Perreault Fellows welcome new cohort

February 3, 2023

The Perreault Fellows Program, an international internship program funded by an endowment given by Paul and Beverly Perreault, is entering its third year at Penn State. Each year, the program seeks to enroll a diverse group of Penn State undergraduates in a two-year, co-curricular program, the centerpiece of which is an internship abroad during the summer semester. Now, the Perreault Fellows program welcomes its newest cohort, a group of seven students from four campuses across the commonwealth.

Penn State Extension offers numerous options for pesticide recertification

February 3, 2023

Pennsylvania certified pesticide applicators looking for ways to earn recertification credits may want to consider the wide variety of options provided by Penn State Extension, which is offering a 25% discount on all pesticide recertification online courses through March 31.

Global Learning in Agriculture Community Kick-Off Week starts Feb. 6

February 2, 2023

The Global Teach Ag Network at Penn State brings together educators to level up their teaching so they can engage their students in the world’s biggest challenges in global agriculture and food security. The digital Global Learning in Agriculture (GLAG) Community is now open free of cost to any educator. In order to mark this change, GLAG Kickoff Week will take place Feb. 6-10. Educators can find more information and request to join at https://global-teach-ag-network.mn.co/.

Berks professor Mike Fidanza edits book on sustainable turfgrass management

February 1, 2023

Mike Fidanza, professor of plant and soil sciences at Penn State Berks and former editor-in-chief of the International Turfgrass Society Research Journal, served as the editor of “Achieving Sustainable Turfgrass Management” — a new textbook centered on implementing eco-friendly initiatives in maintaining turfgrass.  

Pennsylvania Grape and Wine Industry Winter Conference slated for March 1-2

January 31, 2023

Wine producers and other stakeholders in Pennsylvania’s grape and wine industry will gather at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College from March 1-2 for the annual Pennsylvania Grape and Wine Industry Conference, hosted by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program and Penn State Extension.

Do groundhogs hibernate? What to know about groundhogs for Groundhog Day

January 31, 2023

The groundhog, also known as a woodchuck or whistle pig, is one of Pennsylvania's most widely distributed mammals. Here are 10 facts to know about the groundhog, courtesy of Penn State Extension experts.

Eissenstat retires from College of Ag Sciences after three decades at Penn State

January 31, 2023

David Eissenstat, professor of woody plant physiology, retired recently after a distinguished 28-year career on the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences faculty, including a two-year stint as interim head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Five Penn State faculty elected to 2022 cohort of AAAS Fellows

January 31, 2023

Five Penn State faculty members have been elected to the 2022 cohort of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

Land-use webinar to focus on community schoolyards to increase park access

January 30, 2023

An upcoming Penn State Extension webinar will focus on community schoolyards as a solution for increasing park access in urban, suburban and rural communities. The webinar is scheduled for noon Feb. 15. 

Aquatic organisms respond to flooding and drought disturbance in different ways

January 30, 2023

Populations of various species of aquatic insects and other invertebrates respond to flooding and waterway drying due to drought in different ways that can be anticipated, according to a new Penn State-led study that employed a novel method to assess the stability of stream ecosystems.

Deer browsing is just one of many factors shaping North American forests

January 30, 2023

In a study that likely is more notable for how it was conducted than for what it found, a Penn State-led research team discovered evidence that browsing by white-tailed deer had relatively little long-term impact on two tree species in a northern forest.  

Penn State Extension to offer webinar series on homesteading

January 30, 2023

For those interested in learning the art of homesteading, Penn State Extension is offering a webinar series, “Living on a Few Acres." Webinars will take place each Thursday from March 9 to April 13.

Honey bee colony loss in the U.S. linked to mites, extreme weather, pesticides

January 30, 2023

Honey bee colony loss across the United States over the last five years is primarily related to the presence of parasitic mites, nearby pesticides, and extreme weather events as well as challenges with overwintering, according to a new study led by Penn State researchers.

‘Keeping it Green’ podcast aimed at plant professionals and enthusiasts

January 27, 2023

A new Penn State Extension weekly podcast, titled “Keeping it Green,” is aimed at ornamental plant professionals and enthusiasts. The podcast features interviews with horticultural professionals and covers design, installation and maintenance, plant selection, pests, and other current horticulture topics. 

