College in the Media

A sampling of recent media coverage and mentions of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension appearing in print, online, and over the airwaves. Some links may require a log-in or may expire.

Feb 27, 2021

Bradford Era: National Invasive Species Awareness Week

This article, which focuses on the spotted lanternfly, was authored by Katie Schmidt, forestry extension educator. [more] States couldn't afford to wait for the FCC's broadband maps to improve. So they didn't

This article quotes Harry Crissy, extension educator in business and community vitality, about Penn State Extension's role in the effort to expand broadband internet coverage in Pennsylvania. [more]

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Looking to provide ‘support my generation didn’t have’ Penn State alum gifts $1M to LGBTQIA student center

This story highlights a gift from college alumnus Jeffrey Conrad. [more]

Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter: Smelling your morning coffee could be a way to make sure you don't have COVID

Studies suggest that between half and three-quarters of people with COVID-19 abruptly lose their sense of smell, sometimes in the absence of or before other symptoms, says John Hayes, professor of food science and director of the Sensory Evaluation Center. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips. [more]

Hoard's Dairyman: Help your employees hear you

Marcela Martinez, research technologist in veterinary and biomedical sciences, Adrian Barragan, assistant research professor and extension veterinarian, and Lisa Holden, associate professor of dairy science, offer advice for dairy producers to communicate effectively with their employees. [more] (WTAJ-TV, Altoona): Penn State study -- PA at highest hunger levels since beginning of pandemic

More than one in 10 households in Pennsylvania sometimes or often didn’t have enough food to eat last year, says Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. Similar coverage appeared in the Bradford Era, Lewistown Sentinel and Morning Ag Clips. [more]

Morning Ag Clips: Schmidt named County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Fellow

This story quotes Cristy Schmidt, applied research educator in the Center for Economic and Community Development, and Brent Hales, director of Penn State Extension. [more]

Bradford Era: 'Bee' kind this year by planting a pollinator garden

This article features Penn State Extension recommendations for pollinator-friendly gardening. [more]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: How to create a green habitat for pollinators and wildlife

This column was authored by Penn State Master Gardener Dianne Machesney. [more] Unique study of isolated bobcat population confirms accuracy of extinction model

Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology, comments on recently published research that he co-led. Similar coverage appeared in Science Daily, Science Codex and Morning Ag Clips. [more]

The Science Times: Natural gas compressor noise impacts songbirds’ reproductive success

Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Julian Avery, associate research professor of wildlife ecology and conservation, describe their study, which found that bluebirds and tree swallows nesting in noisy boxes spent less time incubating their eggs, had fewer eggs hatch and produced fewer young than their neighbors nesting in quiet boxes. Similar coverage appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News ( and Morning Ag Clips. [more]

Morning Ag Clips: Upon retirement, Arboretum's founding director leaves growing legacy

This article commemorating the retirement of Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology and director of The Arboretum at Penn State, also quotes Dean Rick Roush, President Eric Barron and Provost Nick Jones. [more]

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners meeting turns into a bunny hop

This coverage of a Bucks County Commissioners meeting quotes Sarah Gregory, 4-H extension educator, and features several 4-H members who were unable to show their rabbits at the Pennsylvania Farm Show because of the show's move to a virtual event. [more]

Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.: The coronavirus may not be able to mutate beyond control

This article quotes Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes. [more]

On the Farm Radio newsletter: Beekeeping is big business in U.S.

“Our study showcases the increasing importance of pollinators to supporting U.S. agricultural systems, particularly for the foods that are vital for healthy diets,” says Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research. Similar coverage appeared in the National Science Foundation news blog. [more]

Bedford Gazette: Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

This story features research conducted by Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology, and Fei Jiang, a recent soil science doctoral degree graduate. [more] Rebuilding soil microbiomes becomes challenging in high- tunnel soils with salt and nitrogen

This story quotes Laura Kaminsky, doctoral candidate in plant pathology, and Terrence Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes. [more]

Lancaster Farming: Setting up online sales for long-term success

John Wodehouse, Maria Graziani and Anne Miller, business management extension educators, and Lynn Kime, senior extension associate in agricultural economics, offer advice for producers in establishing and maintaining profitable online sales and delivery operations. [more]

Much coverage of the College of Agricultural Sciences is initiated or assisted by media relations and outreach efforts of the college's Communications and Marketing group.

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