Undergraduate Exhibition wraps up record year

April 23, 2018

Hundreds of students and judges bustled about in the HUB-Robeson Center Wednesday evening for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Exhibition on the University Park campus of Penn State. From musical presentations in the Flex Theater posters in Alumni and Heritage halls, the University's best were promoting the fruits of their academic and artistic pursuits.

72 undergraduate students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants

April 22, 2018

The list of 2018 Erickson Discovery Grants has been released, and 72 students from Penn State campuses will have their work bolstered by a $3,500 grant from the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Q&A: Recent alumna making impact on clean water in Pennsylvania

April 20, 2018

Sarah Xenophon, recent Penn State alumna and watershed technician in the University's Agriculture and Environment Center, talks about the impact of her work, including facilitation of efforts to restore polluted waterways in Pennsylvania.

Zaffuto takes on food science industry one brownie at a time

April 20, 2018

Michael Zaffuto, a food science major, attributes his many accomplishments to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, his family and his hometown of Sykesville, Pennsylvania.

Q&A: Penn State’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay, clean water in Pa.

April 19, 2018

In this Q&A with Matthew Royer, director of the Agriculture and Environment Center at Penn State, we explore the ongoing work to improve the health of Pennsylvania's waterways, and by extension, the pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Lindow to speak at Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series

April 19, 2018

Steven E. Lindow, professor and executive associate dean for the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the guest speaker at the Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series.

Penn State Extension provides clients with 'study-abroad' opportunities

April 18, 2018

Penn State Extension organized a recent trip to study state-of-the-art crop management in Brazil — one of the world's leading producers of soybeans — for Pennsylvania soybean growers and industry representatives.

New iced coffees and ice cream to rev up Blue-White Weekend and beyond

April 18, 2018

Penn State Berkey Creamery has added two new products to its menu — "Brew and White" iced coffees and "Grilled Stickies" ice cream.

Andrew Read elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2018

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology in the Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Penn State Extension, ag officials look to slow spread of spotted lanternfly

April 16, 2018

Grape growers, orchardists, nursery operators, homeowners and others in southeastern Pennsylvania are bracing for the spring emergence of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect from Asia that appeared for the first time in the United States in Berks County nearly four years ago. Penn State Extension educators and College of Agricultural Sciences researchers are working with state and federal agriculture officials to stop the pest's spread.

AgSci dean, faculty, staff endow scholarships during Greater Penn State campaign

April 16, 2018

Motivated by a desire to help deserving students and by gratitude for the opportunities scholarships gave him when he first attended college, Rick Roush, dean of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, was one of several deans last fall to endow an Open Doors Scholarship as part of Penn State's current fundraising campaign, "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence."

From farm to dining commons: Penn State a leader in locally sourced food

April 13, 2018

Penn State is a leader in higher education in its commitment to supporting local economies and serving locally sourced, farm-to-table food options whenever possible. In total, more than 16 percent of all food purchased by the University comes directly from Pennsylvania farmers, producers, manufacturers and vendors.

Integrative Studies Seed Grants awarded to faculty across University

April 13, 2018

The Office for General Education has announced this year’s seed grants to support the development of Integrative Studies courses. The awarded proposals are representative of a wide range of academic disciplines, and include proposals from faculty at Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth.

Doctoral student in plant pathology receives NSF research grant

April 13, 2018

Emma Rosenthal, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will support Rosenthal's research on bacterial leaf spot, a disease that infects lettuce plants.

First Ag Safety Expo to be held May 1 at Ag Arena

April 11, 2018

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will be holding its first Ag Safety Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, at the Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus. The event will feature farm safety and rescue demonstrations and displays with opportunity for hands-on participation. The event is free and open to the public.

White joins Penn State's Department of Plant Science

April 10, 2018

Charles White, assistant professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, recently joined the Department of Plant Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Law’s Ag Law Center to administer Agricultural Mediation Program

April 10, 2018

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law at the University Park campus has taken on the responsibility of administering the Pennsylvania Agricultural Mediation Program, providing another avenue by which it can serve and assist the state’s farmers and producers.

Plant pathology graduate student, professor recognized for teaching excellence

April 10, 2018

Two educators in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received recognition for their teaching.

Films, forums and festivals: A guide to Penn State's 2018 Earth Day(s)

April 9, 2018

Earth Day will be internationally recognized on April 22, but at Penn State, Earth Day(s) will be celebrated throughout the month of April. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the events. Show your Earth Day spirit on social media by using #PSUEarthDays and visit the Earth Day(s) 2018 website to learn how to get involved.

New Penn State-USDA patented technology removes phosphorus from manure

April 9, 2018

An innovation that could have a huge impact on water quality problems in the United States, a system capable of removing almost all phosphorus from stored livestock manure, was developed by a team of researchers from Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Penn State gives voice to youth through social science research

April 9, 2018

Penn State undergraduate students, State College Area High School students, and youth from the Philadelphia Chapter of HOPE Worldwide/Saturday Academy will come together for the first Penn State Youth as Researchers Exposition on Friday, April 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park campus.

Nutritional sciences student to work at Penn State Student Farm this summer

April 9, 2018

Bowen Zheng, a nutritional sciences major, will work at the Student Farm at Penn State this summer to complete his undergraduate field experience. His roles will include learning about food production, applying his nutrition training to develop new materials for the farm, and teaching Community Supported Agriculture members and students in the dining commons about healthy eating and cooking.

Katsigianis named Penn State Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus

April 6, 2018

Ted Katsigianis, vice president of agricultural sciences for the Biltmore Co. in Asheville, North Carolina, will be honored as the 2018 Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science.

Josephine Wee joins Penn State Department of Food Science

April 5, 2018

The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently welcomed Josephine Wee, a new assistant professor of food microbiology, whose appointment will enhance educational and research programs in food safety and microbiology.

Shale gas webinar to focus on well production and pollution-reduction research

April 5, 2018

Research conducted by private companies and the U.S. government to make shale gas development more productive and safer for the environment will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Catchmark receives College of Agricultural Sciences Research Innovators Award

April 5, 2018

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is a recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized technologies generated through Penn State research.

Penn State Ag Sci devotees' gifts endow scholarship, name office in new building

April 5, 2018

With a $30,000 gift matched 2:1 by the University, alumnus John Graham and his wife, Carol, have established the John and Carol Graham Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. With an additional $30,000 contribution, they named the office of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department chair in the soon-to-be-completed Agricultural Engineering Building at University Park.

Cocoa bean roasting can preserve both chocolate health benefits, taste

April 4, 2018

Manipulating the temperature and the length of time under which cocoa beans are roasted can simultaneously preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects of chocolate, according to Penn State researchers.

Research opportunities open new doors for biorenewable systems student

April 4, 2018

Janelle Thompson, a junior majoring in biorenewable systems with a minor in sustainable leadership, has found her niche at Penn State with the help of the opportunities she has had through undergraduate research.

College of Agricultural Sciences welcomes landscape contracting professor

April 3, 2018

Margaret Hoffman recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as assistant professor of landscape contracting.

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