Penn State Extension educator discusses the use of insecticides on lanternflies

August 29, 2019

When it comes to using insecticides to control spotted lanternfly populations, homeowners might be tempted to take a “more is better” approach. But that is a flawed — and potentially dangerous — way of thinking, noted a Penn State Extension educator who has been immersed in the spotted lanternfly saga from the start.

Alumni honor former professor with graduate award endowment

August 28, 2019

For many students, there is a class or subject they are nervous to take. Sometimes, however, it is in those classes that a student finds an inspirational teacher — a teacher who makes learning what may be a difficult subject a joy to learn. For alumni Louis Swanson and Carol Gertsch, that subject was statistics, and the teacher was Fern “Bunny” Willits, professor emerita in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

Penn State, Monash University announce second year of joint projects

August 28, 2019

In 2018, Penn State and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia launched the Joint Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-fund program with the aim to collaborate on research projects. The first round of seed funding saw 23 projects funded. The two institutions have committed these seed funds for a second year, around the intersection of health and the environment.

Penn State employees traveling in lanternfly quarantine zone must take training

August 27, 2019

Stopping the spread of the spotted lanternfly, one of the most destructive pests to hit the U.S. in years, is a priority for Pennsylvania. And it’s a priority at Penn State, too. With hundreds of employees traveling daily to and from the southeastern part of the state — the epicenter of the invasion — University officials want to make sure that employees are not inadvertently transporting the insect to unaffected regions.

Penn State Berks center studies methods to eradicate spotted lanternfly

August 27, 2019

This summer, the Center for the Agricultural Sciences and a Sustainable Environment at Penn State Berks became "ground zero" for the research of organic and conventional methods to eradicate the spotted lanternfly.

Research predicts stability of mosquito-borne disease prevention

August 26, 2019

More than half of people in the world, including in the United States, live alongside Aedes aegypti — the mosquito that transmits dengue, Zika and other often deadly viruses. Dengue virus, alone, infects nearly 400 million people worldwide each year. To reduce transmission of dengue to humans, scientists have introduced Wolbachia bacteria to A. aegypti mosquitoes. Now a team of international researchers has found that Wolbachia’s ability to block virus transmission may be maintained by natural selection, alleviating concern that this benefit could diminish over time.

Penn State Extension Master Gardener projects earn international recognition

August 23, 2019

Three Penn State Extension Master Gardener programs were lauded for excellence during the 2019 International Master Gardener Conference, held this summer at Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Casino Resort and attended by program volunteers from most of the 50 states, Canada, South Korea and England.

Rosskams show commitment to philanthropy, food science with graduate fellowship

August 22, 2019

A family commitment to philanthropy, a career-long dedication to the food industry, and a deeply rooted connection to Penn State serve as inspiration for a newly created graduate fellowship in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation

August 21, 2019

Pathogenic bacteria that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that are known for their ability to form biofilms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery could lead to development of alternative foodborne-pathogen-control strategies.

College of Agricultural Sciences names 2019 Harbaugh Scholars

August 20, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has awarded funding to one individual and two teams to support the development of innovative curricula under the college's Harbaugh Faculty Scholars program.

College of Agricultural Sciences recognizes outstanding students for 2019

August 20, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently recognized recipients of the Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Student Awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

A goal realized: Couple creates scholarship in poultry and animal science

August 20, 2019

The George A. and Tina K. Georges Scholarship, which benefits students minoring in poultry and avian science or in animal science, has been created in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Explore digital fluency with TLT and the College of Agricultural Sciences

August 20, 2019

This October, Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology and the College of Agricultural Sciences will team up for a one-day symposium on digital fluency. Registration for the event is open, and it is free to attend.

Organic control of spotted lanternfly is focus of study by Penn State, Cornell

August 19, 2019

Could soilborne fungi found nearly everywhere in North America be the kryptonite that can help control the spotted lanternfly? Studies underway in the Philadelphia region -- carried out by scientists from Penn State and Cornell University -- aim to answer that question, with early findings showing promise against what has been described as the worst invasive pest to hit the U.S. since the gypsy moth.

