International Programs News

From the Office of International Programs.

Nov 26, 2020


Spotlight

Global Programs honors faculty, staff and students

Global Programs has announced the 2020 recipients of annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals. Faculty and students from the College of Agricultural Sciences received six of the ten awards presented. Awards included the college's work in gender, youth development, innovation in international education, and the nexus of water, energy, and food. [more]


College of Ag Sciences students receive Gilman grant for international study

Two students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Janelle Answer and Justin Kurtz, have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. [more]

In This Issue

  1. Water-energy-food research event to explore US-Colombian partnership
  2. Plant scientist receives grant to improve corn defenses against fall armyworm
  3. Global COVID-19 impact on gender inequities in agriculture is focus of new blog
  4. Animal science embedded course gets creative with virtual experience
  5. Research aided by Penn State faculty to explore the impact of pandemic on youth
  6. Research team to study food resilience in the face of catastrophic global events

1. Water-energy-food research event to explore US-Colombian partnership

As part of Penn State’s ongoing support of research in the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, an online information session focused specifically on WEF nexus efforts in Colombia will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 6. Siela Maximova, a global faculty fellow for Latin America for the College of Agricultural Sciences; Rachel Brennan, director of the Penn State WEF Nexus Initiative; and Paige Castellanos, assistant research professor of international agriculture and rural sociology, along with Warner, are hosting the information session via Zoom. [more]


2. Plant scientist receives grant to improve corn defenses against fall armyworm

Surinder Chopra, professor of maize genetics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the improvement of corn defenses against the fall armyworm. [more]


3. Global COVID-19 impact on gender inequities in agriculture is focus of new blog

Even under ideal conditions, rural farmers have their work cut out for them. This is particularly the case for women, who are responsible for a multitude of chores in the field and in the home. The coronavirus pandemic has made female farmers’ to-do lists more daunting as they manage added domestic responsibilities while ensuring a safe and ample food supply for their families and communities. Reflecting on the challenges, but more importantly, the triumphs of women in agriculture in the era of COVID-19 was the impetus for the blog, “Gender, Food, Agriculture, and the Coronavirus,” created by gender scholars in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. [more]


4. Animal science embedded course gets creative with virtual experience

Although the travel portion of their study abroad class was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, animal science students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences still experienced a “virtual” Ireland while learning about the equine industry in Pennsylvania. [more]


5. Research aided by Penn State faculty to explore the impact of pandemic on youth

The COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting all segments of society, and young people — whose educational, financial and social lives have been hindered — are no exception, leaving many of them anxious about the future. Supporting those youth — and empowering them to play an active role in addressing the challenges left in the pandemic’s wake — is the focus of a global research initiative supported by faculty and students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. [more]


6. Research team to study food resilience in the face of catastrophic global events

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all become aware of how a global crisis can affect our access to food. But imagine the food security impacts of an even worse scenario — an all-out nuclear war, a large asteroid strike or a supervolcano eruption. Such catastrophes could block out sunlight, alter rainfall patterns and contaminate water supplies, which could drastically affect our food systems. An interdisciplinary team of Penn State professors has received $3 million from Open Philanthropy to study food resilience in the face of such catastrophic global events. [more]