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Small farms and businesses may be the unintended victims of legislation aimed at cutting the federal budget by eliminating certain sets of local and county-based economic data, according to a group of economists.
The annual Penn State Horticulture Show, to be held Oct. 12-13 in the Snider Agricultural Arena, celebrates its 100th anniversary.
“Yo Soy #Nicaragüense … How do University Students in Central America Perceive Their Indigenous Culture?” a presentation by Nicole Webster, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 23, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public, and can also be viewed online.
Exploring internship and career opportunities can be overwhelming for college students, but Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is trying to make it a little easier with its Ag Career Day.
A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's third Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 13 to 19.
Grace Garbini helped plant more than 5,000 trees in the summer of 2012. As part of a Rutgers University research project on hazelnut breeding, she was tasked with transplanting and inoculating hazelnut saplings to test their resistance to fungal infections.
William Kleiner, interim associate director of Penn State Extension since July 2012, has been named to the post on a standing basis, effective Oct. 1. Kleiner will provide organizational and operational leadership in support of the strategic objectives of Penn State Extension and will be a key member of the College of Agricultural Sciences administrative group.
Agricultural extension educators should take a flexible approach in teaching farmers about the changing landscape of food safety regulations, according to Penn State researchers.
Penn State students majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education will get first preference to receive a new endowed scholarship created in memory of a College of Agricultural Sciences alumnus. With a $50,000 gift, Mary Pruss, of Washington, Pa., established the Stanley and Mary Pruss Trustee Scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, Stanley, who died in August 2012.
As terrorism and organized crime continue to converge, information technology security, identity theft, cyber-attacks and other terrorist threats will increase, predicts Alexander Siedschlag, Penn State’s new chair of online homeland security programs. He is leading the effort to enhance Penn State’s online homeland security programs to prepare professionals for these evolving challenges.
A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The "Health Insurance Literacy" website provides extensive resources for Pennsylvania shoppers who want to do their homework before deciding which policy to buy.
A drug that appears to target specific intestinal bacteria in the guts of mice may create a chain reaction that could eventually lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes in humans, according to a team of researchers.
When breast cancer spreads, the disease typically invades the long bones of the body, such as the femur and tibia. Inside these long bones, giant marrow cells known as megakaryocytes (or MKs) go into overdrive in the presence of cancer and may contribute to destructive bone loss and embolisms. "The breast cancer survival rate is about 90 percent when it's detected early but drops considerably lower once the cancer has spread to the bones," says graduate student Walter Jackson. There hasn't been enough research on how these specialized bone marrow cells affect the spread of cancer cells, in spite of the fact that many cancer patients die of thromboembolism, or blood clots, he notes. "It's important that we learn more about bone metastasis and how to slow it down."
If you've ever wondered about some of the creepy crawlies you find in your backyard, you may want to attend Penn State's Great Insect Fair. With the theme, "Backyard Zoo -- The Bugs Around You," the 20th edition of the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Strict requirements on the use of animal manures in fresh produce production imposed by the new federal food-safety law threatened to adversely impact the mushroom industry, which relies on horse and poultry manure for a specialized growth substrate.
Athletes looking to maximize performance on the playing field sometimes seek footwear that provides the best traction. But it's important to balance the need for good traction with the risk of injury. Penn State's Center for Sports Surface Research has released the results of an extensive traction study that tested 30 types of athletic shoes on three types of turf playing surfaces.
Ever since Andrew Neal was a boy, the environment played a significant role in his life. Under the guidance of his father and the Boy Scouts of America, his appreciation for the outdoors grew into a passion, and it is what motivates him today in his natural-resource engineering career.
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will hold an informative open house for prospective students, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, in the auditorium of the Hetzel Union Building -- also known as the HUB.
Multiflora rose is one of the best -- or worst -- and most visible, examples of an invasive plant thriving in Pennsylvania's landscape. But for better or worse, a disease increasingly is infecting and killing the thick stands across the state.
In order to promote open access to research data, many funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), require that research data generated by publicly-funded projects be made publicly available. In addition, some journals require authors to make materials, data and associated protocols promptly available to readers as a condition of publication. Researchers can now more easily comply with these policies by utilizing the services of Penn State’s Data Commons.