Grant supports study of how carnivorous plants repurpose genes to digest prey

October 14, 2020

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received funding from the National Science Foundation to examine the genetic mechanisms that enable carnivorous plants to repurpose defense proteins to digest their insect prey.

International agriculture students address food security at global conference

October 14, 2020

Students in the international agriculture minor — commonly referred to as INTAG — in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are learning more about global hunger by attending the 2020 World Food Prize Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, which is taking place virtually this week.

Agricultural and extension education alumna receives national teaching award

October 13, 2020

Earlier this year, Krista Pontius, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and extension education from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was named one of three 2020 National Teach Ag Champions.

Penn State Extension’s Tree Fruit Production Guide wins national award

October 13, 2020

A publication created by Penn State Extension has been lauded for excellence by the American Society for Horticultural Science, a national organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticultural research, education and application.

Penn State sensory scientists encourage smell checks to fight COVID-19 spread

October 8, 2020

With mounting scientific evidence that anosmia, or loss of smell, is one of the most specific symptoms of COVID-19 infection, sensory scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have launched a webpage to encourage people to perform a daily smell test in an effort to nip disease spread in the bud.

Land-use webinar to focus on planning commissions in Pennsylvania

October 8, 2020

Recommendations and requirements for planning commissions will be the subject of a web-based seminar hosted by Penn State Extension at noon Oct. 21.

Plant pathologist at Penn State to aid NASA study on pathogen dispersal

October 8, 2020

A plant pathologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is supporting a multi-institutional research project designed to help track the spread of a plant pathogen.

New website launches to support communities in preventing youth substance use

October 8, 2020

A new website, located at prosper.psu.edu, will aid in recruiting Pennsylvania communities and families to participate in PROSPER, or PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience, a program proven to reduce use throughout entire communities by working with middle school students and their parents.

New water group for graduate students

October 7, 2020

Penn State graduate students who are interested in water scholarship and research are invited to attend a fall kick-off meeting for an emerging water student group.

College of Agricultural Sciences announces alumni award recipients

October 7, 2020

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has honored three of its graduates with 2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards, which will be presented during a virtual ceremony Nov. 19, recognize the alumni for their professional achievements, according to Alan Schaffranek, director of alumni relations.

Penn State researcher part of project to develop novel COVID-19 vaccine

October 6, 2020

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is part of a team of scientists working to develop a unique COVID-19 vaccine that uses a bovine adenovirus as a safe and effective delivery vehicle.

School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences positively influences teens

October 5, 2020

The novel coronavirus did not stop a 30-year tradition of inspiring rising high school seniors through their participation in the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

NASA Pa. Space Grant accepting undergraduate research internship applications

October 2, 2020

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is currently accepting applications to its undergraduate research internship programs. The programs offer first-year and minority students a two-semester, faculty-mentored internship in a research laboratory at University Park. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

Harvesting vegetation on riparian buffers barely reduces water-quality benefits

October 2, 2020

Allowing farmers to harvest vegetation from their riparian buffers will not significantly impede the ability of those streamside tracts to protect water quality by capturing nutrients and sediment — and it will boost farmers’ willingness to establish buffers.

Gender Fellows support research on gender differences in agriculture

October 2, 2020

A Gender Fellows Cohort, which began last fall under the auspices of the College of Agricultural Sciences' Gender Equity through Agricultural Research and Education initiative, examines gender equity in rural sociology, soil science, plant science and entomology as part of the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate degree program.

Penn State turfgrass students among scholarship winners

October 1, 2020

Ten students from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were among the scholarship winners in this year’s Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Scholars Competition.

Researchers hear more crickets and katydids 'singing in the suburbs'

September 29, 2020

The songs that crickets and katydids sing at night to attract mates can help in monitoring and mapping their populations, according to Penn State researchers, whose study of Orthoptera species in central Pennsylvania also shed light on these insects' habitat preferences.

Oct. 5 researcher panel to discuss AI for predictive science

September 29, 2020

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is hosting a panel discussion with researchers from four Penn State colleges who will be discussing their work and experience using artificial intelligence, as well as some ethical considerations.

Family Symposium to focus on parent-child separations

September 28, 2020

What do incarceration, migration or deportation, and military deployment have in common? All are likely to separate a child from their parent, which has implications on a child’s well-being. Penn State’s 28th Annual Symposium on Family Issues will focus on these specific circumstances of parent-child separation and the effects on families. The virtual symposium, “Causes and Consequences of Parent-Child Separations: Pathways to Resilience,” will take place Oct. 26 - Oct. 27.

Poultry isolators to boost capacity to study avian infectious diseases in Pa.

September 28, 2020

With COVID-19 continuing to spread around the world bringing sickness and death, a little-noticed development at Penn State’s Animal Diagnostic Laboratory takes on added significance.

Penn State Berkey Creamery fall contest aims to 'scoop and score' with fans

September 25, 2020

The Penn State Berkey Creamery hopes to score a touchdown with its fans by hosting a new online competition, Fantasy Flavor League.

Teaching and Learning with Technology welcomes newest faculty fellows cohort

September 24, 2020

Penn State’s Teaching and Learning with Technology has welcomed eight instructors as members of the newest Faculty Fellows cohort. This year's cohort features projects focused on student engagement

Team wins grant to develop nitrogen fertilizer decision tool for organic farmers

September 24, 2020

Penn State researchers have received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to perfect a tool they developed to help organic corn producers decide how much nitrogen — as fertilizer or manure — to apply to their crop fields.

Penn State Microbiome Center elects new executive committee

September 24, 2020

The Penn State Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences recently elected six new members to join its executive committee. The new members, along with 11 others who remained on the committee, started their two-year term in July. The committee has kicked off this semester with a full agenda, including weekly seminars, workshops, research opportunities and more.

Berkey Creamery marks Alumni Association’s 150th year with 'Alumni Swirl' minis

September 23, 2020

The Penn State Alumni Association and Penn State’s Berkey Creamery are offering customers a special, limited-edition flavor pack of "Alumni Swirl" mini cups to celebrate the association's 150th anniversary.

Funding renewed for Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

September 22, 2020

Since its inception in 2010, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has provided professionals who deliver direct assistance to military families with information to help identify, select, and implement the right evidence-based programs and practices to address wide-ranging family and mental health issues.

Virtual program to address local law issues around solar energy projects

September 22, 2020

A team of Penn State professors will collaborate to deliver a virtual continuing legal education (CLE) course, “Local Law for Solar Project Development in Pennsylvania,” hosted by Penn State Dickinson Law at noon Friday, Sept. 25.

Plant scientist gets $1 million grant to boost organic production, conservation

September 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences a $1 million grant for his investigation of intensifying organic grain production while balancing production and conservation goals.

Penn State testing new protocol for controlling oak wilt disease

September 21, 2020

Another invasive disease is threatening an important Pennsylvania forest tree species, and Penn State Extension foresters are investigating ways to control its spread.

Grassroots data science initiative seeks to create connections, collaborations

September 21, 2020

Statistics professor Dave Hunter’s vision of creating an inclusive, University-wide data science community became a reality with help from a Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellowship. Now, the community continues to grow as the University Libraries and Institute for Computational and Data Sciences join to help organize activities.

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