Alumni news and events from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Extension offering online courses to train landscaping employees

January 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension is offering a suite of online courses — developed with the support of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association — designed to help landscape companies educate new and seasonal employees and help more experienced employees move into leadership roles.

Penn State Extension offers 50% discount on online courses through January

January 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Penn State Extension has offered discounts on its online programs to support customers during a difficult year. For the month of January, extension will continue that support by offering a 50% discount on online course enrollment.

In response to COVID-19, Penn State Berkey Creamery revamps outreach model

January 12, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — One of the silver linings — or scoops, so to speak — of the coronavirus pandemic for the Penn State Berkey Creamery has been its growing outreach to the University community through virtual speaking engagements, team-building events and membership drives.

Live town hall, webinars highlight Penn State programs for virtual Pa. Farm Show

January 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An online, town-hall-style event featuring the dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the secretary of the state Department of Agriculture will highlight Penn State programming during the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held virtually Jan. 9-16.

Researchers investigate an at-home 'scratch-and-sniff' test for COVID-19

January 8, 2021

Researchers will evaluate the results of two self-administered, scratch-and-sniff smell tests for COVID-19. The first involves asking users to identify odors such as smoke, strawberry, chocolate and onions, while the second is designed to reveal a participant’s sensitivity to different concentrations of the same odor.

At-home DIY smell tests could catch Covid-19 cases By John E. Hayes and Cara Exten, Penn State

January 8, 2021

Smell loss -- called anosmia -- is a common symptom of Covid-19. For the past nine months, the two of us -- a sensory scientist and an infectious disease epidemiologist -- have applied our respective expertise to develop smell-based screening and testing programs as part of a response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Bradley J. Cardinale named head of Department of Ecosystem Science & Management

December 22, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Bradley J. Cardinale, professor and director of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, has been named head of Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, effective Jan. 4, 2021.

Adele Turzillo to lead Penn State Department of Animal Science

November 5, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Adele Turzillo, most recently the vice president for animal agriculture systems at the World Wildlife Fund, has been named head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Nov. 2.

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