Student Farm Club at Penn State hosts Beeswax Wrap Workshop

March 11, 2021

The Student Farm Club at Penn State is hosting a workshop to make reusable beeswax food wraps on Mar. 18. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend this fun, sustainability-focused event. Materials will be provided for undergraduate students.

2021 Water Forum to take place on March 24, 25

March 10, 2021

The 2021 Water Forum will take place virtually on the afternoons of March 24 and 25, and is an opportunity for the Penn State water community to come together to hear from outside speakers and get updates on and contribute to key Penn State water initiatives.

Webinar to focus on COVID-19 impacts on shopping malls, 'big box' retailers

March 9, 2021

Potential new uses and new types of tenants for retail space previously occupied by shopping malls and “big box” retailers is the topic of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 31.

Farmland acreage falls in Pa. while population rises in prime agricultural areas

March 9, 2021

The number of acres of farmland in Pennsylvania fell by 6% between 2012 and 2017, at a time when the state's prime farming regions are experiencing population growth that may create long-term challenges for producers. That's one conclusion of a new report from the Center for Economic and Community Development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Another common cold virus?

March 9, 2021

If it becomes endemic — circulating in the general population — and most people are exposed in childhood, SARS-CoV-2 may join the ranks of mild cold-causing coronaviruses that currently circulate in humans, according to a model developed by Penn State and Emory scientists.

Veterinary and biomedical sciences senior looks back on her time at Penn State

March 8, 2021

Brooke Migdal, a senior majoring in veterinary and biomedical sciences, plans to attend veterinary school and work with marine animals.

Young white-tailed deer that disperse survive the same as those that stay home

March 8, 2021

Juvenile white-tailed deer that strike out to find new home ranges — despite facing more risks — survive at about the same rate as those that stay home, according to a team of researchers who conducted the first mortality study of male and female dispersal where deer were exposed to threats such as hunting throughout their entire range.

Next best thing: Virtual reality aids learning in College of Ag Sciences classes

March 8, 2021

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are using immersive technology to enhance learning.

Addressing the energy, environmental complexities of urban areas

March 5, 2021

Because cities are such complex human-created systems, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment created a new research theme, Urban Systems, which will address the essential and urgent needs for sustainable, healthy and affordable solutions for urban areas.

Four librarians receive national awards for achievement, distinguished service

March 5, 2021

Four Penn State University Libraries faculty librarians — Alexandria Chisholm, Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Hailley Fargo and Helen Smith — have been named 2021 co-recipients among three honors conferred by the Association of College & Research Libraries’ 2021 Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards.

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness recognized as a critical resource

March 3, 2021

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State was recently recognized by a review published by the Journal of Youth Development (JYD) as a critical resource for youth-serving professionals.

Land-use webinar to focus on making planning more adaptable

March 3, 2021

Helping communities and organizations be better prepared to undertake more collaborative, culturally competent and cost-effective planning is the topic of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 17.

Food science student honing leadership, public speaking skills as Ag Advocate

March 3, 2021

Madalyn Arthur, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, a junior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is elevating the image of agriculture and the college as an Ag Advocate.

Agricultural Sciences student research highlighted in virtual Global Gallery

March 2, 2021

Faculty and graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will showcase their international research during the third annual Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the international agriculture and development dual-title graduate program, known as INTAD, and its student association.

Student Farm Club at Penn State hosting food system sustainability panel

March 2, 2021

The Student Farm Club at Penn State will be hosting a public, virtual panel titled “Strengthening the Corps: Advancing food system sustainability through Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and FoodCorps” on Mar. 4.

Grant aimed at developing corn cultivars that grow deeper, stronger roots

March 1, 2021

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study a novel root trait that may lead to corn cultivars with enhanced drought tolerance and carbon sequestration through the growth of roots able to probe deeper by punching through hard, compacted soils.

New study examines importance and unique characteristics of U.S. female farmers

March 1, 2021

While women can be drawn into farming for many reasons, researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that female-owned farms in the U.S. are more common in areas that are closer to urban markets, that engage in agritourism activity, and that offer greater access to childcare.