Survey aims to help citizens protect themselves from vector-borne illnesses

August 16, 2019

Penn State Extension has established a new vector-borne disease team that focuses on diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitos. To ensure that its efforts address community needs, the team is launching a survey, the results of which will allow extension educators to deliver responsive programming to educate the public on vector-borne diseases, how to prevent them, and how people can protect themselves.

Forest ecology and physiology professor honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

August 14, 2019

Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology and Steimer Professor of Agricultural Sciences in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work.

Vegetable pathology professor receives Excellence in Extension Award

August 14, 2019

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting, Plant Health 2019, was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from Aug. 3 to 7.

Penn State Postdoc society announces 2019 award recipients

August 12, 2019

The Penn State Postdoc Society has announced the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Award, Molly Hanlon, and the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award, Klaus Keller.

Cross-pollination occurs between educators and researchers at workshop

August 12, 2019

The recent Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators Workshop at Penn State attracted 13 kindergarten through 12th grade educators from across Pennsylvania and beyond, and it allowed educators to work closely with members of Penn State’s Center for Science and the Schools and Center for Pollinator Research.

Asian longhorned beetle larvae eat plant tissues that their parents cannot

August 12, 2019

Despite the buzz in recent years about other invasive insects that pose an even larger threat to agriculture and trees — such as the spotted lanternfly, the stink bug and the emerald ash borer — Penn State researchers have continued to study another damaging pest, the Asian longhorned beetle.

Global climate solution leaders to participate in Drawdown conference

August 12, 2019

"Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown," which takes place from Sept. 16–18, 2019, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, will feature climate solutions experts from around the globe, including 15 members of the conference's steering committee.

Government leaders to take the pulse of industry, public at Ag Progress Days

August 9, 2019

Elected officials and leaders of government agencies will use the opportunity afforded by Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug.13-15, to inform — and get feedback from — the public and industry stakeholders about agricultural programs and policy priorities at the state and federal levels.

Student explores urban forestry at internships in Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C.

August 7, 2019

Jess Sourbeer, of Pittsburgh, has found her niche in forestry through internships at both Penn State Extension and Architect of the Capitol, the federal agency in charge of maintaining Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Whole genome sequencing may help officials get a handle on disease outbreaks

August 6, 2019

In a series of studies, researchers showed that whole genome analysis can provide highly detailed information on pathogens in a timely fashion. The findings could help public officials prepare treatment and prevention options when disease outbreaks threaten the public.

Penn State biorenewable systems students climb to new heights in sustainability

August 5, 2019

From the top of Penn State's indoor rock climbing wall, climbers can enjoy views of Beaver Stadium, Rothrock State Forest and even a sunset over Happy Valley. From the ground, Colin Geary and Nelson DiBiase, biorenewable systems majors in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, saw something different: a sport inspired by nature, using a wall’s worth of plastic.

Penn State's Ag Progress Days provides glimpse into science of agriculture

August 5, 2019

Everything agriculture and more can be found at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, which kicks off Aug. 13 and continues through Aug. 15 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs in Ferguson Township, Centre County.

Where Curiosity Leads

August 5, 2019

One scientist’s quest to create a replacement for plastics led him to something entirely different—a biofoam that fills traumatic wounds, stops bleeding, and dissolves as the wound heals.

Sheep, goat producers can learn how to deal with worms at extension workshops

August 1, 2019

It’s turning out to be a difficult year for sheep and goat producers in Pennsylvania. Wet weather has resulted in ideal conditions for internal parasites to flourish in pasture systems, which can lead to infected animals. Producers can learn how to better manage internal parasites at a Penn State Extension workshop titled, “It’s a Wormy Deal,” which will be held at three locations across Pennsylvania in August and September.

Land-use webinar to focus on Pennsylvania's solar future

August 1, 2019

Pennsylvania is well situated to lead the country into the next age of energy development with clean, renewable solar photovoltaic energy, a topic that will be discussed during a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension.

Faculty mentors sought for the Penn State EnvironMentors program

July 31, 2019

EnvironMentors at Penn State, a local chapter of a national program focused on engaging and preparing underrepresented high school students for careers in STEM fields, is looking for faculty mentors as it expands into its second year.

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