualified proposals, the budget was generously increased by more than 50 percent by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Undergraduate Education.
United Nations organization renews UNESCO Chair program at Penn State
April 19, 2017
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has renewed for another five years its support for the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State. Mark Brennan, a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue in his role as chair and provide leadership to the program.
Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure
April 19, 2017
Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.
Global Programs announces 2017 Travel Grants awards
April 19, 2017
Spring 2017 produced a record-breaking number of applications for Global Programs Travel Grants.
Graduate student excellence celebrated at annual awards luncheon
April 19, 2017
Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones presented 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Student uses mushroom minor to benefit her home
April 17, 2017
Rana, an economics major, is minoring in mushroom science and technology, and plans to use what she has learned to improve living conditions for people in her home city of Mumbai, India.
Ag Springboard keynoter to students: Be CEOs of your own lives
April 17, 2017
Risk. Fail. Pivot. Repeat. This is the advice of Todd Erdley, the co-founder and CEO of Videon, to student entrepreneurs.
Cricket-fortified pasta pitch wins $7,500 Ag Springboard top prize
April 17, 2017
A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.
Researchers recruiting citizen-scientists for 'Great Pumpkin Project'
April 16, 2017
A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reaching out to Master Gardeners, teachers, students and other interested parties to participate in a citizen-science project that ultimately could benefit growers, crops, pollinators and the environment. "The Great Pumpkin Project" is aimed at describing the geographic distribution of important crop plants and the insects and microbes with which they interact.
Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
April 16, 2017
Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.
Behring receives 2017 Achieving Women Award
April 16, 2017
Deanna Behring, assistant dean and director of international programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the 2017 recipient of the Commission for Women's Achieving Women Award in the administrator category.
Energy Days conference aims to provide innovative solutions to energy challenges
April 16, 2017
Penn State will be hosting the second annual Energy Days conference on May 22 and 23 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The conference is free and open to the public.
Senior’s experience in STARTALK language, cultures program provides new outlook
April 14, 2017
Senior Erika Kraus said she always had an appreciation for different cultures but that her life was forever changed after enrolling in the STARTALK Arabic Academy at University Park following her freshman year. The academy, to be held this year from June 19-July 14, is an intensive summer study designed for undergraduate and high school students who wish to gain introductory knowledge of the Arabic language and its people and cultures.
Institute for CyberScience announces 2017 ICS Seed Grant recipients
April 12, 2017
The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced that 20 Penn State faculty are recipients of 2017 ICS Seed Grant Program awards. The awards, ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, support researchers doing innovative interdisciplinary research, laying the groundwork needed to apply for large external funding awards.
Food Science student team takes first place in competition
April 12, 2017
A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Central Atlantic Area College Bowl competition.
Invent Penn State’s Fund For Innovation helps start seven new ventures
April 12, 2017
A little less than two years after the launch of the Fund for Innovation, Invent Penn State has backed nearly 50 emerging Penn State technologies and has provided startup funding to promising new ventures that were born out of the program.
Public invited to become fans of research at Blue-White Science Expo
April 11, 2017
Blue-White Weekend attendees and the general public are invited to the Penn State Blue-White Science Expo, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the HUB. The expo offers the community a chance to show their support for research while learning about the newest work from 17 of Penn State’s research faculty. A complete schedule and registration form for tickets is available at http://research.psu.edu/expo.
Professor's efforts part of Governor's Financial Capability Month proclamation
April 10, 2017
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has acknowledged the partnership among the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Penn State as part of a proclamation naming April Financial Capability Month in Pennsylvania.
Talk to focus on new National Institutes of Health rules
April 10, 2017
Directors from Penn State's Office for Research Protections will present a 15-minute overview on the recent and upcoming changes to National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research at noon on May 2 in 112 Henderson Building.
Dual-title degree adds international flavor to Food Science graduate program
April 10, 2017
Food Science is the latest graduate program to partner with the college's Office of International Programs to offer the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree, a unique course of study that provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.
