Mutant corn gene boosts sugar in seeds, leaves, may lead to breeding better crop

May 3, 2021

An abnormal build up of carbohydrates — sugars and starches — in the kernels and leaves of a mutant line of corn can be traced to one misregulated gene, and that discovery offers clues about how the plant deals with stress.

Penn State, University of Freiburg partner to form Virtual Classroom Project

May 3, 2021

In 2020, Penn State and the University of Freiburg launched a pilot program to create collaborative, integrated virtual classroom courses by providing development and implementation money to faculty teams. Both projects provide opportunities for students to collaborate virtually to address important energy and environmental concerns.

Penn State students recognized for leadership and service awards

April 29, 2021

Penn State recognized its recipients for Student Organization and Involvement Awards and Student Service and Leadership Awards during the week of April 26.

Innovative platform developed at Penn State monitors pests, predicts problems

April 27, 2021

Scott Isard, an aerobiologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and his team created an internet-based monitoring and modeling system, the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education Cooperative Agricultural Project, that can help growers monitor and anticipate pest problems and take appropriate action before crops are damaged.

Students use The Lions Pantry as a prototype to help fight hunger nationwide

April 27, 2021

For some students on the Penn State University Park campus, hunger is a primary concern each day. The Lion’s Pantry was created to address this concern by providing food and supplies to students so they can shift their attention from food insecurity to being a student. This semester, two teams of students brought together by the Nittany AI Challenge are taking that strategy a bit further to include a plan to balance nutritional needs of students while eliminating food waste in the community. They are making this vision a reality by combining their efforts with The Lion’s Pantry to design prototypes that can assist food banks on a national scale to further serve their clients and communities.

Spanish for Agriculture courses build bridges and meet industry need

April 23, 2021

Students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences can fulfill their language requirements with a series of introductory and intermediate-level Spanish for Agriculture language and culture courses designed to benefit both students and industry.

Penn State launches new artificial intelligence center for engineered systems

April 23, 2021

A newly founded, interdisciplinary research center established to further foundational and applied artificial intelligence in engineered systems will be housed in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Penn State College of Engineering.

Cranial Devices Inc. wins $75,000 in virtual tech tournament

April 22, 2021

Invent Penn State’s 2021 virtual Tech Tournament showcased eight of Penn State’s most disruptive innovations and early-stage startups born out of Penn State’s research enterprise. The winner of the $75,000 top prize, Cranial Devices Inc. (CDI), was led by Barry Fell, a consultant for the Surgery Innovation Group in the Department of Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He co-founded CDI with Dr. Randy Haluck, professor of surgery at Penn State College of Medicine.

Penn State announces 2021 University-wide faculty and staff awards

April 22, 2021

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. These awards highlight many of the faculty and staff who go above and beyond.

The People’s Kitchen earns Community Engagement and Scholarship Award

April 22, 2021

The People’s Kitchen, led by Penn State Center Philadelphia and other Penn State partners, has received the 2021 Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship. The effort is led by Shivaani Selvaraj, director, and Carly Pourzand, community engagement specialist, both at Penn State Center Philadelphia.

Cutter named recipient of 2021 Kopp International Achievement Award

April 22, 2021

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and assistant director of food safety & quality programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of Penn State's 2021 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.

Climate-smart ag strategies may cut nitrous oxide emissions from corn production

April 21, 2021

Using dairy manure and legume cover crops in crop rotations can reduce the need for inputs of inorganic nitrogen fertilizer for corn, thereby protecting water quality, but these practices also can contribute to emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. That’s the conclusion of Penn State researchers, who measured nitrous oxide emissions from the corn phases of two crop rotations.

Little crop of horrors

April 21, 2021

An international team of researchers has received a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to investigate how carnivory-related genes, such as those involved in digestion, could help crops not only avoid pests, but also thrive in low-nutrient environments. Ultimately, the team’s goal is to reduce reliance on pesticides and fertilizers.

