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Two Penn State researchers have been chosen to receive a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Johanna Ohm, graduate student in biology, and Matt Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, will develop an insect-based artificial diet for adult Aedes/Anopheles mosquitoes as a viable alternative to mammalian blood meals.
Recognizing the need to improve food security and enhance the well-being of rural populations in developing countries, a new Penn State project will provide intensive training for researchers that will help them to integrate gender-related dimensions into international agricultural research.
Despite modern technology, the first line of defense against famine-inducing crop diseases is still the keen eyes of farmers around the world, many of whom do not have access to advanced diagnostics and treatment advice. To address this problem, scientists are releasing 50,000 open-access images of infected and healthy crop plants, with an eye toward developing a smartphone app that can automatically diagnose a crop disease.
Penn State will discontinue credit courses at the Lewistown Center following the spring 2017 semester. The students currently enrolled in courses at the Lewistown Center will receive assistance from Penn State to help them with potential paths to degree completion.
The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning on Thursday (Nov. 19) recommended for approval a 2016-17 budget plan that includes a request to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to increase the University’s Education and General appropriation by $39.5 million and a total appropriation of $353.3 million.
Michelle Mart, associate professor of history at Penn State Berks, investigates why Americans cling to their love of pesticides despite warnings, rising costs, and declining effectiveness in her recently published book titled "Pesticides, A Love Story: America's Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals" (University Press of Kansas, 2015).
Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research will host the third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy, July 18-20, 2016. The conference will be held at Penn State's University Park campus.
Each year, Penn State employees submit hundreds of complaints about mice, skunks, cockroaches, ants and other pests. Lysa Holland, environmental compliance engineer in the Office of Physical Plant, hopes that number will drop as a result of the University's new commitment to implementing integrated pest management, or IPM, principles across all University Park buildings.
"Turn that music down!" is something many of us have heard from a neighbor or family member. In today's column, the ethicist takes a look at this predicament and offers some guidance on how to respond.
Prior to his trip to Costa Rica, Josh Cassar had taken only two Spanish for Agriculture classes. After participating in the month-long immersion program during the summer of 2013, Cassar -- a junior majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Poultry Science -- felt fully prepared for his internship overseeing various departments at a poultry plant in Pennsylvania.
How communities address economic development will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
The last in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will be a traditional ice cream social in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Penn State Creamery.
The role of liquefied natural gas in today's economy will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 19.
If you love the flavor and mouthfeel of Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream, you can thank, in part, the milk fat. You also can thank research on the diet of dairy cows, which began before the creamery's founding 150 years ago.
Lee Ann De Reus, an associate professor of human development and family studies and women’s studies at Penn State Altoona, and her daughter, Arianna De Reus, will draw on their experiences working in Africa to inform students on how to create sustainable, meaningful change — both globally and in their own backyard — during a lecture Nov. 17 on the University Park campus.
Troy Ott, professor of reproductive physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is developing a blood test that dairy farmers and livestock veterinarians can use to tell whether a cow failed to conceive after insemination.
The Community Food Security Club and the Student Farm Club at Penn State will host a free screening and panel discussion of the documentary "A Place at the Table" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 in 102 Thomas Building.
As the iconic Penn State Berkey Creamery celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, its geographically dispersed customers now have an ordering tool and fulfillment system befitting a contemporary, 21st-century retail operation. A newly launched website (http://creamery.psu.edu), powered by a sophisticated e-commerce platform, allows creamery fans to have the taste of Penn State delivered to their door.
In a monthly feature, Penn State’s Office of Strategic Communications will feature national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.
Years ago, young Sara Getson ventured into the woods with her father, hunting for the stout, honey-colored mushroom that is her family's favorite. They searched for the aptly named honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea) not just for fun, but to pick, can and sauté them with butter and onions for dinner. Now, that tradition has spawned her studies and career ambitions at Penn State.