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2011

David Blandford is Guest Editor of a EuroChoices Edition on Bioenergy
December 28, 2011
Bioenergy: Experiences from Both Sides of the Atlantic. In the periodical EuroChoices, 10(3): 5-10. December 2011.
Pennsylvanians are Mixed About Gas Drilling
December 14, 2011
Tim Kelsey, says uncertainty pervades everything having to do with gas drilling in his state, including scientific and economic analysis by experts, as there is not much reliable data.
AEE Students Mentor Local Youth through 4-H YFP Program
December 9, 2011
The greatness of 4-H is found within the power that volunteers have to change the lives of youth. Four AEE students participated as volunteers for the newly formed 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families with Promise. Morgan Campbell, Saadiqa Lundy, Jennifer Mapes, and Josh Walker volunteered their time this fall semester to support local youth in their development of various skills, enabling them to reach their fullest potential and lead productive lives.
Ted Alter and Leif Jensen awarded 2011 Community of Teaching Excellence Award
December 6, 2011
Ted Alter and Leif Jensen were formally recognized by their peers for their belief and support of excellence in teaching and the college's educational efforts and awarded the 2011 Community of Teaching Excellence Award. The award reflects Ted and Leif's commitment to the students and teaching programs within the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology as well as throughout the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ag Ed Students Engage in Shaver's Creek Outdoor School
December 1, 2011
Freshman Kate Bassett, Junior Britney Marsh, and Senior Jessica DiMarizio recently assisted as educators in the Shaver's Creek Outdoor School. Outdoor School is a four-day residential outdoor education program for upper elementary school students (mostly 5th graders). The elementary students spend a week at the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in a camp setting learning about the natural world and studying concepts that support their science curriculum.
AEE Faculty Member Receives 2011 NIFA Partnership Award
October 14, 2011
The National 4-H and EFNEP Research Database Team led by Jan Scholl, Associate Professor of Agricultural & Extension Education, has been selected to receive the NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Partnership Award for Effective and Efficient Use of Resources.
Weather, Wall Street affect U.S. agricultural commodity prices
October 14, 2011
Recent weeks have been bad for agricultural commodity producers, with falling prices impacting Pennsylvania's farmers.
Penn State Ag Ed Senior Selected as National FFA Intern for 2011 FFA Convention
September 29, 2011
Kristie Folk, a senior at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education was selected from a nationwide search to serve as an intern at the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the Collegiate FFA Promotions and Event Management Team, Kristie will work behind the scenes at National Convention gaining valuable, but challenging, hands-on experiences.
Penn State Student One of Two Future Agriculture Teachers to Attend 2011 World Food Prize
September 12, 2011
This fall, two deserving future agriculture teachers will learn firsthand about the global community’s best efforts to alleviate hunger and promote the human right to a stable, nutritious supply of food. As the first recipients of the National FFA Organization’s World Food Prize Grants, they will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 12-15, 2011 to attend the World Food Prize. Selected for the experience are Allison Nicole Hoover, 20, of Pennsylvania State University and Kirby John Schmidt, 20, of the University of Minnesota.
Penn State Agricultural Education Student Awarded with Youth Leadership Award
September 9, 2011
The Department of Agricultural and Extension Education is pleased to congratulate one of our own, Mr. Douglas Masser, on receiving the 2011 Penn State Ag Council Youth Leadership Award.
Radhakrishna to be Interim Head of Agricultural & Extension Education
July 14, 2011
Rama Radhakrishna, professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, effective July 1.
Penn State Alpha Tau Alpha Celebrates Future Ag Teachers
June 27, 2011
Members of the Penn State Eta Chapter, of the Alpha Tau Alpha, a national agricultural education honorary, recently awarded the finalists of the second annual Teach Ag Essay Contest during the 82nd Pennsylvania FFA State FFA Convention celebration as part of Pennsylvania’s participation in the National Teach Ag Day! Campaign.
Preparing Students for New Crop of Careers
June 21, 2011
In the agricultural sciences lab at Oley Valley High School, students cut tiny slices of plant tissue and insert the fragments into growing mediums. There, if things go as planned, miniature roses will eventually bloom. But this lesson is not necessarily about growing roses.
AEE Professor Receives 2011 Distinguished Teacher Award
June 14, 2011
Rama Radhakrishna, Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education, received the 2011 Distinguished Teacher Award from the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) at their recently held conference in Couer’d Alene, Idaho.
AEE Faculty Member Receives Advising Award
June 7, 2011
Dr. John Ewing was selected to receive the 2011 Excellence in Academic Advising Award from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
100-Year History of AEE
June 5, 2011
“The Department of Agricultural Education had its origin in a course in teacher training in agriculture begun in the college year 1910-11, with Thomas I. Mairs, professor of agricultural education, in charge.” A four-year teacher preparation curriculum was initiated the following year. From its inception, the Department functioned in three areas: resident education, research, and service (outreach).
Student Awards and Recognition
June 1, 2011
On April 26, 2011, students, faculty, staff, and supporters of the Agricultural and Extension Education Department gathered at the Mount Nittany Middle School for the annual Agricultural and Extension Education Department banquet.
Ready, Set, Go! from Operation Military Kids
May 3, 2011
We are all aware of the on-going War on Terrorism. We have all watched television reports, read newspaper articles, listened to the radio, or engaged in conversation about the topic. We are all conscious of the toll it has taken on the members of the armed forces who strive to do their duty to our country. But, have you ever thought of the toll it has taken on family members…husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, and especially children?
Penn State Extension Experts Offer Webinar on Understanding Taxes
April 8, 2011
Millions of Americans complain that they pay too much in income taxes but get a large refund annually because they overpaid their tax bill. A Web-based seminar series sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will help taxpayers understand the basics of federal and state taxing systems and legal ways to pay no more than their fair share.
Penn State Receives Defense Department Grant to Improve Care for Military Children
March 11, 2011
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant from the Department of Defense through USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help prepare the children of military families to be successful as they enter the school system by increasing the quality of their early care and educational experiences.
Penn State, DoD, and USDA Partner for Well-Being of Military Families
February 24, 2011
The health and well-being of military children, youth and families will be enhanced by three contracts from the military totaling $2.2 million awarded to Penn State researchers.
AEE Student's Statistical Service Internship Makes it All Add Up
February 24, 2011
Before interning with an agricultural statistics agency, Terri Woodling never saw herself as a "math person," but now she has a whole new appreciation for the calculations behind farming.
Free Tax Preparation Help for Low-income Families
February 18, 2011
Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, in conjunction with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Penn State's Department of Accounting, is sponsoring the U.S. Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, from now through April 14 on the University Park campus.
AEE Intern Learns Global Lessons in Ag
February 14, 2011
Philadelphia Area Teen Travels to India; Takes Ag Ed World-Wide
Student Stories: International ag grad takes on Caribbean farm
February 14, 2011
For now, Timothy Silberg has chosen making memories over making money.
AEE/CERT Student Accepted into TESL Certificate Program
February 2, 2011
Danielle Breese, AEE/CERT candidate was accepted into the 2011 Summer TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certificate Program offered through Penn State Outreach.
Student Stories: Alum Teaches Students about Diversity of Agriculture
February 2, 2011
Siefert credits Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences with preparing him for the challenges of being a teacher of agriculture. "Preparing agriculture teachers is very difficult because 'agriculture' means so many things," he said. "Penn State's program does a good job of making teachers aware of the diverse subjects they may have to teach."