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Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 10 distinguished professors for 2019.   Image: Chris Koleno
February 13, 2019

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 10 distinguished professors for 2019

February 13, 2019

Troy Ott, professor of reproductive biology at Penn State, will discuss the development of an embryo inside the body leading to the birth of a live offspring at this month’s Science on Tap event. His talk will focus on one of the enigmas of live birth that relates to the mother’s immune system.

February 13, 2019

Using a risk-based approach to prioritize natural gas well inspections will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Although the toxin-producing bacteria are estimated to cause 63,400 foodborne disease cases per year in the United States, Bacillus cereus does not receive the attention given to more deadly foodborne pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella.   Image: © iStock Photo / JackF
February 13, 2019

Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.

February 13, 2019

Tony and Jeanne Riley of Baltimore, Maryland, have made gifts that support programs of the Center for Private Forests. Established in 2011 under the leadership of its founding director, Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources Jim Finley, the CPF collaborates with experts within Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and across the country to study, educate, and inspire forest landowners in the stewardship of their land.

Image: Photo Courtesy of Reading Eagle
February 13, 2019

It all began when Penn State Berks Professor Michael Fidanza was approached in 2018 by researchers from the College of Agriculture Sciences who needed a site to conduct a preliminary investigation on the biology and life cycle of the spotted lanternfly.

February 11, 2019

An anaerobic digester being constructed as part of the Department of Animal Science’s renovation project at its farms is a part of its total nutrient management program that will also support Penn State’s sustainability goals.

Rain Ravine at the Frick Environmental Center in Frick Park, Pittsburgh, was created by Stacy Levy.    Image: Stacy Levy
February 8, 2019

Stacy Levy, an award-winning environmental sculptor, will discuss how her work combines science and art at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

Researchers at Penn State found that bee species with larger body sizes and social behaviors exhibit patterns of lower population structure than bees with smaller bodies and solitary behaviors.   Image: Barbara Driscoll
February 7, 2019

The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, as reported by an international team of researchers.

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.