College in the Media
Dan Stearns, professor of landscape contracting, talks about a student project to install landscaping and hardscaping at the Centre County Youth Service Bureau's Stormbreak group home.
Scott Sjolander, extension urban forester, explains how communities benefit by maintaining healthy trees.
Daniel Perkins, professor of youth and family resiliency and policy, and Karen Thomas, family and consumer science extension educator, discuss how the PROSPER program can help youth avoid substance abuse.
This examination of federal policy on genetically modified organisms cites as a prime example the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-edited mushroom developed by Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology.
This article features information on ticks and tips for avoiding Lyme disease from Steve Jacobs, senior extension associate in entomology.
This story mentions Penn State Extension as a partner in a consortium that will study industrial hemp as a viable crop for growers in Westmoreland County.
Corey Dillon, research farm manager, comments about the "Plant Yourself in Agriculture" event held at the Ag Progress Days site to demonstrate educational and career paths to young people.
"When they look back on their parents and grandparents, it feels like their generation is doing worse," says Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology and demography, who has studied factors contributing to the country's opioid epidemic.
Melanie Miller-Foster, assistant professor of international agriculture, and Daniel Foster, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, discuss the use of virtual reality technology in the classroom.
Interest in both farm shares and farm markets has been either stagnant or down statewide, partly because of competition from more retail outlets selling local food, says Brian Moyer, extension program assistant who focuses on direct-to-consumer marketing.
Margaret Brittingham, professor of forest resources, and Lillie Langlois, doctoral candidate in wildlife and fisheries science, explain their research examining forest fragmentation caused by natural-gas development.
Susan Hyland, consumer horticulture program assistant and Master Gardener coordinator in Schuylkill County, comments on the life cycle and behavior of ticks.
This article describes the research of Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, who developed the first CRISPR gene-edited crop plant -- a nonbrowning mushroom -- deemed to require no oversight under USDA's GMO regulations.
Jim Schupp, professor of pomology and director of the Fruit Research and Extension Center, says droughts in recent years help explain why apple growers increasingly are realizing the value or irrigation.
Mehmet Ali Doke, a doctoral candidate in entomology, says honey bee colonies are competing hard for food sources as they emerge from winter hibernation.
Walt Whitmer, senior extension associate in community and economic development, discusses how identifying local economic trends and assets can help communities capitalize on opportunities.
Hayly Hoch, Student Farm co-director and plant sciences major, talks about the success of the farm during its first year in operation.
"That's not going to fly," says Christina Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, about an effort to develop tiny, insect-sized drones to replace honey bees and other pollinators.
This article mentions that "the most widely discussed food produced using gene editing today" is a nonbrowning mushroom developed using CRISPR/Cas9 technology by Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology.
Gregory Martin, poultry science extension educator, says displays of live chicks in farm stores during the Easter season serve as potential sources of avian flu.
Extension specialist Dennis Murphy, Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, comments on research to make tractors safer and other farm-safety issues.
A Q&A with Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant nutrition, whose research focuses on root traits that help plants survive and thrive in drought and low-fertility soils.
An article about a Penn State turfgrass program alumnus who was named superintendent of the golf course at renowned Oakmont Country Club, which will host its record 10th U.S. Open tournament in 2025.
Matt Royer, director of the Ag and Environment Center, discusses initiatives emerging from a recent conference aimed at engaging farmers as leading stewards of water quality.
Jean Lonie, director of student recruitment and activities, and several students are quoted in this coverage of the college's annual Penn State Ag Day event.
The tongue has 25 different bitter receptors that detect thousands of bitter taste molecules, making it difficult to develop a "bitter blocker" food ingredient that would enable a reduction in added sugar, says John Coupland, professor of food science.
John Coupland, professor of food science, comments on research by food companies to restructure sugar molecules in an effort to reduce the amount of added sugar in foods.
A story highlighting the appointment of alumnus Steven Loerch as the college's senior associate dean.
Plant Science graduate Hunter Swisher discusses the product he developed, Phospholutions, that binds fertilizer in the soil until plants can use it, which helps to protect water quality.
The Strengthening Families program helps parents and youths to solve problems by opening lines of communication, says Jennifer Deichert, 4-H extension educator.