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In the Family Room at Ag Progress Days, presenters teach the importance of a healthy diet, first aid, firearm safety and more.
July 18, 2017

Families can play minigames, watch food demonstrations, taste healthy food and drink, participate in a scavenger hunt and learn first-aid and firearm safety tips in the Family Room building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17.

July 17, 2017

There is considerable uncertainty surrounding emerging contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and groundwater, and a recent Penn State study of compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products didn't add much clarity. But it did provide insight into the transport of the chemicals, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Cloud computing
July 17, 2017

Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences in Penn State's Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education and director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) Core in the Social Science Research Institute, and his team have collected over 30 terabytes of geo-tagged tweets over the last four years.

July 13, 2017

Exhibits, games, activities and prizes focused on learning about bugs, animals, health and science will be offered for children at Penn State's Ag Progress Days expo, Aug. 15-17.

Machinery demonstrations are always a popular attraction at Ag Progress Days.
July 13, 2017

The latest in agricultural innovations and state-of-the-art farm machinery will be on display at this year's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17.

A team of food science students from Penn State won the National Dairy Council's 2017 New Product Competition for their dairy beverage concept, FüZen. The team was composed of Michelle Tran (team captain), Lisa Caprera, Manpreet Cheema, Mitchell Culler, Jacob Ginn, Devin Koenig, Abigail Peleschak, Taylor Thomas, Gloria Wang and Michael Zaffuto.
July 11, 2017

Three teams of food science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences came out on top in national product-development competitions and a trivia bowl in June.

Penn State Berkey Creamery store supervisor Susan Watson is a familiar face at the Central PA Arts Fest tent, where she has been working for almost 30 years.
July 11, 2017

Susan Watson is a staple at the Penn State Berkey Creamery tent at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. She has been running, staffing and supervising the tent's operations for nearly 30 years.

Free bus tours will take Ag Progress Days visitors to research sites at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, which surrounds the 135-acre expo site.
July 10, 2017

Visitors at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17, likely will spend most of their time taking in the wide variety of demonstrations, commercial and educational exhibits, presentations and other activities around the 135-acre expo. But for those willing to wander farther afield, free bus tours to other parts of the surrounding Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center will offer a glimpse of Penn State research and extension programs.

From miniature horses to draft horses, the Equine Experience at Penn State's Ag Progress Days covers the gamut of the equine animal.
July 10, 2017

Ag Progress Days Equine Experience will offer a variety of activities for horse enthusiasts.

This image shows developing eggs in a dissected mosquito ovary into which gene-editing protein cargo (fluorescent green) has been transduced.
July 10, 2017

A grant from the National Science Foundation will enable a Penn State-led team of entomologists to develop and disseminate a technology they say could bring gene-editing capabilities within reach of everyday scientists, regardless of the arthropod species they study. The $2.5 million award is part of NSF's Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program.

Making sports venues such as Pocono Raceway sustainable is an organizational challenge that involves proper signage, messaging, color codes and containers, Penn State researchers have found.
July 6, 2017

Ecosystem and bioproduct researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working with professional sports franchises to make their venues "greener" and reduce the environmental impact of their events.

Tara Mondock, Penn State Extension associate director for client relations.
July 6, 2017

Tara Mondock, Penn State Extension associate director for client relations, was appointed as the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's Extension Fellow, effective July 1. As the CCAP/Extension Fellow, Mondock will work with the association in Harrisburg, providing expertise to commissioners in the state's 67 counties to enhance the statewide partnership between the association and Penn State, while learning more about county and state agencies and offices.

July 6, 2017

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recognized the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award, as well as Outstanding Students in golf course turfgrass management, forest technology and wildlife technology for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2017 have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.
July 5, 2017

The Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2017 have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. These seed grants were funded by eight separate Penn State research entities and institutes which collectively contributed over $500,000. “We had an exceptional pool of proposals from faculty across the university,” Tom Richard, director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, said. “The projects address emerging contaminants well as legacy environmental problems that seriously impact human health.”

July 3, 2017

How local municipalities can use an economic development strategy known as "placemaking" will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on July 19.

Stephen Buchholz, Penn State Extension associate director for business operations.
June 29, 2017

Penn State Extension has named Stephen Buchholz, formerly vice president for institutional effectiveness and advancement at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota, as associate director for business operations. The appointment is part of recently announced changes to Penn State Extension's organizational structure, product development and program delivery.

Suresh Kuchipudi, associate professor of virology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, conducted research to determine if little brown bats can be asymptomatic carriers of avian and human influenza viruses. Here, he infects cells with influenza virus as part of those studies.
June 28, 2017

A study conducted by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences showed it is possible for avian and human influenza viruses to infect little brown bats, the most widely spread bat species in North America.

Randall Bock, instructor in engineering design and agricultural research assistant at Penn State, tasked his engineering students with designing, printing, iterating, assembling and testing the outcome of 3D-printed rockets.
June 27, 2017

Initially, Randall Bock simply wanted to make a rocket for his son’s sixth birthday party. Now Bock, instructor in engineering design and agricultural research assistant, has launched his interest in 3D printing and rockets into first place, winning Stratasys’s Learning Center of Excellence 3D printing competition.

Tarrah Geszvain is the advising coordinator for the plant sciences and landscape contracting undergraduate programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.
June 26, 2017

Tarrah Geszvain, advising coordinator for the plant sciences and landscape contracting undergraduate programs, has received the Excellence in Academic Advising Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences for 2017.

A researcher in the College of Agricultural Sciences is participating in a national project identifying key barriers that must be overcome throughout the jet-fuel supply chain to annually produce and effectively market 1 billion gallons of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gallons in the longer term.
June 26, 2017

Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation's aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.