Penn State food science senior has found the ingredients for success

March 19, 2019

Brianna Elicker, of York, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a passion for food and agriculture from an early age.

Little I Livestock Expo offers unparalleled showing experience for students

March 19, 2019

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for one of their favorite events, the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition — also known as Little I — a yearly event that gives students hands-on experience showing beef and dairy cattle, swine, horses and sheep from the University’s on-campus farms.

Penn State brook trout researchers featured in new ‘Expedition Chesapeake’ film

March 18, 2019

It's a long way from Shanerburg Run, not far from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to the closest shores of the Chesapeake Bay … about 200 miles. And yet the stream — or more precisely the studies Penn State researchers are conducting on the eastern brook trout it harbors — will be highlighted in a new film about the estuary and its watershed.

Bug off! Penn State takes proactive approach in dealing with pesky pests

March 18, 2019

Penn State in 2009 established an Integrated Pest Management Committee, the members of which are tasked with monitoring, tracking and responding to pest problems ranging from ant infestations to groundhog invasions and everything in between.

Dillman to discuss survey methodology, rural America at M.E. John Lecture

March 18, 2019

Don Dillman, Regents Professor in the Department of Sociology and deputy director for research and development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University, will present the 2019 M.E. John Lecture on April 10, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

New graduate ecosystem management program combines science and leadership

March 14, 2019

Penn State's new graduate program in ecosystem management, offered online, brings together environmental science, management and leadership skills.

Global Programs to hold information sessions for new Perreault Fellows Program

March 14, 2019

The Office of Global Programs will hold three information sessions for the Perreault Fellows Program in late March and early April. The Perreault Fellows Program supports a comprehensive educational and international internship opportunity for a select and diverse group of talented undergraduates intent on becoming global leaders in the field of health and human well-being.

Research Unplugged speaker series to kick off spring 2019 season April 4

March 13, 2019

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversations with Penn State researchers, returns to Schlow Centre Region Library in April for its spring 2019 talks.

Book examines connection between gender and cooking energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

March 12, 2019

The link between gender and innovative energy use for food preparation is explored in a new book, “Recovering Bioenergy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Gender Dimensions, Lessons and Challenges,” co-edited by Ruth Mendum, assistant research professor for gender initiatives in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and Mary Njenga, research scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre.

Penn State Extension hosts Sheep Scanning Certification School

March 12, 2019

Penn State Extension will host Sheep Scanning Certification School, April 23-25 at Penn State's University Park campus, to train ultrasound technicians to measure carcass characteristics, which can help sheep producers select superior genetics to improve their flock.

Avocado seed extract shows promise as anti-inflammatory compound

March 12, 2019

An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to Penn State researchers, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.

Millennium Scholars Program, philanthropy support student success in STEM

March 12, 2019

Thanks to the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program and support from donors like Steve and Kathi Mahle, a growing number of Penn State students are on their way toward earning advanced degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Webinar to focus on affordable municipal options for stormwater compliance

March 11, 2019

Municipal management of stormwater in a cost-effective way is the topic of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 20.

Pasto Agricultural Museum to offer interactive learning programs for families

March 11, 2019

Spring has sprung at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, and to celebrate, the museum is hosting two free programs filled with fun, interactive learning for families.

Flavor Madness contest returns at Penn State Berkey Creamery

March 11, 2019

Penn State Berkey Creamery is bringing back Flavor Madness, the online tournament in which ice cream fans can vote weekly for their favorite flavors. The contest was held last in 2017, when Death by Chocolate took home the trophy.

Penn State and University of Freiburg Announce 2019 Joint Projects

March 11, 2019

The third year of the Penn State-University of Freiburg Joint Collaboration Development Program is underway, with three new projects selected for seed funding.

Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data

March 7, 2019

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data.

With alumni support, Arboretum to offer new educational programs on horticulture

March 6, 2019

A $200,000 gift from Penn State alumnus Mark Jay Tygel will enable The Arboretum at Penn State to launch new educational programs on plant sciences and related topics.

Sensory tests suggest 'liking' wines made with native grapes a learned response

March 6, 2019

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes — such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are grown in North America — may depend on early exposure to the fruits' sweet, ultra "grapey" taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California.

Agribusiness student talks lab-grown meat with industry leaders

March 4, 2019

Tony Rice, a senior agribusiness management student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, studied “meat” made in the lab and not from animals, and grew increasingly committed to understanding its potential to enhance agricultural production.

Methane migration, water chemistry changes are focus of shale gas webinar

March 4, 2019

Methane migration into water resources in Pennsylvania will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Harper to take the reins at Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center

March 1, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Jayson Harper, professor of agricultural economics, as interim director of the college's Fruit Research and Extension Center, effective March 1.

Penn State Extension educator honored by sports turf organization

March 1, 2019

Jeffrey Fowler, Penn State Extension senior horticulture educator who specializes primarily in turfgrass, received a Sports Turf Managers Association Founders Award at the organization's recent conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

International academic exchange program at Penn State promotes peace, research

March 1, 2019

As part of an international academic exchange program called “Academic Mobility Program for Scientific Knowledge Transfer to Rural Communities for Peace,” students and faculty from Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina in Bogotá, Colombia (Areandina University), and La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), visited Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Unique workshop for teachers highlights connection between plants, pollinators

February 28, 2019

The “Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators” workshop, co-hosted by Penn State's colleges of Education and Agricultural Sciences, is slated for June 24-28 at the University Park campus.

Researchers examine why health and social services go unused by new veterans

February 27, 2019

Returning to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. While there are many programs and services aimed at helping them readjust, some veterans do not take advantage of these supportive resources. A Penn State-led research team examined factors that are associated with program non-use among veterans who recently left active duty service.

Assessment details impact of pests and pathogens on world’s major food crops

February 26, 2019

Pests and diseases are taking a substantial bite out of the world’s five major food crops — in some cases, up to 40 percent — according to a recently released publication, one of the first to inventory the impact on a global scale.

Penn State farm safety experts to lead workshop on child ag injury prevention

February 26, 2019

A workshop aimed at protecting children and youth who work and/or live on farms, co-hosted by Penn State Extension’s Farm Safety Team, will take place March 28-29 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey.

Material that shields beetle from being burned by its own weapons, holds promise

February 25, 2019

Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers.

Pennsylvania Game Commission internship plants career seeds for student

February 22, 2019

A summer internship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission helped Penn State senior Dominic Lenzi cultivate his skills in the field of forestry.

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