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Researchers electrofishing the bottom of a pool on Loyalsock Creek in northcentral Pennsylvania. They were searching for wild brook trout (shown in the inset) in a study that included researchers genotyping about 2,000 fish. The research was the first to look at genetic introgression on wild brook trout in an actively stocked watershed.
September 18, 2018

Despite many decades of annual brook trout stocking in one northcentral Pennsylvania watershed, the wild brook trout populations show few genes from hatchery fish, according to researchers who genotyped about 2,000 brook trout in Loyalsock Creek watershed, a 500-square-mile drainage in Lycoming and Sullivan counties celebrated by anglers for its trout fishing.

Young visitors inspect an insect collection at Penn State's 2017 Great Insect Fair. This year's event is slated for Sept. 22 at the Snider Agricultural Arena.
September 17, 2018

Appreciating insects' influence in popular culture will be the focus of Penn State's 2018 Great Insect Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus. The event is sponsored by the entomology department in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

A section of a trail at Chimney Rocks Park shows damage from mud and erosion.
September 14, 2018

Penn State Altoona is the link between a Blair County Planning Commission and University Park service-learning project at Chimney Rocks Park in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

Christina M. Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State.
September 13, 2018

Two professors in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been lauded for their significant contributions to the field of entomology by the Entomological Society of America.

David Clark, of Gainesville, Florida, has been lauded by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as one of its outstanding alumni.
September 13, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

In the study, the conservation dairy-farming systems — which have been developed and tested by Penn State researchers over the last decade — produce the majority of the feed and forage crops consumed by their cattle, use no-till planting, have continuous diversified plant cover, and one system employs manure injection.
September 13, 2018

If the majority of dairy farms in Pennsylvania fully adopt conservation best-management practices, the state may be able to achieve its total maximum daily load water-quality target for the Chesapeake Bay, according to researchers.

September 13, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, has awarded over $200,000 in funding to support 10 new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.

Penn State researchers Susan Land, left, Chris Millet and Heather Zimmerman test using tablet computers for learning science in the Children’s Garden in the Arboretum at Penn State.
September 12, 2018

Research combining technology and the outdoors is ‘Transforming Outdoor Places into Learning Spaces’ for children and families.

The researchers found that there are different factors at work in the metro counties, such as better public services, including child care and transportation, that are helping to buffer the negative effects of single-mother households and income inequality.
September 11, 2018

The farther away from a city a person is raised, the more likely they are to climb the economic ladder. Economists also found that community characteristics associated with upward mobility actually have different effects in rural and urban locations.

September 11, 2018

New legal developments affecting the rule of capture — a common law doctrine that establishes nonliability and ownership for captured natural resources, including oil, gas and groundwater — will the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Sept. 20.

While spotted lanternflies will feast on a variety of plant species, they have a special fondness for Ailanthus, or tree-of-heaven.
September 10, 2018

To aid homeowners in reducing spotted lanternfly populations, Heather Leach, Penn State's spotted lanternfly extension associate, offers management recommendations based on life cycle and season.

The Susquehanna River, seen here in Bradford County, runs past thousands of Pennsylvania farms on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
September 10, 2018

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers to create a new graduate program that will train students to find solutions to real-world problems facing Food-Energy-Water (FEW) systems.

Researcher Alison Franklin, a doctoral student in the College of Agricultural Sciences, puts the cap on a soil sample taken from Penn State's Living Filter with a Giddings hydraulic soil sampler. She was looking for antibiotics.
September 10, 2018

Soil may be a natural filter that can act as a tertiary treatment for wastewater, preventing antibiotics from contaminating groundwater, according to researchers who conducted a study at Penn State's Living Filter.

September 7, 2018

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversation with Penn State researchers, is presented in collaboration with Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Thursday in October in Schlow Library’s Downsbrough Community Room.

Thirty-four students from across the state participated in the 2018 Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State this summer, where they had the opportunity to explore the agricultural and natural-resource sciences. Lessons often extended beyond the walls of a classroom.
September 7, 2018

Thirty-four students from across the state participated in the 2018 Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State this summer, where they had the opportunity to explore the agricultural and natural-resource sciences.

The One Health approach is important because six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. The inaugural Pennsylvania One Health Symposium, which focused on zoonotic diseases — infectious diseases that are caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi spread between animals and people — was sponsored by the Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
September 7, 2018

A unique gathering of physicians, veterinarians, ecologists and conservationists took place in Hershey recently with the goal of improving human, animal, plant and ecosystem health in Pennsylvania.

Casey Branstetter, a 2018 alumna of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is now a financial specialist for AgChoice Farm Credit.
September 7, 2018

As an undergraduate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Casey Branstetter participated in a unique scholars program, an experience that she said was instrumental in launching her professional career with AgChoice Farm Credit.

September 7, 2018

The Penn State Extension Farm Safety Team will host a farm safety webinar during the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety’s 2018 National Farm Safety and Health Week. Set for noon on Sept. 17, the webinar will feature Michael Pate, Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

September 7, 2018

The Rural Sociology Graduate Association at Penn State will host its sixth annual Rural Studies Student Conference on Nov. 1-2 in the Oak Building at University Park. This year’s conference, titled “Insurgent Sociology: Public Social Science Research in the 21st Century,” will take place Nov. 2, with a preconference keynote presentation scheduled for the afternoon of Nov. 1.

Students Matthew Poorman and Kate Campion use 360-degree video technology during a lesson in their Introduction to International Agriculture class.
September 6, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading a new "faculty learning community" — called Global Learning in Agriculture — comprised of faculty members who are interested in advancing global knowledge through new methodologies and technologies.