Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis

January 24, 2018

While the overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, it may be more complex than that. Economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

15 named distinguished faculty at Penn State

January 22, 2018

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has named 15 faculty members as distinguished professors.

Root discovery may lead to crops that need less fertilizer

January 18, 2018

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

Duncan joins Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

January 16, 2018

Jonathan Duncan recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

College, community and family events highlight We Are Weekend, June 1–3

January 15, 2018

Registration will open in February for We Are Weekend, the Alumni Association’s premier summer event that’s scheduled for June 1-3.

New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication

January 8, 2018

Manuel Llinás, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, have participated in the formulation of an updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

Webinar to discuss research on underground natural gas liquids storage

January 5, 2018

Research involved in determining possible underground storage potential for natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

New course to examine science, policy and ethics surrounding climate change

January 5, 2018

“Ethics of Climate Change," a new interdomain course being offered at University Park this spring, seeks to introduce students to the science, policy and ethics of climate change.

Power Up!

January 4, 2018

Penn State's new data center gives researchers the ability to tackle complex questions that range from detecting subatomic particles, to understanding how planets form, to anticipating how natural disasters and more gradual changes in natural systems will affect human systems such as water supply and food production.

Land-use webinar to focus on planning to protect private water supplies

January 3, 2018

What local communities can do to assist the more than 3 million Pennsylvania residents served by private wells and springs to have potable drinking water for their homes and farms will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

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