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May 17, 2019

Penn State has a long tradition of Fulbright success. Six Penn State faculty members have been awarded for the 2019-2020 cycle.

PROSPER conference attendees Christy Tomascik and Will, Annabelle and Lola Wojciechowski   Image: Sara Brennen/Penn State
May 17, 2019

“We are now addressing a generation that could become addicted if they take a pill a few times. Prevention is critical,” said Steve Forzato, Deputy Chief of Statewide Drug Initiatives for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, to the audience assembled May 14 at the Ruth Pike Auditorium, for the 17th annual PROSPER statewide conference.

Members of the Penn State team pose in front of the first fully enclosed 3D-printed housing structure at NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Illinois.    Image: Penn State
May 16, 2019

During NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Illinois, in early May, Penn State fell just short of besting its friendly rival AI SpaceFactory. But in the process, the team engineered a breakthrough that moves forward 3D-printing construction research and pushes the team closer to the goal of creating sustainable housing on Earth.

This year's Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was hugely successful.   Image: Kelly Jedrzejewski
May 16, 2019

The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was the most successful in the equine program’s history, bringing in just over $100,000, according to organizers.

Seven years of invasive shrub removal from the Hartley Wood in The Arboretum at Penn State promoted plant diversity and facilitated passive natural regeneration of native canopy tree seedlings, understory woody species and woodland herbaceous species. Among them (top left to right) Indianpipe, mayapple and hepatica, (bottom left to right) spotted geranium, waxflower shinleaf and mapleleaf viburnum.   Image: Erynn Maynard-Bean / Penn State
May 14, 2019

Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.

Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation’s agricultural industry, Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.   Image: Penn State
May 14, 2019

Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation’s agricultural industry, Penn State’s Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.

May 13, 2019

Laura Kaminsky, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation.

May 13, 2019

The Big Ten Academic Alliance’s Department Executive Officers Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. Through the program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability through University administrative assignments or other significant positions in public, private or professional organizations, are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

At Large fall 2019-Mushroom Magic
May 13, 2019

"Research/Penn State" magazine is looking for a superb research-related image to be published on its “At Large” pages in the Fall 2019 issue.

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.