Impact of eight-figure estate commitment will be felt across the University

May 21, 2024

A donor who has chosen to remain anonymous has stepped forward with an eight-figure estate commitment, bringing the donor’s total support of Penn State to more than $13.5 million. The gift will enhance scholarship support in the College of Education and the College of Agricultural Sciences and at Penn State Berks; further pediatric cancer research at Penn State College of Medicine; provide top academic leaders with flexible resources; and help the Blue Band to continue inspiring pride across the Penn State community.

Dechow named Research Innovator of the Year by the College of Ag Sciences

May 17, 2024

Chad Dechow, associate professor of dairy cattle genetics, is the 2024 recipient of the Research Innovator of the Year Award, given by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have made notable efforts to commercialize their Penn State research.  

H5N1 virus from 2022 mink outbreak capable of inefficient airborne transmission

May 16, 2024

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was detected in dairy cattle for the first time in the United States in March, with nine states reporting outbreaks by May. While the method of transmission among cattle is currently unknown, new research published in Nature Communications demonstrates that a related strain of H5N1, subtype clade 2.3.4.4b, which caused an outbreak in farmed mink in 2022, could transmit through the air to a limited number of ferrets. This is the first time that a member of the group of H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b viruses has been shown to exhibit this ability. According to the Penn State researchers who led the study, the findings suggest these viruses are evolving to infect mammals and with potentially increased risk to humans.

Industry fellowship provides real-world experience for doctoral student

May 16, 2024

Xialing Zhao, a doctoral candidate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, participated in the college's first-of-its-kind summer fellowship pairing Penn State graduate students with industry mentors to help students navigate the transition from academia to careers in industry.  

Penn State student finds community as an Agricultural Advocate

May 15, 2024

Inspired by the students who helped her when she was new at Penn State, Benelli Risser is paying it forward by participating in the Agricultural Advocates program, where she can apply her schoolwork and passion to help others.

Penn State pollinator experts author a new book that explores the lives of bees

May 14, 2024

Two renowned pollinator scientists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences have co-authored a book that sheds light on one of the Earth’s most invaluable resources: bees. Christina Grozinger, the Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, and Harland Patch, assistant research professor in the Department of Entomology and director of pollinator programming at the Arboretum at Penn State, wrote, “The Lives of Bees: A Natural History of Our Planet’s Bee Life.” The book is the latest in the series, “The Lives of the Natural World.”

Forty-three undergraduates receive Erickson Discovery Grants

May 14, 2024

The Erickson Discovery Grant, which funds independent research projects for undergraduate students, has been awarded to 43 recipients this year.  

'Research Art Collection' showcase in Old Main

May 14, 2024

"Research Art Collection," is on display in the Office of Senior Vice President for Research on the third floor in Old Main at University Park. The exhibit showcases the art of research and the research of art and is open to the public. 

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters -- Week of May 13

May 13, 2024

As part of our regular “We Are!” feature, we recognize 14 Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.   

Master Watershed Steward volunteer Carol Armstrong makes waves

May 13, 2024

With a background as a neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, Carol Armstrong joined the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward program to address her growing concerns about the environment. In 2019, she became the first Master Watershed Steward statewide to surpass 1,000 volunteer hours.

Many people in the Arctic are staying put despite climate change, study reports

May 9, 2024

A team led by Penn State researchers reviewed studies from the past 30 years to examine whether climate change is causing people to migrate out of the Arctic — or if, and why, they’re deciding to stay. They found that while individuals are not yet relocating due to climate change, at least one whole community has.

Q&A: Should you skip #NoMowMay and #PlantMayFlowers instead?

May 9, 2024

Two pollinator experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences discuss No Mow May and whether there's a better alternative to help support pollinators and biodiversity.

May 15 webinar to address green infrastructure for healthy communities

May 9, 2024

As communities grapple with issues such as stormwater management, flooding, urban heat loads and air quality issues, presenters during a May 15 Penn State Extension land-use webinar will discuss services provided by green infrastructure that can improve the quality of life, resilience, and environmental and human health in communities.

Becot named Nationwide Insurance Early Career Professor of Agricultural Safety

May 8, 2024

Florence Becot recently was appointed Nationwide Insurance Early Career Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. She will oversee research, extension and academic programs in safety and health related to the agricultural and the biorenewable industries.

