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Located in Innovation Park, Lignolink Inc. is developing a patented technology for the genetic modification of crops to enhance digestibility for biofuels feedstock and livestock forages. Recently the company received a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Science Foundation. The company will use the investment to further advance their technology which improves the breakdown of biomass into sugars.
Three Penn State faculty members have been named Evan Pugh Professors, the highest distinction bestowed by the University on its faculty. Including these most recent honorees, only 65 have received these professorships since the title’s inception in 1960.
Jana Peters, advising coordinator in the Department of Animal Science, is the recipient of this year's Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Academic Advising Award. The award recognizes faculty members and staff for overall effectiveness in student advising, individual student goal-setting and career planning, and personal counseling.
Coyotes are a major predator of white-tailed deer across the East, especially fawns born each spring, but wildlife managers nonetheless are able to stabilize and even grow deer herds, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A Penn State center that helps ensure sound stewardship of privately owned forestland in Pennsylvania will enhance its programming, thanks to a gift from a foundation created by a Penn State alumnus and benefactor. The Hamer Foundation, founded by Donald Hamer, of Bellefonte, has committed $500,000 over five years to support the Center for Private Forests housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
A naturally occurring fungus might help curb the spread of an invasive tree species that is threatening forests in most of the United States, according to researchers.
Courtney Marie Norjen, a Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major from Ellicott City, Md., is the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The award, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society and the Coaly Society, honors the senior who best balances outstanding academics, extracurricular activities, work experience and communication skills.
A Web-based land-use seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center's Subdivision and Land Development Guidelines, which are intended to be a tool for better design in Pennsylvania
For freshman Shelby Hahn, competing at the National FFA Convention in Milk Quality and Products was the culmination of a journey that has included everything from working as a milk hand to a being a veterinary assistant.
Nationwide Insurance has given Penn State a $1 million gift to create and endow the Nationwide Insurance Professorship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Funds from the endowment will provide the professorship holder, the Nationwide Insurance Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health, with resources to expand research, teaching or outreach efforts and best safety practices.
Abe DeHart's experiences in India the past two summers may be put to good use in the future. DeHart graduates from Penn State with honors this weekend and will be enrolling in Penn State's MBA program. At some point, he hopes to apply what he's learned in working with farmers in a developing country.
As an economic intern for the U.S. State Department at the American Embassy in Rome, Penn State senior Eleanor Polley attended conferences and conducted research.
A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on how sharply higher volumes of liquefied natural gas -- generated by the shale gas boom in Pennsylvania and other places -- will boost United States' exports.
Central Pennsylvania residents can get a head start on planting, preparing beds and sprucing up the landscape by visiting the Garden Fair and Plant Sale hosted by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County. The annual event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.
A century ago, the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the cooperative extension system, with federal, state and county governments partnering with land-grant institutions, such as Penn State, to translate and share scientific information with those who could put that knowledge to work on farms and in communities across the country. As the extension system marks its centennial, the organization is adapting and innovating in the face of such challenges as rising global food demand and hunger, natural and fiscal resource scarcity, and environmental risk.
Researchers discovered several possibly threatened new species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa -- the first known insects to exhibit transverse folding of the fore wing. The scientists made this discovery, in part, using a technique they developed that provides broadly accessible anatomy descriptions.
Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A study of water clarity in Midwest lakes during a 70-year period that spanned passage of the Clean Water Act reveals a steady improvement over time, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A Penn State alumnus has established a new scholarship that will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated financial need. Kenton Rexford, of Pittsburgh, provided a $50,000 gift to create the Camille DeClementi Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will go to students majoring in Toxicology.
A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists North Atlantic Region Student Association College Bowl competition.