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Ongoing research at the Penn State Justice Center for Research is attempting to identify and understand opioid distribution networks and ways to disrupt them.
February 20, 2017

Researchers at the Justice Center, located in Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, are exploring multiple options to combat the increasing rates of drug use. One current project is looking to identify distribution networks for illegal and prescription painkillers (opioids) using data from both the Pennsylvania State Police and individual communities, while another project will investigate ways to disrupt the flow of opioids through targeted police action, public outreach, and community partnerships.

As deputy director of the Penn State Cancer Institute, Jeffrey Peters will work to promote interdisciplinary cancer research across Penn State's colleges and campuses. 
February 20, 2017

Penn State Cancer Institute has appointed Jeffrey M. Peters, distinguished professor of molecular toxicology and carcinogenesis in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State, as its new deputy director, following a national search. As deputy director, Peters will catalyze collaborations among cancer researchers across Penn State’s colleges and campuses and help lead the Cancer Institute’s application for National Cancer Institute designation in 2018.

February 20, 2017

Panelists will share their research in three panel discussions for the Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program, highlighting scholarship by Penn State faculty members of African descent, this week on Feb. 21 and 22 in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library on the University Park campus.

The larval stage of the Colorado potato beetle
February 18, 2017

What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to a Penn State entomologist.

Penn State food scientist Catherine Cutter conducts a demonstration during a food safety training session for students in Armenia.
February 17, 2017

A program developed by Penn State food scientists is training students in Armenia on food safety practices and procedures, with an eye toward improving the safety of the country's food supply chain — from crop production and processing to packaging, handling, marketing and consumption.

Penn State Extension is seeking feedback from produce growers, food processors and feed manufacturers to help guide future education programs related to new federal food-safety and record-keeping requirements.
February 16, 2017

Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal feed producers preparing to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) can provide Penn State Extension with input -- via an anonymous survey -- that will help guide the development of relevant educational resources. FSMA establishes regulatory practices that produce farmers, food processors and feed manufacturers must adopt to prevent contamination of fresh produce, processed and manufactured human foods, and animal feeds.

Sara Getson, shown here working in a greenhouse, chose to abandon her math major and explore her passions for mycology and plant pathology. The fifth-year senior is now double-majoring in plant sciences and French and francophone studies, and triple-minoring in plant pathology, entomology and mushroom science and technology.      
February 16, 2017

Sara Getson came to Penn State and developed an unexpected academic passion — fungi.

Sara Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major, studied urban farming -- a subject that’s relatively new to the agricultural world -- during her internship at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia.  
February 15, 2017

“Urban agriculture” isn’t a well-known concept, but Sara Touey plans to change that. Touey, a Community, Environment, and Development major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences interned at the Penn State Center in Philadelphia, studying urban farming.

The first workshop will be held Monday, March 6, for seed-stock producers to learn more about using performance records to improve genetics, while the second workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 7, for producers to learn more about integrated parasite control and FAMACHA. Both workshops will be held at the Meats Lab at Penn State’s University Park campus. 
February 15, 2017

Sheep and meat-goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of two workshops offered by Penn State Extension this winter.

Children attending the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference on Feb. 2-4 participated in a craft activity to learn about composting.
February 14, 2017

Penn State Student Farm Club members recently partnered with the region’s sustainable agriculture community by organizing over 30 hours of educational programming about sustainability for elementary school children. The activity was part of the recent Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s annual conference. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade had the opportunity to learn about protecting the environment, sustainable energy, and nutrition through activities including interactive games, crafts and discussions.

Elena Zavala is one of five women featured in WPSU's "Women in Science Profiles."
February 13, 2017

WPSU Penn State’s “Women in Science Profiles” features five local women working in STEM-related professions. The series aims to inspire young women to enter STEM-related fields while dispelling misconceptions about STEM professionals and their lives.

David Eissenstat is an ecologist with expertise in belowground and plant physiological ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. 
February 10, 2017

David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, has been elected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (top, purple), cancer cells (bottom). Treatment designed to contain, rather than eliminate, chronic infections or tumors where drug resistance can emerge may delay treatment failure.
February 10, 2017

A new research analysis provides physicians and patients with new information to help them make difficult decisions about how to treat tumors and infections. The research identifies the factors that determine which of two possible approaches will best improve a patient's outcomes: containing a tumor or infection at tolerable levels, or aggressive treatments aimed at eliminating as much of the tumor or infection as possible.

February 6, 2017

James (Jim) P. Zallie and Helen Zallie, of Lake Forest, Illinois, have pledged $20,000 each year over the next five years to enhance research in the field of sensory science within the Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

February 6, 2017

Navigate Education in PA, created by the staff at Penn State's Center for Science and the Schools, is an online database that contains information on more than 4,800 Pennsylvania education agencies, including public, private and charter schools; intermediate units; career and technology centers; and higher education institutions.

Novel tools such as this GFP-labeled strain of the coral pathogen    V. coralliilyticus   (shown as a green aggregate) are being used to clarify the role of individual microbes in the onset and spread of coral diseases that have altered Caribbean coral reef ecosystems. A new Penn State research center will provide a focal point for the study of such communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.
February 3, 2017

A University-wide effort to promote the study of microbiomes at Penn State has led to the creation of a center for microbiome research, a fast-growing area of scientific inquiry. Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.

Collin Meyers, an alumnus of Penn State's turfgrass science program, helps prepare a practice field for the Atlanta Falcons preseason training camp in the summer of 2016. Meyers will accompany the team to the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.
February 1, 2017

Collin Meyers, a 2010 graduate of the turfgrass science program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will accompany the Atlanta Falcons as they take the field at the Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday. Meyers, a State College native, has been a grounds assistant for the Falcons for the past three seasons.

February 1, 2017

The Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs at Penn State is holding a professional development workshop, "CAREERS: Exploring Options Afforded by a Penn State Graduate Education" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Faculty Staff Club Room at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

January 31, 2017

What Pennsylvania local governments and their residents need to understand about getting developments such as houses, businesses and community facilities built will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Casey Baxter, second from left, demonstrates quick reflexes to answer a question during the Penn State Forage Bowl team's recent win in Roanoke, Virginia.
January 27, 2017

Representatives from the Penn State Agronomy Club, a student organization in the College of Agricultural Sciences, took first place at the National Forage Bowl competition at the American Forage and Grassland Conference, held Jan. 23-24 in Roanoke, Virginia. The competition requires students to identify forage and weed species and answer questions about many aspects of forages, from seeds to animal health, in a format similar to the popular game show "Jeopardy!"