Penn State Extension offers courses for heart health

January 27, 2023

February is American Heart Month, a time when the nation brings awareness to heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. To help make heart health a priority, Penn State Extension is offering a free, 12-week email series — “A Journey to a Healthier Heart” — that focuses on small lifestyle changes to improve heart health.

Spotted lanternfly experts share what research has uncovered about the pest

January 27, 2023

Since the spotted lanternfly’s unwelcome arrival in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014, researchers have been working tirelessly to learn more about the invasive pest, now confirmed in 45 Pennsylvania counties and reported in surrounding states.

Machine vision system developed capable of locating king flowers on apple trees

January 26, 2023

A machine vision system capable of locating and identifying apple king flowers within clusters of blossoms on trees in orchards was devised by Penn State researchers — a critical early step in the development of a robotic pollination system — in a first-of-its-kind study.

Ag Sciences Global Gear Closet now accepting donations

January 24, 2023

To help ease costs related to preparing for education abroad, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has established the Ag Sciences Global Gear Closet — a resource for students that provides donated items that might be helpful while studying abroad.

Forest Landowners Conference slated for State College on March 24-25

January 24, 2023

Hundreds of landowners, natural resources and forestry professionals, and conservationists interested in forests will gather at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College on March 24-25 to learn how to better care for their woodlands. The fifth biennial Forest Landowners Conference is hosted by Penn State’s James C. Finley Center for Private Forests, Penn State Extension and partners.

Assistant professor in College of Ag Sciences, Extension gets early career award

January 23, 2023

Tyler Groh, assistant research professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, has received the 2022 Inspiring Early Career Scientist Award from the American Society of Agronomy’s Environmental Quality Section.

Researchers devise, test food-safety training program for farmers market vendors

January 23, 2023

Responding to a need revealed in their earlier studies, a team of Penn State researchers developed and pilot-tested a customized food safety training program for farmer’s market vendors.

Webinar to focus on running for local office

January 18, 2023

For anyone who has thought about serving on a school board, borough council or township board of supervisors, Penn State Extension will offer a webinar titled “Toss Your Hat in the Ring.”  

Bucknavage appointed to Pennsylvania Food Policy Council Advisory Committee

January 17, 2023

The governor’s office recently named Martin Bucknavage to represent Penn State Extension on the advisory committee of the new Pennsylvania Food Policy Council. Bucknavage is a senior food safety extension associate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and team lead for industrial food safety and quality.  

Penn State assists Cameroonian refugees with specialty mushroom ventures

January 17, 2023

Specialty mushrooms such as oyster are relatively easy to grow on a small scale, making them attractive to those looking to diversify a farm, engage in a hobby or launch a small business. Research-based information from Penn State Extension about producing specialty mushrooms also may benefit people from a war-torn region of Africa.  

Penn State forest hydrologist receives prestigious award for career-long work

January 13, 2023

David DeWalle, Penn State professor emeritus of forest hydrology, has been awarded the 2023 Warren A. Hall Medal from the Universities Council on Water Resources.

Two College of Ag Sciences faculty among highly cited researchers in 2022

January 12, 2023

Andrew Patterson and Jonathan Lynch in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were recognized recently as highly cited researchers by the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group.

Student Farm offers engagement opportunities across campus

January 11, 2023

As a new growing season approaches, the Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm prepares for another year of supporting the campus food system.

Researchers devise, test food-safety training program for farmers market vendors

January 11, 2023

Responding to a need revealed in their earlier studies, a team of Penn State researchers developed and pilot-tested a customized food safety training program for farmer’s market vendors.

Center for Socially Responsible AI awards seed funding to 6 projects

January 11, 2023

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the results of its third seed funding competition. The center awarded $145,000 to advance six interdisciplinary research projects that feature researchers from eight colleges and institutes.

'His Name Is George Floyd' author Robert Samuels to visit University Park

January 10, 2023

Author and award-winning Washington Post reporter Robert Samuels will visit Penn State’s University Park campus on Thursday, Feb. 9, to discuss his book, “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice.”

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