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Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly extension associate.
May 15, 2018

Heather Leach has joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as a spotted lanternfly extension associate.

There's still time to sign up for We Are Weekend (June 1-3), with plenty of events planned that'll inspire Penn State spirit. Read some highlights, and visit    alumni.psu.edu/WeAreWeekend   to register for the Alumni Association's premier summer event. 
May 15, 2018

Penn Staters are encouraged to return to University Park for a summer celebration. We Are Weekend is your opportunity to create lasting memories with family, friends and classmates during a Penn State comeback weekend June 1–3.

In a program called "Weaving Wisdom," senior volunteers used sweetgrass baskets and colorful West African kente cloth to talk with kids about culture, history, and art. Here, Grace Hampton, recently retired senior faculty mentor at Penn State, helps a young boy weave a bracelet based on the colors and patterns of kente cloth.
May 15, 2018

Art, culture, sport, and a new kind of volunteer bring old and young together to strengthen the social fabric.

Penn State Master Gardeners Alice Simmons and Steve Lentz monitor pollinator preference plants at John C. Rudy County Park in York County.
May 14, 2018

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners across the state are helping to restore bee populations through their Pollinator Preferences and Pollinator-Friendly Gardener Certification programs.

An Anopheles stephensi mosquito is obtaining a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis. Note the droplet of blood being expelled from the abdomen after having engorged itself on its host’s blood. This mosquito is a known malarial vector with a distribution that ranges from Egypt all the way to China.
May 14, 2018

Typhoid Mary may have infected a hundred or more people, but asymptomatic carriers of malaria infect far more people every year. An international team of researchers is working toward a way to identify malaria patients including infected individuals who show no malaria symptoms.

Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture and extension tree-fruit specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
May 14, 2018

Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture and extension tree-fruit specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2018 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Extension Educator Award.

May 14, 2018

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. The BTAA is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated leadership ability through University administrative assignments or through other significant leadership positions in public, private or professional organizations, are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and assistant director of food safety and quality programs for Penn State Extension, talks to Armenien students. She believes internationalization of the state university extension system, which has been vital to establishing food safety in the United States, would greatly benefit the world.
May 14, 2018

The food-safety practices that Americans take for granted — such as washing hands with soap, refrigerating perishables, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — may not be practiced widely in other places around the world,” said Cutter, professor of food science and Penn State Extension assistant director for food safety and quality programs. She and her colleagues in the College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

The bell tower of Old Main on the University Park campus.
May 10, 2018

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.

Penn State's Forest Resources Alumni Group honored its 2018 outstanding alumni and an outstanding recent alumna. From left are Dave Gustafson, president of the Forest Resources Alumni Group; honorees William M. Healy, Howard G. Wurzbacher Jr., Devin A. DeMario, Steven A. Williams, and John E. McDonald; and Mike Messina, head and professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
May 10, 2018

Five alumni recently received 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards from Penn State's Forest Resources Alumni Group. The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding graduates of the former School of Forest Resources and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

May 10, 2018

With the abundance of U.S. shale gas, the pricing of natural gas can differ significantly in local markets. The factors that drive these differences will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

The workshop, which is a great way for producers to learn skills that are necessary to manage a profitable sheep or goat enterprise, will be offered at the Westmoreland County extension office in Greensburg. 
May 10, 2018

Are you struggling financially with your sheep or goat production? Would you like to learn more about managing finances to increase profitability? If so, plan to attend a sheep and goal financial management workshop hosted by Penn State Extension.

Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the 2018 winner of the Dennis R. Hoagland Award.
May 10, 2018

Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the 2018 winner of the Dennis R. Hoagland Award for his work in improving scientific understanding of crop productivity and plant nutrition to improve production and food security.

Cocoa pods display the symptoms of black pod rot. A team of Penn State researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to enhance plant resistance to the pathogen that causes the disease.
May 9, 2018

Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists.

From left are Sarah Pethbridge, Cornell University; Scott Isard, Penn State University; Pierce Paul, Ohio State University; Paul Esker, Penn State University; Neil McRoberts, University of California-Davis; Peter Ojiambo, North Carolina State University.
May 9, 2018

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently hosted a group of researchers from across the country with the objective of building research relationships and expanding educational opportunities.

The Fulbright finalists for the 2018-19 school year have been announced.
May 3, 2018

Ten Penn State students and alumni were selected as Fulbright finalists for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to the University Fellowships Office.

The Ag Advocates, an organization of undergraduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by hosting a banquet.
May 3, 2018

The Ag Advocates, an organization of undergraduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, celebrated 30 years of successfully promoting agricultural awareness during a banquet on April 20 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Penn State's third annual Energy Days conference will be held May 30-31 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
May 3, 2018

The third annual Energy Days conference will be held this year on May 30 and 31 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Energy Days was created in an effort to convene the energy expertise of Penn State and develop partnerships to help improve the affordability, sustainability and security of energy in the future. The conference is open to the public and is free for Penn State students, faculty and staff.

The Centre County 4-H Robotics Club was part of the alliance that won first place in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit, Michigan. Seated, front row, from left, are Thomas Sowers, Tate Geiger, Hannah Strouse, Petr Esakov, James Hanagan, Nathan Tack, and Thad Valentine. Second row, Griffen Josephs, Roger Nagel, Emily Christensen, and Lachlan Sneff. Third row, Adam Last, Isaiah Adu, Ben Servey, and Zach Jester. Standing, AJ Marsala, Adam Nedorezov, Braydon Button, Alex Mullen, Bill Jester, Eli Johnson, Jacob Oakman, and Cole Daubenspeck. Not pictured are Mary Davis, Lee Conklin, and Soham Pant.
May 3, 2018

The Centre County 4-H Robotics Club recently brought home the gold after winning the FIRST Robotics Competition — the first Pennsylvania team to capture the title. Robotics clubs are among Penn State Extension's 4‑H science programs that provide youth the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities and projects.

Berkey Creamery employees can sell upwards of 3,000 cones and bowls of ice cream on any given day.
May 3, 2018

Industrial engineering students are applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to help improve service at one of the most beloved places on the University Park campus, Penn State’s Berkey Creamery.