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Recent graduate Andrew Glass supervises 20 production brewers each shift. He credits his quick success in the industry to the Food Science program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. When he entered the workplace, he found he already had the skills needed for the job.
April 7, 2016

Most people get to tour a brewery only once or twice in their lives. Fall 2015 graduate Andrew Glass goes to a brewery most days — brewing beer is his livelihood. The Reading native scored his dream job as a brewing supervisor for the Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery in Breinigsville, which is one of the biggest craft breweries in the United States.

April 5, 2016

Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography and sociology, will give a talk titled “Faces of Addiction: From Prescription Painkillers to Heroin” as part of the Research Unplugged series at 12:30 p.m. on April 7 in Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College.

Penn State students from the Abington, Lehigh Valley and University Park campuses will present their research in Harrisburg April 5.
April 4, 2016

Twelve Penn State undergraduate students from the University Park, Abington and Lehigh Valley campuses, representing eight research teams, will present their research at the Pennsylvania Capitol April 5 as part of the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Conference.

Penn State graduate student Loren Rivera-Vega removes the salivary glands from a cabbage looper caterpillar. She studies how proteins in caterpillar spit combat a plant's chemical defenses.
April 4, 2016

Plants employ several strategies to ward off hungry insects, but the insects fight those defenses with weapons of their own—many of which are in their saliva.

Property that was purchased by the Philadelphia Land Bank. Land banks and conservatorships are new tools for Pennsylvania communities to return vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties to productive use
April 4, 2016

Stabilizing neighborhoods through vacant and abandoned property initiatives will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

A crowd gathers to watch a demonstration at the 2015 North American Manure Expo, which is being recognized for promoting environmentally sensitive nutrient management.
April 4, 2016

The 2015 North American Manure Expo, which was co-hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is being recognized with the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, Pennsylvania's "highest honor bestowed upon businesses or organizations for environmental performance and innovation."

An upcoming “Student Farm Community Check-In” will inform students, administrators, faculty, staff and community members about recent developments in the Student Farm Initiative and seek collaborative input about the future of the Student Farm. The event will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 5-6 p.m. in 110 Henderson Building.
April 1, 2016

An upcoming “Student Farm Community Check-In” will inform students, administrators, faculty, staff and community members about recent developments in the Student Farm Initiative and seek collaborative input about the future of the student farm. The event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. April 14 in 110 Henderson Building.

A turkey vulture in flight.
April 1, 2016

Author and researcher Keith Bildstein will recount his study of the ecology of turkey vultures during a free public presentation at Penn State's University Park campus. Part of The Arboretum at Penn State's Avian Education Program, the talk will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. April 7 in 112 Forest Resources Building.

One student participating in the program was assigned to McKees Rocks (shown here), an urban community west of Pittsburgh. She will work with the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation to strategize efforts for better food access.
April 1, 2016

In 2014, a group of undergraduate students and faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences developed a plan to get students working in community- and sustainability-related fields long before they graduate. One of the main goals of the Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program is to give students professional experience in applying the community-development, civic-engagement and sustainability skills and knowledge they've learned in classes, working closely with local professionals.

Penn State Extension will continue to offer its educational programs to specialty-crop farmers large and small.
March 30, 2016

In a move that increases its capacity to teach Pennsylvania agricultural producers how to comply with new federal food-safety demands, Penn State Extension recently hired an experienced educator in the field.

Plant science major Rychele Stipcak has been a majorette at Penn State for four years.
March 29, 2016

One might think that balancing demanding studies and a high-profile, sport-related activity is difficult, but senior plant science major Rychele Stipcak, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has mostly made it look easy.

The Nittany Lion Shrine on Penn State's University Park campus.
March 28, 2016

President Eric J. Barron, Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones, and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business David J. Gray have shared a message with the University community following the recent resolution of the impasse over the state's 2015-16 budget. "If there ever has been a perfect example of Penn Staters living the University’s values," they wrote, "this experience was it."

March 28, 2016

Eric Burkhart, plant science program director at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, will present “Pharmacy in the Forest: Cultivating and Conserving Native Medicinal Plants” at Research Unplugged at 12:30 p.m. March 31 in Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College.

Academic distinction and military honor cords will be provided to eligible students for spring 2016 commencement ceremonies University-wide. 
March 28, 2016

Penn State will for the first time recognize graduating students for their academic achievement or military service with honor cords at spring 2016 commencement ceremonies. The academic honor cords and military cords will be provided to eligible students to wear over their graduation gowns during the May 6-8 ceremonies University-wide.

Amit Sharma is an associate professor in Penn State's School of Hospitality Management.
March 28, 2016

The fellows, Jeffery M. Catchmark, Rosemary Jolly, Sarah Clark Miller, and Amit Sharma, will help support initiatives that integrate curricular and research components by building interdisciplinary collaborations that will advance the Rock’s goal of integrating ethics into the Penn State curriculum.

Interdisciplinary Ethics Research
March 25, 2016

We now have access to more information than we’ve ever had and it keeps growing by the minute. We can quickly pull up restaurant reviews, journal articles, and real-time weather within seconds from devices in our pockets. But what happens when you come across something online that you know to be incorrect because you spent your life researching that topic? Should you feel compelled to engage in this online discussion since you’re an expert with several related publications?

Hattie Henderson is a farmer, farmhand and student who has teamed with her cousin to create a successful farming operation while changing the perceptions of women's roles in agriculture and conventional agriculture's role in our food system, according to Farm Credit.
March 25, 2016

A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is among 100 "visionaries" being honored nationally through the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives search.

Weihua Guan, assistant professor in electrical engineering, and his graduate student Gihoon Choi, show “AnyMDx: A Mobile Molecular Diagnostics Lab for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.”
March 24, 2016

Weihua Guan has created a device that will deliver a diagnosis to the patient in 30 minutes. The assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with the help of his graduate student, Gihoon Choi, has created “AnyMDx: A Mobile Molecular Diagnostics Lab for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime” for rapid diagnosis.

March 23, 2016

After an extended budget stalemate, a supplemental state budget bill that includes increased funding for Penn State and Pennsylvania’s other state-related universities for the 2015-16 budget year will become law.

Reducing the large and growing contribution of the livestock sector to climate change while ensuring that global nutritional security and health needs are supported is an urgent global research and investment priority, the researchers concluded.
March 23, 2016

The massive global livestock industry holds the key to mitigating greenhouse gases from the agriculture, forestry and land-use sector, but actual reductions in the foreseeable future likely will be just a fraction of what technically is possible. That's the conclusion of a study conducted by an international team of researchers that included Alex Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences