Water research, education focus of Feb. 15 town hall

January 30, 2018

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting focused on strengthening water research, education and outreach at the University. The event runs from 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Room 233AB of the HUB-Robeson Center.

Heritage turkey production research profitable but more difficult

January 29, 2018

To meet increasing consumer demand for heritage-breed turkeys to be the centerpiece of holiday and other meals, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are studying methods producers can use to raise the historical birds.

Former top State Department and National Security Council legal adviser to speak

January 26, 2018

John Bellinger, the former legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, will speak at Penn State at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Sutliff Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building at University Park.

Pa. deer, like mammals worldwide, move less in human-modified landscapes

January 25, 2018

In the big woods of Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, the home range of the average white-tailed deer is more than twice as large as that of a deer in urban or agricultural areas of the state. Penn State researcher Duane Diefenbach documented that phenomenon early on in his work, but it did not occur to him it might be representative of many different mammal species around the globe.

Land-grant ag research and education highlighted during visit by USDA Secretary

January 24, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue paid a visit to Penn State's University Park campus on Jan. 24 as part of a tour through Pennsylvania to unveil the Department of Agriculture's legislative principles as Congress prepares to enact a new five-year farm bill.

Penn State Forage Bowl Team brings National Championship back to Happy Valley

January 24, 2018

For the second year in a row, representatives from the Penn State Agronomy Club, a student organization in the College of Agricultural Sciences, took first place in the National Forage Bowl competition.

Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis

January 24, 2018

While the overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, it may be more complex than that. Economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

15 named distinguished faculty at Penn State

January 22, 2018

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has named 15 faculty members as distinguished professors.

Root discovery may lead to crops that need less fertilizer

January 18, 2018

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

Duncan joins Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

January 16, 2018

Jonathan Duncan recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

College, community and family events highlight We Are Weekend, June 1–3

January 15, 2018

Registration will open in February for We Are Weekend, the Alumni Association’s premier summer event that’s scheduled for June 1-3.

New research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication

January 8, 2018

Manuel Llinás, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology and disease epidemiology, have participated in the formulation of an updated research agenda for global malaria elimination and eradication.

Webinar to discuss research on underground natural gas liquids storage

January 5, 2018

Research involved in determining possible underground storage potential for natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

New course to examine science, policy and ethics surrounding climate change

January 5, 2018

“Ethics of Climate Change," a new interdomain course being offered at University Park this spring, seeks to introduce students to the science, policy and ethics of climate change.

Power Up!

January 4, 2018

Penn State's new data center gives researchers the ability to tackle complex questions that range from detecting subatomic particles, to understanding how planets form, to anticipating how natural disasters and more gradual changes in natural systems will affect human systems such as water supply and food production.

Land-use webinar to focus on planning to protect private water supplies

January 3, 2018

What local communities can do to assist the more than 3 million Pennsylvania residents served by private wells and springs to have potable drinking water for their homes and farms will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Penn State Summit on the opioid epidemic to be held Jan. 12

January 2, 2018

The Penn State Summit on the Opioid Epidemic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at 122 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Registration ends on Jan. 4.

Penn State announces Global Programs Travel Grants 2017 competition results

December 20, 2017

Global Programs' fall 2017 travel grants have been awarded in three grant categories: Faculty Travel Grants, Transformational Travel Grants, and Graduate Student Travel Grants. Based on the review committees’ evaluations and recommendations, 30 applicants were selected for funding support. The awardees will travel to 19 countries on 4 continents. Congratulations!

Pennsylvania Farm Show will have a Penn State flavor

December 19, 2017

Those interested in home gardening, preserving their own food and protecting water quality in their region will have an opportunity to learn more about these topics by visiting the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg. Other college-related displays and activities will highlight 4-H youth-development programs offered statewide through Penn State Extension.

USDA-NIFA funding supports farmers with disabilities, youth safety programs

December 19, 2017

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for programs to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

Farmers in Kenya willing, able to ramp up croton nut output for biofuel

December 19, 2017

Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country.

Penn State Board of Trustees Election Process

December 15, 2017

The Office of the Board of Trustees at Penn State is seeking agricultural associations and organizations interested in participating in the Board of Trustees' election process.

Penn State Grape and Wine Team boosts industry through research, education

December 15, 2017

The Penn State Grape and Wine Team supports the growing grape and wine industry through cutting-edge research and outreach that addresses grape and wine production and quality challenges, with particular emphasis on Pennsylvania and the eastern United States.

Extending food safety training to other countries could save live

December 14, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

Five Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows

December 14, 2017

Five Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Thanksgiving abroad: Food science embedded course explores India

December 13, 2017

Over a week during the Thanksgiving break, students enrolled in "Global perspectives on agricultural and food science in India" traveled to the city of Hyderabad to explore the food system in India while learning about the role that agriculture plays in the country's booming economy.

Uncle Charley's Sausage relies on Penn State for food safety counsel

December 12, 2017

Penn State Extension specialists work with numerous food manufacturers — small and large — in Pennsylvania and surrounding states through online and on-site seminars covering commercial food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and many other topics. Among the companies they recently have worked with is Uncle Charley's Sausage Co.

Air Force veteran balances three jobs, two kids en route to Penn State degree

December 12, 2017

Air Force veteran Selina Pedi balanced three jobs and two children as she earned her degree online through Penn State World Campus. Pedi will graduate Dec. 16 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management as she pursues a career in sustainable community development.

Turning pathogens against each other to prevent drug resistance

December 11, 2017

Limiting a much-needed resource could pit pathogens against one another and prevent the emergence of drug resistance, say researchers.

Citizen scientists to help researchers gauge Susquehanna water quality

December 11, 2017

Using a network of up to 60 citizen scientists, a team of Penn State researchers will assess the levels of endocrine-disrupting compounds in the Susquehanna River next year, and in turn empower those volunteers to become part of the solution to water-quality problems related to emerging contaminants.

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