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March 19, 2010

A group of professionals from China who focus their time on water resources will visit Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB) in a visitor exchange program in March. They will view a PSPB-produced documentary on U.S. water infrastructure and discuss the public outreach efforts that complemented the national broadcast. The group of 12 arrives at ...

March 18, 2010

Before embarking on a renewable-energy project, such as installing a wind machine or solar panels, consider the Energy Pyramid, urges an energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

March 16, 2010

A group of Penn State students are sponsoring an "Iron Chef" contest that will benefit the State College Area Food Bank. Hosted by the Nutrition Graduate Student Association (NGSA), the second annual "Iron Chef" fundraising event pits twelve teams of students, faculty, and staff in the College of Health and Human Development against each other in ...

March 16, 2010

Last year an epidemic of late blight disease on tomatoes not only forced many home gardeners to throw out their plants but also threatened the crops of thousands of growers throughout the state. Along with cool, wet weather, the distribution of infected plants through big-box stores spurred along the widespread outbreak. With springtime ...

March 12, 2010

Sometimes research can provide clarity to a question, and sometimes it can cloud the waters even further. That may be the case with some economic-impact studies of shale-gas drilling in Pennsylvania. At 1 p.m. on March 18, Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will deliver a free Web-based ...

March 12, 2010

It's a question that has captured the imagination of Keystone State deer hunters and wildlife lovers: Has increased predation on helpless deer fawns by an growing population of Eastern coyotes resulted in dwindling whitetail numbers across Pennsylvania's rugged northern reaches? The answer is no, according to a deer researcher in Penn State's ...

March 12, 2010

Financial assistance aimed at supporting conservation projects, including pest management, is now available for Pennsylvania specialty crop producers. The Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops is a new conservation practice being piloted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Part of the "Know Your Farmer; Know Your Food" ...

March 11, 2010

In their continuing effort to evaluate crops that can serve as biofuel feedstocks as well as cover crops -- and that can fit into crop rotations in Pennsylvania and the Northeast -- researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have found that forage sorghum holds potential for producers in the region...

March 8, 2010

The food industry is a great field to be in because no matter what the economic climate is, people are always going to eat, according to Andy Hirneisen, a 2007 Food Science graduate who now works for The Hershey Company....

March 5, 2010

Deanna Behring, director of international programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named a 2010 winner of the Spirit of Internationalization Award by the university's Office of Global Programs.

March 3, 2010

The W-2 and 1040 forms are flying, so it must be income-tax-filing season. A Penn State Extension money-management educator says it's not too late to do something today that can make your 2009 tax filing less "taxing."...

March 3, 2010

In a joint announcement, Penn State and Australia's University of New England unveiled an agreement to pursue collaborative research projects and research funding in the areas of water and environmental law, biofuels law and policy, and natural resource governance and to explore the potential for shared courses and exchanges of staff and students....

March 3, 2010

Blending biomass into the coal stream that feeds electricity-generation plants offers the opportunity to reduce harmful emissions and create a market for renewable fuel, according to a biomass-energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences...

March 2, 2010

What started out for Penn State Dickinson School of Law student Anna Sewell as a paper for a challenging seminar class has become a formal petition to protect a threatened species of songbird. Sewell identified the 5-inch, golden-winged warbler as a species in decline and began the rigorous research required to file a petition with the U.S. Fish ...

February 26, 2010

A researcher in the School of Forest Resources will be among the presenters at “Fire in the Eastern United States,” a symposium offered by the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

February 25, 2010

Sometimes huge initiatives start with modest efforts. That may be the case with the oilseed press being operated as a demonstration project by Farm Operations and Services in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

February 25, 2010

Pennsylvania food inspectors have taken some heat for enforcing state laws that limit church and fire hall bake sales, but the unpopular laws actually make good food-safety sense, according to a food-inspection expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

February 23, 2010

Conservation professionals, wildlife enthusiasts, forest managers and government officials are invited to "Fire in the Eastern United States," a symposium featuring Professor Stephen J. Pyne of Arizona State University who is one of the world's leading experts in fire history and ecology. Sponsored by the Penn State Environmental Law Review, this ...

February 23, 2010

Epilepsy is a disease characterized by recurrent seizures, which occur when the electrical activity of the brain becomes abnormal, resulting in a variety of different symptoms (seizure types). Depending on the location of the epileptic region in the brain and its cause, there are different types of epilepsy. Individuals with epilepsy may not be ...

February 22, 2010

Food industry newcomers and other professionals can get an introduction to the science and challenges of food manufacturing when Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences holdss the "Fundamentals of Food Science" short course from May 4 to 6, in the Food Science Building on the University Park campus....