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May 18, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences held its spring 2009 commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Robert Steele was the commencement speaker. He is dean of the college and is stepping down after 12 years to return full-time to the college's faculty as a professor in the Department of Food Science...

May 15, 2009

The winners of an international competition organized by Penn State for new plant-biology videos on YouTube were announced Friday (May 15). More than $8,000 in cash prizes were awarded in this first competition organized by ChloroFilms, a nonprofit collaborative project started by Daniel Cosgrove, the Eberly Professor of Biology at Penn State. ...

May 14, 2009

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development housed at Penn State will host the national conference, "Enhancing Local and Regional Food Systems: Exploring the Research, What Works, and What We Need to Learn," May 19-20 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, N.Y....

May 14, 2009

In response to the continuing spread of H1N1 influenza A among humans, Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL) is providing leadership in monitoring any potential impact on Pennsylvania's swine herd....

May 8, 2009

Local governments' roles in the regulation and implementation of gas drilling in Pennsylvania are a growing concern for residents and lawmakers alike, according to an expert in the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Ross Pifer, director of the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center, will discuss the issue during a free online seminar ...

May 7, 2009

Swine flu is no mystery to scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who have been keeping a wary eye on the virus in pigs for decades and researching better vaccines to prevent it, methods to limit its spread, and ways to predict and gauge the risks it poses to human health. ...

May 7, 2009

Outstanding central Pennsylvania high school juniors and seniors from diverse racial backgrounds visited Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences for a two-day, hands-on laboratory experience May 1-2 on the University Park campus....

May 7, 2009

Sick people often lose their sense of smell and their appetite. If this happened to mosquitoes, they would not be able to feed on humans and spread malaria. A team of Penn State entomologists is looking for an insect disease that will infect mosquitoes and impair their sense of smell....

May 7, 2009

Penn State's Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology is hosting the 17th Plant Biology Symposium at the Life Sciences Building on May 19-21. The theme of this year's symposium is, "Plant-Soil Interactions in Future Climates."...

May 7, 2009

Elissa Olimpi, a 2006 alumna of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent several months of her college experience deep in the Peruvian jungle researching the bald-faced Saki monkey....

May 6, 2009

As the nation braces for the impact of the H1N1 Influenza A virus or swine flu, some consumers are uncertain of how to handle their normal consumption of pork -- which could be bad news for American pork producers. But a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says, despite its name, swine flu can't be spread ...

May 6, 2009

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Penn State ice cream! A short video following the Berkey Creamery's history and daily operations highlights the contributions of Penn State staff (and cows, of course), from the University's dairy barns through the Creamery production line. Watch how Creamery ice cream is made "from cow to cone."...

May 5, 2009

Members of Penn State's Plant Pathology Department recently presented a copy of the "History of the Department of Plant Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1956 to 1976" to the Penn State University Archives in the University Libraries. ...

May 4, 2009

As the nation grapples with a severe recession, economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have published a new report that suggests which industries and areas in Pennsylvania may experience expansion or decline in employment in the upturn expected to follow the recession....

May 4, 2009

The calendar says it is the beginning of spring and the grass is growing. For most beef producers, it is a welcome time of the year because there are no more cold, snowy days when they have to feed their cattle hay....

May 1, 2009

With public concern over the outbreak of H1N1 type A influenza (swine flu) growing, Penn State Extension is working with numerous Pennsylvania agricultural and public-health organizations to educate citizens on the virus, its origins, how it is spread and its human- and animal-health impacts. ...

April 30, 2009

Now is the time to get your garden in gear! Whether you want to start from the beginning to prepare a garden or you are curious to learn about this year's perfect addition to your established horticultural endeavors, WPSU-TV has a great way to get your garden going strong. Join host David Price and his panel of experts on "Lawn and Garden Q&A;," ...

April 29, 2009

It may sound overly simplistic, but when it comes to feeding livestock, what goes into an animal greatly influences what comes out....

April 29, 2009

Cutting edge approaches and methodology employed by plant and molecular biologists, chemists, physicists, material scientists, computational modelers and engineers will be applied to plant cells in the newly funded Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation, a Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center at Penn State....

April 29, 2009

The strain of swine flu suspected of sickening dozens of people in the United States and killing more than 150 in Mexico is a new strain that has never been found in U.S. swine herds, and an animal-health expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says if producers follow proper biosecurity measures, they will help minimize the risk ...