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March 28, 2014

Stigmatization may have once served to protect early humans from infectious diseases, but that strategy may do more harm than good for modern humans, according to Penn State researchers.

March 21, 2014

A local startup’s Big Idea has won $25,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Nina Jenkins with Penn State’s Department of Entomology and her business partner, Giovani Bellicanta, have developed a patent-pending, nontoxic, bio-pesticide that successfully removes and further prevents bed bug infestations in homes and hotel rooms.

March 21, 2014

Mark Brennan, professor of leadership and community development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Jane Reese, assistant coordinator of the Penn State Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, are recipients of the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award. Established in 1995, the award recognizes faculty and staff members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University. It is named for the late deputy vice president for international programs.

March 21, 2014

Six Penn State faculty members have received the 2014 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. They are Meredith Defelice, senior lecturer of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Eberly College of Science; Michael Evans, assistant chief academic officer and instructor of nursing at Penn State Worthington Scranton; Karen Kackley-Dutt, instructor of biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley; Dale Olver, instructor of dairy and animal science in the College of Agricultural Sciences; Ute Poerschke, associate professor of architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture, and Jessica Schocker, assistant professor of social studies education and women’s studies at Penn State Berks. The award, named after Penn State’s seventh president, honors excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.

March 21, 2014

Paige Castellanos, a doctoral candidate in rural sociology and international agriculture and development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been honored as the recipient of the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for graduate students.

March 18, 2014

Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops -- widely agreed to be ecologically beneficial -- is even more valuable than previously thought, according to a team of agronomists, entomologists, agroecologists, horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

March 14, 2014

As the dust settles on February's enactment of the 2014 farm bill, experts continue to analyze the bill's provisions to determine what the legislation means for farmers. An economist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says the bill's dairy provisions -- the aspect of federal farm policy arguably most important for Pennsylvania agriculture -- continue the shift toward a greater reliance on risk-management approaches to provide a safety net for farmers.

March 5, 2014

Dairy cows in barn An estimated 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide come from animal production. A Penn State-led consortium will seek to develop feeding strategies that will reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions from livestock.

February 28, 2014

The restoration of Pennsylvania's river-otter population has been, by all accounts, a great success, and a study being conducted by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will soon quantify the accomplishment by yielding population information.

February 26, 2014

Brown marmorated stink bugs cause millions of dollars in crop losses across the United States because of the damage their saliva does to plant tissues. Researchers at Penn State have developed methods to extract the insect saliva and identify the major protein components, which could lead to new pest control approaches.

February 17, 2014

The environment significantly influences whether or not a certain bacterium will block mosquitoes from transmitting malaria, according to researchers at Penn State.

February 13, 2014

Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development of a tool to manage this invasive pest that affects about 25 tree species in the United States.

February 11, 2014

Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers.

February 10, 2014

Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across many species, even though animal aggression today varies widely from territorial fighting to setting up social hierarchies, according to researchers from Iowa State University, Penn State and Grand Valley State University.

February 4, 2014

The increasing use of chemical herbicides is often blamed for the declining plant biodiversity in farms. However, other factors beyond herbicide exposure may be more important to species diversity, according to Penn State researchers.

February 3, 2014

Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.

February 3, 2014

The Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has named eight faculty members as distinguished professors.

January 31, 2014

A multi-pronged, systems approach to solving water pollution caused by nutrients in the environment is the focus of a new center housed in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. With a $2.2 million Science to Achieve Results grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, researchers will launch the Center for Integrated Multi-scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions.

January 31, 2014

Justin Runyun, a recent graduate of the Entomology Ph.D. program was awarded a President's Early Career Scientist award.