Insect Biodiversity Center to promote insect conservation, healthy ecosystems

September 8, 2020

The newly launched Insect Biodiversity Center at Penn State will create a focal point for the study and conservation of insects and the ecosystems with which they interact. The center brings together faculty researchers and educators from eight Penn State colleges.

Penn State researchers to study political content sharing on Facebook

September 8, 2020

As the 2020 election draws closer, political content on social media is becoming more and more prevalent. A group of researchers, being led by principal investigator S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects at Penn State, is examining spontaneous sharing of political content on Facebook.

Penn State alumnus hits a homerun as head groundskeeper for minor league team

September 3, 2020

Penn State alumnus Jordan Barr is living his “field of dreams” as head groundskeeper for the Burlington Bees, a Los Angeles Angels-affiliated baseball team in southeastern Iowa.

Space Grant accepting grant applications for education, research and outreach

September 3, 2020

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) is accepting applications for its 2020-21 competitive mini-grant program. The program supports and enhances science and engineering education, research and outreach. PSGC will consider proposals from institutions across Pennsylvania for new or enhanced projects.

Penn State SBDC Launching Pennsylvania Agriculture Center of Excellence

September 3, 2020

The Penn State Small Business Development Center received $325,000 in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help launch a center that will help Pennsylvania agriculture businesses sustain operations and stabilize food supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penn State Extension teaching biosecurity best practices to young producers

September 3, 2020

With foreign animal diseases such as strep zoo, vesicular stomatitis and African swine fever threatening livestock producers, Penn State Extension and the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence are teaching biosecurity best-management practices to youth.

Eshenours bolster scholarships in Education, Ag Sciences with estate commitment

September 2, 2020

After creating two scholarships in 2018, one for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and one for students in the College of Education, Terry and Constance (Connie) Eshenour were looking to make an even greater impact and leave a positive legacy. With that in mind, the couple recently opted to bolster their two existing scholarships by pledging an estate gift to enhance those endowments. And when the University’s new Educational Equity Matching Program was announced this summer, they chose to make an additional $100,000 commitment to create two new scholarships for students who will help to create a stronger and more diverse Penn State.

Land-use webinar to focus on farmers markets before, during and after COVID-19

September 1, 2020

Farmers markets and the integral role they play in our communities will be the topic of a web-based seminar titled, “Farmers Markets Before, During and After COVID-19,” presented by Penn State Extension at noon Sept. 16.

Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams

September 1, 2020

Invent Penn State’s 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week student startup accelerator, wrapped up Aug. 12 in a virtual showcase after funding seven student-startup teams with $15,000 each to work on their startup, nonprofit, or social good full time over the summer. The program also matched teams with resources and entrepreneurial experts who provided mentorship.

10 new biotechnologies revealed at inaugural Penn State BioTech Discovery Day

September 1, 2020

On June 12, the first Penn State BioTech Discovery Day brought together Penn State researchers, industry experts and venture investors for a day of technology reveals and networking opportunities focused on accelerating the transfer of Penn State’s top BioTech innovations to the marketplace.

18 new NSF graduate researchers join the ranks at Penn State

August 31, 2020

Eighteen students were named National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2020-21 academic year.

Security center announces Fall 2020 Grant Program

August 27, 2020

The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education is announcing its Fall 2020 Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Nov. 2.

Growing drought causing trees to drop leaves; portends a poor foliage display

August 27, 2020

With little rain in the long-term weather forecast, a worsening drought in much of the Northeast portends trouble for Pennsylvania’s vaunted fall foliage display, at least in parts of the state, according to a Penn State forest expert.

Sánchez named to federal Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

August 27, 2020

Elsa Sánchez, professor of horticultural systems management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers.

Student completes virtual internship with state Fish and Boat Commission

August 26, 2020

Junior Matthew Bellia, an Environmental Resource Management major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, spent his summer completing a research-based internship with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Penn State black walnut trial turns 40, now ideal climate-change experiment

August 25, 2020

Few visitors to Penn State's University Park campus know about the Black Walnut Provenance Study, a two-acre grove of black walnut trees near the northeast border of campus which has an interesting backstory and a role to play in ongoing and future research.

