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James Grace

James Grace, Ph.D. ’78, has been appointed the new Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation, a three-year term in which he will provide leadership on public-policy issues related to natural resources.

Scale

To help curb childhood obesity in Pennsylvania, extension uses an afterschool course that targets children who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight by educating kids and their families about the benefits of exercise and healthful eating.

Computer in the Media Commons

Students and faculty will have access to experienced consultants, training opportunities, and digital production facilities in the new Digital Media Commons located in the Agricultural Science and Industries Building.

Melanie Torres

Melanie Torres gains valuable experience as a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State. The academy comprises 30 students from nearly every one of the University’s academic colleges.

Honey bee

A gift of $100,000 will aid undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences in their efforts to understand Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a nationwide phenomenon in which adult honey bees disappear from their hives, often spelling death for the colony.

Orchard in spring

A new project will seek to identify the importance of wild pollinators to agriculture, assess bee species to determine if any pathogen or other invasive species has infected them, enhance habitat, and promote pollinator awareness through education.

Carrie Bomgardner

Wondering why you should become a member of the Ag Alumni Society? Writer Sara LaJeunesse talks with Carrie Bomgardner (’97 dairy and animal science, ’01 MBA), president of the Ag Alumni Society.

Gas drilling worker

A survey of people in 21 Pennsylvania counties and eight New York counties—a region some refer to as “the Marcellus Fairway”—looks at how much they know about efforts to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale and whether or not they support such efforts.

Strawberry with chocolate sauce

An international team including Professor of Plant Molecular Biology Mark Guiltinan and Associate Professor of Horticulture Siela Maximova sequenced the genome of the ancient Criollo variety of cacao, which generally is considered to produce the world’s finest chocolate.

Sylized type

As the new year begins the college is planning for change. It faces a budget crisis and the University is also engaged in significant program review across all campuses. Recommendations as a result of those reviews will touch the college.

Ann Tickamyer

Ann Tickamyer, an award-winning researcher and rural sociologist, has been appointed head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. She succeeds the retiring Stephen M. Smith as department head.

Pie chart showing job opportunities

As nationwide unemployment rate hover above 9 percent, many college graduates struggle to find jobs. But graduates in food, agricultural, and environmental sciences are in demand, according to Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Marcos Fernandez.

Peaches

Seven members in the college receive an award from the USDA for their efforts to help eradicate the plum pox virus in Pennsylvania. Prior to its eradication, the aphid-spread virus had threatened to wipe out the state’s $25 million annual production of stone fruit, which includes cherries, peaches, plums, and apricots.

Hand on computer keyboard

Two online programs are offered in community and economic development (CEDEV) for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and skills, and for those interested in a new career in community and economic development.

Fish

After decades of research investigating whether fish are capable of experiencing pain, whether humans cause them to suffer, and whether it even matters, Victoria Braithwaite examines this question in her new book, "Do Fish Feel Pain?"

This computer-generated image represents the root system of a common bean plant at 40 days after germination. (Digital rendering by Johannes Postma)

Plant nutritionist Jonathan Lynch and his research team work to identify maize and bean lines that are genetically predisposed to be water and nutrient efficient, specifically in their root systems. Root biology will play a role in a post–Green Revolution world.

Cat Bird

Students begin gathering at 7:30 a.m. in The Arboretum at Penn State for an ornithology lab. The class, WFS 406, is part of the wildlife and fisheries science program.

Educating students is part of the college’s fundamental mission. While working with them I discover in many cases their education stretches beyond the classroom and prepares them for careers and professional life. I'll share just a few of those stories here.

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Participants in the 2010 Grad Expo

Robert Cameron, Matthew Ryan, and Ezra Schwartzberg, graduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, have been honored with University-wide awards recognizing excellence in teaching, outreach, or research.