Penn State announces 2017 faculty and staff awards

April 4, 2017

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. The faculty and staff awards ceremony is Wednesday, April 19.

Webinar provides insight into hydraulic fracturing and earthquake activity

April 4, 2017

The link between hydraulic fracturing and increased seismic activity will be the topic of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension. The presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on April 13, will feature David Eaton, professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary and NSERC/Chevron Industrial Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics, who will discuss his research.

Hattel is 2017 recipient of Faculty Outreach Award

April 4, 2017

Arthur L. Hattel, clinical professor of veterinary pathology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2017 Faculty Outreach Award.

Thomas, Egan receive 2017 Excellence in Advising Award

April 4, 2017

Devon Thomas, academic adviser in the College of Health and Human Development, and Brian A. Egan, instructor of equine science in College of Agricultural Sciences, have been selected to receive the 2017 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.

Radhakrishna named recipient of 2017 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

April 4, 2017

Rama Radhakrishna, professor of agricultural and extension education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2017 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.

Perdew recognized with 2017 Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award

April 4, 2017

Gary H. Perdew, John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

Penn State Extension changes aimed at enhancing program reach, customer service

April 3, 2017

Changes in operational structure and programming now underway will enhance the value of Penn State Extension to the Pennsylvania communities and clients it serves.

Researchers investigating status of goldenseal in Pennsylvania

March 31, 2017

Funded by a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are conducting an 18-month study of the forest herb goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in Pennsylvania.

100th annual Little International Livestock Expo slated for April 8

March 31, 2017

For 100 years, students at Penn State have gained experience in handling large animals through showing at the College of Agricultural Sciences' Little International Livestock Exposition, better known as the "Little I." This year's 100th anniversary event, hosted by Penn State's Block and Bridle Club, will begin at 8 a.m. April 8 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at Penn State's University Park campus.

Loerch named senior associate dean in College of Agricultural Sciences

March 31, 2017

Penn State has named Steven C. Loerch as senior associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Aug. 14. He will succeed Barbara Christ, who is retiring after 33 years as a faculty member and administrator with the college. She has served as senior associate dean since 2009.

Frequent Fliers: Arboretum speaker to discuss songbird migration research

March 30, 2017

Bird watchers, nature lovers and wildlife scientists have an opportunity to hear author and avian researcher Bridget Stutchbury describe her research on songbird migration during a talk at 5 p.m. on April 5 in 112 Forest Resources Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

Graduate School alumnus recognized for lifetime achievements

March 30, 2017

Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw is the 2017 recipient of the Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to alumni who have achieved exceptional success throughout the course of their career and have demonstrated loyalty to the University and the Alumni Association.

Research measures potentially damaging free radicals in cigarette smoke

March 29, 2017

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and College of Agricultural Sciences report a method for measuring free radicals in cigarette smoke that could help improve our understanding of the relationship between these substances and health.

Adding grads and going green can brighten economic outlook

March 29, 2017

Attracting college graduates and improving natural amenities -- parks, hiking trails, cleaner air -- can combine to boost economic growth. Penn State researchers suggest the factors may reinforce each other -- a clean environment attracts college grads who want to improve the environment.

Penn State Extension offers workshop for sheep producers

March 28, 2017

Sheep producers looking for information on how and when to make culling decisions to make their sheep operations more profitable can take advantage of a workshop offered by Penn State Extension and the Berks County Sheep and Wool Growers Association.

Student club highlights LGBTQ involvement in agriculture

March 28, 2017

The Students for Cultivating Change provides a safe, inclusive network for students interested in agricultural sciences who are in the LGBTQ community. Focusing efforts in education, community, and increasing awareness, they strive to promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ individuals within the College of Agricultural Sciences and larger Penn State community.

Provost’s Global Advisory Council holds inaugural meeting

March 28, 2017

The Provost’s Global Advisory Council hosted its inaugural meeting March 23 on the University Park campus. The council is chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, with Vice Provost for Global Programs Michael Adewumi serving as the secretary. The council will serve in an advisory capacity to University leadership.

Poultry science professor receives PennAg's Distinguished Service Award

March 28, 2017

R. Michael Hulet, associate professor of poultry science and extension poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from PennAg Industries Association at the group's annual dinner March 21. In its recognition, PennAg Industries called Hulet a true friend of agriculture, honoring him for his strong leadership throughout his career.

Adventures abroad: Student gains new insights about sustainability

March 27, 2017

The senior environmental resource management major traveled to both New Zealand and Costa Rica as part of two separate embedded courses. She was first introduced to these study-abroad opportunities through her major’s coursework.

It takes a village to raise a farm

March 27, 2017

The Student Farm at Penn State is celebrating a successful first year on their one-acre site at Fox Hollow and Big Hollow Roads. The farm grew over 10,000 pounds of produce this year, feeding both students and community members.

Picture this: Trail cams used to monitor predators of deer fawns

March 24, 2017

Deer fawns in Pennsylvania face a cruel reality -- only half of them survive until their first birthday, and much of that mortality results from predation.

Engineering students offer lawnmower checkups

March 24, 2017

The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual Lawnmower Clinic on April 7 and 8.

Penn State develops first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy

March 23, 2017

A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures. The model — a way for researchers to simulate the effects of malaria in children by using mice — was developed in a collaboration between researchers at Penn State's colleges of medicine, engineering, science and agriculture.

Global environmental health leader to present April 6

March 22, 2017

The Spring Health and the Environment Lecture on April 6 will feature Linda Birnbaum, director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

Study demonstrates bed-bug biopesticide could defeat insecticide resistance

March 22, 2017

A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bed-bug infestations, which have surged in recent years.

Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic

March 22, 2017

A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

Avian flu threat re-emerges as new outbreaks are reported in U.S. flocks

March 21, 2017

Poultry and animal disease experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are urging commercial poultry producers and small-flock owners in Pennsylvania to ramp up their vigilance and biosecurity in the wake of recent outbreaks of avian influenza in several states.

Five students receive scholarships from the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

March 20, 2017

The LGBTQA Student Resource Center, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, recognizes five students each year with scholarships that are open to any LGBTQ+ students attending Penn State.

Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium, April 21-22

March 17, 2017

The Penn State Student Association of Environmental Science and Engineering will hold the 20th annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium 5-9 p.m. on April 21 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 22 in the Forest Resources Building. Abstract submission deadline is March 24.

Katzaman bequest to support ag sciences, Penn State micro-scholarship program

March 17, 2017

Michael and Diane Katzaman, of Wernersville, have pledged an estate gift of approximately $1.7 million to be evenly divided between the Agriculture Fund, which supports Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and a micro-scholarship fund administered through the University's Office of Undergraduate Education.

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