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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Alissa Nolden is the first National Research Service Award recipient in the Department of Food Science.
June 4, 2015

A doctoral degree candidate in the College of Agricultural Sciences recently received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to fund her innovative dissertation research.

During her internship, Montoursville, Pennsylvania, native Delainey Loedding collected information about snakes to see if the center's habitat-restoration efforts were making a difference in wildlife populations.
June 4, 2015

Delainey Loedding found herself in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last summer with her hands full -- of snakes. She interned with the Urban Ecology Center, a small nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community members to nature through habitat restoration, environmental education and citizen science.

June 4, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives sent birthday wishes to Berkey Creamery today (June 4) in the form of a proclamation on the House floor from Rep. Glenn Thompson.

A Silver Laced Wyandotte hen was among the poultry on display at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Live birds have been banned at state-approved county fairs and at the 2016 Farm Show as a precaution against the spread of avian flu.
June 4, 2015

Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State, according to poultry specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Carolyn Sachs, professor of rural sociology and women's studies.
June 3, 2015

The Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society has chosen Penn State faculty member Carolyn Sachs to receive its 2015 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture, Food and Human Values Award. Sachs, professor of rural sociology and women's studies and head of the Women's Studies Department, will receive the award at the society's upcoming annual meeting and conference in Pittsburgh.

A herd of cattle share the road with an automobile, bicycler and pedestrians.
June 2, 2015

Steven Schiff, professor of neurosurgery and Brush Chair Professor of Engineering in Engineering Science and Mechanics, has received a $4.1 million National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, for research aimed at reducing the number of infant deaths from neonatal sepsis in developing countries by identifying the roots of infection, from season of birth to home environment.

Schreyer Honors College Scholar Jimmy Frisbie, center, was named the drum major for Penn State's Marching Blue band for 2015-16. The trumpet player and third-generation member of the Blue Band "thought [making the band] was the biggest dream possible."
June 1, 2015

Being named Penn State Marching Blue Band drum major is more than a dream come true for Schreyer Honors College Scholar Jimmy Frisbie. The third-generation band member will split his time this summer in the research lab and practicing and perfecting the signature flip.

Kerry Kaylegian taking a break while judging at the 2015 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin.
May 29, 2015

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Kerry Kaylegian was fond of cheese. That changed during a trip to New York City when she was 14, and she developed a passion for cheese. Now a dairy research and extension associate in the Department of Food Science at Penn State, Kaylegian has built a national reputation as a judge in cheese competitions.

Sarah Eissler, a rural sociology master's degree candidate seeking a dual title in international agriculture and development, plans to pursue an international career focusing on small-scale farming and locally based natural resource management.
May 29, 2015

Two graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been selected to attend the Future Leaders Forum, to be held as part of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development annual meeting, May 31-June 2 in Washington, D.C. Sarah Eissler and Megan Wilkerson were among only 12 students selected to participate out of nearly 100 applicants from universities across the country.

May 27, 2015

Following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty at Penn State, effective July 1.

May 26, 2015

Two Penn State faculty members will travel to Paris to share research about the impact of the Internet on refugees, specifically how it functions in terms of socialization and potential radicalization, during a UNESCO forum in June.

A Game of Logging participant performs in the Bore Station event at a recent competition. The Game of Logging national finals will be held on June 6 during the Timber 2015 expo at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site.
May 26, 2015

With live machinery demonstrations, as many as 85 commercial vendors and numerous business networking opportunities, the 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition promises to provide professionals with a valuable trade show experience. But organizers of the event also have planned activities designed to entertain and educate.

Dining with Diabetes participants watch a chef demonstrate the preparation of healthy foods that can help in the management of diabetes.
May 26, 2015

Penn State Extension is part of a multi-state team that has received national recognition for the Dining with Diabetes educational program. Extension educators from Penn State and five other universities shared the 2015 Jeanne M. Priester Award in the Individual/Family category, which was presented at the recent National Health Outreach Conference in Atlanta.

A glimpse inside the first salesroom of the University Creamery, located on the second floor of Borland Laboratory on Penn State's University Park campus, in 1956.
May 21, 2015

Our historic photo this week shows a glimpse inside the first salesroom of the University Creamery, located on the second floor of Borland Laboratory on the University Park campus, in 1956. This Sunday, May 24, the Penn State Berkey Creamery will kick off festivities celebrating 150 years of service with an opportunity for fans to vote for their favorite ice cream from among three celebration-themed flavors.

Julian Subick, far right, and other Penn State students participate in weekly meetings to assist with the student farm planning process.
May 20, 2015

The idea of a student-centered farm at Penn State already has inspired dozens of students to become involved in its planning, even though many will graduate before the farm is realized. Julian Subick and Briana Yablonski, two seniors graduating from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have devoted much of their last year at Penn State to the rigorous farm-planning process, and they don’t regret a single moment.

Schreyer Honors College Scholars, (from left to right), Ryan Henrici, Ritu Saxena, Allegra Inciardi and Evan Jones, joined their families and friends after the May 8, 2015, Medal Ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park. More than 400 Scholars were presented with their medals, symbols of academic distinction and achievement.
May 20, 2015

More than 400 Scholar medals were awarded to Penn State's Schreyer Honors College Class of 2015 on Friday, May 8, in Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park. Friends and family members of Scholars and distinguished guests gave the graduating class of Schreyer Scholars a standing ovation at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Festivities around Berkey Creamery's 150th birthday will include the debut of a new flavor, special anniversary promotional materials and an exhibit of Creamery artifacts. 
May 20, 2015

The Penn State Berkey Creamery is celebrating 150 years of service and will kick off anniversary festivities Sunday, May 24.

The 2015 City Lights series, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, offers inspiring performances, engaging cultural events and enlightening educational programs hosted in metro areas where many Penn Staters live and work. 
May 20, 2015

The Penn State Alumni Association will talk with each of the City Lights speakers and share a Q&A for each event in the six-part series that visits major metro areas. Our next conversation is with Denise Gardner, enology associate at Penn State Extension, which offers educational support for the Pennsylvania wine industry.

Nϋket Acar, coordinator of undergraduate advising in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, is the recipient of the 2015 College of Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
May 14, 2015

Nüket Acar, advising coordinator and undergraduate adviser in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, 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, personal counseling, and individual student goal-setting and career planning.

May 13, 2015

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Academic Leadership Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.