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Distressed Appalachian counties can learn lessons in resilience from those that have found a measure of post-recession economic success, such as McKean County, Pennsylvania, a new report suggests. Shown is the downtown area of the McKean County borough of Kane.   Image: VitaleBaby via Wikimedia Commons
March 22, 2019

The Appalachian communities that enjoyed persistent economic growth following the 2008 Great Recession have a number of factors in common, according to researchers who analyzed all 420 counties in the Appalachian region. Their findings will help guide future economic development strategies across Appalachia.

March 20, 2019

Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2019 John W. Oswald Award. Awards were given in the following fields: Allyson McHugh, athletics; Marissa Works, creative and performing arts; Alison Kuznitz, journalism, speech and the mass media; Cullen Dixon, scholarship; and Brandon Pelter, social services, religious activities and student government.

Brianna Elicker is a quality assurance intern at Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, where she is responsible for microbial plating and environmental swabbing.   Image: Natalie McCollum
March 19, 2019

Brianna Elicker, of York, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a passion for food and agriculture from an early age.

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition. The club will be joined by the Penn State Dairy Science Club, which will be hosting its annual Dairy Expo during the event.     Image: Penn State
March 19, 2019

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for one of their favorite events, the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition — also known as Little I — a yearly event that gives students hands-on experience showing beef and dairy cattle, swine, horses and sheep from the University’s on-campus farms.

The film crew followed brook trout researchers Tyler Wagner and Shannon White to Shanerburg Run in Sullivan County, where they have been monitoring the movement and status of brook trout for the last four years. Using the camera boom the crew is setting up here, video was recorded of the scientists collecting and measuring brook trout and discussing the major threats to brook trout conservation.    Image: Tyler Wagner/Penn State
March 18, 2019

It's a long way from Shanerburg Run, not far from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to the closest shores of the Chesapeake Bay … about 200 miles. And yet the stream — or more precisely the studies Penn State researchers are conducting on the eastern brook trout it harbors — will be highlighted in a new film about the estuary and its watershed.

Penn State's Integrated Pest Management Committee is tasked with monitoring, tracking and responding to pest problems ranging from ant infestations to groundhog invasions.   Image: Pixabay
March 18, 2019

Penn State in 2009 established an Integrated Pest Management Committee, the members of which are tasked with monitoring, tracking and responding to pest problems ranging from ant infestations to groundhog invasions and everything in between.

March 18, 2019

Don Dillman, Regents Professor in the Department of Sociology and deputy director for research and development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University, will present the 2019 M.E. John Lecture on April 10, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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.

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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/
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.