Science News: Collectors find plenty of bees but far fewer species than in the 1950s

January 22, 2020

Margarita López-Uribe, assistant professor of entomology, comments on a study conducted by scientists at the Biodiversity and Environment Research Institute in Argentina.

USDA "NIFA Update": A composite antimicrobial film could take a bite out of foodborne illnesses

January 22, 2020

This newsletter item highlights research conducted by Cathy Cutter, professor of food science, and Abdelrahim Hassan, former visiting scientist in Cutter's lab.

Newsweek: Insecticides have become more toxic to bees over the last 20 years

January 22, 2020

Christina Grozinger, Distinguished Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, talks about the results of a recently published study.

Science Daily: Novel composite antimicrobial film could take a bite out of foodborne illnesses

January 21, 2020

Cathy Cutter, professor of food science, and Abdelrahim Hassan, former visiting scientist in Cutter's lab, describe research on packaging materials that could reduce the pathogens on meats and other foods.

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com): Penn State wants to burn Pennsylvania forests to make them better

January 20, 2020

Jesse Kreye, assistant professor of fire and natural resources management, talks about the importance of prescribed fire in managing forest land. Similar coverage also appeared in the Bradford Era and other outlets.

Washington Post: Why getting enough vitamin D in wintertime is so important

January 19, 2020

This article, authored originally for The Conversation by Margherita Cantorna, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Immunology, also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other outlets.

Forbes: Are rural communities (untapped) hotbeds of innovation?

January 16, 2020

This article features research led by Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

Greene County Messenger: Greene County coyotes: fact or fiction?

January 16, 2020

Walt Bumgardner, livestock extension educator, comments on the prevalence of coyote attacks on livestock.

Associated Press: Study -- Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually

January 16, 2020

Jay Harper, professor of agricultural economics and director of the Fruit Research and Extension Center, comments on the economic impact of the invasive spotted lanternfly. This story and similar coverage appeared in nearly 200 outlets across the country, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, U.S. News and World Report, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the San Diego Union Tribune, WITF.org (Harrisburg), and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, to name a few.

Daily Collegian: Newly elected State College Councilwoman Deanna Behring looks to 'focus on the good and make it better'

January 16, 2020

This feature profiles Deanna Behring, assistant dean and director of international programs, as she begins her term on State College Borough Council.

Business Insider: What is resistant starch and why it's healthier than simple starch

January 15, 2020

Josh Lambert, associate professor of food science, says the fermentation of resistant starch nourishes the good bacteria in your intestines, promoting digestion and colon health.

Allentown Morning Call: Your View by retired Penn State educator -- What I learned working with farmers in Benin, Africa

January 15, 2020

This op-ed was authored by John Berry, retired agricultural marketing extension educator.

Toledo Blade: Turn up the heat for Hot and Spicy Food Day

January 15, 2020

This story mentions research conducted in the Food Science Department's Sensory Evaluation Center.

Business Insider: What the different types of carbs are and how they can affect your health

January 14, 2020

This article quotes Josh Lambert, associate professor of food science.

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com -- may require log-in): Family farm life can turn deadly for kids, with 11 killed in just one Pa. county over five years

January 13, 2020

This article quotes Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via PennLive.com): Nasty stuff hunters find on and in their deer -- Oozing green gunk, huge warts, parasitic insects and more

January 13, 2020

Michael Skvarla, extension educator and director of the Insect Identification Lab in entomology, explains the potential risk caused by parasitic deer keds.

Hagerstown (Md.) Herald-Mail: End of year is time for farmers to think about taxes

January 13, 2020

This article was written by Samantha Robison, dairy extension educator.

Centre Daily Times, State College: Dreaming of gardening? It’s not too early to start planning

January 12, 2020

This article was authored by Bill Lamont, professor emeritus of vegetable crops.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn State Extension works to help cheese makers

January 10, 2020

In this column of "briefs," Kerry Kaylegian, dairy foods extension specialist in food science, comments on a program aimed at assisting producers who make raw-milk cheese.

The Mercury, Pottstown: Berks environmental leaders pick top issues for 2020

January 10, 2020

Emelie Swackhamer, horticulture extension educator, says tree hazards caused by damage from the invasive emerald ash borer will become a greater problem in the year ahead.

Lancaster Farming: Scholarship winner wants to boost farms’ productivity

January 10, 2020

This article mentions 10 students with majors in the college who were recipients of 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation scholarships.

National Geographic: Demand for ginseng is creating a ‘wild west’ in Appalachia

January 9, 2020

Eric Burkhart, faculty instructor in ecosystem science and management, is quoted extensively in this article.

The Atlantic: The virus buried in a 100-year-old lung

January 9, 2020

This article quotes Ottar Bjornstad, Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology.

Washington Post: What to do when pests become homewreckers

January 9, 2020

Michael Skvarla, extension educator and director of the Insect Identification Lab in entomology, explains how to spot household carpenter ant infestations.

WJAC-TV, Johnstown: 128th Ice Cream Short Course

January 9, 2020

Bob Roberts, professor and head of food science, comments on this year's Ice Cream Short Course.

Lancaster Newspapers: What is a master watershed steward? This environmental program's coming to Lancaster and wants volunteers

January 9, 2020

This article quotes Jodi Sulpizio, natural resources extension educator and Master Watershed Steward program coordinator in York County.

Westfield Free Press-Courier: Westfield woman named county 4-H educator

January 9, 2020

Debra Bieser, 4-H extension educator, talks about 4-H offerings and her new position in Tioga County.

StateCollege.com: State College Borough Council welcomes new members, elects council president

January 7, 2020

This article quotes Deanna Behring, assistant dean and director of international programs, upon her swearing in to Borough Council.

Successful Farming "Living the Country Life Radio": Preparing for lambing

January 6, 2020

In this audio segment, which aired on radio stations across the country, Melanie Barkley, livestock extension educator, offers advice for preparing a ewe to give birth.

The Intelligencer, Langhorne: Bucks boy in rabbit royalty at Pa. Farm Show

January 4, 2020

Sarah Gregory, 4-H extension educator, explains how local 4-H'ers prepared for the Farm Show 4-H Potato Grading contest. This story also appeared in the Bucks County Courier Times.

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