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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
April 5, 2018

Research conducted by private companies and the U.S. government to make shale gas development more productive and safer for the environment will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is a recipient of the Research Innovators Award.
April 5, 2018

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is a recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized technologies generated through Penn State research.

John and Carol Graham
April 5, 2018

With a $30,000 gift matched 2:1 by the University, alumnus John Graham and his wife, Carol, have established the John and Carol Graham Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. With an additional $30,000 contribution, they named the office of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department chair in the soon-to-be-completed Agricultural Engineering Building at University Park.

Researchers studied the impact of whole-bean roasting on the compounds that provide health benefits and aroma-related chemistry under a range of roasting conditions. Their findings suggest that cocoa roasting can be optimized to increase the content of some of the health-boosting compounds while maintaining a favorable taste profile.
April 4, 2018

Manipulating the temperature and the length of time under which cocoa beans are roasted can simultaneously preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects of chocolate, according to Penn State researchers.

Janelle Thompson, left, with a friend, in Tanzania, Summer 2017. Thompson studied abroad as part of a program through the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Health and Human Development called "Parks and People: Conservation of Nature and Community."
April 4, 2018

Janelle Thompson, a junior majoring in biorenewable systems with a minor in sustainable leadership, has found her niche at Penn State with the help of the opportunities she has had through undergraduate research.

Margaret Hoffman, assistant professor of landscape contracting
April 3, 2018

Margaret Hoffman recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as assistant professor of landscape contracting.

The 2018 ICS Seed Grant Program has awarded more than $413,000 of total funding to 18 research projects.
April 2, 2018

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced the recipients of the 2018 ICS Seed Grant awards. This year, 18 researchers will receive funding from ICS. More than $413,000 is being awarded through this program.

Rob Loeb, professor of biology and forestry, and recent graduate Taylor Walborn revisit the maps and documents used during their urban forest research project conducted when Walborn was a student at Penn State DuBois. The results of their research appear in this month's issue of the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
April 2, 2018

A Penn State DuBois faculty-and-student team's research, focused on the estate properties of Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt and Frederick Vanderbilt, is aimed at preserving the historic forest as it was when the estate's original owners inhabited these properties.

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. Among those awards is the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.
April 2, 2018

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. The invitation-only ceremony for the 2018 awards is Tuesday, April 3, at University Park.

A Tanzanian cassava farmer, left, learns to use a plant disease mobile app developed as part of the PlantVillage initiative led by Penn State researchers.
April 2, 2018

A mobile app designed by Penn State researchers to help farmers and others diagnose crop diseases has earned recognition from one of the world's tech giants. PlantVillage, developed by a team led by David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, was the subject of a keynote video presented at Google's TensorFlow Development Summit 2018, held March 30 in Mountain View, California.

April 2, 2018

Six Penn State faculty members have received the 2018 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching — Fred Aebli, information sciences and technology program co-coordinator and lecturer at Penn State Worthington Scranton; Elaine S. Barry, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Fayette; Mary Connerty, senior lecturer in English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Dennis Decoteau, professor of horticulture and plant system health in the College of Agricultural Sciences; Fred Fonseca, associate professor of information sciences and technology in the College of Information Sciences and Technology; and Michael Janik, professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering.

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology in the Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.
April 2, 2018

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology in the Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2018 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

April 2, 2018

David Mortensen, professor of weed and applied plant ecology in College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2018 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.

April 2, 2018

Six University faculty members have received 2018 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement -- John M. Carroll, distinguished professor of information sciences and technology; Neil Christensen, professor of pathology, and microbiology and immunology; Bernhard Luscher, professor of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology; Sandra Spanier, liberal arts professor of English; Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering; and Fuqing Zhang, professor of meteorology and atmospheric sciences.

April 2, 2018

Paul H. Patterson, professor of poultry science in the animal sciences department in College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2018 Faculty Outreach Award.

Kevin McGowan bands a crow.
April 1, 2018

Researcher, author and educator Kevin McGowan will recount the results of his 30-year study of more than 2,500 individual crows -- including their home and family life, flock life, and crow-human interactions -- at 5 p.m. on April 4 in 112 Forest Resources Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to fortify foods people frequently eat — eggs and chicken — with heart-healthy, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.
April 1, 2018

Research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to fortify foods people frequently eat — eggs and chicken — with heart-healthy, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Having more accurate models for predicting enteric methane emissions from livestock is important because these emissions represent a significant portion of global greenhouse gases blamed for causing climate change. And if current and future mitigation efforts are to be measured and analyzed for their effectiveness, regulatory agencies must have accurate data for existing enteric methane levels and resulting decreases.
March 29, 2018

Leading the worldwide effort to get a better handle on methane emissions from animals, an international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the potent greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle.

In a study, researchers suggest that investing in public education can lead to more upward economic mobility and lower teen pregnancy rates, as well as provide a way to ease income inequality.
March 28, 2018

Investing in public education may boost upward economic mobility — and ease income inequality, something that is becoming a big concern for economists and policymakers in the United States.

A honeybee from the People’s Garden Apiary visits the perennial Nepeta cataria (Common name: Catnip) in the herb garden of USDA Headquarters People’s Garden.
March 27, 2018

The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Davis; the University of Minnesota; and Dickinson College will receive more than $2 million from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and the United States Department of Agriculture to translate basic research into online decision support tools to help beekeepers and land managers maintain and expand populations of managed and wild bees.