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The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and improved products, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Selective breeding of maize over the last century to create hybrids with desirable shoot characteristics and increased yield may have contributed indirectly to the evolution of root systems that are more efficient in acquiring nutrients, such as nitrogen, from the soil, according to researchers.
A nonprofit venture to provide basic laboratory equipment to high school science students in West African countries won the $7,500 grand prize April 14 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition, sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Penn State Student Farm Initiative will host a free screening of Food Chains on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Paterno Library Foster Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Food Chains is a documentary about a group of Florida farm workers and their battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry, revealing the rampant abuse of farm laborers in the United States.
Penn State Extension is offering two important resources related to dairy products.
Schreyer Honors College will be well represented at Penn State's Commencement ceremonies with more than 450 Scholars expected to graduate this spring. Three of the commencement speakers have Schreyer Honors College ties with seven Scholars selected as student marshals for their respective colleges.
A panel of experts will discuss the use of edible insects to attain greater global food security, from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 21, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State. “Creepy, Crawly, Crunchy: Can Insects Feed the Future?” will focus on insects as a nontraditional livestock, potential barriers to insect rearing and insect eating, or entomophagy, in the developed and developing world. The program is free and open to the public and also will be available for viewing live online.
“Stand Up, Step Forward to Keep Children Safe: Why Child Abuse Reporting Matters” will feature a panel of experts and advocates who will discuss what it means to be a reporter of child abuse. The community event will be at 7 p.m. on April 21 in the Ruth Pike Auditorium (22 Biobehavioral Health Building) on the University Park campus. Keynote speaker Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance, will lead the discussion on how everyone in a community plays an important role in keeping children safe.
A breakthrough sports recovery drink developed by a Penn State researcher, produced by the Penn State Berkey Creamery and tested by Penn State football players is now available. Dr. Pete’s Recovery Drink, a chocolate milk infused with an innovative research-based protein formula, is now available for sale at Café Laura in Mateer Building and in the near future at Berkey Creamery.
Five student teams pitching new products and services in the agricultural sciences will compete for $10,000 in prize money on Tuesday, April 14, in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition. Winners of the $7,500 grand prize and $2,500 second prize will be announced that evening during an awards banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn.
James W. Dunn, professor of agricultural economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the 2015 recipient of the Barash Award for Human Service.
Robert E. Loeb, associate professor of biology and forestry at Penn State DuBois, and Dan T. Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor of horticulture botany in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are the recipients of the 2015 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Each year, Penn State honors several members of its faculty and staff for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The 2015 Faculty/Staff Award recipients — 33 outstanding University employees and one program — reach across campuses, colleges and administrative units and exemplify best practices and achievements among Penn Staters reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service.
Katie Speicher recently found herself spending a sunny weekend on the Chesapeake Bay -- but it wasn’t for a vacation. Instead, the trip was just one of the many highlights she experienced while taking an environmental resources management class.
Planning for open space and owning and managing natural lands will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Chances are you have walked by the Respiration-Calorimeter Building on Penn State's University Park campus and not noticed it. If you did, you may have thought this modest one-and-a-half-story brick structure, tucked between Armsby and Patterson Buildings, was a simple utility or storage building. Inside, however, is one of the University's historic treasures -- the Penn State Armsby Calorimeter.
This spring Penn State expects to award 13,381 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 433 associate, 10,916 baccalaureate, 1,437 master’s, 202 law, 262 doctoral and 131 medical degrees, bringing the University’s number of graduates to an estimated total of more than 760,238. At University Park, four students are expected to receive associate degrees, while 8,800 will be awarded baccalaureate degrees. Approximately 976 master’s degree students are expected to graduate, as are 258 doctoral degree candidates. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.
Penn State Extension's Livestock Team is offering a two-part, Web-based seminar series focused on beef-production topics available to view at home and at various locations across the commonwealth.
Author, researcher and Pennsylvania native Scott Weidensaul will tell the story of Project SNOWstorm -- a huge, collaborative research effort focused on snowy owls -- in a presentation Monday, April 13.
Shale Gas production eclipsed 4 trillion cubic feet in Pennsylvania in 2014, and reports of pipeline construction – to move this production to market – have been in the news almost daily. Those pipeline projects will be the topic of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team.