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Let’s Move! Pennsylvania Conference to address childhood obesity

July 24, 2014

Penn State Extension will offer the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel to help families, communities and schools work together in solving the challenge of childhood obesity.

Student Stories: Wildlife grad works to protect elephants in Thailand

July 24, 2014

An elephant roaming free would be a strange sight here in the United States, but in other parts of the world, these gray giants are safer outside of enclosures.

Ag Progress Days a valuable business trip for producers

July 21, 2014

Agricultural producers are busy people who often find it hard to get away to shop for equipment or learn the latest production practices. But Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition, which takes place Aug. more»

Student Stories: Global misconceptions -- Ag. Ed. major's eyes opened in Kenya

July 16, 2014

After spending three months in Africa, Jenna Moser was disturbed by the way Kenyans viewed agriculture, believing that it consists only of farming and that it is a "poor man's job."

Penn State researchers receive grant to study adult literacy skills in U.S.

July 16, 2014

Esther Prins, associate professor of education and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, and her research colleagues were the recipients of one of seven commissioned papers from American Institutes for Research/National Center for Education Statistics grant program.

Webinar to explore link between comprehensive planning, economic development

July 11, 2014

How can you make your comprehensive plan better support economic development? That will be the topic of a Web-based seminar kicking off a summer-fall land-use series offered by Penn State Extension.

Webinar to focus on shale gas industry's workforce

July 11, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will look at the shale gas industry's workforce and training.

Control strategy for Dengue, malaria increases risk of West Nile virus

July 10, 2014

Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers.

Cover crops demonstration plot to be featured at Ag Progress Days

July 10, 2014

Cover crops planted in rotation with main crops can help farmers reduce erosion and replenish nutrients into the soil, and cover crops increasingly are being considered for biofuel feedstocks.

Ag Progress Days to feature farm safety, health presentations

July 10, 2014

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, can learn about tractor overturn hazards and how to reduce the risks of tractor overturns.

Committee recommends 2014-15 University budget

July 10, 2014

Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (July 10) recommended for approval a $4.6 billion University operating budget for 2014-15.

Radio tags, telemetry used in river-bass-movement research

July 9, 2014

If you catch a smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna or its tributaries, with a wire trailing from its underside, it is a participant in a study of fish movement related to wider research into the causes of fish diseases in the river system.

Student Stories: Rocky Mountain High -- Landscape major loved internship

July 8, 2014

Senior Landscape Contracting major Jamie Milletary packed a single suitcase and flew off to Denver seeking the freedom and independence she had always craved.

Ag Progress Days caters to research 'tour'-ists

July 3, 2014

If you have an interest in research related to agriculture and natural resources, organizers of Penn State's Ag Progress Days have a deal for you. Come to the event, Aug. 12-14, board a bus and you'll be transported into the field, where you can learn about topics such as crop production, woodlot management, wildlife habitat, biofuel feedstocks and water quality.

Lonie becomes Penn State's 'advocate-in-chief' for ag education

July 3, 2014

It would be difficult to find anyone with more enthusiasm for agriculture than Jean Lonie. more»

Roush named new dean of College of Agricultural Sciences

July 2, 2014

Penn State announced today (July 2) that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.

Fine-scale climate model projections predict malaria at local levels

July 2, 2014

Fine-scale climate model projections suggest the possibility that population centers in cool, highland regions of East Africa could be more vulnerable to malaria than previously thought, while population centers in hot, lowland areas could be less vulnerable, according to a team of researchers. more»

Resource guide to health care options available to PA residents

July 1, 2014

A free resource describing numerous no-cost or low-cost health care options available to Pennsylvania residents has been updated and published by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Penn State Extension.

Parasite-free honey bees enable study of bee health

July 1, 2014

An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. The populations offer a unique opportunity to investigate honey bee health, both with and without interfering interactions from parasites.

Student Stories: Majorettes captain looks to veterinary career

July 1, 2014

Working with animals can be as unpredictable as being captain of the Penn State Majorettes, according to Shahkila Daniels.

Malaria parasite manipulates host's scent

June 30, 2014

Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.

World's cocoa crop could get a big boost from a simple, non-toxic spray

June 30, 2014

Cocoa farmers this year will lose an estimated 30 to 40 percent of their crop to pests and disease, and concern is growing about sustainability in cocoa production. more»

Local gardens provide protection for threatened pollinators

June 28, 2014

With the arrival of summer comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more -- which are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, pollution and climate change. more»

Former Penn State students create Living Furniture prototype

June 27, 2014

GreenTowers LLC originated two years ago as a student research team at Penn State, dedicated towards finding a solution to the growing concern of how to feed 9.5 billion people in the year 2050. more»

Students launch crowdfunding campaign for Living Furniture prototype

June 27, 2014

GreenTowers, a local start-up run by Penn State students, have announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, as a way to fund their newest prototype, the Living Table. The crowdfunding campaign will begin on June 30. more»

New breeds, historical demo highlight Ag Progress Days horse events

June 25, 2014

A variety of new and returning events will delight horse lovers of all ages who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days this year, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The event's Equine Experience, Aug. 12-14, will offer a full schedule of training and breed clinics, demonstrations, informational displays and lectures.

New breeds, historical demonstration highlight Ag Progress Days horse events

June 25, 2014

A variety of new and returning events will delight horse lovers of all ages who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days this year, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The event's Equine Experience, Aug. 12-14, will offer a full schedule of training and breed clinics, demonstrations, informational displays and lectures.

