News & Information
Those considering options for purchasing insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act, will find comprehensive information on a newly revised website developed by Penn State Extension specialists.
Between Nov. 5 and the third week in November, the Forestland Management Office in the Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science will permit the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to complete two prescribed fires within the boundary of the Penn State Stone Valley Forest in northern Huntingdon County.
Penn State food science students who have completed an internship in dairy processing could receive a financial reward as the result of an endowment established by the National Ice Cream Mix Association. The trade group has donated $22,500 to create the National Ice Cream Mix Association Internship Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2015 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.
A $250,000 gift from two Penn State faculty members promises to enhance graduate education in rural sociology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, and his wife, Esther Prins, associate professor of education, established the Luther R. Glenna Graduate Fellowship in Rural Sociology in memory of Glenna's father, who died in 1975 at the age of 47.
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Recognized as Outstanding Alumni were David C. Ferree, of Centre Hall; Robert D. Heilman, of Henrico, Virginia; and Kenton D. Rexford, of Glenshaw. Beth Panko Briczinski, of Annandale, Virginia, was named Outstanding Recent Alumna, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.
Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists.
A student soil-judging team representing Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences finished second in the Northeast Regional contest Oct. 13-16 in Wooster, Ohio, qualifying for the national championship event next spring in Kansas.
Pennsylvanians can find research-based answers to questions about wildlife on their computer, tablet, or smartphone, thanks to the Penn State Extension Wildlife Outreach Center website.
A new Penn State project aimed at improving the food system in East Africa by enhancing pollination services and promoting bee-derived products has received a Food Systems Innovation Grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, based at Michigan State University.
As the only female turfgrass science major at Penn State’s University Park campus, junior Devon Carroll is enjoying being a woman in what is considered a man's career field.
Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University, will speak at the 2015 Colloquium on the Environment, which will take place at 6 p.m Oct. 26 in the Freeman Auditorium in the HUB Robeson Center. Her talk titled, "Why we should trust science (most of the time)," will examine how the public can make sense of competing claims on topics such as vaccines and climate change, as well as what conditions undermine scientific integrity. This event is part of Science Communication Month at Penn State.
Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.
Two new endowments initially totaling $80,000 will benefit educational programs in Berks County focusing on 4-H youth development and consumer horticulture, Penn State Extension has announced.
Heroin first came into being in 1874 when English chemist C.R. Alder Wright added two acetyl groups to the morphine molecule found in the flowering plant Papaver somniferum, the variety of poppy that gives the world both opium and poppy seeds. Scientists had high hopes that heroin would be a safer and less addictive alternative to morphine, which had left tens of thousands of soldiers dependent on it after the Civil War. At the dawn of the 20th century, philanthropic societies even dispensed free samples of heroin to morphine addicts. Unfortunately, the wonder drug, when injected, turned out to be two to four times more potent than morphine and highly addictive.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, who holds two degrees from the College of Agricultural Sciences, will be one of 19 Penn State alumni honored Oct. 21 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association.
In honor of legendary musician Paul McCartney's first-ever performance on campus, the Penn State Berkey Creamery is introducing a new flavor -- "Sir Paul Mcadamia" -- in the former Beatle's honor.
The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Ag Career Day, set for Oct. 20 at the Bryce Jordan Center, is a great opportunity for students to interact and meet future employers. For recent graduate Anh Tran, attending last year’s event led to a full-time job with the largest single-location mushroom farm in the world — Giorgi Mushroom Company.
Two award-winning products developed by food science students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be served to hundreds of guests at University President Eric Barron's tailgate before the Nittany Lions' football game Oct. 31.
Urban agriculture will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension, addressing the resurgence of agriculture in urban zoning, healthy communities and land use.