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Andrew Muirhead, Lufthansa Technik vice president, Product Division Original Equipment Innovation, describes how the airline group has adapted Lean Startup methodology to run a successful entrepreneurship program at the company–even developing products marketed to the airline's competitors. He was the keynote speaker at the summer meeting of Penn State faculty who teach the ENTI entrepreneurship minor.
August 28, 2017

Faculty and staff from across Penn State came together Aug. 15-16 at University Park in support of entrepreneurship teaching and learning at the fifth annual ENTI Summer Gathering. ENTI, launched is 2013, is Penn State’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The entrance to Pollock Road on University Park campus
August 25, 2017

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) announced the addition of three new cofunded faculty members who will join Penn State during the 2017–18 academic year. The faculty members are Kristina Douglass, Jonathan Duncan and Jillian Goldfarb.

Alex Barna performs with Essence of Joy, one of seven faculty-conducted choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music. Organized in November, 1991 by Anthony Leach, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African/African American choral traditions.
August 24, 2017

Alex Barna, a junior from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has discovered an opportunity to distinguish himself from other pre-med students in the College of Agricultural Sciences' immunology and infectious disease major.

August 24, 2017

Eight older adults will be acknowledged at a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Penn State's Nittany Lion Inn for their accomplishments, community service and leadership in generating new programs and activities for strengthening intergenerational bonds and improving quality of life in the State College, Pennsylvania, area. The honorees are the first group of graduates of Penn State's Intergenerational Leadership Institute, a certificate training program for older adults.

An event on Oct. 4 will feature leading journalists discussing how the media is changing and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers.
August 24, 2017

To help researchers improve their science communications, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) and the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center will host a plenary featuring four national journalists. The plenary will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Pike Auditorium (22 Biobehavioral Health Building).

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, center, and Dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences Rick Roush, right, toured industrial hemp research fields during Ag Progress Days. Greg Roth, professor of agronomy and associate head of the Department of Plant Science, left, is leading the research.
August 24, 2017

Penn State was one of 16 sites approved by the state Department of Agriculture as a pilot program for industrial hemp growth and cultivation research following Gov. Tom Wolf's signing of the Industrial Hemp Research Act last year.

Goldenrod can detect a compound produced by gall-inducing flies, according to researchers.
August 24, 2017

It cannot run away from the fly that does it so much damage, but tall goldenrod can protect itself by first "smelling" its attacker and then initiating its defenses, according to an international team of researchers.

August 23, 2017

The Research Unplugged speaker series, a collaboration between Penn State's Office of Government and Community Relations and Schlow Library, will include events every Thursday in October.

Alumnus and FLW professional bass fishing circuit rookie Grae Buck credits his experience on the Penn State bass fishing team as preparing him for an opportunity to compete at the top level of his sport.
August 23, 2017

There are an estimated 600,000 living Penn State alumni in the world, and Grae Buck is doing something none of the rest are: He's competing at the very top level of professional bass fishing, on the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) Tour.

When it comes to profitability and weathering low commodity prices, farm size matters, Penn State agricultural economists suggest.
August 22, 2017

Many would argue that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. But when it comes to the profitability and survival of Pennsylvania farms, size apparently matters, according to a report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Majid Foolad, center, professor of plant genetics at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, among the tomato plants used in his breeding program, with graduate students Mengyuan “Maggie” Jia, left, doctoral degree student in plant biology/plant science, and Jonathan Bonfiglio, right, master's degree student in plant science. Foolad won a $75,000 RAIN grant to commercialize new tomato varieties.
August 22, 2017

Penn State research teams working on two promising discoveries -- a new, energy-efficient treatment to kill destructive insects in wood and new tomato varieties bred for Pennsylvania conditions -- each have won $75,000 Research Applications for Innovation, or RAIN, grants to bring their discoveries to market.

Wood frogs are an ideal species to study to develop predictions about how animals will respond to warming conditions, researchers believe. They are cold-weather frogs with a range that extends further north than other amphibians. As such, the have evolved with some amazing adaptations, not the least of which is the ability to survive freezing solid in winters.
August 19, 2017

As conditions warm, fish and wildlife living at the southern edge of their species' ranges are most at risk, according to Penn State researchers who led a major collaborative study of how wood frogs are being affected by climate change.

Researcher Ali Demirci adjusts a bioreactor in which potato waste is being used to produce bioethanol with a novel process that simultaneously employs mold and yeast to convert starch to sugar and sugar to ethanol.
August 17, 2017

With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers.

Researchers and funders check on vegetation treatment success at the Right-of-way at State Game Land 33.
August 17, 2017

A group of faculty, students, energy providers, and vegetation-management companies are looking at how to best maintain right-of-ways under utilities to protect those utilities and promote wildlife at the same time.

The method of animal manure application can influence the availability of nutrients and estrogens to runoff water. Several Penn State studies have shown the potential benefits of shallow disk injection (shown here) for reducing phosphorus and nitrate transport in surface runoff compared to surface broadcasting. Just published research demonstrated significantly reduced estrogen transport in runoff from shallow disk injection plots relative to surface broadcast plots. The inset photo shows injectors.
August 16, 2017

With water quality in the Chesapeake Bay suffering from excess nutrients and fish populations in rivers such as the Susquehanna experiencing gender skewing and other reproductive abnormalities, understanding how to minimize runoff of both nutrients and endocrine-disrupting compounds from farm fields after manure applications is a critical objective for agriculture.

From left, Katherine Huskin, Steve Hanna and Stuti Thapa, all students in the global health minor, spent five weeks in northern Minnesota working with the Ojibwe, a Native American people. 
August 16, 2017

Three students in the global health minor spent five weeks, as part of their required fieldwork, in northern Minnesota working with the population of the Ojibwe, a Native American people. The first two weeks were spent immersing in the culture of the Leech Lake Reservation and the Red Lake Reservation, while the last three weeks consisted of academic research at White Earth Reservation.

Fans will be able to purchase pints of vanilla, chocolate, Death by Chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, cookies n’ cream and Peachy Paterno at Beaver Stadium starting this football season.
August 14, 2017

Fans attending football games will, for the first time, have access to Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream in Beaver Stadium when the Nittany Lions kick off their season on Sept. 2.

The Alumni Association's Huddle with the Faculty series begins its 25th season on Sept. 2, when the 2017-18 Penn State Laureate, Andrew Belser, will lead a discussion on the FaceAge project.
August 14, 2017

The Penn State Alumni Association’s Huddle with the Faculty series will enlighten and inform alumni, friends and fans on home fall Saturdays this football season, the program’s 25th year.

August 14, 2017

A virus that infects a species of malaria-transmitting mosquito could help scientists gain a better understanding of mosquito biology and eventually could lead to methods for stopping or slowing the spread of the disease, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology, has received a grant of $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the virus, called AgDNV.

Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, located along state Route 45 at Rock Springs, is a hub for cutting-edge research and education conducted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the site of Ag Progress Days (lower left).
August 9, 2017

Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, located along state Route 45 at Rock Springs, is a hub for cutting-edge research and innovative education conducted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, and is also the location of the annual Ag Progress Days expo.