Sculptor with a piece in The Arboretum at Penn State will speak Feb 12

February 8, 2019

Stacy Levy, an award-winning environmental sculptor, will discuss how her work combines science and art at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

Bee dispersal ability may influence conservation measures

February 7, 2019

The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, as reported by an international team of researchers.

Undergraduate students engage with Latino farmworker community through course

February 7, 2019

Because of significant labor shortages, Pennsylvania's dairy farms rely on Spanish-speaking immigrants as a key source of labor. However, cultural differences and language barriers can leave employers and workers lost in translation. A new, innovative community service-learning course — "Service-Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers" — offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at breaking down those barriers.

Penn State Extension land-use webinar to focus on geodesign

February 6, 2019

Using geodesign to involve all stakeholders in urban land-use planning will be the subject of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension on Feb. 20.

Manure injection offers hope, challenge for restoring Chesapeake water quality

February 6, 2019

Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they predict it will be difficult to persuade farmers to change practices.

Second annual Ag Safety Expo at Penn State set for Feb. 22

February 6, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its second annual Agricultural Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.

Plant pathology students embrace science and diversity at national conference

February 6, 2019

Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.

College of Agricultural Sciences students receive internship awards

February 1, 2019

Twelve Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2018 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

Clearinghouse evaluates veterans’ use of transition programs

January 31, 2019

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State is leading a research team that is collecting information from recent veterans to better understand their use and non-use of programs and services that assist veterans to make healthy transitions from military to civilian life.

'A fungus among us': Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab aids industry

January 29, 2019

Commercial mushroom farms, academic researchers and mushroom hobbyists from near and far rely on the Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab in the College of Agricultural Sciences to advance their operations.

College of Ag Sciences senior gets a 'kick' out of Penn State Horse Barn living

January 29, 2019

When Paulina Oleinik, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, started her college career at the University's Altoona campus, she had no idea that one day she would call a horse barn her home.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty members honored for teaching excellence

January 25, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized six faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2018.

Entomology students' global research to be supported by inaugural Guyton Award

January 24, 2019

Two students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are the recipients of the Guyton Award, a global learning scholarship established recently by Bill Guyton, an agricultural economist and internationally recognized expert in sustainable development.

Without habitat management, small land parcels do not protect birds

January 22, 2019

Designating relatively small parcels of land as protected areas for wildlife with no habitat management — which has frequently been done in urban-suburban locales around the world — likely does not benefit declining songbird species, according to a team of researchers who studied a long-protected northeastern virgin forest plot.

Schreyer Honors College adds four to distinguished faculty program

January 21, 2019

The Schreyer Honors College has accepted Rachel Brennan, Xiang Gao, Matthew Kaplan and Jon Nese into its Distinguished Honors Faculty Program for the 2019-21 academic term.

Paul and Beverly Perreault endow new international fellows program

January 21, 2019

Paul and Beverly Perreault, of Park City Utah, have made a generous commitment of $1.08 million to establish the Perreault Fellows Program and Scholarship in Global Programs which will provide international internship opportunities to talented undergraduate students interested in becoming global leaders in their fields.

Penn State NASA challenge team advances, to be featured on Japanese TV

January 19, 2019

NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, will be on the University Park campus Jan. 22 to film the Penn State interdisciplinary team that has advanced to the third phase of NASA’s $3.1-million 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Seven will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2019

January 18, 2019

Seven Penn State alumni selected by the Penn State Board of Trustees will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the University's highest honor presented to its alumni.

Strategic Plan seed grant helping gardens to grow at Beaver, Behrend campuses

January 18, 2019

The idea of the campus garden is evolving at Penn State, with gardens serving as living laboratories for interdisciplinary learning and hubs of activity for community engagement. With the University implementing a funding model to develop initiatives that align with Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, a two-year, $158,000 seed grant was awarded in 2017 to pilot the Sustainable Food Systems Program at the Beaver and Behrend campuses, in support of the plan’s priority to transform education.

Unraveling of 58-year-old corn gene mystery may have plant-breeding implications

January 17, 2019

In discovering a mutant gene that "turns on" another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future.

Report: Pennsylvania population trends mirror employment changes since 2000

January 17, 2019

Changes in the distribution of Pennsylvania's population — largely toward the state's southeastern quadrant — reflect challenges that policymakers need to address to promote and maintain statewide prosperity, suggests a new report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Agricultural Sciences student selected for Land O'Lakes internship

January 16, 2019

This past summer, Izaiah Bokunewicz, a plant sciences major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, had a unique opportunity to advance his knowledge of food security and global hunger by participating in a prestigious program sponsored by Land O'Lakes.

Wake up and smell the coffee: Research shows freezing beans can preserve aroma

January 15, 2019

As a food science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Andrew Cotter conducted research on the storage of coffee beans. He showed that storing roasted coffee beans in the freezer — a popular preservation method — can help preserve the aroma of certain varieties of beans.

Why we give: Two lifelong Penn Staters on why they support the United Way

January 14, 2019

“It matters, when you’re in a community, to be part of that community, and this is a tangible way. If you live in Centre County and you don’t know exactly what you want to do, but you want to be in a better community, you can be part of that. Between the network of partner agencies and the volunteers that drive the United Way, you should give to the United Way because that network works.”

Cellular protein a target for Zika control

January 14, 2019

A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to an international team of researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in developing new therapies to prevent or treat Zika virus infection.

Forum on Stewarding Our Planet's Resources to be held Jan. 21

January 9, 2019

A forum focused on the University’s Strategic Plan and one of its thematic priorities, Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources, will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. The purpose of the forum is to provide updates on Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources as well as seek input on the direction and focus of the priority.

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness obtains $1.5 million grant

January 8, 2019

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) to enhance suicide prevention efforts in the U.S. Air Force.

College of Agricultural Sciences to participate in Study Abroad Week events

January 8, 2019

For students who haven't yet reaped the benefits of international learning -- and even for those who have -- Penn State's Office of Global Programs will showcase education-abroad opportunities during Study Abroad Week, slated for Jan. 14-18 at various times and locations on the University Park campus.

1958 forestry class donates over $100K for Open Doors Scholarship

January 3, 2019

Twelve members of the Forestry Class of 1958 recently celebrated their 60th reunion at the Mont Alto campus. Besides reconnecting with each other and the campus, their time together also resulted in a group gift of $34,233 that transformed into a $102,669 Open Doors Scholarship which will support Mont Alto students who are facing financial hardships and are at risk of not completing their degrees.

A 'bran' new way to preserve healthy food with natural ingredients

January 3, 2019

A natural antioxidant found in grain bran could preserve food longer and replace synthetic antioxidants currently used by the food industry, according to researchers at Penn State.

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