Student Farm Club to host succulent container workshop for Penn State Students

April 20, 2021

The Student Farm Club at Penn State will be hosting a free succulent container workshop for Penn State students on April 22. Students will be able to pick up their supplies on campus prior to the event and then participate in a virtual planting workshop.

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 19, 2021

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, held virtually on March 30.

Golf course turfgrass species 'remembers' if it was mowed, develops differently

April 19, 2021

Poa annua, or annual bluegrass, a turfgrass species commonly found on golf course putting greens around the world, possesses transgenerational memory, “remembering” whether its parent was mowed or not mowed, according to a new study by Penn State researchers.

Circle trap works to destroy spotted lanternflies, says extension educator

April 16, 2021

One of the ways property owners can reduce spotted lanternfly infestations on their properties is by placing traps on trees, noted Emelie Swackhamer, a horticulture educator with Penn State Extension.

USDA grant to support expansion of online tool for pollinator conservation

April 14, 2021

A Penn State-led research team has received a nearly $950,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to create the next generation of an online decision-support tool designed to help conserve pollinator populations across the United States.

Global Programs announces award recipients for 2020-21

April 13, 2021

Penn State Global Programs has announced the 2020-21 recipients of its annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals.

Environmental Resource Management program, alumni celebrating 50 years of impact

April 13, 2021

Penn State’s Environment Resource Management program — referred to as ERM — was established in 1971 to meet the demand for people with the scientific and leadership skills needed to address the enormous environmental challenges that had become so apparent in the 1960s.

Nineteenth annual Penn State Quarter Horse sale marks beginning of a new era

April 13, 2021

The 19th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place in a virtual format again this year. With the help of Professional Horse Services LLC, bidding on the 14 horses will be open from April 27 through May 1. This is the first year that offspring of world-renowned stallion, One Hot Krymsun, will be offered for sale.

Dietary cocoa improves health of obese mice; likely has implications for humans

April 13, 2021

Supplementation of cocoa powder in the diet of high-fat-fed mice with liver disease markedly reduced the severity of their condition, according to a new study by Penn State researchers, who suggest the results have implications for people.

Institutes partner to connect researchers with computing resources

April 13, 2021

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences has announced a partnership with the Institute for Computational and Data Science to help faculty leverage the computing services of the Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineering (RISE) team.

Land-use webinar to focus on planning for growth, prosperity and resiliency

April 12, 2021

Community planning for growth, prosperity and resiliency will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on April 21.

Smarsh receives Young Scientist Educator Award from Society of Animal Science

April 9, 2021

Danielle Smarsh, assistant professor of equine science and equine extension specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will be honored by the American Society of Animal Science for applied educational efforts in equine exercise physiology.

Venture & IP Conference panel to highlight venture growth during COVID-19

April 9, 2021

“The State of Venture and Growth Capital in the COVID-19 Era” panel during the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference will explore the effects of COVID-19 on venture and growth investing and its outlook through 2021. Taking place virtually from 1:45-2:35 p.m. on April 15, the panel also will examine important investment lessons learned because of the pandemic.

Minority alumni panel hosted virtually by the College of Agricultural Sciences

April 8, 2021

Alumni from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences talked about their experiences at Penn State and their impact in their professional careers, as guest speakers on a minority alumni panel hosted by the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at virtual awards ceremony

April 8, 2021

Graduate student award recipients were celebrated during the annual Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony where 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Graduate School alumna receives humanitarian award

April 8, 2021

Penn State Graduate School alumna Amelia Henry has received the Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes an alumnus/alumna holding a graduate degree from Penn State who has made a positive societal impact on the welfare of humankind beyond the responsibilities of one’s profession.

Five Penn State faculty to be featured on ‘The Academic Minute’

April 7, 2021

Five Penn State faculty will be featured in a week’s worth of episodes of “The Academic Minute,” presenting on teaching and learning techniques.

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