Penn State announces 16 Fulbright Student semi-finalists for 2021-22 award year

February 26, 2021

Penn State will have 16 students representing the University during the final round of selections for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program’s 2021-22 award year. Final decisions for the 2021-22 award year will be announced later in the spring semester.

Poison Prevention Program goes virtual in 2021 under the watchful eye of Mr. YUK

February 26, 2021

The Penn State Extension Master Gardener and Pesticide Education programs will deliver poison prevention education virtually this year to first-grade students across the commonwealth.

Adverse childhood and combat experiences may drive veterans' suicidal thoughts

February 26, 2021

While there are a number of factors associated with suicide, veterans have unique experiences that may contribute to them thinking about killing themselves. A recent study of nearly 10,000 post-9/11 veterans sought to determine if traumatic childhood and combat experiences were associated with suicidal thinking.

Lake turbidity mitigates impact of warming on walleyes in upper Midwest lakes

February 26, 2021

Because walleyes are a cool-water fish species with a limited temperature tolerance, biologists expected them to act like the proverbial “canary in a coal mine” that would begin to suffer and signal when lakes influenced by climate change start to warm. But in a new study, a team of researchers discovered that it is not that simple.

Lethal house lures help reduce incidence of malaria in children

February 25, 2021

A new type of housing modification can reduce malaria incidence among children by around 40-50%, according to an international team of researchers. The intervention uses window screening, together with PVC tubes fitted with insecticide-laced screens and installed under the eaves of homes, as a novel method of killing malaria mosquitoes as they attempt to enter the house.

Twenty student teams selected to compete in the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge

February 25, 2021

Twenty Penn State teams with students from seven different colleges and six campuses, including Penn State World Campus, will each be awarded $500 to compete in the Prototype Phase of the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge. Teams were selected based on their potential for positive impact on the world, all using AI for Good to develop solutions that address real-world challenges in education, environment, health and humanitarianism.

Study finds short window for donating convalescent plasma to COVID-19 patients

February 25, 2021

The optimal timeframe for donating convalescent plasma for use in COVID-19 immunotherapy, which was given emergency-use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2020, is within 60 days of the onset of symptoms, according to a new Penn State-led study. The research also reveals that the ideal convalescent plasma donor is a recovered COVID-19 patient who is older than 30 and whose illness had been severe.

Alliance provides platform for faculty, graduate students to solve global issues

February 24, 2021

In support of its mission to provide sustainable solutions to world problems — while preparing the next generation of leaders — Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has joined the Global Challenges University Alliance 2030.

Passion for poultry leads to excellent outcomes for animal science senior

February 23, 2021

Participation in 4-H and a part-time job in the poultry industry hatched a promising future for Lindsey Bright, leading her to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Penn State Poultry Education and Research Center.

Smell-check cards help call attention to common COVID-19 symptom

February 22, 2021

Students, faculty, staff and others visiting well-traveled areas of Penn State campuses may have noticed or received postcards with a "peel-and-sniff" area prompting them to detect and identify a particular aroma. If their olfactory senses fail them, they may be infected with COVID-19.

Pennsylvanians are experiencing hunger at highest levels since onset of pandemic

February 19, 2021

At the end of 2020, more than 12% of Pennsylvania households were experiencing hunger — the highest rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Their report confirms anecdotal and media reports and highlights the role that community resources, such as food pantries and free school lunches, are playing in the state.

College of Ag Sciences doctoral student chosen as Next Generation Global Leader

February 19, 2021

Kelly Chege, a doctoral candidate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Next Generation Global Leaders Network.

Unique study of isolated bobcat population confirms accuracy of extinction model

February 18, 2021

The reintroduction of 32 bobcats to an island off the coast of Georgia more than three decades ago created an ideal experiment to examine the accuracy of a genetic-modeling technique that predicts extinction of isolated wildlife populations.

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