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April 2, 2019

Mark Brennan, professor of leadership, and youth development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Ali Kara, professor of business administration at Penn State York, are the recipients of Penn State's 2019 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Originating from the Black and Caspian seas, round gobies were introduced into the Great Lakes by the release of ballast water from large trans-Atlantic cargo ships around 1990. Able to live in saltwater or freshwater, they were first found in the French Creek watershed in 2013   Image: Peter van der Sluijs / Wikimedia
April 1, 2019

The round goby — a small, extremely prolific, invasive fish from Europe — poses a threat to endangered freshwater mussels in northwestern Pennsylvania's French Creek, one of the last strongholds for two species of mussels, according to researchers.

Beescape.org provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees.   Image: Pixabay
April 1, 2019

Beescape.org provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees. It was developed through a partnership led by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Center for Pollinator Research and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Every spring students in the Penn State chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers invite local community members to bring their lawnmowers in for cleaning and servicing in preparation for the coming mowing season.   Image: Patrick Mansell
March 29, 2019

The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual lawnmower clinic on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the Agricultural Engineering Building at University Park.

Penn State Extension has released the 2019-20 edition of the Penn State Agronomy Guide.   Image: Penn State
March 28, 2019

Farm managers, crop consultants and producers looking for the latest, research-based information on crop production and soil health can turn to the 2019-2020 edition of the Penn State Agronomy Guide, now available for purchase from Penn State Extension.

Author George Archibald will deliver a talk, titled "Cranes: Their Hope for Survival on a Planet in Flux," at 5 p.m. on April 3 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building. The event is sponsored by The Arboretum at Penn State and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.   Image: Penn State
March 28, 2019

George Archibald, author and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, will describe his life-long work to save cranes from extinction during a free public presentation at 5 p.m. on April 3 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Microbiome research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is featured in a new report from the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation and its FedByScience initiative.   Image: Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation
March 27, 2019

A new report issued today (March 27) shows how U.S. farmers — facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks — can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded agricultural research, including studies performed in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Rodney Allen Trice and the 2019 Open Innovation Challenge trophy.   Image: Penn State
March 27, 2019

Rodney Allen Trice's "Walk a Mile..." project aims to use immersive technology to spark empathy and conversations among diverse audiences. It won the 2019 Open Innovation Challenge.

March 26, 2019

Mark Guiltinan, J. Franklin Styer Professor of Horticultural Botany in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2018 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

March 26, 2019

Two faculty members in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been named the recipients of the 2018 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes exceptional articles accepted or published by refereed scholarly journals in the social and human sciences within the past two years.

An electrospinner made of Lego pieces is used to create strands of starch.   Image: Patrick Mansell / Penn State
March 26, 2019

A new technique to spin starch fibers using Lego pieces could have future applications for lab-grown "clean" meat, according to a team of food scientists from Penn State and the University of Alabama.

Entrepreneurial students pitch their idea at the IdeaMakers Challenge during the 2018 Penn State Startup Week. This year's weeklong event, to be held April 1-5, 2019, will offer a number of competitions and challenges for students and University community members to pitch their ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems.   Image: Jordan Ford
March 26, 2019

Entrepreneurs across the University will pitch their business ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems through a series of competitions and challenges held during Penn State Startup Week from April 1-5. The challenges are at the heart of Startup Week’s mission of teaching and inspiring participants to make innovation a part of their lives, communities and careers, either by starting their own companies or bringing a problem-solving approach to established organizations.

Jayne Ulrich, a graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors and for protecting the environment. Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada, is a favorite destination.   Image: Jayne Ulrich
March 26, 2019

An ideal world for Jayne Ulrich is one in which everyone -- from individuals to organizations to governments -- would take an active role in protecting, preserving and restoring the Earth’s natural resources. The graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is doing her part not just personally, but also professionally as an environmental engineer with Mondelēz International, a multinational confectionery, food and beverage company.

Jessica Yaeger, a plant science major with a horticulture option, has been named the 2019 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, an award sponsored by Greenhouse Product News and Nexus Greenhouse Corp.   Image: Jessica Yaeger
March 25, 2019

Jessica Yaeger, a plant science major with a horticulture option, has been named the 2019 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, an award sponsored by Greenhouse Product News and Nexus Greenhouse Corp.

The Penn State Woodsmen Team will be on hand at the annual Ag Day celebration, slated for April 10.   Image: Penn State
March 25, 2019

Showcasing the diversity of agriculture, from crops to animals to forestry and wildlife, is at the heart of the annual Ag Day celebration, hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. This year’s event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 on the lawn adjacent to the Penn State Berkey Creamery.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) flies over the apple orchard on the horticulture farm at Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs. Researchers will develop a system that uses drones to help growers protect their tree-fruit crops from frost damage.   Image: Courtesy of Joseph Sommer
March 25, 2019

A system that helps tree-fruit growers avoid frost damage to their crops by using unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, and ground-based robots could be on the horizon, thanks to Penn State researchers, supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Distressed Appalachian counties can learn lessons in resilience from those that have found a measure of post-recession economic success, such as McKean County, Pennsylvania, a new report suggests. Shown is the downtown area of the McKean County borough of Kane.   Image: VitaleBaby via Wikimedia Commons
March 22, 2019

The Appalachian communities that enjoyed persistent economic growth following the 2008 Great Recession have a number of factors in common, according to researchers who analyzed all 420 counties in the Appalachian region. Their findings will help guide future economic development strategies across Appalachia.

March 20, 2019

Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2019 John W. Oswald Award. Awards were given in the following fields: Allyson McHugh, athletics; Marissa Works, creative and performing arts; Alison Kuznitz, journalism, speech and the mass media; Cullen Dixon, scholarship; and Brandon Pelter, social services, religious activities and student government.

Brianna Elicker is a quality assurance intern at Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, where she is responsible for microbial plating and environmental swabbing.   Image: Natalie McCollum
March 19, 2019

Brianna Elicker, of York, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a passion for food and agriculture from an early age.

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition. The club will be joined by the Penn State Dairy Science Club, which will be hosting its annual Dairy Expo during the event.     Image: Penn State
March 19, 2019

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for one of their favorite events, the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition — also known as Little I — a yearly event that gives students hands-on experience showing beef and dairy cattle, swine, horses and sheep from the University’s on-campus farms.