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Entrepreneurial students pitch their idea at the IdeaMakers Challenge during the 2018 Penn State Startup Week. This year's weeklong event, to be held April 1-5, 2019, will offer a number of competitions and challenges for students and University community members to pitch their ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems.   Image: Jordan Ford
March 26, 2019

Entrepreneurs across the University will pitch their business ideas and create inventive solutions to common problems through a series of competitions and challenges held during Penn State Startup Week from April 1-5. The challenges are at the heart of Startup Week’s mission of teaching and inspiring participants to make innovation a part of their lives, communities and careers, either by starting their own companies or bringing a problem-solving approach to established organizations.

Jayne Ulrich, a graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors and for protecting the environment. Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada, is a favorite destination.   Image: Jayne Ulrich
March 26, 2019

An ideal world for Jayne Ulrich is one in which everyone -- from individuals to organizations to governments -- would take an active role in protecting, preserving and restoring the Earth’s natural resources. The graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is doing her part not just personally, but also professionally as an environmental engineer with Mondelēz International, a multinational confectionery, food and beverage company.

Jessica Yaeger, a plant science major with a horticulture option, has been named the 2019 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, an award sponsored by Greenhouse Product News and Nexus Greenhouse Corp.   Image: Jessica Yaeger
March 25, 2019

Jessica Yaeger, a plant science major with a horticulture option, has been named the 2019 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year, an award sponsored by Greenhouse Product News and Nexus Greenhouse Corp.

The Penn State Woodsmen Team will be on hand at the annual Ag Day celebration, slated for April 10.   Image: Penn State
March 25, 2019

Showcasing the diversity of agriculture, from crops to animals to forestry and wildlife, is at the heart of the annual Ag Day celebration, hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. This year’s event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 on the lawn adjacent to the Penn State Berkey Creamery.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) flies over the apple orchard on the horticulture farm at Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs. Researchers will develop a system that uses drones to help growers protect their tree-fruit crops from frost damage.   Image: Courtesy of Joseph Sommer
March 25, 2019

A system that helps tree-fruit growers avoid frost damage to their crops by using unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, and ground-based robots could be on the horizon, thanks to Penn State researchers, supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Distressed Appalachian counties can learn lessons in resilience from those that have found a measure of post-recession economic success, such as McKean County, Pennsylvania, a new report suggests. Shown is the downtown area of the McKean County borough of Kane.   Image: VitaleBaby via Wikimedia Commons
March 22, 2019

The Appalachian communities that enjoyed persistent economic growth following the 2008 Great Recession have a number of factors in common, according to researchers who analyzed all 420 counties in the Appalachian region. Their findings will help guide future economic development strategies across Appalachia.

March 20, 2019

Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2019 John W. Oswald Award. Awards were given in the following fields: Allyson McHugh, athletics; Marissa Works, creative and performing arts; Alison Kuznitz, journalism, speech and the mass media; Cullen Dixon, scholarship; and Brandon Pelter, social services, religious activities and student government.

Brianna Elicker is a quality assurance intern at Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, where she is responsible for microbial plating and environmental swabbing.   Image: Natalie McCollum
March 19, 2019

Brianna Elicker, of York, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a passion for food and agriculture from an early age.

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition. The club will be joined by the Penn State Dairy Science Club, which will be hosting its annual Dairy Expo during the event.     Image: Penn State
March 19, 2019

Penn State Block and Bridle Club members are gearing up for one of their favorite events, the 102nd Little International Livestock Exposition — also known as Little I — a yearly event that gives students hands-on experience showing beef and dairy cattle, swine, horses and sheep from the University’s on-campus farms.

The film crew followed brook trout researchers Tyler Wagner and Shannon White to Shanerburg Run in Sullivan County, where they have been monitoring the movement and status of brook trout for the last four years. Using the camera boom the crew is setting up here, video was recorded of the scientists collecting and measuring brook trout and discussing the major threats to brook trout conservation.    Image: Tyler Wagner/Penn State
March 18, 2019

It's a long way from Shanerburg Run, not far from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to the closest shores of the Chesapeake Bay … about 200 miles. And yet the stream — or more precisely the studies Penn State researchers are conducting on the eastern brook trout it harbors — will be highlighted in a new film about the estuary and its watershed.

Penn State's Integrated Pest Management Committee is tasked with monitoring, tracking and responding to pest problems ranging from ant infestations to groundhog invasions.   Image: Pixabay
March 18, 2019

Penn State in 2009 established an Integrated Pest Management Committee, the members of which are tasked with monitoring, tracking and responding to pest problems ranging from ant infestations to groundhog invasions and everything in between.

March 18, 2019

Don Dillman, Regents Professor in the Department of Sociology and deputy director for research and development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University, will present the 2019 M.E. John Lecture on April 10, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Modern ecosystem management is as much about dealing with people as it is about biology and ecology.   Image: Penn State
March 14, 2019

Penn State's new graduate program in ecosystem management, offered online, brings together environmental science, management and leadership skills.

March 14, 2019

The Office of Global Programs will hold three information sessions for the Perreault Fellows Program in late March and early April. The Perreault Fellows Program supports a comprehensive educational and international internship opportunity for a select and diverse group of talented undergraduates intent on becoming global leaders in the field of health and human well-being.

March 13, 2019

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversations with Penn State researchers, returns to Schlow Centre Region Library in April for its spring 2019 talks.

March 12, 2019

The link between gender and innovative energy use for food preparation is explored in a new book, “Recovering Bioenergy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Gender Dimensions, Lessons and Challenges,” co-edited by Ruth Mendum, assistant research professor for gender initiatives in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and Mary Njenga, research scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre.

The school is a great opportunity for technicians to learn methods to scan sheep to measure carcass characteristics in breeding stock. Producers will also learn how to submit data to the National Sheep Improvement Program.    Image: Penn State
March 12, 2019

Penn State Extension will host Sheep Scanning Certification School, April 23-25 at Penn State's University Park campus, to train ultrasound technicians to measure carcass characteristics, which can help sheep producers select superior genetics to improve their flock.

The discovery could be important because cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, colitis and many more serious conditions are associated with chronic inflammation, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.   Image: Courtesy Haas Avocado Board
March 12, 2019

An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to Penn State researchers, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.

With support from the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program, Ana De La Fuente Duran is on the path toward an advanced degree in science.    Image: Ana de la Fuente Duran
March 12, 2019

Thanks to the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program and support from donors like Steve and Kathi Mahle, a growing number of Penn State students are on their way toward earning advanced degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

March 11, 2019

Municipal management of stormwater in a cost-effective way is the topic of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 20.