Penn State Extension educator secures grant to aid honey bees and beekeeping

March 15, 2022

A $217,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program will enable Robyn Underwood, apiculture educator with Penn State Extension, to develop an extension program on honey bee queen rearing and artificial insemination.

College of Ag Sciences alumna, student recipients of Musser Award of Excellence

March 14, 2022

The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation has selected two recipients of its 2022 Musser Award of Excellence. Devon Carroll, a graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and Travis Russell, a doctoral candidate in the college, are co-honorees.

Student Farm hosts garden grow-how event

March 14, 2022

Gardeners of all ages, experience levels and garden sizes are invited to learn new gardening tips and skills and get their hands dirty at the Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm’s upcoming Garden Grow-How event.

Popular Penn State Berkey Creamery competition will tip off March 14

March 11, 2022

A sweet spring tradition, Penn State Berkey Creamery’s Flavor Madness competition, has returned to Happy Valley for its fifth year. The contest will tip off March 14 with the Creamery Sweet 16 taking the court.  

Conference at Penn State to focus on the importance of intergenerational links

March 10, 2022

In collaboration with Penn State Extension and organizations and agencies throughout the state, the College of Agricultural Sciences will hold the “Pennsylvania Intergenerational Conference: Intergenerational Approaches for Living, Learning and Growing in Pennsylvania" in July  —  the first conference of its kind in the state.

Dudeks expand support to Ag Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences

March 9, 2022

Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek, longtime supporters of Penn State’s colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Earth and Mineral Sciences, have expanded their prior support for graduate and undergraduate students. The couple has updated their estate plan, pledging an additional $2.3 million for a total of $4.8 million, and will give $125,000 over five years for the early activation of two awards included in their future commitment.

Barron addresses access and affordability, economic development at House hearing

March 9, 2022

Penn State’s commitment to keeping costs low for students and the ways in which the University utilizes state funding to benefit Pennsylvanians were among the topics of conversation during a hearing of the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, March 8.

Penn State pulling team looking forward to new competition year

March 8, 2022

The Penn State Pullers design team prepares for the engineering design competition hosted by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, which takes place over several days in June at the Expo Gardens Fairgrounds in Peoria, Illinois.

Webinar to focus on crime prevention through environmental design

March 8, 2022

Crime prevention through environmental design will be the focus of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon March 16.

New Goddard Chair finding Pennsylvania connections to his international work

March 3, 2022

Christopher Scott's vast experience and expertise in water, climate change, energy, policy, sustainability and agriculture has led to Scott’s appointment to the Maurice K. Goddard Chair of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Penn State.

College of Ag Sciences, University of Nottingham offer international exchange

March 3, 2022

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has partnered with the University of Nottingham’s School of Biosciences in the United Kingdom to offer a new international exchange program for the spring 2023 semester.

Poultry flock owners urged to step up biosecurity in response to avian flu

March 1, 2022

The detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds and domestic flocks in several Eastern and Midwestern states is prompting urgent calls from Penn State poultry experts for flock owners — and others who may come into proximity to flocks — to step up their biosecurity practices. At risk is Pennsylvania's large poultry industry, the state's second largest agricultural sector.

Students in Department of Animal Science receive accolades for research

March 1, 2022

There are many opportunities to participate in undergraduate- and graduate-level research in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The benefits are numerous, and two graduate students in the Department of Animal Science, Emily Van Syoc and Sophia Kenney, are among those reaping these benefits.

Podcast explores tackling complex problems through One Health

March 1, 2022

A transdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers is exploring how One Health, an approach that recognizes the interconnectedness among human health, ecosystem health and animal health, may be able to tackle complex health problems facing Pennsylvania.

Penn State Extension offers March 22 webinar on food safety for volunteers

March 1, 2022

“Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling” is a condensed, three-hour food safety course developed by Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, to be held March 22.

Power out? Consider these food safety tips from a Penn State Extension expert

February 25, 2022

This time of year, winter storms can bring freezing rain and heavy snow to Pennsylvania — downing trees and power lines in their wake. A food safety extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences shares advice on how to prepare for a power outage and how to preserve and manage food when one occurs.

Youngs pledge estate gift to create scholarship, support Arboretum at Penn State

February 23, 2022

Tom and Mary Jo Young pledged a $3.2 million estate gift to create the Woodland Gardens at The Arboretum at Penn State with a supporting endowment, as well as an undergraduate scholarship in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Founder of Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care was a visionary in education

February 23, 2022

James Van Horn, an esteemed faculty member in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the founder of Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care program, is being remembered by colleagues as an innovator in childhood development and education. Van Horn died on Feb. 8.

Penn State establishes the Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium

February 22, 2022

The overarching goal of the Penn State Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium is to accelerate the scientific discoveries that will prevent or delay age-related neurodegeneration.

Children eat what they like, but food intake driven more by what they dislike

February 22, 2022

It is often said that “children eat what they like,” but the results of a new study by Penn State nutritionists and sensory scientists suggests that when it comes to meals, it is more accurate and more relevant to say, “children do not eat what they dislike.”

More intense roasting of cocoa beans lessens bitterness, boosts chocolate liking

February 22, 2022

Confection makers who want to develop products containing 100% chocolate and no sugar for health-conscious consumers can reduce bitterness and optimize flavor acceptance by roasting cocoa beans longer and at higher temperatures, according to a team of researchers.

New committee to oversee strategy to better manage resources and control costs

February 22, 2022

The Strategic Procurement Transformation project announced the launch of the Strategic Procurement Leadership Council as part of its long-term strategy to manage resources better and more effectively control costs. The newly formed council will support the University's procurement operations by overseeing key institutional procurement transformations and identifying opportunities for efficiency and cost savings. 

Warming climate to result in reduced corn production; irrigation blunts effect

February 21, 2022

No matter which of the widely accepted global circulation models ultimately comes closest to predicting the amount of warming caused by climate change, corn production will be reduced, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

Omicron detected for first time in white-tailed deer

February 21, 2022

Some white-tailed deer living in Staten Island, New York, are actively infected with the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of SARS-CoV-2, according to new research led by scientists at Penn State. The team also found neutralizing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in one of the Omicron-infected deer, suggesting that, like humans, deer can be reinfected with the virus.

Penn State food scientist Greg Ziegler named distinguished professor

February 20, 2022

Penn State’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named Greg Ziegler, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as a distinguished professor.

Karen Fisher-Vanden in College of Ag Sciences named distinguished professor

February 16, 2022

Karen Fisher-Vanden, professor of environmental and resource economics and public policy in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named a distinguished professor by Penn State’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

Colleagues mourn internationally renowned chemical ecologist James Tumlinson

February 16, 2022

Penn State's Department of Entomology, the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University community are mourning the loss of James H. Tumlinson, Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology, who died Feb. 9 at the age of 83 after an extended illness.

New video series highlights game-changing life sciences researchers

February 16, 2022

The Huck institutes of the Life Sciences has launched a new monthly series of short video essays to feature highly innovative Penn State researchers who are pushing boundaries and forging new pathways in their respective fields. “Life From All Angles” tells the stories of these risk-takers in a condensed, easy to digest, 5-minute format.

Penn State Extension offers course for those who teach tractor safety to youth

February 15, 2022

Adults wishing to teach the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program to youth can benefit from an online course offered by Penn State Extension.

Penn State names 21 new distinguished professors for 2022

February 15, 2022

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named 21 distinguished professors for 2022.

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