Penn State Ag Science Magazine

Penn State Ag Science: Fall/Winter 2017


Penn State Ag Science Magazine

Penn State Ag Science: Fall/Winter 2017


Banking Bacteria
The Department of Food Science leads Pennsylvania's efforts with the GenomeTrakr network to trace foodborne illnesses to their sources.
Not Your Typical Garden Variety
It's hot, buggy, and physically demanding, but the work the students put in at the Penn State Student Farm pays off in veggies and in the acquisition of valuable skills.
Staying in the Black While Going Green
Can a dairy farm be profitable while protecting the environment? Penn State's virtual model for dairy farms may have the answer.

The Interview

Interview: Deanna Behring
As assistant dean and director of international programs in the college, Deanna Behring works to integrate global perspectives into the fabric of all the college's activities.

The Last Word

It Takes a Colony
The value of supporting research for the greater public good

College Briefs

I Say Salami, You Say Salumi
Researchers in the college investigate the safety and practice of making dry and semidry sausages.
Some Like It Hot!
Francis Alvaré, a forest ecosystem management major and military studies minor, assisted the National Guard's series of prescribed fires on training facilities as part of an independent study program in the spring of 2017.
Bee Balm
Scientists discover genes that could be used to improve bee health.
Voices of Change
Nicole Webster travels the world to help minority youth find their voices.
Malting barley research supports Pennsylvania’s craft beer industry.
Steven C. Loerch Named Senior Associate Dean
Penn State named Steven C. Loerch as senior associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective August 14.
Protein Power
Scientists investigate a protein that could be a target for anti-cancer therapeutics.
Sharpen Your Pencils!
Put your notebooks away, turn off your cell phones, and test your knowledge.
The Best Defense
Researchers find tall goldenrod can "smell" its herbivore and initiate a defense.
Can A Bat Host A Flu Virus?
Bats eat the bugs that "bug" us and pollinate more than 500 species of plants, including banana and cacao, but despite all of their benefits to humans, the mammals can carry dangerous diseases, such as rabies.
Laszlo Kulcsar Named Head of Ag Economics, Sociology, and Education
Laszlo Kulcsar, professor of sociology and head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University, became the head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education on August 1.
The New Family Tree
Broadening the genetic diversity of Holsteins.
Does High Fat Mean High Flavor?
Ice cream connoisseurs may insist that cecream with more fat tastes better, but food scientists find that people generally cannot tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.
New Leadership
Meet extension's new leadership team.
A Pepper a Day Keeps the Vet Away
Phytonutrients from peppers protect transition cows from disease.
Hooray for Hemp!
A new pilot program for industrial hemp growth and cultivation
Chronic Wasting Disease
On the hunt for answers.

Alumni News

Leslie Pillen
No Tassel: Alumna's Early Farm Work Doesn't Deter
Alumna and Penn State Student Farm Club facilitator, Leslie Pillen
Samuel Hayes Jr.
Highest Honor
Samuel Hayes Jr. has been selected as a 2017 Penn State Distinguished Alumnus
James Frisbie
Outstanding Senior
Former Blue Band Drum Major and 2016 Homecoming King James Frisbie earns top honors.
Tarrah Geszvain
A Nurturing Nature
Tarrah Geszvain, advising coordinator for the plant sciences and landscape contracting majors, receives the college's 2017 Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
From left: David Dell, Dean Rick Roush, Joel Krall (Outstanding Recent Alumni Honoree), Fred Metzger, and Barry Flinchbaugh
Four Outstanding Alumni
Honoring our graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards.
The Big Five-OH!
The college's Ag Alumni Society celebrates 50 years of friendship and success.

Then and Now

Tractors finally overtook the horse as the chief form of power on the American farm around 1955.

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