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Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Shown at the ceremony are, from left, Davitt Woodwell, president, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Carissa Longo, environmental education program coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee member; Lauren Imgrund, deputy secretary, DCNR; Jennifer Fetter, Penn State Extension and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee chair; Patrick McDonnell, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Bradley Kunsman, Penn State Extension and "Dive Deeper" Steering Committee member. In the background is Janelle Stelson, news anchor for WGAL, who served as the emcee.   Image: Pennsylvania Environmental Council
May 13, 2019

Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper – Youth Water Educators Summit” recently received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

May 9, 2019

The Students for Cultivating Change organization in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently hosted a webinar focusing on inclusion and diversity in agriculture, which was presented by Ashlee Davis, the global lead for external affairs for Cargill, a privately held corporation headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Center for the Performing Arts Director George Trudeau announced at a May 6 Curtain Call event that Lam and Lina Hood were the most recent winners of the center’s Distinguished Service Award. From left are George Trudeau, Debbie Trudeau, Lina Hood, (son) Chris Hood and Lam Hood.   Image: Stephanie Swindle Thomas
May 8, 2019

Lam and Lina Hood grew up in farm families who subsisted on the basics, but they always found ways to enjoy various events and give back to their communities. The couple’s volunteerism and unwavering support for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State—as ushers for more than 20 years and members since the mid-2000s—earned the Hoods the center’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

Old Main at dusk   Image: Patrick Mansell
May 7, 2019

The 2018–19 Institutes of Energy and the Environment seed grant recipients have been awarded to 18 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

Schreyer Scholars and May 2019 graduating seniors Sarah McKenna, Erika Pugh and Alexis Gawelko, and junior microbiology major Cuyler Luck, were among the recipients of Penn State University Libraries undergraduate scholarly research honors during the spring 2019 semester.    Image: Penn State University Libraries
May 7, 2019

Penn State University Libraries awards recognized three outstanding undergraduate thesis authors as well as one graduate student and nine undergraduate student researchers, all exhibiting exemplary scholarly research methods and communication at University Park campus presentations this spring.

Former Nittany Lion basketball forward Deivis Zemgulis, a native of Lithuania, received a surprise from coach Pat Chambers with a family reunion during commencement weekend.   Image: Penn State
May 6, 2019

Former Nittany Lion basketball forward Deivis Zemgulis’ collegiate career in the United States is officially complete. Returning to his native Lithuania, he’ll be bringing back many memories from his experiences as an NCAA Division I student-athlete at one of the top universities in the world, and the memory of a surprise family reunion courtesy of coach Pat Chambers.

Penn State graduate students and members of the Science Policy Society recently visited congressional offices in Washington, D.C. From left are Brenna Gorin, SPS advocacy chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Sierra Melton, SPS Science on Tap Committee member, Department of Geosciences; Fhallon Ware-Gilmore, Department of Entomology; Jeremy Sutherland, SPS Science on Tap Committee member, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology; Amanda Mainello, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology; and Mariam Taleb, Department of Entomology.   Image: Penn State
May 6, 2019

Members of the Penn State Science Policy Society recently visited Washington, D.C., where they met with officials from several congressional offices and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the promotion of science and evidence-based policy.

Jorge Manzo of McCleaf’s Orchard in Adams County inspects buds on a kiwi vine. He is one of many Spanish-speaking growers who take part in bilingual agricultural education provided by Penn State Extension.   Image: Tara Baugher
May 6, 2019

Penn State Extension recently celebrated 10 years of providing bilingual agricultural education at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, held annually in Hershey.

Thomas McLellan, former deputy director in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration, presents data showing increased prices and taxes reduce alcohol drinking rates and resultant problems by up to 30 percent. His talk was part of the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse Conference held at Penn State University Park on April 29, 2019.   Image: Patrick Mansell
May 3, 2019

More than 200 researchers, educators, practitioners and policymakers gathered recently for the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse Conference, held on the University Park campus.

A "questing" female Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged tick) reaches out in hopes of climbing aboard a host. Researchers say the blacklegged tick, the primary vector of Lyme disease, was almost nonexistent in Pennsylvania in the 1960s but now is the state's dominant tick species.    Image: Joyce Sakamoto/Penn State
May 3, 2019

The prevalence of the most abundant species of ticks found in Pennsylvania has shifted over the last century, according to Penn State scientists, who analyzed 117 years' worth of specimens and data submitted primarily by residents from around the state.

May 2, 2019

Three students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been recognized for their commitment to diversity as winners of the inaugural Undergraduate Diversity Essay Contest, sponsored by the college’s Diversity Coordinating Council.

May 2, 2019

How ride-sharing has impacted the transportation system will be the topic of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension at noon on May 15.

The Intergenerational Friends Fair, to be held June 1 at the State College Friends School, is part of an effort to "foster the sharing of time, experience, skills and friendship across generations."   Image: brfcs via Pixabay
May 1, 2019

The State College Friends School and Penn State's Intergenerational Leadership Institute are partnering to host the area's first community-wide intergenerational gathering, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

Schreyer Scholar Jessica Chou took classes on sustainable development and traveled through Europe as part of a study abroad program this spring.   Image: Photo provided by Jessica Chou
April 30, 2019

A summer internship in Philadelphia inspired Schreyer Honors Scholar Jessica Chou to study environmental sustainability in Denmark during the spring semester.

Matt Thomas, professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, along with collaborators in Europe and Africa, have received a five-year, $10.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing “eave tubes” that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.   Image: Penn State
April 30, 2019

Penn State’s Matthew Thomas and an international team of researchers have developed an in-home solution aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.

Researchers tested mixed-species cover crop stands such as this one to see if they could balance the nitrogen-fixing and nitrogen-scavenging capabilities of individual species. Individually, cover crop species excel at either reducing nitrogen leaching or increasing nitrogen supply to cash crops. But they fail to excel at both simultaneously.   Image: Catalina Mejia / Penn State
April 29, 2019

Planting and growing a strategic mix of cover crops not only reduces the loss of nitrogen from farm fields, protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, but the practice also contributes nitrogen to subsequent cash crops, improving yields, according to researchers.

Members of the Dairy Products Evaluation Team (from left), Meg Shi, Jiaxin Sun, Kerry Kaylegian (coach), Kayla Graff and Gabriel Somarriba.     Image: Penn State
April 26, 2019

The Dairy Products Evaluation Team in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences won several awards during the National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Competition held April 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.

An audience gathers to watch an "in the woods" demonstration of a feller-buncher at the Timber 2017 expo. The 2019 event will take place June 7-8.   Image: Michael Houtz, College of Agricultural Sciences
April 26, 2019

Businesses and individuals connected to Pennsylvania's forest-products industry — and anyone interested in sound management of the state's renewable natural resources — can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2019 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

To date, the Millennium Scholars Program at Penn State has graduated two classes, most of whom have continued on to enroll in graduate programs.   Image: Penn State
April 25, 2019

A new study describes promising early results in expanding diversity and inclusion in STEM by leveraging lessons learned from successful programs with immersive interinstitutional partnering. This approach could serve as a model for other universities with different populations of students, sizes and cultures.

April 25, 2019

Haleigh Summers, a master’s degree student in agronomy in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is one of this year’s 18 recipients of the American Society of Agronomy’s Future Leaders in Science Award.