Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a nearly $1.4 million grant to perform a gender-based analysis of the Honduran horticultural value chain, with an eye toward reducing barriers to participation for women and other marginalized groups, while enhancing family income and nutrition.
Congratulations to Rurial Sociology PhD candidate Paige Castellanos who recently was selected for an Alumni Association Dissertation Award!
It is with much sadness that the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education reports the passing of Frederick A. Hughes on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Shannon Monnat, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology, has been featured in The Social Science Research Institute's Annual Report for her research project to examine health care challenges that Hispanics face in different areas of the United States. To read more, see pages 27 and 28 of the report.
It is a pleasure to announce the 2015 executive board for the Rural Sociology Graduate Association.
LaVerne Thomas, former Ag BM instructor has passed away after a 30-year battle with breast cancer.
Fern (Bunny) Willits, Mark Brennan, and James Beierlein were instrumental in a survey titled: “Quality of Instruction: Findings from Surveys of Penn State Students and Instructors.”
Claudia Mincemoyer and the Better Kid Care team received additional funding from the Department of Defense to expand the Child Care and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project (CYTTAP) initiative to additional states, conduct additional curricular training, further the development of Better Kid Care training modules, expand Better Kid Care to afterschool and on-installation settings, and expand professional development activities into catchment areas around installations and programs serving the Coast Guard and Defense Logistics Agency.
James Shortle, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics and Director, Environment and Natural Resources Institute along with Matthew Royer, Director, Agriculture and Environment Center both presented at the Penn State Ag Council held Thursday, October 16th at the Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, PA.
Jan Scholl, AESE Associate Professor 4-H Curriculum Specialist and Amy Paster (Life Sciences Library) received the Mary Nell Greenwood Award from the Extension Section of the American Evaluation Association, October 16, in Denver, Colorado. The award is given for administrative or program leadership toward outstanding organizational, policy, and resource contributions to Extension evaluation. The last Penn Stater to receive this award was Michelle Rogers in 2000.
Cathy Bowen, Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education Consumer Issues and member of the PA Task Force on Economic Education and Personal Financial Literacy Education, testified in front of the Pennsylvania House Education Committee on October 6, 2014 regarding the importance of financial education in Pennsylvania schools (K-12).
Ted Alter, Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Co-Director, Center for Economic and Community Development has been invited to become an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES). Members were chosen by peers to be honored and to address policy issues of value to universities, communities, and engagement associations.
David Blandford, Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, has been chosen to receive an award from the Agricultural Economics Society (AES) for Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy, Industry or the Society. Blandford will receive his award at the annual conference held April 2015 at the University of Warwick, England.
Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw has become the 17th President of St. John's University.
Lauren Chenarides is one of several graduate students across the Northeast benefiting from the research team's efforts to train future food system scientists.
Kristin Babbie, M.S. in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development, interviewed Pennsylvania farmers and their advisors regarding their experiences and attitudes towards smartphones.
Mark Brennan (Professor and UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development) led a symposium in Ireland August 26-August 30, 2014 in conjunction with Croke Park events.
Congratulations to Shannon Monnat, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology for receiving a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of this funding is to study the intersection of immigration status with social and geographic characteristics for Hispanics and its impact on health care access.
Two AESE graduates (Brandn Green, Director of the Place Studies Program at Bucknell Univeristy and Kristal Jones, Coordinator of the Central Susquehanna Affordable Care Act Project) initiate assistance for a community with Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment.