Sophomore puts her education into action to promote sustainability, conservation

November 24, 2020

Isabella Briseño, an environmental resource management major, already has built an impressive resume for a future career in environmental policy.

Penn State food scientist gets grant to study novel metal food can coatings

November 24, 2020

Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received a grant of about $470,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to conduct a three-year study of alternative coatings for metal food cans.

Penn State researcher to explore how vitamin D affects COVID-19

November 23, 2020

Funding from the National Institutes of Health will enable Margherita Cantorna, distinguished professor of molecular immunology and nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, to study whether vitamin D supplementation could help people ward off or reduce symptoms caused by COVID-19.

Turfgrass management program alumnus retires after legendary career

November 23, 2020

During Frank Dobie's more than five decades as a golf course superintendent, making difficult decisions was “par for the course.” But one of his earliest decisions — to enroll in Penn State’s Golf Course Turfgrass Management program — arguably was his easiest and most important.

COVID-related unemployment hits people of color, women and older workers hardest

November 18, 2020

Job losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have affected wide swaths of the population, but workers in some demographic groups and industry sectors have been hit harder than others, according to "COVID-19 and Pennsylvania’s Economy," a series of reports compiled by researchers in Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development.

Pennsylvania 4-H to benefit from estate pledges

November 17, 2020

Three long-time Penn State Extension employees have demonstrated their support for and dedication to Pennsylvania 4-H through two separate estate commitments.

Penn State Ag Council announces 2020 leadership award recipients

November 17, 2020

An agricultural industry leader, a center dedicated to advancing animal agriculture and a Penn State senior from Lancaster were honored when the Penn State Agricultural Council presented its 2020 Leadership Awards at the council’s fall delegate meeting Oct. 15.

Dairy Science Club’s annual cheese box sale benefits student programs

November 16, 2020

For members of the Dairy Science Club at Penn State, the holiday season means one favorite tradition — the annual holiday cheese box sale. For more than 40 years, the club has partnered with the Penn State Berkey Creamery to provide assorted boxes of cheese and spreads for customers to gift to others.

Biochar from agricultural waste products can adsorb contaminants in wastewater

November 16, 2020

Biochar — a charcoal-like substance made primarily from agricultural waste products — holds promise for removing emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals from treated wastewater. That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers that conducted a novel study.

Dairy cows exposed to heavy metals worsen antibiotic-resistant pathogen crisis

November 16, 2020

Dairy cows, exposed to drinking water contaminated with heavy metals for a few years, carry more pathogens loaded with antimicrobial-resistance genes able to tolerate and survive various antibiotics. That’s the finding of a team of researchers that conducted a study of two dairy herds in Brazil four years after a dam holding mining waste ruptured, and it spotlights a threat to human health, the researchers contend.

Book co-edited by Penn State faculty explores gender relations in agriculture

November 13, 2020

While women represent a significant portion of the global agricultural workforce, they face many roadblocks to success, including limited access to land, technological advancements, education and financing. These barriers, and ways to overcome them, are explored in a new publication, “Routledge Handbook of Gender and Agriculture,” co-edited by faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Food Science launches virtual buddy program to support student community

November 12, 2020

The Food Science Club and the Penn State chapter of Phi Tau Sigma launched a buddy program this fall, a virtual platform for undergraduate and graduate students to connect, interact and gain professional development skills during the academic year.

Land-use webinar to focus on changes in consumer food sourcing during pandemic

November 12, 2020

Changes in how consumers locate and buy their food will be the subject of a web-based seminar hosted by Penn State Extension at noon on Nov. 18.

Virtual Ag Live tailgate brings together alumni, supports student scholarships

November 12, 2020

Organizers of the Ag Live Tailgate, the annual four-day reunion and charity event hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society, are not allowing its signature gathering to be sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic.

Smell and taste changes provide early indication of COVID-19 community spread

November 11, 2020

Self-reports of smell and taste changes provide earlier markers of the spread of infection of SARS-CoV-2 than current governmental indicators, according to an international team of researchers. The researchers also observed a decline in self-reports of smell and taste changes as early as five days after lockdown enforcement, with faster declines reported in countries that adopted the most stringent lockdown measures.

