1959 Penn State ag sciences alumnus makes gift to support experiential learning

September 24, 2018

Richard "Dick" Booth recently supported his alma mater by creating a charitable gift annuity to establish the Richard A. Booth Experiential Learning Endowment in Dairy Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Berkey Creamery celebrates 'White Out' with new flavor

September 24, 2018

Penn State Berkey Creamery's new ice cream flavor will have football fans celebrating even more when Penn State hosts Ohio State on Sept. 29. "White Out" — a sweet blend of popcorn-flavored ice cream and white chocolate chips — is now available for scooping at the Creamery.

Fruit research and extension projects receive funding from industry groups

September 21, 2018

The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program recently awarded nearly $233,000 in funding to support new and ongoing fruit research and extension projects in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The grants will support projects aimed at enhancing pest management, production efficiency and fruit quality.

Plant science faculty member named Styer Professor

September 21, 2018

Mark Guiltinan, professor of plant molecular biology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named the J. Franklin Styer Professor of Horticultural Botany. The Styer Professorship is intended to supplement departmental support for outstanding faculty and further the scholar's contributions to teaching, research and service.

Andrew Read named director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

September 20, 2018

Andrew Read has been appointed director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State effective Jan. 1, 2019. Read is an Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.

2017-18 NSF I-Corps invent teams selected

September 19, 2018

Twelve entrepreneurial teams from Penn State have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation I-Corps program.

Penn State Horse Barn Open House welcomes football fans Oct. 13

September 19, 2018

The sixth annual Penn State Horse Barn Open House, hosted by the Collegiate Horseman's Association at Penn State and the Penn State Equine Research Team, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, prior to the football game against Michigan State. The open house complements Celebrate Ag Day at Beaver Stadium, an event designed for Penn Staters to honor the agricultural roots and history of the University.

Few hatchery brook trout genes present in Pa. watershed wild fish

September 18, 2018

Despite many decades of annual brook trout stocking in one northcentral Pennsylvania watershed, the wild brook trout populations show few genes from hatchery fish, according to researchers who genotyped about 2,000 brook trout in Loyalsock Creek watershed, a 500-square-mile drainage in Lycoming and Sullivan counties celebrated by anglers for its trout fishing.

Penn State's Great Insect Fair celebrates insects in pop culture

September 17, 2018

Appreciating insects' influence in popular culture will be the focus of Penn State's 2018 Great Insect Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus. The event is sponsored by the entomology department in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Altoona aids in Chimney Rocks service-learning project

September 14, 2018

Penn State Altoona is the link between a Blair County Planning Commission and University Park service-learning project at Chimney Rocks Park in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

Entomology professors honored by Entomological Society of America

September 13, 2018

Two professors in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been lauded for their significant contributions to the field of entomology by the Entomological Society of America.

College of Agricultural Sciences announces alumni award recipients

September 13, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Conservation dairy farming could help Pa. meet Chesapeake target

September 13, 2018

If the majority of dairy farms in Pennsylvania fully adopt conservation best-management practices, the state may be able to achieve its total maximum daily load water-quality target for the Chesapeake Bay, according to researchers.

Seed grants to support opioid research announced

September 13, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, has awarded over $200,000 in funding to support 10 new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.

Program combines mobile devices and the outdoors in an unlikely pairing

September 12, 2018

Research combining technology and the outdoors is ‘Transforming Outdoor Places into Learning Spaces’ for children and families.

Rural and urban communities need different policies to boost economic mobility

September 11, 2018

The farther away from a city a person is raised, the more likely they are to climb the economic ladder. Economists also found that community characteristics associated with upward mobility actually have different effects in rural and urban locations.

Webinar looks at developments with the rule of capture in oil and gas operations

September 11, 2018

New legal developments affecting the rule of capture — a common law doctrine that establishes nonliability and ownership for captured natural resources, including oil, gas and groundwater — will the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Sept. 20.

Spotted lanternfly expert provides tips for home management of pest

September 10, 2018

To aid homeowners in reducing spotted lanternfly populations, Heather Leach, Penn State's spotted lanternfly extension associate, offers management recommendations based on life cycle and season.

NSF funds $3 million graduate training program focused on Food-Energy-Water

September 10, 2018

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers to create a new graduate program that will train students to find solutions to real-world problems facing Food-Energy-Water (FEW) systems.

Soil could filter antibiotics from treated wastewater, protecting groundwater

September 10, 2018

Soil may be a natural filter that can act as a tertiary treatment for wastewater, preventing antibiotics from contaminating groundwater, according to researchers who conducted a study at Penn State's Living Filter.

Fall Research Unplugged speaker series to offer weekly talks starting Oct. 4

September 7, 2018

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversation with Penn State researchers, is presented in collaboration with Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Thursday in October in Schlow Library’s Downsbrough Community Room.

School for Excellence in the Ag Sciences inspires, motivates teens

September 7, 2018

Thirty-four students from across the state participated in the 2018 Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State this summer, where they had the opportunity to explore the agricultural and natural-resource sciences.

Goddard Forum's inaugural Pa. One Health Symposium focuses on zoonotic diseases

September 7, 2018

A unique gathering of physicians, veterinarians, ecologists and conservationists took place in Hershey recently with the goal of improving human, animal, plant and ecosystem health in Pennsylvania.

Ag Sciences Career Day, internship program lead to career success

September 7, 2018

As an undergraduate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Casey Branstetter participated in a unique scholars program, an experience that she said was instrumental in launching her professional career with AgChoice Farm Credit.

Penn State Extension to host farm safety week webinar

September 7, 2018

The Penn State Extension Farm Safety Team will host a farm safety webinar during the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety’s 2018 National Farm Safety and Health Week. Set for noon on Sept. 17, the webinar will feature Michael Pate, Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Rural Studies Student Conference set for Nov. 1-2 at University Park

September 7, 2018

The Rural Sociology Graduate Association at Penn State will host its sixth annual Rural Studies Student Conference on Nov. 1-2 in the Oak Building at University Park. This year’s conference, titled “Insurgent Sociology: Public Social Science Research in the 21st Century,” will take place Nov. 2, with a preconference keynote presentation scheduled for the afternoon of Nov. 1.

Faculty learning community to bring international ag to classroom via technology

September 6, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading a new "faculty learning community" — called Global Learning in Agriculture — comprised of faculty members who are interested in advancing global knowledge through new methodologies and technologies.

Tom and Mary Ellen Litzinger create $1.2 million endowment for Shaver's Creek

September 4, 2018

Mary Ellen and Tom Litzinger have established the $1.2 million Mary Ellen and Thomas A. Litzinger Endowment at Shaver’s Creek through a bequest to ensure educational opportunities and a sustainable future for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center at Penn State.

Webinar to focus on addressing noise in Pennsylvania's communities

August 31, 2018

Noise and its impacts on communities will be the topic of a web-based land-use seminar presented Sept. 19 by Penn State Extension.

So you wanna raise beef cattle? Workshops offered to help prospective producers

August 31, 2018

A free, three-hour, one-night course covering all things beef, offered by Penn State Extension this fall at seven locations, will introduce participants to a variety of topics helpful to learning how to raise beef cattle.

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