27th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues will take place Oct. 21-22

October 9, 2019

The 2019 National Symposium on Family Issues will provide an overview of the many interconnections between families and food on Oct. 21-22 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Penn State receives $7.3 million grant to advance spotted lanternfly research

October 7, 2019

A $7.3 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers as they conduct research and develop strategies to combat the spotted lanternfly.

Penn State senior shares his passion for landscape contracting

October 6, 2019

Jack Pohutsky, a senior in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was attracted to the rewarding, hands-on work of landscape contracting, and he took to the major immediately. Through small, student-focused classes, which touched on subjects such as horticulture, biology and design software, he has gained valuable knowledge and experience.

From Mount Nittany to Patagonia: Students prep for study abroad in Chile

October 4, 2019

Over winter break, Penn State students in the embedded course, “ERM 499: Natural Resources in Chile/Patagonia,” will spend two weeks exploring the culture of Chile and the vast region of Patagonia with a focus on natural resources, climate and sustainability.

Extremely dry, hot conditions this fall causing early, muted foliage display

October 4, 2019

With last year being the wettest year on record in Pennsylvania, and this year staring out wet again, 2019 was set up to be the mother of all fall foliage displays. Trees in most areas were in great condition going into late summer. But then it quit raining — in a big way.

Plant pathologist awarded grant to aid global study of seedborne pathogens

October 3, 2019

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they explore bacterial pathogens causing leaf spot diseases that are damaging valuable agricultural crops such as watermelon and pumpkin.

Penn State community grieves loss of soil scientist Henry Lin

October 2, 2019

Hangsheng "Henry" Lin, a highly respected soil scientist who was widely regarded as the founding father of hydropedology and a much-loved friend and Penn State colleague, died Sept. 26, at the age of 54 in his State College home after a battle with lung cancer.

Aging in rural America focus of new research network

October 2, 2019

A new five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging will fund a Penn State-led project to build an interdisciplinary network of researchers focusing on rural population health and aging.

NASA Pa. Space Grant accepting undergraduate research internship applications

October 1, 2019

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is currently accepting applications to its undergraduate research internship programs. The programs offer first-year and minority students a two-semester, faculty-mentored internship in a research laboratory at University Park. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

Daddy daycare: Why some songbirds care for the wrong kids

October 1, 2019

Interspecific feeding — when an adult of one species feeds the young of another — is rare among songbirds, and scientists only have been able to speculate on why it occurs, but now, Penn State researchers have new insight into this behavior.

Penn State community grieves loss of biologist Victoria Braithwaite

September 30, 2019

Victoria Braithwaite, a highly regarded expert on animal behavior and cognition and a much-loved friend and colleague, died today (Sept. 30) at the age of 52 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The Arboretum at Penn State to host pumpkin festival Oct. 6 and Oct. 11-12

September 27, 2019

A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's annual Pumpkin Festival, set for Oct. 6 and Oct. 11-12. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus.

Engineers Without Borders partners with Namutamba community in Uganda

September 26, 2019

Undergraduate students from the Penn State chapter of Engineers Without Borders have launched a collaboration with the Namutamba community in Uganda to improve the community’s access to potable water.

Scholar trains educators from Ethiopia in detection of foodborne pathogens

September 26, 2019

Schreyer Honors Scholar and microbiology major Cassidy Prince created a training program to help researchers and educators from Ethiopia detect and monitor foodborne pathogens.

Animal science class will explore animal industries in Belgium, the Netherlands

September 25, 2019

For students interested in embedded courses through Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the spring 2020 semester will include a new animal science class that features a trip to Belgium and the Netherlands.

Diversity statement shows Department of Entomology's commitment to inclusivity

September 25, 2019

The Department of Entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has released its first diversity statement, which articulates the department’s goal to “cultivate a community of people who have diverse ways of thinking, views, values and perspectives and who represent the composition of our society.”

Fall Research Unplugged speaker series returns to Schlow Library starting Oct. 3

September 24, 2019

The fall 2019 edition of Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversations with Penn State researchers, returns to Schlow Centre Region Library on Oct. 3.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences honors outstanding alumni

September 23, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored five of its graduates with 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards, which will be presented during a banquet Oct. 22 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, recognize the alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

New AI app predicts climate change stress for farmers in Africa

September 23, 2019

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool available for free in a smartphone app can predict near-term crop productivity for farmers in Africa and may help them protect their staple crops — such as maize, cassava and beans — in the face of climate warming, according to Penn State researchers. The team will unveil the new tool — which will work with their existing AI assistant, called “PlantVillage Nuru” — to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit held today (Sept. 23) at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City.

Penn State Extension aids in identifying high-risk areas for spotted lanternfly

September 23, 2019

Identifying potential spotted lanternfly stomping grounds beyond Pennsylvania’s current 14-county quarantine zone is the focus of a survey now being carried out by Penn State Extension.

Penn State's Great Insect Fair imagines a world without bugs

September 19, 2019

Appreciating insects' role in agriculture and the environment will be the focus of Penn State's 2019 Great Insect Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.

New project to evaluate the effects of adoption on older children

September 19, 2019

Penn State researchers recently received a $3.8 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to explore successful post-adoption development in children.

Penn State Microbiome Center's DAWG chews on microbiome data sets

September 17, 2019

All scientific research requires the collection of data, and lots of it. But any collection of information is meaningless until it’s organized, analyzed and interpreted. The Penn State Microbiome Center’s Data Analysis Working Group seeks to facilitate this process, so that more members of the Penn State community can produce research deliverables related to microbiomes.

Novel use of laser technology reveals interactions between roots, soil organisms

September 16, 2019

A novel use of a custom laser system — developed in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences eight years ago — allows researchers to see how soil organisms affect plant roots. The discovery has implications for future breeding of more resilient and productive crops, according to an international team of scientists.

Drawdown Scholars returning to Penn State for international conference

September 13, 2019

Undergraduate students from across the country are returning to Penn State next week for the first international conference on the science of drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline. The students, participants in this past summer’s Penn State Drawdown Scholars Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, will present results from their summer research projects from Sept. 16-18.

Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building project advances

September 12, 2019

The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (Sept. 12) recommended approval of the final plans and authorization to expend funds for the Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building at the University Park campus at a cost of $98.5 million. The project will be presented to the full board for a vote on Friday, Sept. 13.

Land-use webinar to focus on municipal stormwater utilities

September 11, 2019

Establishing municipal stormwater utilities will be the topic of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension at noon on Sept. 18

New method of analyzing networks reveals hidden patterns in data

September 10, 2019

A new way of measuring how relationships in a network change over time can reveal important details about the network, according to researchers at Penn State and the Korean Rural Economic Institute. For example, when applied to the world economy, the method detected the greatest amount of network change during 2008-09, the time of the global financial crisis.

Student Farm Club looks forward to a semester of growth

September 10, 2019

Members of the Penn State Student Farm Club are looking forward to a busy semester. Their first event of the year, the fourth annual Harvest Festival, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Student Farm.

Webinar to cover regional and national natural gas production trends

September 9, 2019

Natural gas production trends, both regional and national, will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26.

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