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A community service-learning course at Penn State provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to teach English to Latino immigrant dairy-farm workers. Here, sophomore Sophia Noel conducts a tutoring session.   Image: Penn State
February 7, 2019

Because of significant labor shortages, Pennsylvania's dairy farms rely on Spanish-speaking immigrants as a key source of labor. However, cultural differences and language barriers can leave employers and workers lost in translation. A new, innovative community service-learning course — "Service-Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers" — offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at breaking down those barriers.

February 6, 2019

Using geodesign to involve all stakeholders in urban land-use planning will be the subject of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension on Feb. 20.

In a four-year study, shallow-disk injection of manure was found to result in less phosphorus loss in runoff from farm fields compared to broadcasting or spreading manure. The research findings have implications for Chesapeake Bay water quality.   Image: Melissa Miller / Penn State
February 6, 2019

Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they predict it will be difficult to persuade farmers to change practices.

The Agricultural Safety Expo at Penn State will be of interest to community members and students alike, according to organizers of the event.    Image: Penn State
February 6, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its second annual Agricultural Safety Expo from 9 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus.

A doctoral student in plant pathology, Terry Torres-Cruz has an interest in fungi and works with David Geiser, professor of mycology, in Penn State's Fusarium Research Center.   Image: Penn State
February 6, 2019

Students and faculty members from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently attended the National Diversity in STEM Conference.

February 1, 2019

Twelve Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2018 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

The majority of veterans do not have negative experiences as they adjust to civilian life, however, a significant number of veterans report they have difficulty with reintegration challenges, according to researchers at Penn State's Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness.   Image: Straight 8 Photography/
January 31, 2019

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State is leading a research team that is collecting information from recent veterans to better understand their use and non-use of programs and services that assist veterans to make healthy transitions from military to civilian life.

Ed Kaiser, research technologist, of the Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab. "Penn State has amassed one of the most extensive collections of commercial and wild mushroom strains, representing varieties from all over the world," he said.    Image: Penn State
January 29, 2019

Commercial mushroom farms, academic researchers and mushroom hobbyists from near and far rely on the Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab in the College of Agricultural Sciences to advance their operations.

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.