Graduate Student Travel Awards

November 1, 2018

These awards should be used for presenting original research at national or international meetings. Please note that either an oral or poster presentation is required to be eligible for these funds. One travel award per degree is allowed. Awards are limited to $500 for domestic travel and international travel.

Farmers market vendors need training to improve food-safety practices

November 1, 2018

Many vendors at farmers markets take inadequate precautions to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, and they should be trained to reduce food-safety risks, according to Penn State researchers who completed the final phase of an innovative five-year study.

Graduate Student Competitive Grants Program

October 25, 2018

The College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grant Program is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Science’s Office for Research and Graduate Education. This program is a unique opportunity available to graduate students advised by College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) faculty. The program serves as professional development for all CAS graduate students by providing funds to support master or doctoral research. It is anticipated that up to $40,000 will be awarded during this funding cycle.

Climate change not main driver of amphibian decline

October 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.

Teams sought to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data

October 15, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is seeking teams to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data. Proposals are invited for pilot projects aimed at using Twitter data in social science research.

Chewing gum may be effective for delivering vitamins

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.

2018/2019 Strategic Networks and Initiatives Program Grants

October 4, 2018

The Office of Research and Graduate Education is soliciting proposals for the Strategic Networks and Initiatives Program (SNIP) at three levels of grants. At all levels, funding will be awarded to collaborative interdisciplinary teams seeking to investigate focused research problems in pursuit of large-scale extramural grant opportunities.

Penn State trustee's gifts to create ag sci professorship, medical scholarship

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.

Biofilm reactor promises to cut production costs on vitamin K

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.

Jacobson named first Global Faculty Fellow in College of Agricultural Sciences

September 27, 2018

A longtime champion of global engagement will serve as the first Global Faculty Fellow in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Michael Jacobson, professor of forest resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, will help lead the college's Ag2Africa programming, as well as collaborate with Penn State's Office of Global Programs in its efforts to build a Water, Energy, Food Systems (WEFS) initiative in Africa.

Forest expert: Expect foliage display to be late, muted

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.

R&D-heavy firms thrive in diverse economies

September 25, 2018

Companies that invest heavily in research and development are more likely to benefit from locating near dissimilar businesses, while companies that invest less in technology are better off near businesses in their own industry, according to new research by a team of economists. The findings can help business owners and policy makers design better business strategies and economic policies.

Microbiome Center to host networking event Oct. 2

September 25, 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 gathering will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the Huck Life Sciences Building, third floor bridge. The goal of the event is to facilitate collaborations and new ideas. Prizes will be given for the best poster and lightning talks.

Fruit research and extension projects receive funding from industry groups

September 21, 2018

The State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program recently awarded nearly $233,000 in funding to support new and ongoing fruit research and extension projects in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Fine Flavor Cacao Visiting Scientist Program 2018-2019

September 20, 2018

With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service, the Cacao and Chocolate Research Network (CCRN) at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Visiting Scientist Program. The program will support five visiting scientists to work with Penn State faculty and international collaborators to advance research that is critical to the development of the fine flavor cacao/chocolate industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. These visiting scientists will spend six months at Penn State or at a partner institution working on one of the following topic areas: advanced sensory evaluation, the fine flavor cacao market, or issues related to cadmium accumulation in cacao. Exchanges will take place within the January 2019 to May 2020 timeframe, with exact dates to be determined jointly by the visiting scientist and his/her Penn State faculty mentor.

Plant science faculty member named Styer Professor

September 20, 2018

Mark Guiltinan, professor of plant molecular biology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named the J. Franklin Styer Professor of Horticultural Botany.

Andrew Read named director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

September 20, 2018

Andrew Read has been appointed director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State effective Jan. 1, 2019. Read is an Evan Pugh University Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.

2017-18 NSF I-Corps invent teams selected

September 19, 2018

Twelve entrepreneurial teams from Penn State have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. The teams receive up to $3,000, which can be used to attend industry trade shows, visit potential customers, develop prototypes and cover customer discovery expenses.

Searching for chocolate’s roots, and enemies, in Colombia’s wilderness

September 18, 2018

A newfound peace has spurred the hunt for disease-resistant wild cacao within the nation’s borders. What scientists find could help the country expand its role in the global trade.

Few hatchery brook trout genes present in Pa. watershed wild fish

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.

Penn State research expenditures rise to record $927 million

September 14, 2018

Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high for the second consecutive year in fiscal year 2017-2018, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The $927 million total represents a $64 million increase over last year’s figure, and includes a record $562 million in federal funds and $365 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and University sources.

Communicating science in a post-truth world

September 13, 2018

For scientists who dedicate years of time, energy and resources to their research, they can find that sharing their knowledge through the media can be challenging.

Entomology professors honored by Entomological Society of America

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: Christina M. Grozinger and Margarita López-Uribe.

Conservation dairy farming could help Pa. meet Chesapeake target

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.

Seed grants to support opioid research announced

September 13, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) 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.

Rural and urban communities need different policies to boost economic mobility

September 11, 2018

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

NSF funds $3 million graduate training program focused on Food-Energy-Water

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.

Soil could filter antibiotics from treated wastewater, protecting groundwater

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.

Fall Research Unplugged speaker series to offer weekly talks starting Oct. 4

September 7, 2018

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversation with Penn State researchers, returns to Schlow Centre Region Library in October.

Goddard Forum's inaugural Pa. One Health Symposium focuses on zoonotic diseases

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.

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