Paquette receives academic advising award from College of Agricultural Sciences

May 8, 2024

Charlene Paquette, undergraduate student services coordinator and academic adviser in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, has received the 2024 Community of Advising Excellence Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Arboretum seeking volunteers for 'Palmer Plant-Out' at new art museum

May 7, 2024

The Arboretum at Penn State is looking for hundreds of volunteers to help plant more than 100,000 flowering perennial plants and grasses around the new Palmer Museum of Art at the Arboretum in preparation for its public opening on June 1.  

Penn State Extension praised by state for native plant gardens in Philadelphia

May 7, 2024

The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward program in Philadelphia County, in partnership with the Friends of Wharton Square Park, recently received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

NSF grant to fund research on genetics and physiology of corn kernel development

May 6, 2024

A research team in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation to fund a novel project investigating the molecular and physiological processes that support corn kernel development.

Surviving ash trees may hold key to saving multiple species of the trees

May 3, 2024

The invasive insect emerald ash borer is killing ash trees at an unprecedented rate in the United States, and now five North American species of ash are considered critically endangered, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. But a small percentage are surviving, and research by Forest Service scientists suggests that those trees may hold the key for saving the species. In an effort to unlock the answer, researchers in the Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics at Penn State are working with The Nature Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service to conduct genomic analysis of range-wide collections of green ash, white ash and black ash.

Bee body mass, pathogens and local climate influence heat tolerance

May 3, 2024

How well bees tolerate temperature extremes could determine their ability to persist in a changing climate. But heat tolerance varies between and within populations, so a research team led by Penn State entomologists examined bee physical traits — such as sex differences in body mass — to understand how these traits interact with environmental conditions, pathogens and other factors.

Integrated Pest Management Program staffer to help schools implement IPM plans

May 1, 2024

The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program has announced the appointment of Donald DeMackiewicz Jr. as the new PA IPM schools program assistant. DeMackiewicz will offer consulting services to any Pennsylvania schools seeking expertise and advice while developing and implementing their state-mandated IPM plans.

Faculty Senate honors six graduating seniors with John W. White Fellowship

May 1, 2024

The Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life recently awarded six graduating Penn State seniors who will be pursuing graduate-level education with the John W. White Graduate Fellowship. Here are their stories. 

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters — April 29

April 29, 2024

As part of our regular "We Are!" feature, we recognize 16 Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.   

Schreyer Honors College announces 2024 Student and Faculty Award winners

April 29, 2024

Seven Schreyer Scholars and two Penn State faculty members have been selected as recipients of Schreyer Honors College awards for the 2022-23 academic year.

Sour Patch adults: 1 in 8 grown-ups love extreme tartness, study shows

April 29, 2024

For most people, biting into a lemon would leave them puckered up and desperate to lose that sour flavor, but a new study by Penn State researchers revealed that roughly one in eight adults like intensely sour sensations. The cross-cultural study, recently published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, demonstrated there is a subset of “sour likers” who enjoy exceptionally sour foods.

Firefly populations at risk due to climate change, urban development

April 29, 2024

Catching fireflies is an iconic summer experience for many people living in North America, but the flickering beetles are on the decline. A new study by a team that includes Penn State researchers has identified factors that may be contributing to declining populations.

Meet Penn State’s three Goldwater Scholars for 2024-25

April 29, 2024

Three Penn Staters have been selected as Goldwater Scholars for 2024-25: Nate Carey, Bridget Reheard and Mabel Tong. Goldwater Scholars are selected for their potential as leaders in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Springtime 'Night at the Museums' brings visitors closer to nature, history

April 26, 2024

During the Night at the Museums event, sites around Penn State keep their doors open a little later than usual to welcome visitors who can't make it during the daytime hours.

Spring selected as Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences student marshal

April 26, 2024

Jacquelin Spring has been named the 2024 student marshal representing the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State’s spring commencement.

Penn State Extension introduces canine program to support dog breeders

April 23, 2024

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has announced the recent hire of Abby Hodder as the assistant clinical professor of canine behavioral welfare in the Department of Animal Science. Hodder’s onboarding marks the beginning of a Penn State Extension canine program designed to support professional dog breeders through education, outreach and applied research focused on canine behavior and welfare.

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