Penn State Ag Science Magazine

Penn State Ag Science: Fall/Winter 2018

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Penn State Ag Science Magazine

Penn State Ag Science: Fall/Winter 2018

Features

Extending Cancer Research in Central Pennsylvania
According to the American Cancer Society, some 245,000 people in the United States have leukemia, with 40,000 new cases added each year and more than 20,000 deaths each year.
Ready Set Grow!
Penn State Extension is gearing up for on-farm readiness reviews that can help producers prepare for Food Safety Modernization Act inspections.
What Makes Them Tick
Researchers in the college investigate tick behavior and molecular biology with a goal of preventing tickborne illnesses.

The Interview

Interview: Steven Loerch
Senior Associate Dean Steve Loerch returned to his alma mater in 2017 to help lead the college that gave him his start.

The Last Word

Advancing Cancer Care
The Penn State Cancer Institute aims to provide access to high-quality cancer care for residents in central Pennsylvania.

College Briefs

Stop the Spread
Their invasion of America is causing quite a commotion, but not in a cool "Beatlemania" way.
Where's the Beef?
There are more than 500,000 dairy cows in the state, and all eventually will enter the beef supply.
Chew on This
Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users.
Boosting Vitamin K
Researchers discover a new way to make vitamin K that promises to cut costs.
Getting the Lead Out
Undergraduate researchers investigate methods for removing lead from water.
Natural Filter
Soil may be a natural filter that can act as a tertiary treatment for treated wastewater, preventing antibiotics from contaminating groundwater, according to college researchers who conducted a study at Penn State's Living Filter.
Not Just Hot Air
Leading the world-wide effort to get a better handle on enteric methane (CH4) emissions, an international consortium of researchers devised more accurate models to estimate the amount of the greenhouse gas produced by dairy cattle.
Gluttonous Grubs
Researchers investigate new ways to control grubs on athletic fields.
International Programs Hosts Mandela Fellows
The college's Ag2Africa program hosts entrepreneurs from Africa for six weeks.
Itching to Solve A Mange Epidemic
Pennsylvania's black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a college research team of biologists, immunologists, and entomologists led by Erika Machtinger, assistant professor of entomology, is working with the state Game Commission to learn why.
Master Watershed Stewards Make a Difference
In a state with more than 12 million people and robust agricultural and resource-extraction industries, the water quality in Pennsylvania's more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers is always a dicey proposition. But a statewide volunteer group marshaled by Penn State Extension is starting to make a difference.
Ancient Virus
Corncobs found at Ancestral Puebloan ruin reveal 1,000-year-old virus.

Alumni News

Surface and Turf
Three ag alums with national reputations garner support for their programs.
Home Turf Advantage
The college honors Dianne Petrunak with the Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
First in Her Class
Barbara Howell Raphael Receives Penn State Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award
College Honors Four Outstanding Alumni
Four alumni have been named 2018 Outstanding Alumni. The award recognizes alumni for their achievements and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty.
Raising Awareness and Cultivating Change
The college recognizes Kurt Miller with its Outstanding Senior Award.
Welcome to the Family
Alan Schaffranek Named Director of Alumni Relations.

Snapshot

Fall Colors
The Agronomy Farm at the Rock Springs Facility, part of the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, is the college's largest field research facility, comprising more than 600 acres.