Penn State to mentor youth researchers in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
April 10, 2017
Encouraging youth to have empathy for others is the goal of a research initiative spearheaded by a graduate student at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Professor does it all: researches, communicates findings, designs products
April 7, 2017
There is a popular saying that contends, "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." But Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor of animal science at Penn State, doesn't buy it.
Beck Ag founder to provide keynote address for Penn State Startup Week
April 6, 2017
John Finegan, founder of Beck Ag, will be the keynote speaker for the College of Agricultural Sciences' programming as part of Penn State Startup Week.
2017 Way Paver Award recipients announced
April 6, 2017
Penn State academic administrators, staff and students will receive Way Paver Awards from the Council of College Multicultural Leadership during a special ceremony held April 5 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Animal science major prepares for 100th Little International
April 5, 2017
The Little International Livestock Exposition, commonly dubbed “Little I,” has been a staple of the Penn State agricultural community for many decades. And this year, senior animal science major Kasie Kerr is running the show.
Land-use webinar to focus on communities planning with school districts
April 4, 2017
A webinar that focuses on how an Ohio city and local school district have collaborated on planning for the future of the community will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Wednesday.
Penn State announces 2017 faculty and staff awards
April 4, 2017
Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. The faculty and staff awards ceremony is Wednesday, April 19.
Webinar provides insight into hydraulic fracturing and earthquake activity
April 4, 2017
The link between hydraulic fracturing and increased seismic activity will be the topic of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension. The presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on April 13, will feature David Eaton, professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary and NSERC/Chevron Industrial Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics, who will discuss his research.
Hattel is 2017 recipient of Faculty Outreach Award
April 4, 2017
Arthur L. Hattel, clinical professor of veterinary pathology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2017 Faculty Outreach Award.
Thomas, Egan receive 2017 Excellence in Advising Award
April 4, 2017
Devon Thomas, academic adviser in the College of Health and Human Development, and Brian A. Egan, instructor of equine science in College of Agricultural Sciences, have been selected to receive the 2017 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.
Radhakrishna named recipient of 2017 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award
April 4, 2017
Rama Radhakrishna, professor of agricultural and extension education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2017 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.
Perdew recognized with 2017 Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award
April 4, 2017
Gary H. Perdew, John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.
Penn State Extension changes aimed at enhancing program reach, customer service
April 3, 2017
Changes in operational structure and programming now underway will enhance the value of Penn State Extension to the Pennsylvania communities and clients it serves.
Researchers investigating status of goldenseal in Pennsylvania
March 31, 2017
Funded by a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are conducting an 18-month study of the forest herb goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in Pennsylvania.
100th annual Little International Livestock Expo slated for April 8
March 31, 2017
For 100 years, students at Penn State have gained experience in handling large animals through showing at the College of Agricultural Sciences' Little International Livestock Exposition, better known as the "Little I." This year's 100th anniversary event, hosted by Penn State's Block and Bridle Club, will begin at 8 a.m. April 8 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at Penn State's University Park campus.
Loerch named senior associate dean in College of Agricultural Sciences
March 31, 2017
Penn State has named Steven C. Loerch as senior associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Aug. 14. He will succeed Barbara Christ, who is retiring after 33 years as a faculty member and administrator with the college. She has served as senior associate dean since 2009.
Frequent Fliers: Arboretum speaker to discuss songbird migration research
March 30, 2017
Bird watchers, nature lovers and wildlife scientists have an opportunity to hear author and avian researcher Bridget Stutchbury describe her research on songbird migration during a talk at 5 p.m. on April 5 in 112 Forest Resources Building on Penn State's University Park campus.
Graduate School alumnus recognized for lifetime achievements
March 30, 2017
Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw is the 2017 recipient of the Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to alumni who have achieved exceptional success throughout the course of their career and have demonstrated loyalty to the University and the Alumni Association.
Research measures potentially damaging free radicals in cigarette smoke
March 29, 2017
Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and College of Agricultural Sciences report a method for measuring free radicals in cigarette smoke that could help improve our understanding of the relationship between these substances and health.
