Pasto Ag Museum offers ice cream, cookies at final open house this fall

November 24, 2014

The last in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, will feature an ice cream social and collections of antique cookie cutters and vintage aprons.

Research, food-safety fundamentals guide holiday meal preparations

November 24, 2014

This is the time of year when we gather to feast on roasted turkey, stuffing and other fixings. For many, it will be the first time they will prepare a holiday dinner, while for others, it will be the latest of many memorable occasions. But those memories should not revolve around foodborne illness, according to a Penn State expert.

'Preserving wealth and relationships' next topic for Huddle with the Faculty

November 21, 2014

Huddle with the Faculty every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; the presentation begins at 9 a.m. in The Nittany Lion Inn.

Lion’s Pantry, student food bank, to open doors on Nov. 20

November 19, 2014

With the cost of education and student debt rising, Penn State has made affordability and accessibility a priority for its students. A multitude of resources are available for all students, including additional resources for historically underserved populations. But even in the happiest of valleys, many students don’t know where their next meal is coming from. more»

Penn State to help Northeast agriculture adapt to potential climate change

November 19, 2014

Penn State is one of 12 land-grant universities that will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeast Climate Hub to give the region's farmers, foresters and land managers better access to information and tools for adapting to climate and weather variability. more»

Probing Question: What is a heritage turkey?

November 19, 2014

Over 45 million turkeys are eaten by Americans each Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hunters provide some -- last autumn, about 24,000 wild turkeys were harvested in Pennsylvania. Vegetarians might serve up a soybean-based alternative, like Tofurky.

Student Stories: Veterinary major enlightened by exotic zoo animals

November 18, 2014

Undergraduate students could take a page out of Leah Giralico’s book when it comes to figuring out a focus for their studies. Although the veterinary and biomedical sciences major in the College of Agricultural Sciences has always had a passion for animals, she came to Penn State unsure of what type of practice she wanted to pursue.

Shale gas webinar to look at response to challenges of Bakken oil development

November 17, 2014

Community challenges related to the growth of the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota are similar to those generated by development of the Marcellus Shale gas play in Pennsylvania, according to experts familiar with both situations.

Entomologists hope vigilance, research stop newly discovered spotted lanternfly

November 14, 2014

People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don't let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. This exotic, invasive insect poses a potential threat to several important agricultural commodities in Pennsylvania.

Student Stories: Turfgrass science major interns with Philadelphia Eagles

November 11, 2014

Many people dream of setting foot on the same field as the Philadelphia Eagles, but only for a few is the lure of greatness marked by painted numbers, lines, borders, hash marks and logos. Senior Eddie Harbaugh is a turfgrass science major with such ambitions -- one who realized his goals as a grounds crew intern at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Wild thing: Pasto Ag Museum to look at historical wildlife collection

November 11, 2014

The sixth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum on Nov. 16 will feature a special exhibit from the Ecosystem Science and Management Department's bird and mammal collection.

Altered milk protein can deliver AIDS drug to infants

November 11, 2014

A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Agricultural Sciences students receive internship awards

November 7, 2014

Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2014 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $940 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

Land-use webinar to focus on engaging a community's generations in planning

November 6, 2014

Land-use planners interacting and working with various age groups will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon Nov. 19.

Student ingenuity leads to program support endowment in food science

November 6, 2014

The financial impact of a food product developed by a team of Penn State food science students will have a much longer shelf life than the product itself, thanks to an anonymous investor who bought the rights to potentially produce it. more»

Never-before-seen insights into deer movement offered on research website

November 5, 2014

Two years into a study of factors influencing forest regeneration in Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers are offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.

Anonymous $1M gift creates food science fund in honor of professor emeritus

November 4, 2014

Professor Emeritus Phil Keeney has been intimately linked with Penn State's Department of Food Science since its establishment in 1975. Now, an anonymous $1 million gift will ensure that his name is connected to the department's programs in perpetuity.

