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Janet Welsh
April 9, 2019

To help build resilient families in Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers like Janet Welsh are taking prevention research out of the lab and into communities where it matters most. "We aren’t going to solve the whole problem of drug abuse ourselves," Welsh said, "but because of our clear mission and track record of success, we can be a piece of the solution."

The science behind ice cream will be the focus of the annual open house and ice cream social at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, set for 1 to 4 p.m. on April 14.   Image: Penn State
April 8, 2019

People interested in learning the science behind ice cream should plan to attend the annual open house and ice cream social at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, set for 1 to 4 p.m. on April 14.

A close-up of a spotted lanternfly during a massive flight dispersal in an apple orchard near Oley, Pennsylvania. Spotted lanternfly adults are generally 1 inch long with a wingspan of nearly two inches.    Image: Thomas Baker / Penn State
April 8, 2019

The spotted lanternfly is not a strong or frequent flyer, weaknesses that may hinder its ability to travel long distances by air, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

April 8, 2019

The use of directional drilling to minimize surface disturbance in the building of natural gas pipelines will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

General health care is a big part of the students’ work at the Penn State Deer Research Center. Here, Joey Dell, Kayla Schlichting and Maddy Schneider take antler measurements on a sedated buck during fall vaccinations.    Image: Penn State
April 5, 2019

Penn State’s Deer Research Center, commonly referred to as “the deer pens,” has been an endearing part of many students’ college experiences since the 1970s, providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity for hands-on learning about one of the state’s most recognizable mammals.

The Penn State Waste Stream Task Force will hold a community discussion to present a draft of its waste stream report and answer questions from the community at 3 p.m. on April 16 in 233 HUB-Robeson Center.   Image: Penn State
April 3, 2019

The Penn State Waste Stream Task Force invites members of the Penn State community to a community discussion on April 16, at which the task force will present a draft of its waste stream report and answer questions from the community. The report was made available online on April 10.

For this study, at the University's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, researchers grew two nearly identical lines of sorghum — alike except that one, a mutant, did not possess the functional gene responsible for producing the flavonoids that essentially poison corn leaf aphids. Then researchers compared how the lines were faring.   Image: © Getty Images / Songsak Paname
April 3, 2019

Compounds produced by sorghum plants to defend against insect feeding could be isolated, synthesized and used as a targeted, nontoxic insect deterrent, according to researchers who studied plant-insect interactions that included field, greenhouse and laboratory components.

Beth Brantley, Penn State Mont Alto associate teaching professor of forest technology, will lead a tour of the Mont Alto Arboretum during her farewell reception on April 10, 2019.   Image: Debra Collins
April 3, 2019

Penn State Mont Alto will host its final Colloquy Series talk of the spring semester on April 10, when Associate Teaching Professor of Forest Technology Elizabeth Brantley will lead a tour of the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum during a farewell reception in her honor.

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, conducts a lesson on calculating microbial populations in foods during a food safety workshop in Africa.   Image: Penn State
April 2, 2019

Improving food safety knowledge and practices in Africa is the focus of research conducted by Catherine Cutter, professor of food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Drone in Rock Springs orchard   Image: Joseph Sommer / Penn State
April 2, 2019

Dairy farmers in the Northeast can improve water quality and boost the profitability of their operations by changing the timing and method of applying manure to their fields in the fall, along with planting rye as a cover crop between corn crops — or by double-cropping rye and corn, according to Penn State researchers.

Members of the Penn State Livestock Judging Team practice their skills.   Image: Penn State
April 2, 2019

As members of the Penn State Livestock Judging Team, several students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been putting their knowledge of animal form and function to the test this semester at national competitions.

April 2, 2019

Mark Guiltinan, professor of plant molecular biology, and Siela Maximova, research professor of plant biotechnology, both in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are the recipients of Penn State's 2019 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.

April 2, 2019

Mark Brennan, professor of leadership, and youth development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Ali Kara, professor of business administration at Penn State York, are the recipients of Penn State's 2019 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Originating from the Black and Caspian seas, round gobies were introduced into the Great Lakes by the release of ballast water from large trans-Atlantic cargo ships around 1990. Able to live in saltwater or freshwater, they were first found in the French Creek watershed in 2013   Image: Peter van der Sluijs / Wikimedia
April 1, 2019

The round goby — a small, extremely prolific, invasive fish from Europe — poses a threat to endangered freshwater mussels in northwestern Pennsylvania's French Creek, one of the last strongholds for two species of mussels, according to researchers.

Beescape.org provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees.   Image: Pixabay
April 1, 2019

Beescape.org provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees. It was developed through a partnership led by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Center for Pollinator Research and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Every spring students in the Penn State chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers invite local community members to bring their lawnmowers in for cleaning and servicing in preparation for the coming mowing season.   Image: Patrick Mansell
March 29, 2019

The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual lawnmower clinic on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at the Agricultural Engineering Building at University Park.

Penn State Extension has released the 2019-20 edition of the Penn State Agronomy Guide.   Image: Penn State
March 28, 2019

Farm managers, crop consultants and producers looking for the latest, research-based information on crop production and soil health can turn to the 2019-2020 edition of the Penn State Agronomy Guide, now available for purchase from Penn State Extension.

Author George Archibald will deliver a talk, titled "Cranes: Their Hope for Survival on a Planet in Flux," at 5 p.m. on April 3 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building. The event is sponsored by The Arboretum at Penn State and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.   Image: Penn State
March 28, 2019

George Archibald, author and co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, will describe his life-long work to save cranes from extinction during a free public presentation at 5 p.m. on April 3 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Microbiome research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is featured in a new report from the Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation and its FedByScience initiative.   Image: Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation
March 27, 2019

A new report issued today (March 27) shows how U.S. farmers — facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks — can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded agricultural research, including studies performed in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Rodney Allen Trice and the 2019 Open Innovation Challenge trophy.   Image: Penn State
March 27, 2019

Rodney Allen Trice's "Walk a Mile..." project aims to use immersive technology to spark empathy and conversations among diverse audiences. It won the 2019 Open Innovation Challenge.