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June 27, 2011

With an earthquake in Philadelphia, tornadoes in Massachusetts and elsewhere, wildfires in Arizona and massive flooding in the Midwest, spring 2011 has been marked by rare disasters and extreme weather. As June ushers in the hurricane season, an extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said people should prepare themselves for the next outbreak of the unexpected.

June 27, 2011

Preparations are in full gear for Penn State's 2011 Ag Progress Days exposition, which will be held Aug. 16-18 at Rock Springs, on state Route 45, nine miles southwest of State College. Bob Oberheim, Ag Progress Days manager, said the event's diversity will appeal to a wide audience.

June 27, 2011

In the war between drugs and drug-resistant diseases, is the current strategy for medicating patients giving many drug-resistant diseases a big competitive advantage? A research paper that will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues for new research efforts to discover effective ways for managing the evolution and slowing the spread of drug-resistant disease organisms. The research is led by Andrew Read, professor of biology and entomology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State University. The ultimate goal is to develop a new science-based model for drug-resistance management that will inform treatment guidelines for a wide variety of diseases that affect people, including malaria and other diseases caused by parasites, MRSA and other diseases caused by bacterial infections, AIDS and other diseases caused by viruses, and cancer.

May 2, 2011

A large group of students majoring in toxicology or in immunology and infectious disease in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are flocking to the new global health minor.

May 2, 2011

Radiation spewing from Japan's severely damaged nuclear facilities following the recent earthquake and tsunami is not endangering the United States' food supply, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

April 25, 2011

The ongoing utilization of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas deposits has the state weighing the pros and cons of taxing the drilling activity. A study recently released by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences used state tax information in an effort to begin an objective analysis of the drilling's impact on local economies and state tax collection.

April 25, 2011

The Pennsylvania Forest Products Association is bringing its bi-annual trade exposition and educational workshops back to Penn State, June 3-4. Hosted in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and School of Forest Resources, the event will be held at the Ag Progress Day site at Rock Springs, on Pennsylvania Route 45, nine miles southwest of State College.

April 4, 2011

Wholesale food prices rose last month by the most in 36 years, and experts can't say how high they'll ultimately go. As the effects appear everywhere from the supermarket to fast-food restaurants, an economist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said farmers probably won't reaping much of the increase.

January 19, 2011

An online seminar offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 will provide expert analysis of state legislation enacted and considered related to the exploration and production of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation.

January 19, 2011

A program launched recently by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to put rollover protective structures, or ROPS, on hundreds of tractors and save the lives of Keystone State farmers. Kicked off Jan. 4 at the Keystone Farm Show at the York Fairgrounds, the ROPS Retrofit Program for Pennsylvania Farmers addresses a continuing crisis -- dozens of farmers die in tractor accidents every decade.

January 19, 2011

As global agribusiness brings us apples from Chile and cheese from New Zealand, more and more consumers are turning to local farmers for their food needs. Pennsylvania's proximity to the northeastern population centers makes it the ideal supplier to these "locavores." Yet these locavores also increasingly demand assurances that their produce is safe to eat.

January 19, 2011

Making ice cream in January may seem counter-intuitive -- with highs averaging 32 degrees and lows averaging just 18 in Happy Valley -- but it's tradition. In 1892, the Pennsylvania State College offered a dairy manufacturing class during the winter "when farm work is least pressing and the boys can best be spared." The ice cream section of that original dairy manufacturing class became so popular that it was spun off in 1925 -- the original Ice Cream Short Course. Over the 119 years of ice cream programs, more than 4,500 students from 49 states in the union and every continent (except Antarctica) have studied at Penn State.

January 3, 2011

The production of high quality chocolate, and the farmers who grow it, will benefit from the recent sequencing and assembly of the chocolate tree genome, according to an international team led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, with Mark Guiltinan of Penn State, and including scientists from 18 other institutions.

January 3, 2011

Hydrocephalus in Ugandan children and other developing countries is seasonal, linked to farm animals and in part, caused by previous bacterial infection, according to an international team of researchers from Uganda and the United States, who believe that the best approach to this problem in prevention.

October 19, 2010

Every weekend since the end of August, a group of Penn State wildlife and fisheries science students have been learning to band birds along the edge of a wooded area at the Arboretum at Penn State. The students are working under the direction of Emily Thomas, a 2009 Penn State graduate and a master's candidate in wildlife and fisheries science.

October 12, 2010

A notice from Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Rodney Erickson recently was issued to students, faculty and staff requesting that all Penn State community members comply with federal copyright laws and University copyright policy. The notice stated that the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material is against federal and state law and therefore requires the University to officially respond to any reported copyright violations.

October 7, 2010

Clare Hinrichs, associate professor of rural sociology at Penn State, will be the keynote speaker at the World Food Day Seminar, "Challenges toward Food Security," to be held from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 14 in room 110 of the Henderson Building on Penn State's University Park campus. The seminar is designed to be a forum for students, faculty and the Penn State community, and will be held in an open house format. It will begin with the keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion. For more information, contact the Nutrition Graduate Student Association at psungsa@gmail.com. Light refreshments will be provided.

October 7, 2010

If it seems to you, as you drive around Pennsylvania, that the leaves on many trees began turning colors early this year, it's because they have, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

October 7, 2010

Pennsylvania farmers dealing with a precipitation deficit approaching 9 inches below average are trying to make the best of a parched situation, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a drought warning for 24 counties, and the remainder of the state is under a drought watch. But despite the very dry conditions, this year's crop yields haven't uniformly dipped as much as in some other dry years.

October 7, 2010

The pace and extent of Marcellus Shale development across Pennsylvania can be "seen" in animated maps produced by the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Based on data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the animations show both the number of drilling permits issued for the Marcellus Shale target and the number of wells drilled by year from 2007 through August 2010.