Researchers aim to eliminate malaria in Southeast Asia

April 24, 2017

Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.

Arboretum to host discussion about use of fire to restore ecosystems

April 21, 2017

The Arboretum at Penn State will host a discussion of the role of fire in ecosystem health and how Penn State uses controlled burns to manage and restore natural landscapes. The April 26 presentation precedes a controlled burn on a 12-acre portion of Arboretum lands adjacent to campus planned for this spring as part of an ongoing re-creation of a prairie/meadow containing native grasses and wildflowers.

Penn State Extension names associate directors of client relations, programs

April 21, 2017

As part of recently announced changes to its organizational structure, product development and program delivery, Penn State Extension has appointed two individuals to statewide leadership posts. Tara Mondock is the new associate director for client relations, and Jeffrey Hyde was named associate director for programs.

Disease-associated genes routinely missed in some genetic studies

April 20, 2017

Whole-exome DNA sequencing -- a technology that saves time and money by sequencing only protein-coding regions and not the entire genome -- may routinely miss detecting some genetic variations associated with disease, according to Penn State researchers who have developed new ways to identify such omissions.

Office for General Education announces Integrative Studies Seed Grant awards

April 20, 2017

The Integrative Studies Seed Grant Program, offered through the Penn State Office for General Education, will support 71 different course development projects this summer. In response to the large volume of highly qualified proposals, the budget was generously increased by more than 50 percent by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

United Nations organization renews UNESCO Chair program at Penn State

April 19, 2017

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has renewed for another five years its support for the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State. Mark Brennan, a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue in his role as chair and provide leadership to the program.

Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure

April 19, 2017

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.

Global Programs announces 2017 Travel Grants awards

April 19, 2017

Spring 2017 produced a record-breaking number of applications for Global Programs Travel Grants.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at annual awards luncheon

April 19, 2017

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones presented 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Student uses mushroom minor to benefit her home

April 17, 2017

Rana, an economics major, is minoring in mushroom science and technology, and plans to use what she has learned to improve living conditions for people in her home city of Mumbai, India.

Ag Springboard keynoter to students: Be CEOs of your own lives

April 17, 2017

Risk. Fail. Pivot. Repeat. This is the advice of Todd Erdley, the co-founder and CEO of Videon, to student entrepreneurs.

Cricket-fortified pasta pitch wins $7,500 Ag Springboard top prize

April 17, 2017

A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.

Researchers recruiting citizen-scientists for 'Great Pumpkin Project'

April 16, 2017

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reaching out to Master Gardeners, teachers, students and other interested parties to participate in a citizen-science project that ultimately could benefit growers, crops, pollinators and the environment. "The Great Pumpkin Project" is aimed at describing the geographic distribution of important crop plants and the insects and microbes with which they interact.

Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change

April 16, 2017

Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.

Behring receives 2017 Achieving Women Award

April 16, 2017

Deanna Behring, assistant dean and director of international programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the 2017 recipient of the Commission for Women's Achieving Women Award in the administrator category.

Energy Days conference aims to provide innovative solutions to energy challenges

April 16, 2017

Penn State will be hosting the second annual Energy Days conference on May 22 and 23 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The conference is free and open to the public.

Senior’s experience in STARTALK language, cultures program provides new outlook

April 14, 2017

Senior Erika Kraus said she always had an appreciation for different cultures but that her life was forever changed after enrolling in the STARTALK Arabic Academy at University Park following her freshman year. The academy, to be held this year from June 19-July 14, is an intensive summer study designed for undergraduate and high school students who wish to gain introductory knowledge of the Arabic language and its people and cultures.

Institute for CyberScience announces 2017 ICS Seed Grant recipients

April 12, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced that 20 Penn State faculty are recipients of 2017 ICS Seed Grant Program awards. The awards, ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, support researchers doing innovative interdisciplinary research, laying the groundwork needed to apply for large external funding awards.

Food Science student team takes first place in competition

April 12, 2017

A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Central Atlantic Area College Bowl competition.

Invent Penn State’s Fund For Innovation helps start seven new ventures

April 12, 2017

A little less than two years after the launch of the Fund for Innovation, Invent Penn State has backed nearly 50 emerging Penn State technologies and has provided startup funding to promising new ventures that were born out of the program.

Public invited to become fans of research at Blue-White Science Expo

April 11, 2017

Blue-White Weekend attendees and the general public are invited to the Penn State Blue-White Science Expo, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the HUB. The expo offers the community a chance to show their support for research while learning about the newest work from 17 of Penn State’s research faculty. A complete schedule and registration form for tickets is available at http://research.psu.edu/expo.

Professor's efforts part of Governor's Financial Capability Month proclamation

April 10, 2017

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has acknowledged the partnership among the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Penn State as part of a proclamation naming April Financial Capability Month in Pennsylvania.

Talk to focus on new National Institutes of Health rules

April 10, 2017

Directors from Penn State's Office for Research Protections will present a 15-minute overview on the recent and upcoming changes to National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research at noon on May 2 in 112 Henderson Building.

Dual-title degree adds international flavor to Food Science graduate program

April 10, 2017

Food Science is the latest graduate program to partner with the college's Office of International Programs to offer the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree, a unique course of study that provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.

Penn State to mentor youth researchers in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

April 10, 2017

Encouraging youth to have empathy for others is the goal of a research initiative spearheaded by a graduate student at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Professor does it all: researches, communicates findings, designs products

April 7, 2017

There is a popular saying that contends, "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." But Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor of animal science at Penn State, doesn't buy it.

Beck Ag founder to provide keynote address for Penn State Startup Week

April 6, 2017

John Finegan, founder of Beck Ag, will be the keynote speaker for the College of Agricultural Sciences' programming as part of Penn State Startup Week.

2017 Way Paver Award recipients announced

April 6, 2017

Penn State academic administrators, staff and students will receive Way Paver Awards from the Council of College Multicultural Leadership during a special ceremony held April 5 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Animal science major prepares for 100th Little International

April 5, 2017

The Little International Livestock Exposition, commonly dubbed “Little I,” has been a staple of the Penn State agricultural community for many decades. And this year, senior animal science major Kasie Kerr is running the show.

Land-use webinar to focus on communities planning with school districts

April 4, 2017

A webinar that focuses on how an Ohio city and local school district have collaborated on planning for the future of the community will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Wednesday.

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