Penn State IT helps University foals start off on the right hoof

June 23, 2014

Penn State's equine science team uses microchips, social media and live-streaming video technologies throughout the life cycle of the University's horses and during the department’s various events.

Habitat loss, not poison, better explains grassland bird decline

June 23, 2014

Contrary to recent well-publicized research, habitat loss, not insecticide use, continues to be the best explanation for the declines in grassland bird populations in the U.S. since the 1980s, according to a new study by ecologists.

Timber frame structure part of Pasto Museum silent auction at Ag Progress Days

June 20, 2014

A unique timber frame structure, built onsite during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, will be included in the Pasto Agricultural Museum's annual silent auction.

Urban agriculture the focus of June 27 webinar

June 20, 2014

Urban agriculture -- including its economics, successes and challenges -- will be the topic of a free Web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. June 27. The 90-minute webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

Behring assumes presidency of international agriculture association

June 19, 2014

Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has begun a one-year term as president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, an organization of U.S. and internationally based members who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation.

Student Stories: Forest Science major helps with forest fire, carbon research

June 19, 2014

Penn State student Celine Colbert spent last summer in the West assisting with research that may help to prevent severe wildfires.

Superbugs, antibiotic resistance and chicken -- a stew of misconceptions

June 17, 2014

With recent headlines about dangerous "superbugs," an outbreak of Salmonella from chicken parts on the West Coast and the announcement by a national restaurant chain that it plans to serve only "antibiotic-free" chicken, it's no wonder the public is alarmed and confused.

Webinar to examine natural gas potential of Utica shale formation

June 16, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will analyze the natural gas potential of another shale formation.

Student Stories: Food science major gets to meat of the matter in Poland

June 13, 2014

Most college students originally enrolled in their studies following high school graduation, but Penn State food science major Steve Bookbinder took a different path.

UNESCO chairs announce international symposium

June 12, 2014

The UNESCO Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership through Sport and Recreation will be held Aug. 28 at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in conjunction with the American football game between Penn State and the University of Central Florida, scheduled for Aug. 30 at the stadium.

Exhibition highlights 100 years of Cooperative Extension service

June 6, 2014

“The Power of Agricultural Cooperative Extension: 100 Years of Penn State Service,” an exhibition, is on display June 17 through Sept. 15, in The Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park.

Renewable energy certificate programs now available at Penn State World Campus

June 5, 2014

By 2040, 63 percent of the nation’s electricity will be generated by lower-carbon options, which will result in double-digit demand for green energy jobs. Penn State is launching graduate certificate programs in bioenergy, solar energy, wind energy, and sustainability management and policy, delivered online by Penn State World Campus, to prepare adults for these jobs.

Penn State Extension develops new water quality app

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application -- or app -- called "H2OSolutions," to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.The objective of the app is to help users diagnose the causes of observed water-quality problems and guide water-testing decisions.

Penn State Extension develops new water quality app

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application -- or app -- called "H2OSolutions," to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.The objective of the app is to help users diagnose the causes of observed water-quality problems and guide water-testing decisions.

Penn State Extension develops new water quality app

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application -- or app -- called "H2OSolutions," to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.The objective of the app is to help users diagnose the causes of observed water-quality problems and guide water-testing decisions.

Award-winning water education summit returns to Harrisburg

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension will offer the Dive Deeper -- Youth Water Educators' Summit at the Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg on Sept. 25.

Memorial scholarship assists Ag Sciences students with college costs

June 3, 2014

Bradford County dairy farmer Robert E. Macafee encouraged his children to attend college, and all three were able to graduate from Penn State. Now other students may have that same opportunity, thanks in part to the generosity of Macafee's family. With a pledge of $50,000, Macafee's widow, Joan, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, has created the Robert E. more»

New scholarship to support biological engineering students

May 30, 2014

A Penn State alumnus and his wife have endowed a new scholarship in support of students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated need. Wayne and Marian Martenas, of Lititz, Pa., provided a $50,000 gift to create the Martenas Family Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will go to students majoring in Biological Engineering.

Zinc deficiency before conception disrupts fetal development

May 29, 2014

Female mice deprived of dietary zinc for a relatively short time before conception experienced fertility and pregnancy problems and had smaller, less-developed fetuses than mice that ingested zinc during the same times, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Climate change, other factors may reshape central Appalachian forests

May 28, 2014

The hardwood forests of the central Appalachians are a bastion of biodiversity, providing protective habitat for some 6,000 species of plants and animals. They support a $5 billion forest products industry in Pennsylvania alone. But these forests face stresses that could change their character substantially over the next hundred years. One of these stresses is climate change. more»

Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2014

May 27, 2014

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

Gift of $100K to support collaboration between Penn State and Ukraine

May 23, 2014

Penn State programs that foster collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences and agricultural universities in Ukraine will get a boost as the result of a gift from a local family. more»

New recording explores capacity of Northeast US to meet food, bioenergy needs

May 22, 2014

A recent lecture that explored the capacity of the Northeast US to meet its food and bioenergy needs is now available as an online recording. The lecture, delivered by Christian Peters of Tufts University, was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

New recording explores capacity of Northeast US to meet food, bioenergy needs

May 22, 2014

A recent lecture that explored the capacity of the Northeast US to meet its food and bioenergy needs is now available as an online recording. The lecture, delivered by Christian Peters of Tufts University, was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Creamery serves up new flavor in honor of volleyball coach Russ Rose

May 22, 2014

Russ Rose, Penn State women's volleyball head coach, has had unprecedented success over a 35-year career in Happy Valley, including five national championships in the last seven years. But perhaps none of his victories has tasted as sweet as the honor he received this week. more»

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