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Emma Rosenthal, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation.
April 13, 2018

Emma Rosenthal, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will support Rosenthal's research on bacterial leaf spot, a disease that infects lettuce plants.

April 11, 2018

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will be holding its first Ag Safety Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, at the Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus. The event will feature farm safety and rescue demonstrations and displays with opportunity for hands-on participation. The event is free and open to the public.

Charles White, assistant professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management.
April 10, 2018

Charles White, assistant professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, recently joined the Department of Plant Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

PA Ag
April 10, 2018

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law at the University Park campus has taken on the responsibility of administering the Pennsylvania Agricultural Mediation Program, providing another avenue by which it can serve and assist the state’s farmers and producers.

Graduate student Natali Ozber, right, won the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, while her mentor, Cristina Rosa, assistant professor of plant virology, received the departmental William Merrill Teaching Award.
April 10, 2018

Two educators in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received recognition for their teaching.

Show your Earth Day spirit on social media by using #PSUEarthDays and visit the     Earth Day(s) 2018 website    to learn how to get involved.
April 9, 2018

Earth Day will be internationally recognized on April 22, but at Penn State, Earth Day(s) will be celebrated throughout the month of April. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the events. Show your Earth Day spirit on social media by using #PSUEarthDays and visit the Earth Day(s) 2018 website to learn how to get involved.

MAPHEX was designed to be a mobile system that fits on two large flatbed trailers to service a number of small- or medium-size dairies. If it is scaled up to have the capacity to treat manure from a large dairy, it would no longer be mobile.
April 9, 2018

An innovation that could have a huge impact on water quality problems in the United States, a system capable of removing almost all phosphorus from stored livestock manure, was developed by a team of researchers from Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

April 9, 2018

Penn State undergraduate students, State College Area High School students, and youth from the Philadelphia Chapter of HOPE Worldwide/Saturday Academy will come together for the first Penn State Youth as Researchers Exposition on Friday, April 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park campus.

Bowen Zheng, a nutritional sciences major, will work at the Student Farm at Penn State this summer to complete his undergraduate field experience. His roles will include learning about food production, applying his nutrition training to develop new materials for the farm — including recipe videos — and teaching Community Supported Agriculture members and students in the dining commons about healthy eating and cooking. Zheng's experience, which begins in May, represents the first time a nutritional sciences student will complete his or her undergraduate fieldwork at a farm. 
April 9, 2018

Bowen Zheng, a nutritional sciences major, will work at the Student Farm at Penn State this summer to complete his undergraduate field experience. His roles will include learning about food production, applying his nutrition training to develop new materials for the farm, and teaching Community Supported Agriculture members and students in the dining commons about healthy eating and cooking.

Ted Katsigianis, vice president of agricultural sciences for the Biltmore Co. in Asheville, North Carolina, will be honored as the 2018 Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus.
April 6, 2018

Ted Katsigianis, vice president of agricultural sciences for the Biltmore Co. in Asheville, North Carolina, will be honored as the 2018 Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science.

Josephine Wee, assistant professor of food microbiology.
April 5, 2018

The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently welcomed Josephine Wee, a new assistant professor of food microbiology, whose appointment will enhance educational and research programs in food safety and microbiology.

April 5, 2018

Research conducted by private companies and the U.S. government to make shale gas development more productive and safer for the environment will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is a recipient of the Research Innovators Award.
April 5, 2018

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is a recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized technologies generated through Penn State research.

John and Carol Graham
April 5, 2018

With a $30,000 gift matched 2:1 by the University, alumnus John Graham and his wife, Carol, have established the John and Carol Graham Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. With an additional $30,000 contribution, they named the office of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department chair in the soon-to-be-completed Agricultural Engineering Building at University Park.

Researchers studied the impact of whole-bean roasting on the compounds that provide health benefits and aroma-related chemistry under a range of roasting conditions. Their findings suggest that cocoa roasting can be optimized to increase the content of some of the health-boosting compounds while maintaining a favorable taste profile.
April 4, 2018

Manipulating the temperature and the length of time under which cocoa beans are roasted can simultaneously preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects of chocolate, according to Penn State researchers.

Janelle Thompson, left, with a friend, in Tanzania, Summer 2017. Thompson studied abroad as part of a program through the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Health and Human Development called "Parks and People: Conservation of Nature and Community."
April 4, 2018

Janelle Thompson, a junior majoring in biorenewable systems with a minor in sustainable leadership, has found her niche at Penn State with the help of the opportunities she has had through undergraduate research.

Margaret Hoffman, assistant professor of landscape contracting
April 3, 2018

Margaret Hoffman recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as assistant professor of landscape contracting.

The 2018 ICS Seed Grant Program has awarded more than $413,000 of total funding to 18 research projects.
April 2, 2018

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced the recipients of the 2018 ICS Seed Grant awards. This year, 18 researchers will receive funding from ICS. More than $413,000 is being awarded through this program.

Rob Loeb, professor of biology and forestry, and recent graduate Taylor Walborn revisit the maps and documents used during their urban forest research project conducted when Walborn was a student at Penn State DuBois. The results of their research appear in this month's issue of the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society.
April 2, 2018

A Penn State DuBois faculty-and-student team's research, focused on the estate properties of Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt and Frederick Vanderbilt, is aimed at preserving the historic forest as it was when the estate's original owners inhabited these properties.

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. Among those awards is the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.
April 2, 2018

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. The invitation-only ceremony for the 2018 awards is Tuesday, April 3, at University Park.