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May 31, 2019

Tessa Sontheimer and Geoff Merz, graduates of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have been named recipients of Fulbright Study Awards.

The Pasto Agricultural Museum, located in Pennsylvania Furnace near the University Park campus, boasts a collection of unique items that captures thousands of years of agricultural history and development.   Image: Pat Mansell
May 31, 2019

Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum will be the site of June 8 programming aimed at helping Boy Scouts earn a Forestry Merit Badge. The event is being held during the 2019 Pennsylvania Timber Show.

(a) Lipoptena cervi (b) Lipoptena mazamae   Image: (a)André De Kesel, used with permission / (b) public domain
May 30, 2019

With flattened bodies, grabbing forelegs and deciduous wings, deer keds do not look like your typical fly. These parasites of deer — which occasionally bite humans — are more widely distributed across the U.S. than previously thought, according to Penn State entomologists, who caution that deer keds may transmit disease-causing bacteria.

Penn State students who traveled to Costa Rica over spring break as part of the embedded course “Environmental Resource Management 499: Costa Rica Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources” helped a rural Costa Rican farmer build a biodigester, which captures methane gas to help fuel his farm.   Image: Ashley Moll
May 24, 2019

A group of Penn State students explored a different type of classroom when they traveled to the tropics over spring break as part of the embedded course “Environmental Resource Management 499: Costa Rica Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources,” offered in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State student Erika Del Pilar holds a sheep belonging to a local Belizean farmer, in order to administer vitamin and dewormer shots.   Image: Provided
May 23, 2019

Erika Del Pilar, a veterinary and biomedical sciences major, has regularly been involved in the veterinary field during her time at Penn State. In an interview with Taylor Graham, a Student Engagement Network intern, Del Pilar talks about how she was able to take what she learned in the classroom and practice it first-hand overseas.

May 21, 2019

Master gardeners from around the globe will convene at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, June 17-21, as the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners host the International Master Gardener Conference, a biennial gathering that has been celebrating sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship since its inception in 1987.

Low numbers of Native Americans were capable of burning large areas of the eastern U.S. and did so repeatedly, according to the researcher. Native Americans, he says, knew that to regenerate plant species that they wanted for food, and to feed game animals they relied on, they needed to burn the forest understory regularly.   Image: © Getty Images / WilliamSherman
May 21, 2019

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.

The conference, titled "Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown," will occur on September 16-18, 2019.   Image: Penn State
May 20, 2019

From Sept. 16 to 18, Penn State, in partnership with Project Drawdown, will hold the first international conference to learn about and discuss the science underlying Drawdown’s portfolio of 100 solutions aimed at reversing global warming.

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May 17, 2019

Penn State has a long tradition of Fulbright success. Six Penn State faculty members have been awarded for the 2019-2020 cycle.

PROSPER conference attendees Christy Tomascik and Will, Annabelle and Lola Wojciechowski   Image: Sara Brennen/Penn State
May 17, 2019

“We are now addressing a generation that could become addicted if they take a pill a few times. Prevention is critical,” said Steve Forzato, Deputy Chief of Statewide Drug Initiatives for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, to the audience assembled May 14 at the Ruth Pike Auditorium, for the 17th annual PROSPER statewide conference.

Members of the Penn State team pose in front of the first fully enclosed 3D-printed housing structure at NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Illinois.    Image: Penn State
May 16, 2019

During NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Illinois, in early May, Penn State fell just short of besting its friendly rival AI SpaceFactory. But in the process, the team engineered a breakthrough that moves forward 3D-printing construction research and pushes the team closer to the goal of creating sustainable housing on Earth.

This year's Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was hugely successful.   Image: Kelly Jedrzejewski
May 16, 2019

The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was the most successful in the equine program’s history, bringing in just over $100,000, according to organizers.

Seven years of invasive shrub removal from the Hartley Wood in The Arboretum at Penn State promoted plant diversity and facilitated passive natural regeneration of native canopy tree seedlings, understory woody species and woodland herbaceous species. Among them (top left to right) Indianpipe, mayapple and hepatica, (bottom left to right) spotted geranium, waxflower shinleaf and mapleleaf viburnum.   Image: Erynn Maynard-Bean / Penn State
May 14, 2019

Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.

Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation’s agricultural industry, Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.   Image: Penn State
May 14, 2019

Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation’s agricultural industry, Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.

May 13, 2019

Laura Kaminsky, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation.

May 13, 2019

The Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Department Executive Officers Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. Through the program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability through University administrative assignments or other significant positions in public, private or professional organizations, are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

At Large fall 2019-Mushroom Magic
May 13, 2019

"Research/Penn State" magazine is looking for a superb research-related image to be published on its “At Large” pages in the Fall 2019 issue.

Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Shown at the ceremony are, from left, Davitt Woodwell, president, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Carissa Longo, environmental education program coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee member; Lauren Imgrund, deputy secretary, DCNR; Jennifer Fetter, Penn State Extension and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee chair; Patrick McDonnell, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Bradley Kunsman, Penn State Extension and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee member. In the background is Janelle Stelson, news anchor for WGAL, who served as the emcee.   Image: Pennsylvania Environmental Council
May 13, 2019

Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

May 9, 2019

The Students for Cultivating Change organization in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently hosted a webinar focusing on inclusion and diversity in agriculture, which was presented by Ashlee Davis, the global lead for external affairs for Cargill, a privately held corporation headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Center for the Performing Arts Director George Trudeau announced at a May 6 Curtain Call event that Lam and Lina Hood were the most recent winners of the center’s Distinguished Service Award. From left are George Trudeau, Debbie Trudeau, Lina Hood, (son) Chris Hood and Lam Hood.   Image: Stephanie Swindle Thomas
May 8, 2019

Lam and Lina Hood grew up in farm families who subsisted on the basics, but they always found ways to enjoy various events and give back to their communities. The couple’s volunteerism and unwavering support for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State—as ushers for more than 20 years and members since the mid-2000s—earned the Hoods the center’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award.