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The research marks the first time that researchers closely scrutinized vitamin delivery from chewing gum, according to Joshua Lambert, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.   Image: © iStock Photo ipag
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.

Dan Azzara, Alan R. Warehime Professor of Agribusiness, helps student Tess McNamara with her resume during a workshop held by the Agribusiness Management Club.   Image: Mitchell Valentin
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.

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.

Pictured is the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, about 10 miles southwest of University Park. Penn State Extension agents and faculty use the facilities for educational field days and seminars.   Image: Michael Houtz
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.

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.

Penn State alumnus Dan Eichenlaub, class of 1978, and his wife, Barbara, have established a program endowment to support experiential learning in the landscape contracting program in the College of Agricultural Sciences.   Image: Michael Houtz
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.

A conference hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences will highlight the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops.   Image: fbhk via Pixabay
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.

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.

Surrounded by family as well as Penn State President Eric Barron; Rick Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences; Peter Dillon, executive vice president of Penn State Health; and others, Penn State Trustee Keith Masser and his wife, Helen Masser, sign papers for gifts to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Medicine.   Image: Michael Houtz
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.

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.

Researchers Ehsan Mahdinia (left) and Ali Demirci, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, are shown feeding microorganisms that produce the most potent form of vitamin K in a laboratory biofilm reactor in research that promises to reduce production costs and perhaps prices.   Image: Amy Duke / Penn State
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.

Students participating in the MAEscapes youth program, coordinated by the Master Gardeners of York County, tour the demonstration garden at the Penn State Extension office in York County.    Image: Penn State
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.

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.

"What that means for a specific industry, sector or company, is that if they want to benefit from their location choice, they need to think about where they fall on the spectrum of research and development intensity."   Image: © iStock Photo / EtiAmmos
September 27, 2018

Entrepreneurs should be aware of where they're building their businesses. New research shows that companies that invest heavily in research and development might be better off locating near dissimilar businesses, while companies that invest less in technology might want to locate near businesses in their own industry.

Even during the worst of years trees produce good to fair color, says Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology. But it may take a bit more hunting this October to find the best color because warm, soggy conditions promise to subdue the foliage.   Image: Penn State
September 27, 2018

Warm, wet weather is predicted to continue through the rest of September and most of October in the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Great Lakes regions, and those soggy conditions likely will result in a subdued foliage display, according to a Penn State forest expert.

Faculty, staff, postdocs and students discuss microbiome research during a networking event in October 2017. A similar event is planned for Oct. 2 this year.   Image: Penn State
September 26, 2018

Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.

The spotted salamander or yellow spotted salamander is one of the species of amphibians that is way less common than it used to be. Found in the eastern United States and Canada, the spotted salamander is the state amphibian of Ohio and South Carolina.   Image: Brad Glorioso / U.S. Geological Survey
September 25, 2018

While a warming climate in recent decades may be a factor in the waning of some local populations of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, it cannot explain the overall steep decline of amphibians, according to researchers.

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Berks County and across the state have been lending their time, expertise and, often, a sympathetic ear to homeowners dealing with spotted lanternfly infestations.   Image: Michael Houtz/Penn State
September 25, 2018

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners have been lending their time and expertise to aid in the spotted lanternfly battle.

Penn State graduate Curtis Frederick is enjoying a career as a senior agronomist at Sterman Masser Inc., a large, family-owned potato company, in Sacramento, Pennsylvania.   Image: Curtis Frederick
September 25, 2018

Curtis Frederick really digs potatoes. And that's a good thing considering that the 2009 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is enjoying a career as a senior agronomist at Sterman Masser Inc., a large, family-owned potato company, in Sacramento, Pennsylvania.

September 24, 2018

The Science Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 research universities — including Penn State — will hold the second installment of its Local Communications Workshop Series from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 27. During the webinar, university communications officers will share best practices for using events to bring scientific research to life and engage with federal delegations and local stakeholders.