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2014

Three AESE faculty to receive advising and teaching awards
December 15, 2014
Three AESE Faculty have a hand in Penn State Quality Survey
November 5, 2014
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.”
Child Care and Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project Expansion
October 23, 2014
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.
Two faculty represent AESE at the Penn State Ag Council
October 17, 2014
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 to receive Mary Nell Greenwood Award
October 14, 2014
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.
Bowen testifies to the PA House Education Committee
October 10, 2014
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).
Alter named as inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES)
October 9, 2014
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.
Blandford to receive AES award
October 9, 2014
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.
Doctoral Candidate Raises Students' Awareness of Food Systems Issues
September 23, 2014
Lauren Chenarides is one of several graduate students across the Northeast benefiting from the research team's efforts to train future food system scientists.
Farmers' Experience Offer Clues for Effective Ag Apps
September 16, 2014
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.
AESE Faculty Member Leads UNESCO Symposium
August 29, 2014
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.
Monnat receives funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
August 18, 2014
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.
Sociologists Tackle Access to Health Care in a Rural Community
August 4, 2014
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.
News magazine for agricultural scientists features NERCRD-led project on its July 2014 cover
July 10, 2014
The cover story of the July 2014 issue of CSA News is a six-page feature about the Northeast Center's signature food systems project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE). CSA News is the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.
New Faculty Member
July 8, 2014
We are pleased to welcome Katherine Zipp, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics. Her research interests include: environmental and resource economics, land-use economics, spatial modeling, joint ecological-economic modeling and nonmarket valuation.
Karen Fisher-Vanden Promoted to Professor
July 8, 2014
Congratulations to Karen Fisher-Vanden who has been promoted to Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics.
Student Running Cross Country for Cancer Awareness
June 27, 2014
This summer Sarah Eissler, currently pursuing her master's degree in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development, is running across the country with a group of college-aged students to raise money and awareness for young adults affected by cancer.
Ted Jaenicke recognized for outstanding service to NAREA
June 20, 2014
Joshua Duke, outgoing president of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, recognized the outstanding service of Ted Jaenicke, associate professor of Agricultural Economics, with a formal proclamation, “Service for Coordinating the 2014 Program,” voted on unanimously by the members of the association at their annual business meeting in June 2014.
UNESCO Chairs Announce International Symposium
June 17, 2014
Brennan and two of his fellow UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) chairs from Ireland announced a major event to further a call to action for groundbreaking research, teaching and applied programs for the betterment of young people and communities worldwide.
USDA Blog: The Cost of Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay
May 22, 2014
In a recent study funded by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), Penn State University researchers evaluated the economics of applying targeted conservation efforts within the agricultural sector. Dr. Jim Shortle, one of the report’s authors and a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics at Penn State, stressed the importance that this information can have in terms of lowering costs of cleaning up the Bay. “We found the cost of implementing the agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in WIPs between 2011 and 2025 to be about $3.6 billion (in 2010 dollars). The annual cost of the WIP BMPs from 2025 onwards is about $900 million. Importantly, our results show that significant cost savings can be realized through attention to the cost effectiveness of BMPs in the selection and location of BMPs in the watershed,” Jim said. “Among the states in the Bay Watershed, cost-savings relative to the WIPs in this case range from 27% (Virginia) to 86% (New York and West Virginia).”
Harbaugh Faculty Scholar Award for 2014-15
May 13, 2014
Melanie Miller Foster’s (coordinator for programs in Latin America) and Daniel Foster’s (assistant professor of Agricultural and Extension Education) proposal, Transformative Agricultural Education: The World Inside our Classrooms, was approved for funding as a Harbaugh Faculty Scholar Award for 2014-15. The Agricultural & Extension Education program, the Center for Professional and Personnel Development and the Office of International Programs proposed a joint Global Teaching and Learning in Agriculture Symposium to promote excellence in agricultural education with a special focus on instructional strategies to develop learner global competence in agriculture.
College of Agricultural Sciences teaching awards
May 12, 2014
Jonathan Tuthill, instructor, was awarded the Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes him as an outstanding teacher for his skill, commitment, and passion for educating students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, and John Ewing, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, were awarded the Community of Advising Excellence, which recognizes outstanding individuals for their skill, commitment, and passion for advising students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
BTN LiveBIG: Sustainable communities in focus
May 12, 2014
To go green, community leaders need fresh ideas. To make classes relevant, professors need connections to community leaders. To get jobs, sustainability-minded students want real-world experience. Penn State connects all those green dots—and everyone comes out ahead.
Ann Tickamyer Presents at 2014 Extension Conference
April 23, 2014
Presentation provided an overview of AESE, our new strategic plan and examples of how AESE integrates extension, research, and teaching in the department.
