Plant biology symposium slated for June at University Park

May 2, 2018

Penn State will host world-renowned scientists as part of the 21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium: Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes, set for June 19-22 in the Huck Life Sciences Building on the University Park campus.

Penn State's Master Watershed Steward Program praised by state

May 1, 2018

Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward Program recently received recognition from the state for its efforts to improve Pennsylvania's water quality.

Virus inhibits immune response of caterpillars and plants

May 1, 2018

It is well known that certain wasps suppress the immune systems of their caterpillar hosts so they can successfully raise their young within those hosts. Now researchers at Penn State show that, in addition to suppressing caterpillar immune systems, wasps also suppress the defense mechanisms of the plants on which the caterpillars feed, which ensures that the caterpillars will continue to provide a suitable environment for the wasps' offspring.

Deer fawns more likely to survive in agricultural landscapes than forest

May 1, 2018

The cruel truth is that throughout the white-tailed deer's range only about half of all fawns live to see their first birthday — most are killed by predators. However, they have a much better chance of surviving if they are born in farmland rather than in forest, according to Penn State researchers, who collaborated with Pennsylvania Game Commission deer biologists.

Entomology professor mentors summer interns to awards, success

April 30, 2018

A summer intern from Virginia State University —- working in the lab of James Tumlinson, Ralph O. Mumma Professor of Entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has presented an award-winning lecture in the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C., on the research they conducted during their summer at Penn State.

Graduate student excellence celebrated at awards luncheon

April 27, 2018

Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Ten students receive Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards

April 27, 2018

Ten Penn State graduate students received the 2018 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

Penn State Flower Trials aid industry, consumers in picking posies

April 27, 2018

Each May, the expression "flower power" takes on a new meaning at Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, when an 85-year-old tradition — the Penn State Flower Trials — gets under way.

Fourteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

April 27, 2018

Fourteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award and Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishments and achievements in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of arts and humanities; social sciences; physical and computational sciences; life and health sciences; and engineering.

Pennsylvania bear mange epidemic focus of Penn State and Game Commission project

April 25, 2018

Pennsylvania's black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a Penn State research team will work with the state Game Commission to gain a better understanding of the disease and develop strategies to manage it.

Penn State philanthropists honor Anna Griswold by naming ag sciences scholarship

April 24, 2018

To honor Anna Griswold, retired assistant vice president for undergraduate education and executive director for student aid, Tom Sharbaugh and his wife, Kristin Hayes, created the Anna M. Griswold Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Pearlman relishes role as Berkey Creamery product development intern

April 24, 2018

Nathan Pearlman, a food science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has savored his senior year, thanks, in part, to an internship with the Penn State Berkey Creamery.

Monsanto communications leader to speak at University Park campus

April 23, 2018

Vance Crowe, director of millennial engagement at Monsanto, will speak on the topic "Science and Technology: Combating Fear and Misinformation with Discovery and Wonder" during an event slated for 4-5 p.m. April 25 in 112 Buckhout Lab at Penn State's University Park campus.

Undergraduate Exhibition wraps up record year

April 23, 2018

Hundreds of students and judges bustled about in the HUB-Robeson Center Wednesday evening for the 2018 Undergraduate Research Exhibition on the University Park campus of Penn State. From musical presentations in the Flex Theater posters in Alumni and Heritage halls, the University's best were promoting the fruits of their academic and artistic pursuits.

72 undergraduate students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants

April 22, 2018

The list of 2018 Erickson Discovery Grants has been released, and 72 students from Penn State campuses will have their work bolstered by a $3,500 grant from the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Q&A: Recent alumna making impact on clean water in Pennsylvania

April 20, 2018

Sarah Xenophon, recent Penn State alumna and watershed technician in the University's Agriculture and Environment Center, talks about the impact of her work, including facilitation of efforts to restore polluted waterways in Pennsylvania.

Zaffuto takes on food science industry one brownie at a time

April 20, 2018

Michael Zaffuto, a food science major, attributes his many accomplishments to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, his family and his hometown of Sykesville, Pennsylvania.

Q&A: Penn State’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay, clean water in Pa.

April 19, 2018

In this Q&A with Matthew Royer, director of the Agriculture and Environment Center at Penn State, we explore the ongoing work to improve the health of Pennsylvania's waterways, and by extension, the pollution problem in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Lindow to speak at Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series

April 19, 2018

Steven E. Lindow, professor and executive associate dean for the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the guest speaker at the Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series.

Penn State Extension provides clients with 'study-abroad' opportunities

April 18, 2018

Penn State Extension organized a recent trip to study state-of-the-art crop management in Brazil — one of the world's leading producers of soybeans — for Pennsylvania soybean growers and industry representatives.

New iced coffees and ice cream to rev up Blue-White Weekend and beyond

April 18, 2018

Penn State Berkey Creamery has added two new products to its menu — "Brew and White" iced coffees and "Grilled Stickies" ice cream.

Andrew Read elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2018

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology in the Eberly College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Penn State Extension, ag officials look to slow spread of spotted lanternfly

April 16, 2018

Grape growers, orchardists, nursery operators, homeowners and others in southeastern Pennsylvania are bracing for the spring emergence of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect from Asia that appeared for the first time in the United States in Berks County nearly four years ago. Penn State Extension educators and College of Agricultural Sciences researchers are working with state and federal agriculture officials to stop the pest's spread.

AgSci dean, faculty, staff endow scholarships during Greater Penn State campaign

April 16, 2018

Motivated by a desire to help deserving students and by gratitude for the opportunities scholarships gave him when he first attended college, Rick Roush, dean of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, was one of several deans last fall to endow an Open Doors Scholarship as part of Penn State's current fundraising campaign, "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence."

From farm to dining commons: Penn State a leader in locally sourced food

April 13, 2018

Penn State is a leader in higher education in its commitment to supporting local economies and serving locally sourced, farm-to-table food options whenever possible. In total, more than 16 percent of all food purchased by the University comes directly from Pennsylvania farmers, producers, manufacturers and vendors.

Integrative Studies Seed Grants awarded to faculty across University

April 13, 2018

The Office for General Education has announced this year’s seed grants to support the development of Integrative Studies courses. The awarded proposals are representative of a wide range of academic disciplines, and include proposals from faculty at Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth.

Doctoral student in plant pathology receives NSF research grant

April 13, 2018

Emma Rosenthal, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation. The funding will support Rosenthal's research on bacterial leaf spot, a disease that infects lettuce plants.

First Ag Safety Expo to be held May 1 at Ag Arena

April 11, 2018

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will be holding its first Ag Safety Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, at the Agricultural Arena on the University Park campus. The event will feature farm safety and rescue demonstrations and displays with opportunity for hands-on participation. The event is free and open to the public.

White joins Penn State's Department of Plant Science

April 10, 2018

Charles White, assistant professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, recently joined the Department of Plant Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Law’s Ag Law Center to administer Agricultural Mediation Program

April 10, 2018

The Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law at the University Park campus has taken on the responsibility of administering the Pennsylvania Agricultural Mediation Program, providing another avenue by which it can serve and assist the state’s farmers and producers.

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