Student Stories: Food Science majors attend AFA Food Institute in Chicago

November 3, 2014

Where in the world can you network with professional leaders in the food industry, visit the headquarters of numerous food-manufacturing plants and learn how to make a McDonald's Big Mac? That place would be the Agriculture Future of America Food Institute in Chicago.

Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees

November 3, 2014

Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.

Students Stories: Hard work pays off on mats, in field for landscape major

October 29, 2014

Jonathan Gingrich originally came to Penn State to wrestle, but found another passion -- landscape contracting -- along the way.

Pasto Ag Museum to look at old logging in Pennsylvania on Nov. 2

October 24, 2014

Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 to look at historic logging and timber production. Museum staff will share photos and stories from the late 1800s and early 1900s when Williamsport was the logging capital of the world.

Alumna's bequest targets scholarships and THON for support

October 23, 2014

Students in two Penn State colleges and children fighting pediatric cancer stand to benefit from the generosity of alumna Cheryl Smith Hay, of Barrington, New Hampshire, who has pledged part of her future estate to support scholarships and the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

Bitten by botany bug: Environmental major researches 'scars'

October 23, 2014

Penn State offers a wide variety of summer internship opportunities to its students. For senior Dylan Kubina, one of the most important guidelines for her research is a simple one -- don’t forget the bug spray.

Pasto Ag Museum to focus on natural fibers at Oct. 26 open house

October 22, 2014

The fourth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will feature natural fibers and historical textile making from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

From Williamsport to K.C.: World Series are nothing new for turfgrass student

October 21, 2014

When TV coverage of the World Series begins tonight (Oct. 21), the first thing most viewers will notice is the immense crown cut into the centerfield grass of the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium. What they won't see is that there was a little bit of Penn State skill used in crafting that image, thanks to a member of the Royals grounds crew.

Two honored for extraordinary service to Outreach and Online Education

October 21, 2014

Al Turgeon, the turfgrass management professor who taught Penn State’s first World Campus class in 1998, and Dan Mazur, who has served on the Outreach and Online Education Advisory Board for eight years, are the 2014 recipient of the Dubin Pioneer Award and Fischer Award of Distinction, respectively.

PlantVillage solves crop problems by democratizing science-based knowledge

October 20, 2014

David Hughes understands the devastating effects a plant disease can have on crops and the people who rely on them for food and income. more»

Four named Outstanding Alumni by College of Ag Sciences

October 17, 2014

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Named Outstanding Alumni were N. Alan Bair, of Lancaster; Siree Chaiseri, of Bangkok, Thailand; and Calvin Ernst, of Meadville. Justin Runyon, of Bozeman, Montana, was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus, an award that honors alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.

Former student's career blossomed after attending Ag Career Day

October 17, 2014

The College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day is an event designed to bring students and the companies that need them together. For recent graduate Laura Elberth, last year's event led to a full-time job with one of Pennsylvania's oldest employers -- the Henry F. Michell Company.

Not a waste: Environmental intern learns sustainability at EPA

October 16, 2014

When most people find trash on the side of the road, they usually don't find inspiration along with it. But for senior Angelo Teachout, local road cleanups were the first step toward an internship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ag Career Day pays off big time for student

October 15, 2014

After multiple internships and a professional job offer, senior agricultural systems management major Brenton Sutton has nothing but great things to say about the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Career Day.

Climate change not responsible for altering forest tree composition

October 15, 2014

Change in disturbance regimes -- rather than a change in climate -- is largely responsible for altering the composition of Eastern forests, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Horticulture professor to speak at World Food Prize event in Iowa on Oct. 16

October 14, 2014

Siela Maximova, senior scientist and professor of horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will speak Oct. 16 at a side event at the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, the annual symposium at which the World Food Prize is awarded.

Shale gas webinar to explore history, challenges of Bakken oil fields

October 10, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will look at the growth of the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and compare their development to Pennsylvania's experience with the Marcellus Shale and natural gas.

