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Patricia A. Woertz, chairman of the board of directors of Archer Daniels Midland Company, spoke to a full audience in the Struthers Auditorium of the Business Building on Friday, as part of the college’s Executive Insights series.
Research into anti-cancer compounds gives whole new meaning to the phrase "eat healthy."
Sustainability is a big priority at Penn State, and in the forty-five years since the University began observing Earth Day, much progress has been made toward becoming a community that lives, learns, and leads with an eye to the future.
"The basis of all frozen desserts is sugar syrup containing various characterizing ingredients and flavors," says Bob Roberts, head of Penn State's Food Science department. "When only a flavor -- and no dairy -- is added to the sugar syrup, the product is commonly referred to as a water ice, also known as Italian ice or sorbet." Adding a bit of milk makes the product a sherbet. "Further fortifying the product with some cream and condensed or powdered milk to deliver at least ten percent fat results in the product we know and love as ice cream."
Recently, Penn State Today sat down with the Class of 2014 college deans — Amr Elnashai of Engineering, Marie Hardin of Communications and Rick Roush of Agricultural Sciences — to ask them about their views and experiences as the academic year draws to a close.
Penn State graduates James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle, of Bellevue, Nebraska, have provided a $50,000 gift to endow the James and Pamela Reese Arbuckle Scholarship in International Agriculture, the first scholarship to support students studying international agriculture.
Carolee Bull will become head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Sept. 1. Bull currently is a research plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service at its Crop Improvement and Protection Research Station in Salinas, California.
The Rock Ethics Institute announced its 2015 Stand Up honorees: Penn State students Melissa McCleery, Carolyn McDonald and Parker Werns. The three are being honored respectively for their work in helping to prevent sexual violence; poverty; and discrimination against the LGBT community.
Shaver’s Creek, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, will co-host the fifth annual Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The 18th annual Birding Cup, which awards prizes for the most bird species spotted in a 24-hour period, will take place the same weekend beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1.
Ian Rosenberger was named the 2015 honorary grand marshal for Homecoming during Penn State Homecoming's fifth annual Legacy Celebration on April 22.
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.
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.
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.