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Paulina Oleinik, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is one of the live-in employees at the Penn State Horse Barn.   Image: Penn State
January 29, 2019

When Paulina Oleinik, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, started her college career at the University's Altoona campus, she had no idea that one day she would call a horse barn her home.

January 25, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized six faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2018.

January 24, 2019

Two students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are the recipients of the Guyton Award, a global learning scholarship established recently by Bill Guyton, an agricultural economist and internationally recognized expert in sustainable development.

Some of the birds that were captured and banded in the research included, top row, from left, Carolina wren and chestnut-sided warbler and, bottom row from left, Baltimore oriole, bluejay and common yellowthroat.   Image: Julian Avery / Penn State
January 22, 2019

Designating relatively small parcels of land as protected areas for wildlife with no habitat management — which has frequently been done in urban-suburban locales around the world — likely does not benefit declining songbird species, according to a team of researchers who studied a long-protected northeastern virgin forest plot.

January 21, 2019

The Schreyer Honors College has accepted Rachel Brennan, Xiang Gao, Matthew Kaplan and Jon Nese into its Distinguished Honors Faculty Program for the 2019-21 academic term.

January 21, 2019

Paul and Beverly Perreault, of Park City Utah, have made a generous commitment of $1.08 million to establish the Perreault Fellows Program and Scholarship in Global Programs which will provide international internship opportunities to talented undergraduate students interested in becoming global leaders in their fields.

A view of the habitat element printed by the team as part of Level 2 as it is being subjected to a hydrostatic leak test. This is done by filling the structure with water to a specified depth and measuring the leakage rate by documenting the rate of the drop in the water level.    Image: Penn State
January 19, 2019

NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, will be on the University Park campus Jan. 22 to film the Penn State interdisciplinary team that has advanced to the third phase of NASA’s $3.1-million 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge.

Early morning sun shines on the Nittany Lion Shrine   Image: Patrick Mansell
January 18, 2019

Seven Penn State alumni selected by the Penn State Board of Trustees will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the University's highest honor presented to its alumni.

A Penn State Strategic Plan seed grant is helping the Beaver campus to expand agriculture and food-related initiatives, including a campus garden, community-supported agriculture, and a 96-foot-long high tunnel.   Image: April Johnston
January 18, 2019

The idea of the campus garden is evolving at Penn State, with gardens serving as living laboratories for interdisciplinary learning and hubs of activity for community engagement. With the University implementing a funding model to develop initiatives that align with Penn State’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, a two-year, $158,000 seed grant was awarded in 2017 to pilot the Sustainable Food Systems Program at the Beaver and Behrend campuses, in support of the plan’s priority to transform education.

The mystery involved a spontaneous gene mutation that causes red pigments to show up in various corn plant tissues for a few generations and then disappear in subsequent progeny.   Image: Surinder Chopra Research Group/Penn State
January 17, 2019

In discovering a mutant gene that "turns on" another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future.

A growing share of Pennsylvania's total population resides in 15 southeastern counties, while much of the rest of the state continues to lose population, according to a new report by economists in the College of Agricultural Sciences.   Image: B_Me via Pixabay
January 17, 2019

Changes in the distribution of Pennsylvania's population — largely toward the state's southeastern quadrant — reflect challenges that policymakers need to address to promote and maintain statewide prosperity, suggests a new report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Izaiah Bokunewicz, a plant sciences major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, at right, and Greg Roth, professor emeritus of agronomy, stand in a maize demonstration plot outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, managed by Water Efficient Maize for Africa, which is an organization funded by the Gates Foundation.    Image: Penn State
January 16, 2019

This past summer, Izaiah Bokunewicz, a plant sciences major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, had a unique opportunity to advance his knowledge of food security and global hunger by participating in a prestigious program sponsored by Land O'Lakes.

As a food science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Andrew Cotter conducted research on the storage of coffee beans. He showed that storing roasted coffee beans in the freezer -- a popular preservation method -- can help preserve the aroma of certain varieties of beans.    Image: Pexels
January 15, 2019

As a food science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Andrew Cotter conducted research on the storage of coffee beans. He showed that storing roasted coffee beans in the freezer — a popular preservation method — can help preserve the aroma of certain varieties of beans.

Steve Sampsell, director of strategic communications in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, and his wife Susan, director of administration in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are both lifelong Penn Staters and staunch supporters of the Centre County United Way.   Image: Penn State
January 14, 2019

“It matters, when you’re in a community, to be part of that community, and this is a tangible way. If you live in Centre County and you don’t know exactly what you want to do, but you want to be in a better community, you can be part of that. Between the network of partner agencies and the volunteers that drive the United Way, you should give to the United Way because that network works.”

This image shows a cell infected with Zika virus (green). The red is heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70), which appears to play a role in enabling Zika infection of host cells.   Image: Rasgon laboratory / Penn State
January 14, 2019

A cellular protein that interacts with invading viruses appears to help enable the infection process of the Zika virus, according to an international team of researchers who suggest this protein could be a key target in developing new therapies to prevent or treat Zika virus infection.

An aerial shot of earth   Image: Anders Jildén, Unsplash
January 9, 2019

A forum focused on the University’s Strategic Plan and one of its thematic priorities, Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources, will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. The purpose of the forum is to provide updates on Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources as well as seek input on the direction and focus of the priority.

Image: John Gomez/
January 8, 2019

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) to enhance suicide prevention efforts in the U.S. Air Force.

Students can learn about education-abroad opportunities during Study Abroad Week, slated for Jan. 14-18. Shown are students who traveled to India to study global perspectives on agriculture and food science.   Image: Penn State
January 8, 2019

For students who haven't yet reaped the benefits of international learning -- and even for those who have -- Penn State's Office of Global Programs will showcase education-abroad opportunities during Study Abroad Week, slated for Jan. 14-18 at various times and locations on the University Park campus.

Bill O'Connell, Lou Shain, and Chuck Strauss, members of the Penn State Mont Alto Forestry Class of 1958, reconnected during their 60th Reunion in June, when their classmates and others decided to support an Open Doors Scholarship.   Image: Penn State
January 3, 2019

Twelve members of the Forestry Class of 1958 recently celebrated their 60th reunion at the Mont Alto campus. Besides reconnecting with each other and the campus, their time together also resulted in a group gift of $34,233 that transformed into a $102,669 Open Doors Scholarship which will support Mont Alto students who are facing financial hardships and are at risk of not completing their degrees.

The various stages of processing rye, from berries to alkylresorcinols (top left to bottom right): rye berries, rye chops (coarsely ground rye berries), rye bran, and alkylresorcinols (extracted and purified from rye bran).   Image: Ben Chrisfield / Penn State
January 3, 2019

A natural antioxidant found in grain bran could preserve food longer and replace synthetic antioxidants currently used by the food industry, according to researchers at Penn State.