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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
The app allows observers to easily add photos, audio, videos and open-ended notes to their reports.
October 1, 2015

Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.

Finney and her colleagues conducted intensive nitrogen monitoring in four different cropping systems designed to allow comparisons of soil nitrogen levels over time and under different organic management practices.
October 1, 2015

In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

September 29, 2015

The Penn State speaker series Research Unplugged launches its fall season on Oct. 8 with six events that bring to life Penn State faculty and student research for local audiences.

The Penn State Remote Wind team placed 1st Overall, 1st in the Market Issues category, tied for 2nd in the Business Plan competition, 2nd in the Design Review, and 4th in the Wind Tunnel Testing, in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition, May 5-7 in Las Vegas.
September 29, 2015

A portable, lightweight wind turbine to assist with energy demands during a natural disaster; an on-campus food bank for hungry, food-insecure students; greenhouse technology to help small-share farmers in Africa grow their own food and diversify their diets; and thousands of photographs taken to document the transformation in our local communities resulting from the Marcellus Shale boom. These are the creations of Penn State students with a passion for addressing sustainability issues, with assistance from the Reinvention Fund, an internal grant program to support collaborative projects by faculty, staff and students that improve and expand sustainability efforts at Penn State.

Guangqing Chi
September 29, 2015

Exploring the effects of environmental stress and policy strategies for building more resilient communities in the central Asian highlands is the focus of a new NASA-funded research project at Penn State.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies, in partnership with many academic colleges across University Park, will host Penn State’s sixth annual Business Majors Night on Thursday, Oct. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in 110 Business Building.
September 28, 2015

The Division of Undergraduate Studies, in partnership with many academic colleges across University Park, will host Penn State’s sixth annual Business Majors Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in 110 Business Building. This event is an annual program for students who have business goals but are not sure which major(s) might match their interests and abilities, or who may not know if a business curriculum would be a good fit at all.

Jason Cohen, founder and CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems, a Happy Valley startup company, tells his story at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in 262 Willard Building.
September 28, 2015

What's it like to be a young founder and CEO of a startup tech company in State College, tasting beer and coffee for your job and working in a former frat house? Jason Cohen, founder and CEO of Analytical Flavor Systems, tells his story Sept. 30 as the Harbaugh Forum speaker.

Luke Salter landed an internship at Wenger Feeds at Ag Career Day 2014.
September 25, 2015

For senior agricultural science major Luke Salter, the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day last year was a window to the multiple job and internship opportunities the field has to offer. The result was an internship at Wenger Feeds.

Senior Emily Fucinato spent two weeks in Peru through the GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) program.
September 24, 2015

Penn State will host the 16th annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference — “Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact” — from Sept. 29-30 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. The international conference will welcome approximately 400 leaders — faculty, administrators, staff, community members and select students — of engaged scholarship.

With support from Nationwide Agribusiness, this small trailer that allows educators to borrow multiple safety demonstrations, simulators and displays has been obtained.
September 22, 2015

Penn State Extension's Ag Safety and Health program is celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 20-26, by announcing a new, convenient way to increase hands-on activities at farm safety events.

An electron micrograph shows H5 avian influenza viruses in gold. Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory annually tests tens of thousands of samples for the presence of avian flu.
September 18, 2015

More than 48 million turkeys and laying hens in 21 states have died this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza. As wild waterfowl, which may carry the virus, begin their autumn migration, Pennsylvania is in the crosshairs, and that has Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory on high alert.

Penn State Extension experts will be available at the Pasto Museum open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to answer visitors' food preservation and canning questions.
September 18, 2015

The second in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum Sept. 20 will focus on food preservation.

September 17, 2015

A University Archives photographic exhibit now on display at Penn State's Hintz Family Alumni Center titled “Realizing the Land-Grant Dream: Penn State across the Commonwealth” depicts ways how Penn State has fulfilled its mission across Pennsylvania.

The painkillers that adolescents tend to abuse include OxyContin, oxycodone, Percocet and other morphine-based drugs.
September 17, 2015

Adolescents who live in rural areas and small towns and cities are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than adolescents who live in large urban areas, according to sociologists.

"This research suggests that some strains of harmless E. coli in our intestines can interact with pathogenic E. coli in ways that will either increase or decrease how much toxin the pathogen produces," said Edward Dudley, associate professor of food science.
September 17, 2015

Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they have discovered an explanation.

Dutt (third from right) is shown at an Ojibwe event with the Penn State Community, Environment, and Development 401 class group.
September 15, 2015

In a combined course and cultural engagement experience, Alexandra Dutt explored indigenous peoples’ understanding of their environment -- and how it could inform her own.

Climate change in PA
September 14, 2015

Penn State researchers assessed the effects of changing climate conditions on agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, water resources, forestry, energy and human health in the 2015 Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment Update. Researchers also made recommendations to help Pennsylvanians prepare and respond.

September 11, 2015

How the use of unmanned aerial vehicles -- commonly called UAVs -- will change operations in the oil and natural gas industries will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

John Almquist won the Wolf Prize -- agriculture's equivalent of a Nobel Prize -- in 1981 for his pioneering work on artificial insemination in cattle. The professor emeritus of dairy physiology died on Sept. 6 at the age of 94.
September 11, 2015

Faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are mourning the loss of one of the pre-eminent researchers in the college's long history. John O. Almquist, professor emeritus of dairy physiology, died Sept. 6 in his home at the Village at Penn State. He was 94.