Adding grads and going green can brighten economic outlook
March 29, 2017
Attracting college graduates and improving natural amenities -- parks, hiking trails, cleaner air -- can combine to boost economic growth. Penn State researchers suggest the factors may reinforce each other -- a clean environment attracts college grads who want to improve the environment.
Penn State Extension offers workshop for sheep producers
March 28, 2017
Sheep producers looking for information on how and when to make culling decisions to make their sheep operations more profitable can take advantage of a workshop offered by Penn State Extension and the Berks County Sheep and Wool Growers Association.
Student club highlights LGBTQ involvement in agriculture
March 28, 2017
The Students for Cultivating Change provides a safe, inclusive network for students interested in agricultural sciences who are in the LGBTQ community. Focusing efforts in education, community, and increasing awareness, they strive to promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ individuals within the College of Agricultural Sciences and larger Penn State community.
Provost’s Global Advisory Council holds inaugural meeting
March 28, 2017
The Provost’s Global Advisory Council hosted its inaugural meeting March 23 on the University Park campus. The council is chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, with Vice Provost for Global Programs Michael Adewumi serving as the secretary. The council will serve in an advisory capacity to University leadership.
Poultry science professor receives PennAg's Distinguished Service Award
March 28, 2017
R. Michael Hulet, associate professor of poultry science and extension poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from PennAg Industries Association at the group's annual dinner March 21. In its recognition, PennAg Industries called Hulet a true friend of agriculture, honoring him for his strong leadership throughout his career.
Adventures abroad: Student gains new insights about sustainability
March 27, 2017
The senior environmental resource management major traveled to both New Zealand and Costa Rica as part of two separate embedded courses. She was first introduced to these study-abroad opportunities through her major’s coursework.
It takes a village to raise a farm
March 27, 2017
The Student Farm at Penn State is celebrating a successful first year on their one-acre site at Fox Hollow and Big Hollow Roads. The farm grew over 10,000 pounds of produce this year, feeding both students and community members.
Picture this: Trail cams used to monitor predators of deer fawns
March 24, 2017
Deer fawns in Pennsylvania face a cruel reality -- only half of them survive until their first birthday, and much of that mortality results from predation.
Engineering students offer lawnmower checkups
March 24, 2017
The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual Lawnmower Clinic on April 7 and 8.
Penn State develops first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy
March 23, 2017
A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures. The model — a way for researchers to simulate the effects of malaria in children by using mice — was developed in a collaboration between researchers at Penn State's colleges of medicine, engineering, science and agriculture.
Global environmental health leader to present April 6
March 22, 2017
The Spring Health and the Environment Lecture on April 6 will feature Linda Birnbaum, director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.
Study demonstrates bed-bug biopesticide could defeat insecticide resistance
March 22, 2017
A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bed-bug infestations, which have surged in recent years.
Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic
March 22, 2017
A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.
Avian flu threat re-emerges as new outbreaks are reported in U.S. flocks
March 21, 2017
Poultry and animal disease experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are urging commercial poultry producers and small-flock owners in Pennsylvania to ramp up their vigilance and biosecurity in the wake of recent outbreaks of avian influenza in several states.
Five students receive scholarships from the LGBTQA Student Resource Center
March 20, 2017
The LGBTQA Student Resource Center, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, recognizes five students each year with scholarships that are open to any LGBTQ+ students attending Penn State.
Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium, April 21-22
March 17, 2017
The Penn State Student Association of Environmental Science and Engineering will hold the 20th annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium 5-9 p.m. on April 21 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 22 in the Forest Resources Building. Abstract submission deadline is March 24.
Katzaman bequest to support ag sciences, Penn State micro-scholarship program
March 17, 2017
Michael and Diane Katzaman, of Wernersville, have pledged an estate gift of approximately $1.7 million to be evenly divided between the Agriculture Fund, which supports Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and a micro-scholarship fund administered through the University's Office of Undergraduate Education.
Pennsylvania winemaking to be discussed during WPSU’s 'Digging Deeper'
March 17, 2017
Penn State President Eric J. Barron will welcome a pair of University experts to discuss Pennsylvania winemaking and the fundamentals of grape growing during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper.” The show will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on March 26 on WPSU-TV.