Student Farm Club to host succulent container workshop for Penn State Students

April 20, 2021

The Student Farm Club at Penn State will be hosting a free succulent container workshop for Penn State students on April 22. Students will be able to pick up their supplies on campus prior to the event and then participate in a virtual planting workshop.

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 19, 2021

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, held virtually on March 30.

Golf course turfgrass species 'remembers' if it was mowed, develops differently

April 19, 2021

Poa annua, or annual bluegrass, a turfgrass species commonly found on golf course putting greens around the world, possesses transgenerational memory, “remembering” whether its parent was mowed or not mowed, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

Circle trap works to destroy spotted lanternflies, says extension educator

April 16, 2021

One of the ways property owners can reduce spotted lanternfly infestations on their properties is by placing traps on trees, noted Emelie Swackhamer, a horticulture educator with Penn State Extension.

USDA grant to support expansion of online tool for pollinator conservation

April 14, 2021

A Penn State-led research team has received a nearly $950,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to create the next generation of an online decision-support tool designed to help conserve pollinator populations across the United States.

Global Programs announces award recipients for 2020-21

April 13, 2021

Penn State Global Programs has announced the 2020-21 recipients of its annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals.

Environmental Resource Management program, alumni celebrating 50 years of impact

April 13, 2021

Penn State’s Environment Resource Management program — referred to as ERM — was established in 1971 to meet the demand for people with the scientific and leadership skills needed to address the enormous environmental challenges that had become so apparent in the 1960s.

Nineteenth annual Penn State Quarter Horse sale marks beginning of a new era

April 13, 2021

The 19th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place in a virtual format again this year. With the help of Professional Horse Services LLC, bidding on the 14 horses will be open from April 27 through May 1. This is the first year that offspring of world-renowned stallion, One Hot Krymsun, will be offered for sale.

Dietary cocoa improves health of obese mice; likely has implications for humans

April 13, 2021

Supplementation of cocoa powder in the diet of high-fat-fed mice with liver disease markedly reduced the severity of their condition, according to a new study by Penn State researchers, who suggest the results have implications for people.

Institutes partner to connect researchers with computing resources

April 13, 2021

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences has announced a partnership with the Institute for Computational and Data Science to help faculty leverage the computing services of the Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineering (RISE) team.

Land-use webinar to focus on planning for growth, prosperity and resiliency

April 12, 2021

Community planning for growth, prosperity and resiliency will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on April 21.

Smarsh receives Young Scientist Educator Award from Society of Animal Science

April 9, 2021

Danielle Smarsh, assistant professor of equine science and equine extension specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will be honored by the American Society of Animal Science for applied educational efforts in equine exercise physiology.

Venture & IP Conference panel to highlight venture growth during COVID-19

April 9, 2021

“The State of Venture and Growth Capital in the COVID-19 Era” panel during the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference will explore the effects of COVID-19 on venture and growth investing and its outlook through 2021. Taking place virtually from 1:45-2:35 p.m. on April 15, the panel also will examine important investment lessons learned because of the pandemic.

Minority alumni panel hosted virtually by the College of Agricultural Sciences

April 8, 2021

Alumni from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences talked about their experiences at Penn State and their impact in their professional careers, as guest speakers on a minority alumni panel hosted by the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at virtual awards ceremony

April 8, 2021

Graduate student award recipients were celebrated during the annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony where 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Graduate School alumna receives humanitarian award

April 8, 2021

Penn State Graduate School alumna Amelia Henry has received the Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes an alumnus/alumna holding a graduate degree from Penn State who has made a positive societal impact on the welfare of humankind beyond the responsibilities of one’s profession.

Five Penn State faculty to be featured on ‘The Academic Minute’

April 7, 2021

Five Penn State faculty will be featured in a week’s worth of episodes of “The Academic Minute,” presenting on teaching and learning techniques.

Irmak to lead Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

April 7, 2021

Suat Irmak, Harold W. Eberhard Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named head of Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, effective July 1.

Entomologist to examine how plant domestication influences pollinator evolution

April 7, 2021

A grant of nearly $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation will support Margarita López-Uribe, an entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, in a study examining the influence of plant domestication on the ecology and evolution of wild pollinator species in agricultural landscapes.

Tech Tournament to showcase Penn State’s most disruptive innovations

April 6, 2021

Eight of Penn State’s most disruptive and promising early-stage technologies will compete for $150,000 in the Invent Penn State Tech Tournament, a signature event of the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, at 2:45 p.m. on April 15

Registration is open for 'Food Science in Action' virtual symposium

April 6, 2021

The Department of Food Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the honor society Phi Tau Sigma are hosting “Food Science in Action,” a one-day virtual symposium to be held via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 23.

Student Farm Club hosts 'Saving Your Garden’s Seeds' presentation

April 5, 2021

From 6 to 7 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, April 8, the Student Farm Club at Penn State is hosting a virtual presentation called “Saving Your Garden’s Seeds: Tips for Saving and Why It Matters.” Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend to learn about this important skill. The event will be held via Zoom and is free and open to all.

Stability of the food supply a huge factor in COVID vaccinations for ag workers

April 2, 2021

The impending vaccination of heretofore unvaccinated Pennsylvania food and agricultural workers against COVID-19 can go a long way toward ensuring business continuity and stable supply chains in one of Pennsylvania's top economic sectors, according to experts in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State employees traveling in lanternfly quarantine zone must take training

April 2, 2021

The spotted lanternfly has expanded its reach in Pennsylvania, prompting a reminder to Penn State employees about their role in stopping the spread of the pest.

Arboretum webinar to focus on survival, recovery of condor population

April 1, 2021

Chris Parish, wildlife biologist and co-founder of the North American Non-Lead Partnership, will describe his work to save California condors from extinction during a free Zoom webinar from 5 to 6 p.m. April 8. The event is sponsored by The Arboretum at Penn State's Avian Education Program and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

All-woman Nittany AI Challenge team creates solution to reach tech-life balance

March 31, 2021

Screen time burnout? Many people are feeling it these days because of extended use of technology due to remote learning and remote working situations. But excessive screen time did not start with the COVID-19 pandemic, and one Nittany AI Challenge student team is virtually stepping into the user’s world to suggest a life-tech balance that is as easy as a walk in the park.

Startup Week Competition winners congratulated by President Barron

March 31, 2021

Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC culminated with a celebration of student entrepreneurs and innovators in technology, health, sustainability, the arts, and global impact categories during the virtual student recognition reception on Thursday, March 25.

College of Ag Sciences courses aim to broaden cultural understanding

March 29, 2021

Faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences continue to develop novel courses designed to increase cultural awareness and knowledge of food systems here in central Pennsylvania and throughout the world. Two of these courses will be offered in the fall 2021 semester.

Lanternfly's attraction to vertical silhouettes could help monitor, trap it

March 29, 2021

Like moths to a flame, spotted lanternflies are visually drawn toward and seemingly captivated by vertical objects such as utility poles, a behavior that could be valuable in predicting where the pests might be heading, according to entomologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Nutritional journal highlights research on micronutrient's disease-fighting role

March 25, 2021

The Journal of Nutritional Science designated a Penn State research paper on how a dietary antioxidant may fight chronic disease and aging as its “Paper of the Month” in February. The article suggested that incorporating more of the dietary amino acid ergothioneine into one’s diet may help stave off long-term health problems.

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