Libraries Short Stories Fall 2018 contest winners embrace Lost and Found theme

December 18, 2018

Penn State University Libraries Short Stories “Lost and Found” Fall 2018 contest winners and honorable mentions represent a wide range of creative writers University-wide. Nine student honorees range from first-year through senior undergraduates to a Ph.D. student and represent six campuses and six colleges, and five faculty/staff honorees represent three campuses.

Recruiting ants to fight weeds on the farm

December 18, 2018

Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of researchers, who found that tilling less to preserve the ants could save farmers fuel and labor costs, as well as preserve water and improve soil quality.

Spotted lanternfly, home gardening, 4-H among Penn State highlights at Farm Show

December 17, 2018

If you are seeking information about the invasive spotted lanternfly, home gardening, food and health, agricultural majors and careers, or 4-H opportunities, you can find it by visiting Penn State exhibits at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5-12 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Biodegradable, edible film kills pathogens on seafood

December 17, 2018

A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to a group of international researchers.

Webinar series will help landowners care for their woods

December 14, 2018

A webinar series co-sponsored by Penn State Extension will help owners of small woodlots to manage their parcels sustainably. The "Woods in Your Backyard" series teaches land stewardship through eight live, one-hour, online evening lectures that begin Feb. 6.

Interdisciplinary research proves essential when working on Food-Energy-Water

December 13, 2018

Penn State researchers are collaborating and building strong interdisciplinary teams to make improvements in the food-energy-water nexus.

Research team discovers oldest known plant virus at ancient settlement

December 13, 2018

Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.

The year in review, in news and images: A look back at 2018 at Penn State

December 12, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we review a small, representative selection of achievements and visual reflections on the year at Penn State, from among the many University-wide accomplishments in academics, research, athletics, student life and entrepreneurship. View a photo gallery and collection of news highlights at https://news.psu.edu/gallery/551371/2018/12/11/2018-year-pictures

Goetz named president-elect of North American Regional Science Council

December 12, 2018

Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, recently was appointed president-elect of the North American Regional Science Council.

Increasing riparian buffers to improve state's water quality

December 11, 2018

To identify sound scientific methods to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State researchers led a Pennsylvania watershed workshop that explored ways to increase the number of riparian buffers in Pennsylvania. Riparian buffers have been used to improve water quality in both local streams and in larger watersheds.

Livestock producers, consumers may be affected by cell-cultured meat regulations

December 11, 2018

According to a team of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences livestock experts and food scientists focused on cellular agriculture, the progress of this technology requires thorough evaluation and discussion to address the multitude of questions surrounding it.

Penn State Woodsmen Team helps students 'branch out' in collegiate timber sports

December 11, 2018

The Penn State Woodsmen Team provides students of all majors the opportunity to learn collegiate timber sports skills such as chopping, sawing, throwing and climbing, and then test their skills in several competitions.

Get a jump on meeting the new state food safety certification requirement

December 11, 2018

To help the state's businesses comply with the certified food protection manager regulation, Penn State Extension is offering the ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course at 38 locations during the first half of 2019.

Project brings together agriscience educators from U.S., Malaysia

December 7, 2018

Preservice teacher candidates and current teachers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan learned about agriculture and agricultural education in July as part of the AgEd2Malaysia Human Development Project, a collaborative effort among Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and the Global Agriculture Learning Center at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.

Penn State scientists among leaders in carbon cycle assessment

December 6, 2018

Penn State researchers were among a team of international scientists whose work on a new climate assessment of North America provides a better understanding of the carbon cycle.

Grant will support grain bin safety research at Penn State

December 4, 2018

A $160,000 grant awarded to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will support research aimed at reducing the potential for injury and death due to grain bin entrapments.

Study Away students experience firsthand look at urban sustainability

December 4, 2018

Penn State World Campus students Jamie Parke and Yolanda Jackson are experiencing their possible career paths in urban sustainability through Penn State’s Study Away program. The program is facilitated through Penn State’s urban centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Study Away is designed to give students a real-world experience in an urban setting prior to their degree completion.

Training grant supports graduate students studying gene regulation

December 3, 2018

A new $2.4 million-dollar program to train graduate students in the area of eukaryotic gene regulation has been established at Penn State.

Penn State earns 'Bee Campus USA' certification

December 3, 2018

Penn State has become the 55th educational institution in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strength of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.

The Arboretum at Penn State hosts Winter Celebration on Dec. 7

November 29, 2018

The Arboretum at Penn State invites the campus and community to welcome the holiday season at its annual Winter Celebration on Friday, Dec. 7.

Penn State creates new Global Engagement Special Living Option

November 29, 2018

Domestic and international students can join a new community for global exchange in Beaver Hall starting Fall 2019.

Extension offers home-study course on meat goat production

November 28, 2018

Meat-goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprise more profitable can take advantage of a home-study course offered by Penn State Extension this winter.

Funds memorializing ag science faculty members see outpouring of support

November 28, 2018

Endowments created to honor the memories of Harold "Doc" Harpster, professor of dairy and animal science, and Arun Kilara, professor of food science, quickly surpassed their goals with contributions from colleagues, students, friends and family.

Penn State root research results in breeding of improved bean plants for Africa

November 28, 2018

In the culmination of more than a decade of research on root traits conducted by Penn State plant scientists, about three tons of seed for common bean plants specifically bred to thrive in the barren soils of Mozambique will be distributed there Dec. 11.

A Hokie heart with Lion pride: Virginia Tech alums create ag sci scholarship

November 28, 2018

Describing himself as a “Virginia Tech duck in a lion country pond,” William “Bill” Achor, vice president of York Ag Products in York, Pennsylvania, said creating a scholarship at Penn State was an easy decision. York Ag Products has a history of being generous to Penn State, and Achor wanted to honor a past president —and Penn State alumnus — who was instrumental in his career.

Penn State Extension again to host FSMA produce-safety grower trainings

November 27, 2018

Is your farm in compliance with new federal food safety standards? The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule requires that at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course is one way to fulfill this requirement.

Many happy (tax) returns: Penn State assistance program prepping for season

November 26, 2018

Penn State's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation and electronic filing services to income-eligible taxpayers, including Penn State students, staff and retirees.

Rural American families focus of 26th annual family symposium

November 21, 2018

The strategies needed to maintain family economic stability, health and general well-being of rural families was the focus of the 26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues, held in October at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Penn State celebrates 10th anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 20, 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State has come to an end, but it was another great year for students and community members to engage with experience entrepreneurs, business owners and executives from around the world.

Broadband researcher believes lack of access offers opportunity

November 20, 2018

Faculty member's yearlong study focuses on availability and cost of internet access in Pennsylvania — and the potential for investment to solve the problem.

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  • Associate Director of Communications
  • Public Relations Specialist/Science Writer
  • Science and News Writer
  • Penn State Extension Writer (Marketing Communications Specialist)