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September 23, 2010

If it seems to you, as you drive around Pennsylvania, that the leaves on many trees began turning colors early this year, it's because they have, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

September 23, 2010

Out of concern for our natural resources, many people recycle waste materials. But they may not realize that insects are the ultimate recyclers. Visitors to Penn State's Great Insect Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2, can discover how bugs help us recycle in the environment. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Department of ...

September 21, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension has received the 2010 Friend of County Government Award from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. The award recognized Extension for its leadership and partnership with the commonwealth's county governments and for its educational efforts on issues related to Marcellus Shale natural-gas exploration....

September 18, 2010

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) provide a fun means to keep physically fit, enjoy quality family time and accomplish work, but they also pose risks, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 17, 2010

As scientists with the federal government search for the source of the salmonella that made thousands of people sick this summer and trace how it spread, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing a new and more accurate method of acquiring the bacteria's identity. ...

Siela Maximova (left), Mark Guiltinan (right) and a graduate student inspect cacao trees in a Penn State greenhouse.
September 16, 2010

The sequencing and analysis of the genome for the Criollo variety of the cacao tree, generally considered to produce the world's finest chocolate, was completed by an international team led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, with Mark Guiltinan of Penn State, and included scientists from 18 other institutions....

September 13, 2010

To help farm-related enterprises reap the benefits of social networking tools, Penn State Cooperative Extension's Ag Entrepreneurship program will sponsor a series of Web-based seminars this fall. Each webinar will address at least one social networking tool and how it can be used by operators of farms and other ag businesses to market their ...

Patricia Dunn
September 13, 2010

Patricia Dunn, senior research associate in veterinary and biomedical sciences, has been elected president-elect of the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

September 13, 2010

Federal income tax experts estimate that the families of many Pennsylvania undergraduate college students may have missed out on a valuable tax credit when they filed their 2009 income tax return. But a consumer-finance specialist with Penn State Cooperative Extension says it's not too late to take advantage of this credit, which is also available ...

September 13, 2010

Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how ...

September 10, 2010

With the nationwide unemployment rate hovering over 9 percent, many new and recent college graduates are struggling to find jobs in their chosen fields. But graduates in food, agricultural and environmental sciences are in demand, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 10, 2010

While energy companies continue to search beneath Pennsylvania for natural gas, Penn State social scientists are looking for ways to tap into the attitudes of residents about the gas-exploration boom in the region. ...

September 9, 2010

New data show that childhood obesity in the United States is rising exponentially, and the alarming increase is indicative of an environmental issue, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 8, 2010

Sometimes old ideas are the best ideas, and certainly home canning is one of those. But despite generations of practice, many don't do it properly, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 8, 2010

From on-campus blood drives to THON -- Penn State's famous dance marathon -- Penn Staters definitely do not lack philanthropic initiative, and Sarah Peterson is a good example. Last summer, the Immunology and Infectious Disease major in the College of Agricultural Sciences travelled to Heredia, Costa Rica, and volunteered to teach special-needs ...

September 8, 2010

Paul R. Shellenberger, professor emeritus of dairy science, and his wife, Joan M. Shellenberger, have committed $25,000 to Penn State to create an award honoring outstanding teachers in the College of Agricultural Sciences....

Paul Craig
September 7, 2010

Paul Craig, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator in Dauphin County, recently was elected as vice president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at its annual meeting.

September 3, 2010

When Penn State weed scientist David Mortensen told members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee this summer that the government should restrict the use of herbicide-tolerant crops and impose a tax on biotech seeds to fund research and educational programs for farmers, it caused quite a stir. The growing problem with weeds that have become ...

September 3, 2010

Often called the "miracle tree" for its potential to provide food, fuel and water in harsh environments, the moringa oleifera tree is at the center of a new effort by three Penn State engineers to provide clean drinking water to the developing world. The work -- funded by a year-long, $10,000 Environmental Protection Agency P3 grant -- seeks to ...

September 3, 2010

When it comes to water-test results, one of the murkiest problems facing homeowners is how to interpret the results, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. And with the flood of Marcellus shale gas-drilling activity in Pennsylvania, there has been a steadily rising tide of information about water availability, ...