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June 11, 2010

Pennsylvania's two largest river basins are fountains of information channeling streams of water-quality data to researchers worldwide through remote sensors that dot these waterways. In light of the state's Marcellus shale gas boom, Penn State Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free, Web-based seminar, to air at 1 p.m. on June 17, that will ...

June 11, 2010

From literature to art to science, Penn State offers students a plethora of academic interests, but choosing is never easy. For recent graduate Brooke Osborne, two years of searching led her to the College of Agricultural Sciences, where she excelled in toxicology....

June 7, 2010

Ten people are losing their jobs and dozens of additional positions are being eliminated through attrition as a result of budget shortfalls in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences caused by state appropriations that have not kept pace with rising costs....

June 7, 2010

Penn State has received a $250,000 gift to endow a graduate fellowship in entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. At the request of the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, the endowment will be named the Lorenzo L. Langstroth Graduate Fellowship in Entomology, in honor of the 19th century apiarist widely considered to be the "father ...

June 4, 2010

A dairy nutritionist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is conducting genetic research with mice to determine if cows can be influenced by diet to produce milk with a higher fat content. You read that right. "On the surface, it may seem like a strange concept, experimenting with mice to learn things about cows," said Kevin ...

June 4, 2010

The 2010 edition of Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition will take place from Aug. 17-19, and organizers are planning a variety of activities of interest to agricultural producers, consumers and families, according to manager Bob Oberheim....

June 4, 2010

Fred Gouker came out of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences this spring with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture and a wealth of knowledge as a plant researcher....

Stephen Knabel
June 2, 2010

Penn State food science professor Stephen Knabel was among 10 scientific experts recently reappointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

June 2, 2010

Several scholars representing Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Extension Education were recognized at the recent National Agricultural Education Research Conference, hosted by the American Association for Agricultural Education in Omaha, Neb.

May 28, 2010

For many, summer evokes memories of chowing down on barbeque chicken hot off the grill at the church picnic, needing a handful of napkins to get through a sloppy pork sandwich at the fire hall dinner, or gobbling a juicy cheeseburger at a youth baseball game. While these meals served at outdoor events are a wonderful way for volunteer groups to ...

May 27, 2010

Memorial Day marks the unofficial kick-off of barbecue season, and a meat specialist in Penn State State's College of Agricultural Sciences said the watchword for 2010 is variety. ...

May 26, 2010

Low-salt foods may be harder for some people to like than others, according to a newly published study by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The research indicates that genetics influence some of the difference in the levels of salt we like to eat. ...

Bob Roberts
May 21, 2010

Bob Roberts, associate professor of food science, has been elected by the American Dairy Science Association to serve a multi-year term first as vice president then as president of the organization's Board of Directors.

Andrea Leonard
May 21, 2010

Andrea Leonard, development assistant in the Office of Development, was named recipient of the Esprit de Corps Award by Penn State's Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

May 21, 2010

Penn State received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Consuelo De Moraes, associate professor of entomology, titled "Scent of Disease: Diagnostic for Malaria Infection in Humans."...

May 19, 2010

Some septic system stories are pure gold. One septic tank worker reportedly told some homeowners that they should "throw some raw steaks down in there" after he had pumped out their tank, in order to "get the system started up again." "Or, you could go ahead and cook the steak and eat it and get it in there a little later," said Dana Rizzo, water ...

May 19, 2010

Studying at the University of Reading in England, working on a horse farm in Maryland and even attending an international championship for young horses in Germany is nothing extraordinary for Penn State's Lisa Rankin. With her major in Agribusiness Management and minor in Equine Science, she's giving new meaning to the phrase "horsing around."...

May 19, 2010

A project conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is investigating whether feeding cattle low-protein diets might result in the animals more efficiently utilizing nitrogen in their diet and reduce ammonia emissions from dairy operations....

May 18, 2010

A team of students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences finished second overall at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, held last month at Louisiana State University....

May 18, 2010

Five Pennsylvania youth leaders were elected to serve one-year terms in executive positions on the Pennsylvania State 4-H Council at the 2010 Pennsylvania State 4-H Leadership Conference held recently in State College, Pa. The Pennsylvania State 4-H Council is a pre-eminent group of young people selected from around the state to be the official ...