Arboretum at Penn State recognized as 'A Great Place in Pennsylvania'

November 10, 2020

The Arboretum at Penn State has been recognized as one of three “Great Places in Pennsylvania for 2020” by the state chapter of the American Planning Association. "Great Places" have a sustainable vision for the future and serve as a model for other communities, according to the association.

Family symposium highlights parent-child separations

November 10, 2020

Penn State’s 28th annual National Symposium on Family Issues was recently held focusing on the causes and consequences of parent-child separations. For the first time ever, the event was held virtually, but that didn’t deter experts around the nation from participating and offering their diverse research on the subject.

Golden ticket: Researchers examine what consumers desire in chocolate products

November 9, 2020

Gold foil, ornate labels and an intriguing backstory are product characteristics highly desired by premium chocolate consumers, according to research conducted by food scientists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Could SARS-CoV-2 evolve resistance to COVID-19 vaccines?

November 9, 2020

Similar to bacteria evolving resistance to antibiotics, viruses can evolve resistance to vaccines, and the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 could undermine the effectiveness of vaccines that are currently under development, according to a paper published Nov. 9 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by David Kennedy and Andrew Read from Penn State. The authors also offer recommendations to vaccine developers for minimizing the likelihood of this outcome.

Penn State Extension provides free courses to young women in Kenya

November 9, 2020

In August, Penn State Extension (in the College of Agricultural Sciences) partnered with the Global Give Back Circle (GGBC), an organization focused on providing education and mentorship opportunities to young women in five African nations. Global Give Back Circle “leverage[s] the time and talent of women globally, through a Mentorship Program designed to help at-risk girls continue their education and embrace economic freedom,” according to their website.

Society promotes minority involvement in agricultural sciences

November 5, 2020

The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences Society in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences fosters and promotes the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among multicultural groups.

Penn State Extension program receives state award for environmental excellence

November 5, 2020

A Penn State Extension curriculum designed to help youth agriculturists protect water quality by better managing manure recently received a 2020 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

Ag Sciences students to join Agricultural Future of America virtual conference

November 5, 2020

Sixteen students from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will hone their leadership skills by attending the annual Agricultural Future of America Leaders Conference, which is being held virtually Nov. 11-14.

Penn State experts address what should be done with lanternfly egg masses

November 4, 2020

In the world of the spotted lanternfly, autumn cues egg-laying season, which leads homeowners perturbed by the pest to ponder, “What should I do about egg masses?” The answer, in short, is to “scrape, smash and squash.” But new research also suggests that several oil-based insecticides can be effective in destroying egg masses when applied in the weeks before egg hatch.

College of Ag faculty on team that wins national excellence award for research

October 30, 2020

Faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Penn State mourns loss of food science pioneer Philip Keeney

October 29, 2020

The Penn State community is mourning the loss of Philip Keeney, professor emeritus of food science, who died Oct. 17 at the age of 95. Intimately linked with the Department of Food Science since he helped to establish it in 1975, Keeney perhaps was best known for his research and teaching related to ice cream

Misleading mulch: Researchers find contents of mulch bags do not match claims

October 29, 2020

In response to complaints about misleading packaging and fraudulent behavior by some producers of bagged landscaping mulch, Penn State researchers conducted an investigation and devised a process to determine the wood species included in the products, and at what percentage.

Two tall 'snag' trees installed in Arboretum's new Pollinator and Bird garden

October 27, 2020

The idea that dead trees would be needed among the acres of lush greenery and living color in The Arboretum at Penn State may be counterintuitive, but the unique forest “snag” is an element needed to attract as wide a variety of birds as possible to the Arboretum's new Pollinator and Bird Garden. The two tall, cut pine trees were installed Oct. 27.

Adele Turzillo to lead Penn State Department of Animal Science

October 27, 2020

Adele Turzillo, most recently the vice president for animal agriculture systems at the World Wildlife Fund, has been named head of the Department of Animal Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Nov. 2.

Preorders required for this year's Poultry Science Club turkey sale

October 27, 2020

Each November, members of the Penn State Poultry Science Club flock together to harvest turkeys for Thanksgiving. The birds are raised and cared for by students at the Poultry Education and Research Center beginning in July. The students sell the turkeys to the community on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

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