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May 28, 2009

Jeffrey Catchmark sees the quest to unlock the mysteries of lignocellulose synthesis and assembly as one of the most important research pursuits of the next century. ...

May 28, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have extended for 18 months a collaborative effort to stop the spread of invasive plant species in state parks....

May 27, 2009

Approximately 200 Penn State employees packed the HUB-Robeson Center's Alumni Hall for their biyearly greening. The 2009 Spring Forum for the Future attracted individuals from all University units, offices and campuses. The morning-long conference focused on environmental purchasing and what Penn State is doing and can do to become more ...

May 22, 2009

Continuing reports on the spread of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, have served as reminders that animal health and human health are more closely linked than many people realize, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

May 20, 2009

Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools and Beyond, a statewide working group promoting local, renewable energy alternatives for Pennsylvania schools and businesses, is holding a public meeting from 10 a.m. until noon on May 30 in the Special Events Building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Pa. ...

May 19, 2009

As Jenn Oliver will tell you, changing the wasteful energy-consumption habits of college students is a daunting task, but she tries every day. ...

May 18, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association's bi-annual trade exposition, May 29-30....

May 18, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences held its spring 2009 commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Robert Steele was the commencement speaker. He is dean of the college and is stepping down after 12 years to return full-time to the college's faculty as a professor in the Department of Food Science...

May 15, 2009

The winners of an international competition organized by Penn State for new plant-biology videos on YouTube were announced Friday (May 15). More than $8,000 in cash prizes were awarded in this first competition organized by ChloroFilms, a nonprofit collaborative project started by Daniel Cosgrove, the Eberly Professor of Biology at Penn State. ...

May 14, 2009

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development housed at Penn State will host the national conference, "Enhancing Local and Regional Food Systems: Exploring the Research, What Works, and What We Need to Learn," May 19-20 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, N.Y....

May 14, 2009

In response to the continuing spread of H1N1 influenza A among humans, Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL) is providing leadership in monitoring any potential impact on Pennsylvania's swine herd....

May 8, 2009

Local governments' roles in the regulation and implementation of gas drilling in Pennsylvania are a growing concern for residents and lawmakers alike, according to an expert in the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Ross Pifer, director of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center, will discuss the issue during a free online seminar ...

May 7, 2009

Swine flu is no mystery to scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who have been keeping a wary eye on the virus in pigs for decades and researching better vaccines to prevent it, methods to limit its spread, and ways to predict and gauge the risks it poses to human health. ...

May 7, 2009

Outstanding central Pennsylvania high school juniors and seniors from diverse racial backgrounds visited Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences for a two-day, hands-on laboratory experience May 1-2 on the University Park campus....

May 7, 2009

Sick people often lose their sense of smell and their appetite. If this happened to mosquitoes, they would not be able to feed on humans and spread malaria. A team of Penn State entomologists is looking for an insect disease that will infect mosquitoes and impair their sense of smell....

May 7, 2009

Penn State's Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology is hosting the 17th Plant Biology Symposium at the Life Sciences Building on May 19-21. The theme of this year's symposium is, "Plant-Soil Interactions in Future Climates."...

May 7, 2009

Elissa Olimpi, a 2006 alumna of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent several months of her college experience deep in the Peruvian jungle researching the bald-faced Saki monkey....

May 6, 2009

As the nation braces for the impact of the H1N1 Influenza A virus or swine flu, some consumers are uncertain of how to handle their normal consumption of pork -- which could be bad news for American pork producers. But a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says, despite its name, swine flu can't be spread ...

May 6, 2009

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Penn State ice cream! A short video following the Berkey Creamery's history and daily operations highlights the contributions of Penn State staff (and cows, of course), from the University's dairy barns through the Creamery production line. Watch how Creamery ice cream is made "from cow to cone."...

May 5, 2009

Members of Penn State's Plant Pathology Department recently presented a copy of the "History of the Department of Plant Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1956 to 1976" to the Penn State University Archives in the University Libraries. ...