New Faculty Mark Expansion of Penn State Leadership in Ethics Research
October 6, 2015
Rob Chiles, assistant professor of rural sociology, joins the first group of faculty recruited to expand the University’s national leadership in ethics research and ethical literacy.
Carly-Jean Schaeffer, a Floristry Future Superstar
September 23, 2015
The Department of Labor reported there were 62,400 florists in 2012 and prediction indicate this number will decrease by 8% over the next ten years. Florists say the industry is slowly dying, as the workforce ages and a new generation of workers is not posed to take the reins. Carly-Jean Schaeffer, a recent graduate of the Agricultural and Extension Education program, has ambitions to bridge the gap. Carly-Jean teaches students at Derry High School the art of floral design, as well as floral shop business management through hands on experience and practice.
Student Stories: Ag Science major's perspective changed by Ojibwe experience
September 21, 2015
In a combined course and cultural engagement experience, senior Agricultural Science major, Alexandra Dutt explored indigenous peoples’ understanding of their environment -- and how it could inform her own through Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing, a course that included an end-of-semester trip to the Ojibwe communities in northern Minnesota.
NASA Funds Penn State Research on High-Elevation Communities in Asia
September 18, 2015
According to project co-investigator Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and faculty director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute and Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, people born and raised at high elevations (above 8,200 feet) exhibit distinct physiological characteristics such as increased blood viscosity caused by higher hemoglobin content.
Adolescent painkiller abuse a big problem for small towns, rural areas
September 18, 2015
"Over 1.3 million adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year," said Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology, Penn State. "With this number of adolescents there are major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids."