Feral colonies provide clues for enhancing honey bee tolerance to pathogens

January 19, 2021

Understanding the genetic and environmental factors that enable some feral honey bee colonies to tolerate pathogens and survive the winter in the absence of beekeeping management may help lead to breeding stocks that would enhance survival of managed colonies, according to a study led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State World Campus alumni awarded for service and mastery of resilience

January 19, 2021

Each year the Penn State World Campus Outstanding Alumni Awards recognize the success of alumni as leaders in their field and the impact they have on society and their profession. From a career in service by securing the homeland, to inspiring others by overcoming the odds, all are attributes of this year’s recipients, retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. and American Airlines Captain Linda Wackerman and William “Monty” Elam.

College of Agricultural Sciences students earn internship awards

January 19, 2021

Thirteen Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2020 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

U.S. school cafeterias waste more food than those in other developed countries

January 18, 2021

An innovative assessment of food waste at a U.S. school by an international team of researchers suggests that American school cafeterias waste more food than those in other developed countries, and the true costs extend well beyond just the weight of food not eaten.

Extension offers webinar for candidates interested in running for local office

January 18, 2021

Penn State Extension is offering a web-based seminar for anyone who has ever thought about serving on a school board, borough council or township board.

College of Ag Sciences sophomore selected for Presidential Leadership Academy

January 18, 2021

Agricultural sciences and leadership are top priorities for Penn State sophomore Mikara Anderson. As the 2019 Pennsylvania State Fair Queen, 2020 FFA state president and active member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, Anderson continues to build her resume and network as part of the exclusive Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State.

NASA Pa. Space Grant accepting graduate research fellowship applications

January 13, 2021

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is currently accepting applications to its graduate research fellowship program. The program offers funding to outstanding students in the STEM, education and humanities fields who are conducting research related to NASA’s science and outreach missions.

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium accepting undergraduate applications

January 13, 2021

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is accepting applications for the 2021-22 Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The statewide program awards a limited number of one-year scholarships to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time at an accredited Pennsylvania college or university. Online applications, including all supporting materials, are due by midnight on March 1.

Pulsed ultraviolet light technology to improve egg safety, help poultry industry

January 13, 2021

Pulsed ultraviolet light can be an effective alternative to some of the antimicrobial technologies now used by the poultry industry to kill pathogens on eggshells, according to Penn State researchers, who simulated production conditions to test the technology.

Land-use webinar to help communities make smart choices on broadband deployment

January 13, 2021

Helping communities make quality choices about the deployment of broadband services is the topic of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension at noon on Jan. 20.

Report suggests Pa.'s agricultural diversity is key to understanding its impact

January 12, 2021

Pennsylvania's largest farms claimed the lion's share of agricultural product sales and net farm income between 2012 and 2017, but the state's many small farms made significant contributions beyond their economic impact, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Climate change reduces the abundance and diversity of wild bees, study finds

January 12, 2021

Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State. The findings suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protecting these important pollinators.

Longtime volunteers establish estate gift to Pasto Ag Museum

January 11, 2021

With the hope of helping Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum grow and ensure its future, Glenn Carter and his wife, Doris Longwill Carter, have pledged an estimated $100,000 estate gift in support of the museum.

Levels of stress hormone in saliva of newborn deer fawns may predict mortality

January 11, 2021

The first-ever study of the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the saliva of newborn white-tailed deer fawns yielded surprising results, and that has Penn State researchers suggesting that predation on very young fawns may not be limiting deer herds.

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

January 11, 2021

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 8, 2021

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.

Penn State Extension offering online courses to train landscaping employees

January 6, 2021

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.

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

January 4, 2021

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. Penn State Extension also will offer 29 live webinars during the virtual show.

Discovery of chemical clue may lead to solving cacao's black pod rot mystery

December 23, 2020

The finding of relatively high levels of the antimicrobial compound clovamide in the leaves of a disease-resistant strain of cacao has significant implications for breeding trees that can tolerate black pod rot, according to Penn State researchers who conducted a novel study.

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

December 22, 2020

A self-administered "scratch-and-sniff" test for COVID-19 may be around the corner, according to researchers at Penn State, the University of Florida and Arizona State University. The team, which received $912,000 from the National Institutes of Health, will analyze two different smell tests with a goal of developing inexpensive, at-home tests to help identify new cases of COVID-19 and provide a warning sign of a community outbreak in time to thwart it.

Course grows professional skills, networks for College of Ag Sciences students

December 22, 2020

A new pilot course, “Agricultural and Extension Education 597: Innovation and Critical Thinking Practicum,” offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, provides the opportunity for students to gain real-world experience and to cultivate relationships with professionals in their desired career field.

Study: Bumble bees lacking high-quality habitat have higher pathogen loads

December 21, 2020

Bumble bees found in low-quality landscapes — characterized by a relative lack of spring flowers and quality nesting habitat — had higher levels of disease pathogens, as did bumble bees in areas with higher numbers of managed honey bee hives, according to research led by Penn State scientists.

Penn State and UTADEO faculty partner to support rural development in Colombia

December 18, 2020

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Colombia seed grant program has announced the selection of three research projects led by faculty from Penn State and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), in Bogotá, Colombia, to support research and development work with three departments in Colombia.

Indigenous Knowledge center bibliography published by Libraries Open Publishing

December 17, 2020

Penn State University Libraries’ open access imprint, Libraries Open Publishing, recently launched a new digital bibliography, the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Rural Development Bibliography.

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

December 16, 2020

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.

Penn State botanists get state grant to study ginseng in Pennsylvania

December 16, 2020

Two Penn State botanists have received a grant from Pennsylvania to study wild ginseng population genetics, morphology and human influence through seed planting in the state.

Chester County 4-H Robotics Club member is ‘Kid of the Year’ finalist

December 16, 2020

Eighth grader Ronak Suchindra, a member of the Clover Rovers 4-H Robotics Club in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was one of 20 finalists selected from 5,000 nominees in the first-ever “Kid of the Year” contest presented by Nickelodeon, TIME and TIME for Kids this year.

Ag Sciences alumna to create dean’s discretionary fund with estate pledge

December 14, 2020

After a longtime career as an environmental scientist, Nancy Evans has created the Nancy A. Evans Dean’s Discretionary Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences through a future estate gift of $375,000.

'Windows of opportunity' crucial for cutting Chesapeake nutrient, sediment loads

December 14, 2020

The vast majority of nutrients and sediment washed into streams flowing into the Chesapeake Bay are picked up by deluges from severe storms that occur on relatively few days of the year. That is the conclusion of a new study led by Penn State researchers, who say it offers clues for cleaning up the impaired estuary.

Video series created by Penn State Extension educator, team receives accolades

December 8, 2020

Denise Continenza, a Penn State Extension educator based in Lehigh County, was honored at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 86th Annual Session, held virtually Sept. 14-16.

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