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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Veterans Day
November 17, 2017

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has just released “Supporting United States Veterans: A review of veteran-focused needs assessments from 2008-2017.” The report reviewed veterans needs assessments from the past decade and identified the most common needs.

A USDA grant will support Penn State research aimed at enhancing sustainable, organic beekeeping methods and increasing economic returns for beekeepers.
November 17, 2017

A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support Penn State researchers in determining best management practices for organic beekeeping by comparing organic and chemical-free to conventional management systems. The funding comes from the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Leftovers from holiday meals -- if not properly handled -- can lead to foodborne illness, according to Martin Bucknavage, senior food safety extension associate.
November 16, 2017

Leftovers from holiday meals — if not properly handled, including prompt refrigeration — can lead to foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 15, 2017

Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired U.S. Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

November 10, 2017

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences today (Nov. 10) announced two $1 million gifts to endow positions in its Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) Program. Both gifts have received matching funds from the university.

Studies estimate there are more than 3 million abandoned gas wells in the United States and up to 750,000 in Pennsylvania alone.
November 9, 2017

What is a reasonable estimate of abandoned natural gas wells in Pennsylvania? That will be the focus of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.

Mushrooms have higher quantities of two important anti-oxidants that may help with anti-aging treatments and strategies.
November 9, 2017

Mushrooms have more ergothioneine and glutathione together than any other food. Both of these are important antioxidants that previous research has linked to anti-aging treatments and strategies. Researchers are also exploring whether the antioxidants play a role in brain health.

Peng Deng, a postdoctoral fellow in Penn State's School of Electrical Engineering, makes adjustments to the MEMS laser beam optical communication system in his EE East lab. The steering of a visible tracking beam and an infrared laser are employed as the research team devises more efficient configurations for wireless data centers.
November 8, 2017

Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high of $863 million for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, an increase of $27 million, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The total included $534 million in federal funds, and $329 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and university sources.

James Clapper talk
November 8, 2017

On the evening of Nov. 6, Penn State’s new Center for Security Research and Education hosted its inaugural guest speaker, Gen. James Clapper, former director of national intelligence in the Obama administration, in the Sutliff Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.

November 8, 2017

Several weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) provided Penn State and the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) with the transcripts from the PLRB hearings that were held on the petition filed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) to unionize Penn State graduate students.

Penn State senior Aaron Blakney is an Ag Advocate and held an internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past summer.
November 8, 2017

Schreyer Scholar Aaron Blakney hopes to create policy solutions that will help protect the environment but are also fiscally responsible.

The offspring were not directly exposed to BPA, but received exposure to the chemical from their mother through the placenta and in the milk. This exposure may lead to long-lasting health problems, according to the researchers.
November 8, 2017

A chemical used in plastic packaging may get passed from mother to offspring during pregnancy, affecting the gut bacteria of the young. Researchers suggest this could increase the possibilities of inflammation-related conditions, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, for the offspring later in life.

A new website is a "one-stop shop" for dairy sustainability information.
November 7, 2017

Farmers can see sustainability principles in action with just a few mouse clicks, thanks to an interactive "virtual farm" web site developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension, in partnership with the project's lead, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University and the Dairy Innovation Center.

The spotted lanternfly threatens agricultural sectors worth nearly $18 billion to Pennsylvania's economy.
November 7, 2017

As populations of the invasive spotted lanternfly explode — and the state-imposed quarantine area in southeastern Pennsylvania expands — researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are looking for solutions to help stop the insect's spread and save agricultural crops from serious damage.

This image is a 3-D reconstruction of an ant mandible adductor muscle (red) surrounded by a network of fungal cells (yellow).
November 7, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A fungal parasite that infects ants and manipulates their behavior to benefit the fungus' reproduction accomplishes this feat without infecting the ants' brains, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

The researchers demonstrated that glow sticks — cheap, self-contained, short-term light-sources -- attract Eastern newts, Jefferson salamanders, spotted salamanders and wood frogs to funnel traps set in vernal pools where they come to reproduce in the spring.
November 7, 2017

With amphibian populations declining around the world and funds to find the causes scarce, a team of Penn State researchers has shown that an unorthodox tactic will make it easier and therefore less expensive to capture adult salamanders and frogs.

Students who participated in an internship in China for those interested in veterinary studies were able to travel and see some of the country in addition to performing research.
November 6, 2017

A new summer internship, which will be available to undergraduate students with a veterinary research interest, is the most recent in a series of collaborations spanning a century-old partnership between Penn State and South China Agricultural University.

Mannaa I. Mannaa, right, conducts a lab test under the supervision of Jack Vanden Heuvel, professor of molecular toxicology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Mannaa credits Vanden Heuvel — and many others — with helping him during his academic journey at Penn State. Mannaa’s goal is to begin medical school next year.
November 6, 2017

Student Mannaa I. Mannaa he has had more than his share of challenges during his academic journey at Penn State. Instead of giving up, the alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences continued on and hopes to attend medical school.

November 2, 2017

Thomas Mischen, of Gibsonia, and Sylvester "Sy" Tanner, of Turtlepoint, were randomly placed together as roommates during the fall of 1966 -- the first semester of their freshman year at Penn State -- and have been close friends ever since. To commemorate their enduring friendship, the friends recently established the Mischen/Tanner Scholarship Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

E. coli, shown here in an agar plate, is the best studied bacterium on the planet. It is often responsible for outbreaks of foodborne illness. Scientists at Penn State and around the world are discovering, through DNA sequencing, new serotypes of E. coli, but there is insufficient agreement for how to get these new types approved by the international community. It is hoped the workshop here can lead to a consensus.
November 1, 2017

With its 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center, Penn State long has been at the forefront in isolating bacteria from animals, humans and the environment. The University will continue its leading role Nov. 6-8 when it hosts an international group of experts to propose how to transition one of the most fundamental tests for E. coli into a genomics-based assay.