Phospholutions: From student project to thriving startup

October 19, 2018

Licensing a technology created in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State startup Phospholutions developed a soil-amendment product called RhizoSorb. The product aims to reduce phosphorus runoff and enhance plant root depth, decreasing the amount of both water and fertilizer needed to have healthy plants.

Study of Northeast food system advances understanding of regional potential

October 18, 2018

After seven years of analyzing a number of consumption, distribution, production, and other aspects of the Northeast U.S. food system, researchers from Penn State and 10 other universities and organizations have made significant gains in understanding the extent to which the region can increase production of certain foods, and potentially better meet the food needs of low-income populations in the locations they studied.

Learn about study abroad opportunities at the Education Abroad Fair on Oct. 17

October 15, 2018

Penn State students can learn about a world of opportunity by attending the Education Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 17 in Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park.

Teams sought to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data

October 15, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute is seeking teams to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data.

Research programs offered for undergraduates

October 13, 2018

Applications are now open for the Women in Science Engineering Research, Minority Undergraduate Research Experience and First-year Undergraduate Research Program. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

Annual Penn State Horticulture Show slated for Oct. 20-21

October 12, 2018

A fall favorite of residents from Centre County and beyond, the Penn State Horticulture Show, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21 at Penn State's University Park campus.

The Arboretum at Penn State hosts 2018 Pumpkin Festival Oct. 14, 19-20

October 11, 2018

The 2018 Pumpkin Festival, hosted by The Arboretum at Penn State on Oct. 14 and 19-20, will feature a pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus.

Penn State Beekeepers Club fosters importance of honey bees

October 11, 2018

The Penn State Beekeepers Club, which was founded in 2013, brings together beekeeping enthusiasts and those who simply are interested in learning about and sharing the beekeeping hobby.

Internship at McCormick & Co. 'spices up' student's experience

October 10, 2018

Maya Alcalá, a student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is on her way to becoming a seasoned professional thanks to a summer internship with McCormick & Co.

Webinar provides insight on orphan and abandoned wells in Pennsylvania

October 10, 2018

The history of abandoned natural-gas wells and how they have been handled in Pennsylvania — and how they must be dealt with going forward — will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Oct. 23.

Chewing gum may be effective for delivering vitamins

October 9, 2018

Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so Penn State researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body. Their results validate the concept of gum as an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.

Agribusiness Management Club provides insight into professional world

October 8, 2018

Providing students with a glimpse into the world of business and professional development is the main goal of the Agribusiness Management Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Alumnae of College of Agricultural Sciences to be honored by peers

October 8, 2018

The National Association of Agricultural Educators has recognized four alumnae of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences for their contributions to agricultural education.

Ag Sciences graduate creates scholarship to honor Penn State mentors

October 4, 2018

An anonymous donor honors two former professors by establishing a graduate scholarship supporting Penn State Extension programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Chapel intern finds passion for data through summer internship

October 4, 2018

Greg Mitchell, a senior double majoring in economics and community, environment and development, spent the summer as a consultant with Bates White Economic Consulting. Mitchell was accepted to the Chapel Executive Internship program through the College of the Liberal Arts, which gave him a $5,000 stipend so he could work and live in Washington, D.C., for the summer.

Ag donor ensures transformative experiences for landscape contracting students

October 4, 2018

College of Agricultural Sciences volunteer development council co-chair and alumnus Daniel Eichenlaub and his wife, Barbara, have established the Dan T. Stearns Landscape Contracting Program Endowment to honor Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, and to provide funds for student enrichment activities.

Registration open for Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference at Penn State

October 3, 2018

Registration is open for the second Northeast Cover Crop Council Conference, which will be hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Nov. 15-16.

'Communities That Care' is topic of 2018 Bennett Lecture

October 3, 2018

The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center will welcome 2018 Bennett Lecturer Richard Catalano, Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and co-founder of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington, on Oct. 25, at University Park. The lecture, in its 16th year, is free and open to the public.

Penn State trustee's gifts to create ag sci professorship, medical scholarship

October 2, 2018

During a Sept. 30 ceremony held at the residence of Penn State President Eric Barron, Penn State trustee Keith E. Masser and his wife, Helen E. Masser, signed documents to create a professorship in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and a scholarship in the Penn State College of Medicine.

26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues will take place Oct. 22-23

October 2, 2018

The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges that families in rural areas face and the strategies they take to maintain financial stability, health and well-being. The symposium, “Rural Families and Communities,” will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Biofilm reactor promises to cut production costs on vitamin K

October 2, 2018

In an innovative study that promises to reduce production costs for the most potent form of vitamin K — Menaquinone-7, Penn State researchers have developed a novel method to enhance the fermentation process that creates the supplement by agitated liquid fermentation in a biofilm reactor.

Master Gardeners' youth program in York County sows seeds of conservationism

October 1, 2018

An innovative youth outreach program led by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of York County is helping youngsters "escape" into a world of flowers, wildlife, water and fun.

Jacobson named first Global Faculty Fellow in College of Agricultural Sciences

September 27, 2018

Michael Jacobson, professor of forest resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, has been named the first Global Faculty Fellow in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

R&D-heavy firms thrive in diverse economies

September 27, 2018

Entrepreneurs should be aware of where they're building their businesses. New research shows that companies that invest heavily in research and development might be better off locating near dissimilar businesses, while companies that invest less in technology might want to locate near businesses in their own industry.

Forest expert: Expect foliage display to be late, muted

September 27, 2018

Warm, wet weather is predicted to continue through the rest of September and most of October in the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Great Lakes regions, and those soggy conditions likely will result in a subdued foliage display, according to a Penn State forest expert.

Microbiome Center to host networking event Oct. 2

September 26, 2018

Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.

Climate change not main driver of amphibian decline

September 25, 2018

While a warming climate in recent decades may be a factor in the waning of some local populations of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, it cannot explain the overall steep decline of amphibians, according to researchers.

Master Gardeners lend expertise, support to spotted lanternfly fight

September 25, 2018

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have been lending their time and expertise to aid in the spotted lanternfly battle.

Penn State education helps horticulture alumnus dig deep into potato industry

September 25, 2018

Curtis Frederick really digs potatoes. And that's a good thing considering that the 2009 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is enjoying a career as a senior agronomist at Sterman Masser Inc., a large, family-owned potato company, in Sacramento, Pennsylvania.

Science Coalition webinar to discuss how to tell research stories through events

September 24, 2018

The Science Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 research universities — including Penn State — will hold the second installment of its Local Communications Workshop Series from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 27. During the webinar, university communications officers will share best practices for using events to bring scientific research to life and engage with federal delegations and local stakeholders.

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  • Associate Director of Communications
  • Public Relations Specialist/Science Writer
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