2024 Volunteer Awards to highlight strength of alumni network

July 15, 2024

In living out the Alumni Association’s mission, affiliate groups and inspiring volunteers give back to their communities, support current and future Penn State students, and unite Nittany Lions across the country and around the world. The seven individuals and 11 groups that comprise this year’s class of Volunteer Award recipients represent the best of Penn State’s alumni volunteers.

Abler named head of Ag Department of Economics, Sociology, and Education

July 15, 2024

Dave Abler, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics and demography, has been appointed head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Penn State, effective August 1. 

Discovery of a hybrid lineage offers clues to how trees adapt to climate change

July 15, 2024

The discovery of a hybrid population of poplar trees in western Wyoming has provided insight into how natural hybridization informs the evolution of many plant species, according to a team led by Penn State researchers. They also said their discovery, which was published in the journal Molecular Ecology, suggests that genetic exchange between species may be critical for adaptation to environmental change.

General Assembly approves Penn State’s 2024-25 state funding

July 11, 2024

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a state budget that maintains Penn State’s general support appropriation at $242.1 million for the 2024-25 fiscal year, which began July 1. The budget package, which now heads to Gov. Josh Shapiro for his anticipated signature, includes a funding increase of $4 million (13%) for Pennsylvania College of Technology, level funding of $57.7 million for Penn State Agricultural Research and Extension, and restores line-item funding of $2.35 million for Invent Penn State.

Emerging research areas refocus Institute of Energy and the Environment themes

July 11, 2024

The Institute of Energy and the Environment has revamped its research themes to better align them with the energy and environmental research being done at Penn State and to recognize the importance of community and justice.

Commercial exhibits, field demos are a staple of Penn State’s Ag Progress Days

July 11, 2024

Farmers and others involved in production agriculture looking to explore the latest agricultural goods, services, equipment and technology can find everything they need at Penn State’s 2024 Ag Progress Days.  

College of Ag Sciences students explore Italian viticulture with alumni support

July 10, 2024

In May, 21 Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students, mostly undergraduates, embarked on a unique learning journey to Italy, studying grape growing, vinification and wine marketing.

Animal Diagnostic Lab names new head of virology, molecular diagnostics sections

July 9, 2024

Mathias Martins has been named head of the virology and molecular diagnostics sections in Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, effective July 15. Martins will join Penn State from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, Texas.

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters -- July 9

July 8, 2024

As part of our regular “We Are!” feature, we recognize 13 Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.   

American diets got briefly healthier, more diverse during COVID-19 pandemic

July 8, 2024

American diets may have gotten healthier and more diverse in the months following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by Penn State researchers. They published their findings in PLOS ONE. 

Ag Sciences Global recognized for organizing Gilman seminars on food security

July 8, 2024

The U.S. Department of State has commended the Ag Sciences Global office in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences for its exceptional commitment to organizing the 2024 Gilman Global Food Security Seminar Series.

July 17 webinar to address improving rural communities’ response to homelessness

July 5, 2024

A July 17 Penn State Extension land-use webinar is aimed at equipping planners with the knowledge and tools needed to improve rural communities’ responses to homelessness.

Master Watershed Steward Katie Stanley leverages knowledge in Allegheny County

July 5, 2024

For Katie Stanley, joining the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward volunteer program in 2019 was a perfect complement to her day job as an interpretative naturalist for Allegheny County Parks.

Arboretum at Penn State's Pollinator and Bird Garden wins international award

July 3, 2024

The Arboretum at Penn State has been recognized with an international award for sustainable landscape architecture for its Pollinator and Bird Garden. The garden was awarded the A+ International Jury Award for Sustainability for Landscapes by Architizer, an online platform for architects and designers.  

Kulcsár named senior associate dean in College of Agricultural Sciences

July 1, 2024

László Kulcsár has been appointed senior associate dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, effective July 1.

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters — June 27

June 27, 2024

As part of our regular “We Are!” feature, we recognize 14 Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University. 

Penn State students’ project designed to uplift Nepal and protect wildlife

June 26, 2024

The Himalayan ShePower project, created by graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is designed to help smallholder farmers in Nepal earn extra income by producing paper from rhino waste.

