11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

March 17, 2022

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 11 prominent young alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 18. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m.

Study will assess prepartum aspirin regimens to improve cow health, performance

March 17, 2022

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $637,000 will enable a team of Penn State and University of Pennsylvania researchers to study whether treating prepartum cows with an anti-inflammatory medication will reduce discomfort and inflammation and lead to improved health and higher milk production after calving.

Penn State-developed genome-editing technology licensed to Inscripta

March 17, 2022

A technology patented by a Penn State researcher to enhance the capabilities of the genome-editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas will have potential commercial applications as the result of a recently signed licensing agreement.

Inhalable aerogel shows promise for transmission-blocking COVID-19 vaccine

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Inhalable aerogel triggers immunity to COVID-19 in mice, may block transmission

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Penn State Extension to offer free virtual walking program in April

March 17, 2022

Anyone interested in developing healthy habits and increasing stamina can benefit from a free Penn State Extension virtual walking program called “Everybody Walk Across Pennsylvania.” The statewide program will take place from Monday, April 11 to Monday, June 6.

Faculty in College of Agricultural Sciences lauded for excellence in teaching

March 16, 2022

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized five faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2021.

Hellmann to present 'Answering the call for a new climate science' March 17

March 16, 2022

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science at Penn State will present its inaugural Distinguished Speaker Series event on March 17. The first talk features Jessica Hellmann, professor of ecology and Ecolab Chair in Environmental Leadership at the University of Minnesota, and executive director of the UMN Institute on the Environment. Her talk, titled, "Answering the call for a new climate science," will look at the new and different requirements of academia in a climate and biodiversity crisis.

Cow & Cookie shop to open later this month in HUB-Robeson Center

March 16, 2022

The culinary masterminds of the Penn State Berkey Creamery and the Penn State Bakery, who constantly explore new ways to blend their sweet products for ice cream and baked goods customers, have come up with a new concoction that is sure to stir things up.

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.

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