Ag Sciences grad and university president is named an Alumni Fellow

October 10, 2014

Iowa State University President Steven Leath, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences, is among 21 Penn State alumni who were honored Oct. 8 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

New scholarship memorializes agricultural educator and alumnus

October 9, 2014

Much of LeRoy Smeltz's life centered on the field of agricultural education, so it is fitting that a scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences now bears his name, according to the family members who established it. Lynn and Joyce Dietrich, of Chambersburg -- Smeltz's son-in-law and daughter -- created the LeRoy C. more»

Penn State’s history of dairy research plays critical role

October 9, 2014

More than 150 years ago, Penn State’s first dairy barn housed cows, swine and even a creamery. Since then, the Department of Dairy and Animal Science has undergone plenty of changes while continuing to play a vital role at the University.

Sanford honored for 25 years of service to Penn State Berks

October 8, 2014

David Sanford, associate professor of horticulture, was recently honored for 25 years of service to Penn State Berks. During that time, he has seen many changes at the campus but the one thing that has not changed is his love for teaching.

Land-use webinar to focus on planning for healthy communities

October 8, 2014

How can land-use planners develop designs for healthy communities? That will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on Oct. 15.

Student Stories: growing pains -- student researches moringa tree in Haiti

October 7, 2014

A good day for most people does not begin with waking up in a cinder block room in an orphanage in Haiti, but as senior Cara McDonald can tell you, rewarding experiences do not discriminate. They pop up in unexpected places, are often the product of hard work, and allow for continued benefits for a long time -- much like the moringa tree.

Marcellus Shale Gallery Conversations begin Oct. 10 at the Palmer Museum of Art

October 7, 2014

The Palmer Museum of Art will present a series of gallery conversations this fall related to the major exhibition organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," now on view at the museum through Dec. 14.

Penn State Extension, Office of Rural Health offer health insurance resources

October 3, 2014

To assist consumers in using the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health have launched a website, Health Insurance and You, designed to be a one-stop resource for information on the Marketplace, the benefits of health insurance, a county-by-county listing of “patient navigators” and other resources.

The Arboretum at Penn State hosts pumpkin festival Oct. 5-11

October 2, 2014

A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's fourth Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 5-11.

Student Stories: Globetrotter -- Biological Engineering major travels to do good

September 30, 2014

After visiting Europe, Central America and Africa, senior Kelsey Czyzyk has no plans to stop traveling.

Beware elevated risk for silo gas right now, farm safety expert warns

September 29, 2014

A recent death and serious injury resulting from gases inside a Lancaster County silo are grim reminders to those working and living on farms that gases produced during the fermentation process can be deadly, according to a farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Beasley named head of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

September 26, 2014

Val Richard Beasley, formerly of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named professor and head of Penn State's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Mortensen Trustee Scholarship promotes experiential learning

September 26, 2014

As a Penn State faculty member and administrator, James Mortensen was a firm believer in experiential learning. Now, he and his wife, Sharon, have endowed a new scholarship for students with financial need in the College of Agricultural Sciences that reflects that belief.

New Trustee Scholarship to support first-year Ag Sciences students

September 24, 2014

With a gift of $50,000, Penn State alumnus Dan Eichenlaub and his wife, Barbara, have endowed the Barbara U. and Daniel J. Eichenlaub Trustee Scholarship, which will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated financial need. First preference for funds will go to incoming first-year students.

Research shows alcohol consumption influenced by genes

September 23, 2014

How people perceive and taste alcohol depends on genetic factors, and that influences whether they "like" and consume alcoholic beverages, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Monnat receives $100K grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

September 22, 2014

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Shannon M. Monnat a 24-month, $100,000 grant through the New Connections program.

Students to discuss Ojibwe field experience

September 19, 2014

State students. “Engaging with Ojibwe Communities in Northern Minnesota,” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.

Ag Career Day to be held Oct. 21 at Bryce Jordan Center

September 19, 2014

Finding internship and career opportunities in a tough job market can be daunting for college students, but Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is trying to make it a little easier with its Ag Career Day.

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