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Modern ecosystem management is as much about dealing with people as it is about biology and ecology.   Image: Penn State
March 14, 2019

Penn State's new graduate program in ecosystem management, offered online, brings together environmental science, management and leadership skills.

March 14, 2019

The Office of Global Programs will hold three information sessions for the Perreault Fellows Program in late March and early April. The Perreault Fellows Program supports a comprehensive educational and international internship opportunity for a select and diverse group of talented undergraduates intent on becoming global leaders in the field of health and human well-being.

March 13, 2019

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversations with Penn State researchers, returns to Schlow Centre Region Library in April for its spring 2019 talks.

March 12, 2019

The link between gender and innovative energy use for food preparation is explored in a new book, “Recovering Bioenergy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Gender Dimensions, Lessons and Challenges,” co-edited by Ruth Mendum, assistant research professor for gender initiatives in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and Mary Njenga, research scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre.

The school is a great opportunity for technicians to learn methods to scan sheep to measure carcass characteristics in breeding stock. Producers will also learn how to submit data to the National Sheep Improvement Program.    Image: Penn State
March 12, 2019

Penn State Extension will host Sheep Scanning Certification School, April 23-25 at Penn State's University Park campus, to train ultrasound technicians to measure carcass characteristics, which can help sheep producers select superior genetics to improve their flock.

The discovery could be important because cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, colitis and many more serious conditions are associated with chronic inflammation, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.   Image: Courtesy Haas Avocado Board
March 12, 2019

An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to Penn State researchers, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.

With support from the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program, Ana De La Fuente Duran is on the path toward an advanced degree in science.    Image: Ana de la Fuente Duran
March 12, 2019

Thanks to the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program and support from donors like Steve and Kathi Mahle, a growing number of Penn State students are on their way toward earning advanced degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

March 11, 2019

Municipal management of stormwater in a cost-effective way is the topic of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 20.

AgSci Action Labs and AgSci Explorers at Pasto Agricultural Museum will culminate with an April 14 ice cream social that explains the science behind the sweet treat.   Image: Penn State
March 11, 2019

Spring has sprung at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, and to celebrate, the museum is hosting two free programs filled with fun, interactive learning for families.

Image: Penn State
March 11, 2019

Penn State Berkey Creamery is bringing back Flavor Madness, the online tournament in which ice cream fans can vote weekly for their favorite flavors. The contest was held last in 2017, when Death by Chocolate took home the trophy.

March 11, 2019

The third year of the Penn State-University of Freiburg Joint Collaboration Development Program is underway, with three new projects selected for seed funding.

Twitter data has potential for expanding social science research because it includes a large amount of individual information that is both longitudinal and georeferenced.   Image: Kalawin/iStock.com
March 7, 2019

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data.

The Arboretum at Penn State.   Image: Patrick Mansell
March 6, 2019

A $200,000 gift from Penn State alumnus Mark Jay Tygel will enable The Arboretum at Penn State to launch new educational programs on plant sciences and related topics.

Consistent with the expectation that experts view native "grapey"-associated odors as a fault, wines with medium to high concentrations of methyl anthranilate approximating the intensity of the compound in Concord or Niagara wines were largely rejected by wine experts in California.   Image: © Getty Images / ihoe
March 6, 2019

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes — such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are grown in North America — may depend on early exposure to the fruits' sweet, ultra "grapey" taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California.

Penn State Student Tony Rice (center), who was named a Farm Foundation Cultivator, visits with, from left, Professor Jayson Lusk of Purdue University and Professor Craig Gundersen (back to camera) of the University of Illinois, during the Farm Foundation Round Table meeting in San Mateo, California, in January 2019. At right are Kylie Philipps from the University of Florida and Trevon Andrews from South Carolina State University, who, along with Rice, were selected to participate in the meeting as Farm Foundation Cultivators.    Image: Farm Foundation
March 4, 2019

Tony Rice, a senior agribusiness management student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, studied “meat” made in the lab and not from animals, and grew increasingly committed to understanding its potential to enhance agricultural production.

March 4, 2019

Methane migration into water resources in Pennsylvania will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

March 1, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Jayson Harper, professor of agricultural economics, as interim director of the college's Fruit Research and Extension Center, effective March 1.

March 1, 2019

Jeffrey Fowler, Penn State Extension senior horticulture educator who specializes primarily in turfgrass, received a Sports Turf Managers Association Founders Award at the organization's recent conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

As part of an international academic exchange program called “Academic Mobility Program for Scientific Knowledge Transfer to Rural Communities for Peace,” students and faculty from Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina in Bogotá, Colombia (Areandina University), and La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), visited Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.   Image: Michael Houtz/Penn State
March 1, 2019

As part of an international academic exchange program called “Academic Mobility Program for Scientific Knowledge Transfer to Rural Communities for Peace,” students and faculty from Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina in Bogotá, Colombia (Areandina University), and La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), visited Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Emily Erickson, entomology doctoral candidate, standing, demonstrates how to make pollinator observations during a workshop for middle and high school teachers held at Penn State.   Image: Harland Patch
February 28, 2019

The “Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators” workshop, co-hosted by Penn State's colleges of Education and Agricultural Sciences, is slated for June 24-28 at the University Park campus.