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WPSU's "Conversations LIVE: Get Your Garden On!" to air at 8 p.m. on April 18
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 interactive Plant Finder will help visitors to The Arboretum at Penn State find and learn about plants in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.   Image: Penn State
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.

Attendees of Energy Days 2018 listen to Olga Algayerova, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, during one of the conference's plenary sessions.   Image: Kevin Sliman
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.

April 12, 2019

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

Team GreenBriq, $7,500 winners of the Ag Springboard 2019 business pitch competition, pose with their first-place plaques. Team members are, from left, Paul Hughes, mechanical engineering major; Nicole Dato, civil engineering major; Annaliese Long, biological engineering major; and Vatsal Agarwal, material science and engineering major. Pictured with the team are, from left, Gary Thompson, College of Agricultural Sciences associate dean for research; Dan Azzara, director of the college's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program; and Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and entrepreneurship coordinator.   Image: Cameron Callanan
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.

Karoline Kent, who graduated from Penn State last year, shows a horse at the 2018 Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale. This year’s event is planned for April 27.   Image: Penn State
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.

Forestry students rescue an injured forester — a mobile, high-fidelity human simulation patient named i-Stan — during an annual exercise at Penn State Mont Alto.    Image: Debra Collins
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.

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.

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.   Image: Penn State
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.

Janet Welsh brings more than 25 years of experience as a prevention researcher to her work with the PROSPER program, which has prompted reductions in substance use and abuse among young people in communities across Pennsylvania.   Image: Penn State
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."

Janet Welsh
April 9, 2019

To help build resilient families in Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers like Janet Welsh are taking prevention research out of the lab and into communities where it matters most. "We aren’t going to solve the whole problem of drug abuse ourselves," Welsh said, "but because of our clear mission and track record of success, we can be a piece of the solution."

The science behind ice cream will be the focus of the annual open house and ice cream social at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, set for 1 to 4 p.m. on April 14.   Image: Penn State
April 8, 2019

People interested in learning the science behind ice cream should plan to attend the annual open house and ice cream social at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, set for 1 to 4 p.m. on April 14.

A close-up of a spotted lanternfly during a massive flight dispersal in an apple orchard near Oley, Pennsylvania. Spotted lanternfly adults are generally 1 inch long with a wingspan of nearly two inches.    Image: Thomas Baker / Penn State
April 8, 2019

The spotted lanternfly is not a strong or frequent flyer, weaknesses that may hinder its ability to travel long distances by air, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

April 8, 2019

The use of directional drilling to minimize surface disturbance in the building of natural gas pipelines will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

General health care is a big part of the students’ work at the Penn State Deer Research Center. Here, Joey Dell, Kayla Schlichting and Maddy Schneider take antler measurements on a sedated buck during fall vaccinations.    Image: Penn State
April 5, 2019

Penn State’s Deer Research Center, commonly referred to as “the deer pens,” has been an endearing part of many students’ college experiences since the 1970s, providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity for hands-on learning about one of the state’s most recognizable mammals.

The Penn State Waste Stream Task Force will hold a community discussion to present a draft of its waste stream report and answer questions from the community at 3 p.m. on April 16 in 233 HUB-Robeson Center.   Image: Penn State
April 3, 2019

The Penn State Waste Stream Task Force invites members of the Penn State community to a community discussion on April 16, at which the task force will present a draft of its waste stream report and answer questions from the community. The report was made available online on April 10.