New research shows promise for success of underrepresented scholars in STEM

April 25, 2019

A new study describes promising early results in expanding diversity and inclusion in STEM by leveraging lessons learned from successful programs with immersive interinstitutional partnering. This approach could serve as a model for other universities with different populations of students, sizes and cultures.

From weeds to Washington: Penn State agronomy student advocates for change

April 25, 2019

Haleigh Summers, a master’s degree student in agronomy in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is one of this year’s 18 recipients of the American Society of Agronomy’s Future Leaders in Science Award.

Food scientist Kovac receives young investigator award

April 25, 2019

Jasna Kovac, assistant professor of food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named recipient of the Institut Merieux Young Investigator Award in Antimicrobial Resistance from the International Association for Food Protection.

Songbird-body changes that allow migration may have human health implications

April 24, 2019

Songbirds that pack on as much as 50 percent of their body weight before migrating and that sleep very little, exhibit altered immune system and tissue-repair function during the journey, which may hold implications for human health, according to Penn State researchers.

Grants aid studies on environmental and financial value of stream buffers

April 24, 2019

A group of doctoral students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences who are examining the use of perennial grasses as stream buffers will benefit from four complementary state and federal grants.

Fulbright grant will support Penn State doctoral student’s research in Zambia

April 24, 2019

Jacob Johnson, a doctoral candidate in forest resources and in international agriculture and development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a Fulbright Study/Research Award.

Ehau-Taumaunu awarded newly established Phytobiomes Fellowship

April 24, 2019

Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as the recipient of the Phytobiomes Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year.

ICS Seed Grants to power projects that use AI, machine learning for common good

April 23, 2019

Penn State's Institute for CyberScience has awarded $367,632 in seed funding for projects designed to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to assist the public good. The grants support projects in 20 different departments and units, 10 colleges and three institutes.

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners present annual plant sale on May 18

April 22, 2019

Gardeners can learn new skills and choose from thousands of plants at the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County plant sale, on Saturday, May 18. The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn State Ag Progress Days venue, nine miles southwest of State College on State Route 45.

Penn State wildlife and fisheries science senior shines as presenter at meeting

April 22, 2019

Ben Kline, a wildlife and fisheries science major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was celebrated for giving an informative presentation at a professional conference.

Stearns receives Educator of the Year award from national landscape association

April 22, 2019

Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, who served as the inaugural professor and program coordinator of the landscape contracting program in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the National Association of Landscape Professionals during its annual conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Student Farm Club to host fourth annual plant sale April 26

April 18, 2019

Penn State’s Student Farm Club will host fourth annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in Headhouse II, located on Curtin Road across the street from the Berkey Creamery. This year’s sale will feature more than 30 varieties of garden vegetables, herbs and potted succulents.

Interdisciplinary research project on water and agriculture launches website

April 18, 2019

Water for Agriculture, a Penn State-led interdisciplinary research project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute on Food and Agriculture, has announced the launching of its website. The project aims to address the water and agriculture issues that matter most to communities through effective stakeholder engagement.

Professor's genome editing technology leads to Research Innovators Award

April 17, 2019

Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, is the 2019 recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.

Undergraduate research award creates buzz around Penn State pollinator studies

April 17, 2019

Undergraduate research aimed at supporting pollinator health is flourishing at Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research, thanks to philanthropic support.

Penn State Student Farm hosts Community Check-In

April 15, 2019

The Student Farm Club at Penn State is hosting a public Community Check-In meeting at 4:30-6:30 on Tuesday, April 16, in the Heritage Hall at the HUB on the University Park campus. The event is seeking campus and community input on the future development and expansion of the Student Farm.

Hear from Penn State experts on how to 'Get Your Garden On!' this summer

April 15, 2019

WPSU’s “Conversations LIVE” airs Thursday, April 18, as a pair of Penn State Extension horticultural educators share their advice and take viewers questions for the best ways to prepare summer gardens.

Graduate student awardees celebrated at annual luncheon

April 12, 2019

Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 11 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

April 12, 2019

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of arts and humanities; social sciences—applied and basic; physical and computational sciences—applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.

Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

April 12, 2019

How do regional opinions on Twitter represent real-world attitudes toward climate change? A team of researchers will work to find out, thanks to a recent seed grant from the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State.

Graduate student Bipana Paudel Timilsena receives International Research Award

April 12, 2019

Bipana Paudel Timilsena, a doctoral student in entomology with a dual title in international agriculture and development, received the Graduate Student International Research Award.

The Arboretum at Penn State launches new interactive Plant Finder map

April 12, 2019

Visitors to The Arboretum at Penn State now can explore the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens with the Arboretum’s new, interactive Plant Finder. The map-based program allows users to find the locations of more than 1,100 species of plants in the Arboretum’s living collections.

Energy Days continues to build bridges among research, industry, government

April 12, 2019

Energy Days, a two-day conference that brings together the energy expertise of Penn State with those working in and with the energy industry, will occur May 29–30 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The conference is open to the public and is free for Penn State students, faculty and staff.

Ilse Huerta Arredondo receives the Frisbey International Student Award

April 12, 2019

Penn State graduate student Ilse Huerta Arredondo has been awarded the Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Award.

GreenBriq student venture wins top $7,500 prize in Ag Springboard pitch contest

April 12, 2019

GreenBriq, a student venture aimed at turning the biomass of invasive water hyacinth plants into affordable fuel briquettes for Kenyan families, recently won first place in the Ag Springboard pitch contest. The competition is a signature event of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

No time for horsing around: Students prep for annual quarter horse sale

April 12, 2019

The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place Saturday, April 27, at the Snider Agricultural Arena at University Park.

Students to receive hands-on experience during trauma training event

April 10, 2019

Penn State Mont Alto will hold its annual trauma-scenario training exercise for forest technology and nursing students from 8 a.m. to noon on April 18 at the campus.

Land-use webinar to focus on how preserving community heritage promotes vitality

April 10, 2019

How communities can promote economic and community vitality by making the most of their historical and heritage assets will be the subject of a web-based seminar at noon on April 17 offered by Penn State Extension.

MacAdmins at Penn State to celebrate 10th anniversary

April 10, 2019

Mac and iOS system administrators and managers come to University Park each summer from all over the world to refine their skills and knowledge at the MacAdmins at Penn State conference. This July, the event celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Helping communities 'PROSPER': A Q&A with prevention researcher Janet Welsh

April 10, 2019

Janet Welsh, associate research professor of health and human development and senior research associate with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, has worked in prevention research since 1994, with the aim of improving the lives of people and communities impacted by substance abuse and addiction. "I want to see how we can use what we have at the University to really help solve social problems, and being able to work with real communities, kids and families has always been important to me."

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