College of Agricultural Sciences course supports first-generation students

June 26, 2024

When Sloan Householder, of Richmond, Virginia, decided to pursue higher education in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, she was understandably nervous about navigating a large university. A first-year seminar class created with first-generation students like her in mind made all the difference during Householder’s first year.

Researchers compile Cacao Gene Atlas to help plant breeders boost chocolate tree

June 26, 2024

Cacao, the chocolate tree, is one of the world’s most important economic crops, generating hundreds of billions of dollars annually. However, cocoa is affected by a range of pests and diseases, with some estimates putting losses as high as 30% to 40% of global production. Now, a team led by researchers at Penn State has created a genetic information resource to help plant breeders develop resistant strains of cacao that can be grown sustainably in its native Amazon and elsewhere, such as the tropical latitudes of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

Women may face unique obstacles while seeking treatment for opioid use

June 25, 2024

Women experiencing opioid-use disorders may face unique challenges accessing treatment, according to a new study led by Penn State researchers. The study provides new insight into how pregnancy and parenting can make getting medications for these disorders particularly difficult.

High-speed internet linked to more farms offering agritourism

June 25, 2024

The availability and adoption of high-speed broadband appears to boost the number of farms offering agritourism activities, according to a new study led by Penn State researchers. Their findings, the researchers said, bolster the argument for expanding broadband availability in support of farm operators who want to benefit from the growing consumer interest in on-farm experiences.

Heard it through the grapevine? New videos focus on clean plants

June 20, 2024

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with Cornell University, recently produced four “learn-now” videos aimed at educating grape growers about clean grapevines.

Field goals achieved at Westinghouse Academy with help from Penn State Extension

June 20, 2024

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Penn State Extension educators and their network, the football field at Westinghouse Academy in Pittsburgh has been transformed into a safe facility that promises to be a game-changer for the community.

Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation Team places high in a national contest

June 13, 2024

The Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation Team recently competed in the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Milwaukee, placing high in several categories.

Pennsylvania private forest landowners value fire as tool to manage woodlands

June 13, 2024

Fire can help shape ecosystems, and after a century of suppressing naturally occurring fire that has thrown forests out balance, some states — including Pennsylvania — are using controlled burns to help manage forests on public lands. Now, a new four-state study by a team of Penn State researchers shows that many private landowners in the Keystone State value controlled burns and are willing to pay for them on their woodlands, too.

Passion for agricultural safety leads to bequest by professor emeritus

June 12, 2024

To ensure the continued support and growth of the agricultural safety and health program in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Dennis Murphy and his wife, Christy, have committed the payout of a life insurance policy to bolster the Endowment for Agricultural Safety and Health in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Study suggests Holstein dairy cows not harmed by producing beef crossbred calves

June 11, 2024

Facing economic challenges, dairy farmers are increasingly crossbreeding some of their Holstein cows with beef breed bulls to add value to surplus calves born in their herds. In an analysis of almost 40,000 cows, a team of Penn State researchers found that carrying and birthing the larger crossbred beef calves generally does not negatively affect dairy cow health.

New exhibit will showcase complex lives and impacts of insects

June 11, 2024

A new exhibition will help visitors to the Bellefonte Art Museum explore the symbiotic relationship between humans and insects. Created by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, “Entwined Worlds” will shine a spotlight on the crucial role insects play in sustaining ecosystems; pollinating plants; inspiring art, music and literature; and contributing to advancements in medicine, biofuels and construction materials. The exhibition will be on display from July 5 to Aug. 25. 

Researchers develop model to guide milk processors’ food safety decisions

June 10, 2024

Certain strains of bacteria can withstand heat treatments such as pasteurization of milk and possess the potential to induce foodborne illness. To help minimize and predict the magnitude of this risk, a team led by Penn State researchers developed a model that can guide processors to improve food safety.

The man behind Philadelphia's green future

June 10, 2024

When people see Marcus Ferreira tending to urban street trees or planting pollinator gardens in Philadelphia, they often ask how he gained his expertise. He credits the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward volunteer program, which he joined in 2021. Since then, he has recruited about a dozen other volunteers through word-of-mouth recommendations.

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  • Associate Director of Communications
  • Public Relations Specialist/Science Writer
  • Science and News Writer
  • Penn State Extension Writer (Marketing Communications Specialist)