Undergrad student research suggests biomass can remove lead from drinking water

October 30, 2018

When Penn State student Katelyn Schiffer got an email notice from her landlord a few years ago warning that she and her apartment mates should not drink water from their unit's taps unless it was filtered to remove lead, the sophomore agricultural and biological engineering major started thinking about the problem.

Citizens play a vital role in spotted lanternfly management efforts

October 30, 2018

Citizens are important allies in the fight against the spotted lanternfly, a war that is being waged in 13 counties -- Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill.

University names Jim Ingram 2018 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year

October 29, 2018

Penn State has named alumnus, philanthropist and volunteer leader James Ingram as its 2018 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.

Students gain valuable insights at national agriculture conference

October 26, 2018

Three students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences traveled to Hartford, Connecticut, in September for the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Student engagement helps earn Bellefonte major grant for sustainability

October 25, 2018

The Borough of Bellefonte has received a grant of $388,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade its municipal compost facility. The grant application was based on Penn State students' work as part of the Sustainability Communities Collaborative, an engaged scholarship program facilitated by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute.

Penn State Mushroom Short Course marks milestone in aiding industry

October 25, 2018

The Penn State Mushroom Short Course recently marked its 60th year of providing mushroom growers with researched-based information and expertise aimed at advancing the industry.

Golf course managers challenged by fungicide-resistant turf grass disease

October 24, 2018

Dollar spot — the most common, troublesome and damaging turfgrass disease plaguing golf courses — is becoming increasingly resistant to fungicides applied to manage it, according to Penn State researchers.

Phospholutions: From student project to thriving startup

October 19, 2018

Licensing a technology created in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State startup Phospholutions developed a soil-amendment product called RhizoSorb. The product aims to reduce phosphorus runoff and enhance plant root depth, decreasing the amount of both water and fertilizer needed to have healthy plants.

Study of Northeast food system advances understanding of regional potential

October 18, 2018

After seven years of analyzing a number of consumption, distribution, production, and other aspects of the Northeast U.S. food system, researchers from Penn State and 10 other universities and organizations have made significant gains in understanding the extent to which the region can increase production of certain foods, and potentially better meet the food needs of low-income populations in the locations they studied.

Learn about study abroad opportunities at the Education Abroad Fair on Oct. 17

October 15, 2018

Penn State students can learn about a world of opportunity by attending the Education Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 17 in Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park.

Teams sought to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data

October 15, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute is seeking teams to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data.

Research programs offered for undergraduates

October 13, 2018

Applications are now open for the Women in Science Engineering Research, Minority Undergraduate Research Experience and First-year Undergraduate Research Program. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

Annual Penn State Horticulture Show slated for Oct. 20-21

October 12, 2018

A fall favorite of residents from Centre County and beyond, the Penn State Horticulture Show, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21 at Penn State's University Park campus.

The Arboretum at Penn State hosts 2018 Pumpkin Festival Oct. 14, 19-20

October 11, 2018

The 2018 Pumpkin Festival, hosted by The Arboretum at Penn State on Oct. 14 and 19-20, will feature a pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus.

Penn State Beekeepers Club fosters importance of honey bees

October 11, 2018

The Penn State Beekeepers Club, which was founded in 2013, brings together beekeeping enthusiasts and those who simply are interested in learning about and sharing the beekeeping hobby.

Internship at McCormick & Co. 'spices up' student's experience

October 10, 2018

Maya Alcalá, a student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is on her way to becoming a seasoned professional thanks to a summer internship with McCormick & Co.

Webinar provides insight on orphan and abandoned wells in Pennsylvania

October 10, 2018

The history of abandoned natural-gas wells and how they have been handled in Pennsylvania — and how they must be dealt with going forward — will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Oct. 23.

Chewing gum may be effective for delivering vitamins

October 9, 2018

Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so Penn State researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body. Their results validate the concept of gum as an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.

Agribusiness Management Club provides insight into professional world

October 8, 2018

Providing students with a glimpse into the world of business and professional development is the main goal of the Agribusiness Management Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Alumnae of College of Agricultural Sciences to be honored by peers

October 8, 2018

The National Association of Agricultural Educators has recognized four alumnae of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences for their contributions to agricultural education.

Ag Sciences graduate creates scholarship to honor Penn State mentors

October 4, 2018

An anonymous donor honors two former professors by establishing a graduate scholarship supporting Penn State Extension programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Chapel intern finds passion for data through summer internship

October 4, 2018

Greg Mitchell, a senior double majoring in economics and community, environment and development, spent the summer as a consultant with Bates White Economic Consulting. Mitchell was accepted to the Chapel Executive Internship program through the College of the Liberal Arts, which gave him a $5,000 stipend so he could work and live in Washington, D.C., for the summer.

Ag donor ensures transformative experiences for landscape contracting students

October 4, 2018

College of Agricultural Sciences volunteer development council co-chair and alumnus Daniel Eichenlaub and his wife, Barbara, have established the Dan T. Stearns Landscape Contracting Program Endowment to honor Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, and to provide funds for student enrichment activities.

Registration open for Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference at Penn State

October 3, 2018

Registration is open for the second Northeast Cover Crop Council Conference, which will be hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Nov. 15-16.

'Communities That Care' is topic of 2018 Bennett Lecture

October 3, 2018

The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center will welcome 2018 Bennett Lecturer Richard Catalano, Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and co-founder of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington, on Oct. 25, at University Park. The lecture, in its 16th year, is free and open to the public.

Penn State trustee's gifts to create ag sci professorship, medical scholarship

October 2, 2018

During a Sept. 30 ceremony held at the residence of Penn State President Eric Barron, Penn State trustee Keith E. Masser and his wife, Helen E. Masser, signed documents to create a professorship in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and a scholarship in the Penn State College of Medicine.

26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues will take place Oct. 22-23

October 2, 2018

The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges that families in rural areas face and the strategies they take to maintain financial stability, health and well-being. The symposium, “Rural Families and Communities,” will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Biofilm reactor promises to cut production costs on vitamin K

October 2, 2018

In an innovative study that promises to reduce production costs for the most potent form of vitamin K — Menaquinone-7, Penn State researchers have developed a novel method to enhance the fermentation process that creates the supplement by agitated liquid fermentation in a biofilm reactor.

Master Gardeners' youth program in York County sows seeds of conservationism

October 1, 2018

An innovative youth outreach program led by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of York County is helping youngsters "escape" into a world of flowers, wildlife, water and fun.

Jacobson named first Global Faculty Fellow in College of Agricultural Sciences

September 27, 2018

Michael Jacobson, professor of forest resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, has been named the first Global Faculty Fellow in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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