Investment from Skip Smith to launch construction of Pollinators' Garden

March 19, 2018

Investment from Penn State alumnus and leading philanthropist Charles H. “Skip” Smith will enable The Arboretum at Penn State to fulfill its long-standing vision for a garden that will attract and sustain native pollinator species of birds and insects.

Coming to a garden near you: An award-winning, Penn State-bred tomato variety

March 15, 2018

Valentine's Day may have passed for this year, but if you're in love with sweet, firm, antioxidant-rich — and award-winning — tomatoes that will perform well in your garden this season, you're in luck, thanks to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "Valentine," a new variety of grape tomato that germinated in the breeding program of plant scientist Majid Foolad, now is available commercially after nearly two decades in development.

No such thing as 'uncured' corned beef, Penn State meat expert says

March 13, 2018

Millions of Americans will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday this month with a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage — but most won't pause to consider what makes the meat so distinctive or how it ended up being a tradition.

Infected 'zombie ants' face no discrimination from nest mates

March 13, 2018

Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates, and they continue to share in the colony's food resources until they leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

Social justice advocate and former NBA player Etan Thomas to speak at Penn State

March 12, 2018

Author, social justice advocate, and former NBA player Etan Thomas will give a free public lecture from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 15 in 233A HUB-Robeson Center at University Park. Thomas will discuss his latest book, “We Matter: Athletes and Activism,” which includes dozens of interviews — with people like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Cuban, and Soledad O’Brien — on the subject of race in America.

16th annual quarter horse sale: A tradition of excellence

March 7, 2018

The 16th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place Saturday, April 28, at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park.

Researchers to study ramps' market, flavor profile, vulnerability to pest

March 7, 2018

A good way to describe ramps, it has been said, is to note what they are not. Ramps are not leeks, nor are they scallions or shallots. Ramps look like scallions, but they're smaller and have one or two broad, flat leaves.

Penn State Extension expert sees beef quality continuing to improve

March 6, 2018

Following 25 years of measurement, management and continued improvement, the quality of beef is high, but there is still an opportunity to make it better, according to a beef cattle specialist with Penn State Extension.

Land-use webinar to focus on engaging communities through humanities

March 5, 2018

How can communities engage residents through the humanities to find what matters most? That will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Webinar to focus on research to replace water in fracturing gas wells

March 5, 2018

Ongoing research on using natural gas-based foams to replace water in fracturing Marcellus and other deep shale formation wells will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

York County commissioner creates 4-H leadership award during Penn State campaign

March 5, 2018

Doug Hoke, a lifelong York County resident and vice president of the York County Board of Commissioners, made a $125,000 outright gift to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to establish the Hoke 4-H Leadership Award Fund in York County.

Penn State, CBF partner to provide workshops for agriculture teachers

March 2, 2018

Furthering agriculture teachers' knowledge about the value of hands-on watershed education was the focus of recent workshops hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' Center for Professional Development.

Penn State's Poultry Science Club earns top honor at exposition

March 2, 2018

The Poultry Science Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences won Scrapbook of the Year at the recent International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nontraditional student learns valuable lessons on road to reaching dreams

March 1, 2018

Josh Hersl, a senior forest ecosystem management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has experienced a few roadblocks and detours on the road to reaching his dreams.

Pre-Vet Club helps students explore veterinary medicine

February 28, 2018

The Penn State Pre-Vet Club is a preprofessional club that helps students interested in veterinary medicine get involved in various aspects of the field.

Students achieve personal, professional growth through study abroad in Tanzania

February 28, 2018

Parks and People: Conservation of Nature in Community in Mang’ula, Tanzania, provides students of all majors the ability to discover more about the world and themselves through an international field research experience.

Ag education student gains hands-on experience in the classroom

February 27, 2018

Rose Cowan, right, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is getting a head start on her teaching career as a student teacher in the Penn Manor School District in Millersville.

NSF Day events offer resources, strategies for faculty researchers

February 27, 2018

NSF Day, on Feb. 28 at the Nittany Lion Inn, will feature several events aimed at providing resources and support for faculty interested in strengthening their research grant applications and forwarding their research careers.

Wood fuels key to easing food insecurity situation in sub-Saharan Africa

February 26, 2018

Access to wood fuels for cooking must be considered when formulating policy to deal with food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers who advocate expanding the effort to improve wood-fuel systems and make them more sustainable.

Bedbug treatment sees strong sales response

February 23, 2018

A new, safe treatment for bed bugs developed by Penn State entomologist Nina Jenkins already is seeing a strong sales response from pest application professionals in the few months since it hit the market.

Four new faculty members bring expertise to Penn State's entomology department

February 23, 2018

The Department of Entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has announced the addition of four faculty members who have joined the department during the current academic year.

Penn State Extension names Molly Kelly enologist

February 22, 2018

Penn State Extension has appointed a new enology extension educator to continue and enhance its support for Pennsylvania's growing wine industry.

Trustees approve architect for Henning Building

February 22, 2018

Aiming to strengthen the programs and upgrade the facilities serving students in the fields of animal science and veterinary and biomedical science, the Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (Feb. 22) recommended the approval of HOK of New York City, New York, as the architect for the Henning Building renovation at University Park.

Penn State forestry student works for education and diversity

February 22, 2018

Sky Templeton, a junior majoring in forest ecosystems management with a minor in biology, is passionate about forestry, education and minority representation, and is exploring all three interests as a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Berkey Creamery unveils packaging makeover

February 21, 2018

If you have been to the Penn State Berkey Creamery recently, you might have noticed some of the ice cream containers are sporting a new look.

College of Agricultural Sciences offers look at ag careers for STEM program

February 21, 2018

Faculty and staff from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provided students at Harrisburg High School's SciTech campus with a comprehensive look at the variety of disciplines that students can pursue in the agricultural sciences.

Former ag international programs coordinator creates study abroad scholarship

February 19, 2018

During her tenure as study abroad coordinator in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Office of International Programs, Marilyn McPheron changed countless lives by helping connect students with international experiences. With a recent gift to support students who embrace both agriculture and global learning, she will change countless more.

Students forge career path through Penn State CITY program

February 19, 2018

The mission of the CITY program at the Penn State Center Pittsburgh is to encourage pathways to success for high school students in the Pittsburgh area by providing opportunities outside of the classroom.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

February 19, 2018

The 2017–18 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have recently been awarded to 16 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. This year nearly $350,000 have been awarded to more than 40 researchers in five colleges at University Park as well as at four campuses.

Sales of Creamery flavor to support THON, fight against childhood cancer

February 16, 2018

Penn State Berkey Creamery has created a new ice cream flavor, "THON Gold Ribbon Ripple," and it's For The Kids.

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