Grant to enable creation of AI tools to improve adolescents’ diets and nutrition

August 25, 2020

With a $1.2 million grant from Fondation Botnar, an international team of researchers will assess the feasibility of creating and launching a global-scale artificial-intelligence app for mobile devices that diagnoses diet-related problems and offers nutritional advice to adolescent girls living in urban settings in Ghana and Vietnam.

Aspirin after calving can provide relief to dairy cows, increase milk production

August 25, 2020

Dairy cows that received a short course of anti-inflammatory medication after calving had lower metabolic stress and produced more milk than untreated cows, according to researchers, who say the regimen they tested could be adopted more easily by producers than previously studied treatment strategies.

Advanced biofuels show promise for replacing some fossil fuels

August 25, 2020

Plant-based biofuels can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and growing these crops in certain landscapes offers net climate benefits compared to other land use options, according to a team of international scientists.

Spotted lanternfly tree traps can be effective, but need careful installation

August 25, 2020

For homeowners dealing with spotted lanternfly infestations, tree traps can be a cost-effective, nonchemical option. However, there are important factors to consider when using tree traps, most notably how to avoid catching nontarget creatures such as bees, butterflies and mammals, according to a spotted lanternfly expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Bull elected fellow of American Phytopathological Society

August 24, 2020

Carolee Bull, professor of systematic bacteriology and plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.

USDA-funded project focused on boosting enrollment of minorities in ag sciences

August 24, 2020

Penn State is among a group of land-grant universities embarking on a project that will support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities and women in food, agricultural, natural resources and human sciences.

Reducing transmission risk of livestock disease

August 24, 2020

According to a new study, the risk of transmitting the livestock virus PPRV, which threatens 80% of the world’s sheep and goats, increases with certain husbandry practices, including attendance at seasonal grazing camps and the introduction of sheep and goats to the herd.

Extension educator: Late summer, early fall optimal time to treat tree of heaven

August 20, 2020

Like the spotted lanternfly that has a penchant for it, the rapidly growing Ailanthus altissima tree — better known as tree of heaven — can be tough for property owners to control.

Penn State Extension milk giveaways help local dairy farmers, families

August 19, 2020

Lisa Holden, associate professor of dairy science and Penn State Extension dairy team member, was one of the people who spearheaded a free milk giveaway, or milk drop, at the Nittany Mall on May 26.

Invasive shrubs in Northeast forests grow leaves earlier and keep them longer

August 19, 2020

The rapid pace by which invasive shrubs have infiltrated forests in the northeastern United States has made scientists suspect they have a consistent advantage over native shrubs, and the first region-wide study of leaf timing, conducted by Penn State researchers, supports those suspicions.

Parent-child separations focus of virtual symposium

August 19, 2020

The circumstances of parent-child separation due to parental incarceration, migration and deportation, and military deployment will be the focus of Penn State’s 28th Annual Symposium on Family Issues, being held virtually October 26 – 27.

Merit-based NSF grant extension supports expansion of gene-editing technology

August 17, 2020

Researchers who developed an improved method of gene editing for the study of arthropods will expand the technology for use in vertebrate species such as mice, fish and birds after receiving new funding from the National Science Foundation.

Cover crop mixtures must be 'farm-tuned' to provide maximum ecosystem services

August 17, 2020

Penn State researchers, in a recent study, were surprised to learn that they could take the exact same number of seeds from the same plants, put them in agricultural fields across the Mid-Atlantic region and get profoundly different stands of cover crops a few months later.

Research helps explain source of pathogen that causes bitter rot disease

August 13, 2020

A new way of looking at the fungal pathogen, Colletotrichum fioriniae, as a leaf endophyte — bacterial or fungal microorganisms that colonize healthy plant tissue — was the outcome of a two-year study conducted by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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