54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education

June 16, 2021

Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded to 54 undergraduate Penn State students to cover costs related to undergraduate research.

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

June 16, 2021

As part of our regular "We Are!" feature, we recognize thirteen Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. Thank you Ashley, Kathleen, Ebonie, Alice, Kristen, Nathan, Emily, Clark, John, Jolene, Lisa, Olivia and Tracy — and everyone who helps make Penn State such an incredible community!

Report highlights economic impact of research at Penn State

June 16, 2021

Penn State Research has supported more than 2,500 jobs and generated nearly $200 million in economic impact since 2015 according to The Science Coalition’s “Sparking Economic Growth” report, which highlights 53 companies from coalition member institutions that trace their roots to federally funded university research.

USAC recognizes outstanding staff with awards and celebration

June 15, 2021

Each year, the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) celebrates three outstanding staff for their accomplishments and contributions to the University. This year, Katina Posney, Sonia Delaquito and Brosi Bradley have been selected as the winners of the Staff Leadership Award, Staff Excellence Award and Staff Leadership Award.

Four honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

June 15, 2021

Four individuals have received the 2021 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Course empowers students from Penn State, Ukraine to act on food security

June 9, 2021

A virtual international agriculture course is helping students at both Penn State and Lviv Polytechnic National University in Lviv, Ukraine, grow a deeper understanding of local and global food security.

Novel study looks at nitrogen credit trading to spur growth of riparian buffers

June 9, 2021

Watershedwide nutrient credit trading has been suggested as a mechanism for reducing pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay, but a new study by Penn State researchers suggests that the high cost of producing nitrogen credits through the establishment of riparian buffers on Pennsylvania farmland currently does not provide an incentive for buffer establishment.

Siegfried named associate dean for research in College of Agricultural Sciences

June 9, 2021

Blair D. Siegfried, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida, has been named associate dean for research and graduate education and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Oct. 1.

Penn State Extension’s ‘Roadside Guide to Clean Water’ wins awards

June 8, 2021

The “Roadside Guide to Clean Water,” a publication of Penn State Extension, has been recognized three times since being published in April 2020.

Metzger family names space in new building

June 8, 2021

The motivation to make a philanthropic gift to an organization is different for every donor, but in many cases, it boils down to the desire to make a positive impact. This rings true for Dr. Fred Metzger, Jr. and his wife, Megan, who have made the first major gift to support the new Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building.

PlantVillage team lauded for projects to protect food supply amid COVID, locusts

June 5, 2021

Penn State researchers responsible for PlantVillage, a mobile app that helps farmers diagnose crop diseases and monitor pests, have been lauded for their work to help African farmers overcome challenges related to desert locusts and COVID-19.

Terry Etherton to retire with legacy of groundbreaking research, leadership

June 4, 2021

As he retires from Penn State at the end of June, Terry Etherton, distinguished professor of animal nutrition, is known in animal science circles around the world as a pioneer for his research. But in the College of Agricultural Sciences, he also is recognized as a leader whose steady hand guided the Department of Animal Science for more than 22 years.

Acar receives Excellence in Academic Advising Award from College of Ag Sciences

June 4, 2021

Nüket Acar, coordinator of undergraduate advising for veterinary and biomedical sciences, has received the 2021 Excellence in Academic Advising Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Extension educator: Love your chickens, but please don't kiss them

June 2, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control reported more than 1,700 cases of Salmonella linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks during 2020. A Penn State Extension poultry educator offers advice for small-flock owners to reduce their risk of illness.

Researchers develop prototype of robotic device to pick, trim button mushrooms

June 1, 2021

Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a robotic mechanism for mushroom picking and trimming and demonstrated its effectiveness for the automated harvesting of button mushrooms.

Startup's recent success tied to Penn State entrepreneurial ecosystem

May 27, 2021

In the past year, State College-based Phospholutions has grown from seven to 20 employees, and recently raised $10.3M in venture capital funding to support the development and growth of its RhizoSorb soil-enhancement technology across market segments and expand to global markets.

Cutting edge: Clinics at Penn State help citizens, industry solve lawn problems

May 26, 2021

When the grass is not greener on your side of the fence, plant pathologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences may be able to provide the information needed to bring your lawn back to life.

'Dive Deeper' biennial water resource conference for educators set for Sept. 23

May 25, 2021

Educators who teach youth about water resources can get useful information to help plan their curricula by attending Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper Summit,” a youth water-education summit slated for Sept. 23.

University Libraries Research Awards honor 100 students from 19 campuses

May 24, 2021

Penn State University Libraries presented its fourth annual Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy honors to 100 students at nearly all undergraduate Penn State campuses. Awards recognized 96 current undergraduate students and recent graduates, four graduate students, plus two additional College of Medicine students and two collaborating faculty members participating in campus-wide virtual research exhibition events.

Penn State Extension to provide vaccine education to underserved communities

May 24, 2021

Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on the Latino population and senior citizens aged 65 and older in rural communities, is the objective of a project spearheaded by Penn State Extension.

Penn State project enriches the student experience while documenting pandemic

May 24, 2021

The Data 4 Action project is providing new and impactful opportunities for a growing group of students working as research assistants while assess the biological, psychological and social functioning of Penn State students and community members during the pandemic.

Computational scientists help enable, scale agricultural research

May 21, 2021

After successful collaborations with the Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers (RISE) team, College of Agricultural Sciences researchers Christina Grozinger and Karen Fisher-Vanden sought to share this valuable resource with their colleagues through a seed grant competition.

Next on 'Digging Deeper': The future of the Arboretum at Penn State

May 20, 2021

Penn State President Eric Barron and University guests will discuss the expansion plans and upcoming spring and summer events schedule for The Arboretum at Penn State during the season finale of WPSU’s “Digging Deeper” on Sunday, May 23.

CT scans offer new view of Lake Malawi cichlid specimens in Penn State museum

May 18, 2021

Computed tomography — CT scanning — which combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around an organism and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images of its bones, is providing new insight into an old initiative to characterize fishes in Africa’s Lake Malawi.

College of Ag Sciences students recognized in Diversity Essay Contest

May 18, 2021

Three students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been recognized for their commitment to diversity as winners of the second annual Undergraduate Diversity Essay Contest, which is sponsored by the college’s Diversity Coordinating Council.

Discovery of flowering gene in cacao may lead to accelerated breeding strategies

May 17, 2021

For the first time, a gene that controls flowering in cacao has been identified, a discovery that may help accelerate breeding efforts aimed at improving the disease-ridden plant, Penn State researchers suggested in a new study.

2021 Guentter Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award finalists, winner named

May 14, 2021

Penn State University Libraries and the Schreyer Honors College recognized the 10th annual finalist presentations and winner of the recently endowed Robert F. Guentter Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award on May 6, immediately following the three finalists’ remote presentations. Finalists represented the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and the College of the Liberal Arts.

Land-use webinar to focus on community needs assessments to inform plans

May 14, 2021

The importance of community planners acquiring information from local organizations and agencies to adjust their efforts will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on May 19.

Junior grows seeds of opportunity as student in College of Ag Sciences

May 13, 2021

Kyle Hartmann, a plant sciences major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, found new opportunities at Penn State which started after he joined the Accomplish Program. The peer mentor program helps students moving from other campuses or universities to find resources to successfully acclimate to University Park, the college and the community.

Better Kid Care, Cedar Crest partner to help youth living with Type 1 diabetes

May 12, 2021

In collaboration with Allentown-based Cedar Crest College School of Nursing, Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care program has developed one online module on Type 1 diabetes designed to support early childhood educators and caregivers in their understanding and awareness of the disease.

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