Fern (Bunny) Willits Honored at Graduate School's Wall of Honor Ceremony
April 16, 2014
Recognized on the 50th anniversary of receiving her doctorate from Penn State and for career achievements
Webinar to focus on climate change’s impacts on regional food systems
April 14, 2014
Climate change and its implications for regional agriculture is the topic of a free web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, which is directed by Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Roshan Kumar Nayak's poster places 2nd at Grad Exhibition
April 9, 2014
Roshan Kumar Nayak’s (PhD candidate in Agricultural and Extension Education and International Agriculture and Development) research poster titled "Trends in Effectiveness of On-Farm Food Safety Workshops: Challenges and Opportunities" received second prize at the 29th Annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition under the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. Congratulations, Roshan!
Student finds her passion for food systems in Pittsburgh
April 9, 2014
As a member of the Penn State women's rugby team, Olivia Lindsey knows a thing or two about teamwork. So it should come as no surprise that when she went looking for an internship last year, she was drawn to the idea of joining a 50-member multi-institution research team.
Quakers and the Environment: Fracking the Marcellus Shale from a Quaker perspective
April 7, 2014
Tim Kelsey, participates in a talk on Quakers and Marcellus Shale gas drilling.
Dr. Samuel M. Curtis, Professor Emeritus, Passes
March 28, 2014
Dr. Samuel M. Curtis, 81, professor emeritus of agricultural education and former department head of agricultural education and northeast regional director of Penn State Cooperative Extension died Monday, March 24, 2014 at his residence.
Ted Alter and Rich Ready win 2014 Gamma Sigma Delta Awards
March 26, 2014
Two faculty members from AESE have received 2014 Gamma Sigma Delta awards. Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics, received the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Rich Ready, professor of agricultural and environmental economics, received the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award for excellence in research. Congratulations Ted and Rich!
Esha Zaveri wins 1st place in college's Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society’s annual graduate research exhibition
March 25, 2014
Esha Zaveri, AEREC PhD student, won first place in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society's 19th Annual Graduate Research Exhibition poster competition for the graduate category of Social Sciences. At the awards ceremony, Esha was presented with a certificate and check. Karen Fisher-Vanden, associate professor of environmental and resource economics, is Esha’s advisor.
AEE Undergrad major Allison Hoover featured in BusinessInsider.com profile
February 25, 2014
Allison Hoover, AEE undergrad student, travels the world learning about and teaching agricultural education.
Katie Tavenner recipient of 2014 Graduate Fellowship from U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program
February 19, 2014
Katie Tavenner, PhD student in Rural Sociology and Women's Studies, is one of two College of Agricultural Sciences recipients of a 2014 Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Congratulations, Katie!
Self-employment growth does not bank on access to capital
February 19, 2014
An entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth, according to rural economists. "Because people who get laid off may end up working for themselves, self-employment can be a good news, bad news situation," said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics, and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. "However, the self-employed do tend to support other nearby businesses and that can lead to employment growth and income growth across the county."
AESE faculty, staff, and CED students receive 'Reinvention Fund' award
February 18, 2014
In early February, a group of AESE faculty and staff and CED students were part of a Penn State group receiving a Penn State Sustainability Institute ‘Reinvention Fund’ award.
Dr. Wayne Schutjer, former AERS department head, dies suddenly
February 18, 2014
Dr. Wayne Schutjer, AERS department head from March 1985 to December 1987, died suddenly and unexpectedly on February 13, 2014, in Boca Raton, Florida.
Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology
February 11, 2014
The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education seeks Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology
Daniel Perkins: Supporting Military Families
February 6, 2014
Daniel Perkins, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, was featured in the February 2014 Town and Gown ‘Get to know …’ column.
2014-15 AESE elected representatives to the College of Agricultural Sciences announced
February 4, 2014
AESE W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award Winners
February 4, 2014
Mark Brennan, Professor of Leadership and Community Development and UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development, and Paige Castellanos, Ph.D. graduate student in Rural Sociology, are among this year’s winners of the W. LaMarr Kopp Award.
Local foods offer tangible economic benefits in some regions
February 3, 2014
Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.
Kristal Jones recipient of 2014-2015 Alumni Association Dissertation Award
January 29, 2014
Kristal Jones, Rural Sociology and INTAD Ph.D. candidate, is a recipient of the Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Social Sciences category, for 2014-15. She will be recognized with other 2014-2015 recipients of the Alumni Association Dissertation Award at the Graduate School Alumni Society's Spring Social and Recognition Dinner. The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of the dissertation topic. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. Congratulations, Kristal!
Penn State-led team launches newsletter focused on Northeast food security
January 17, 2014
A research team led by Stephan Goetz, Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics and Director of Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD), has launched a quarterly newsletter that will provide updates on the research and outreach activities of the $5 million, U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded project called Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems. The project seeks to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access and affordability in disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system.
AESE Alum Charles W. Coale, Jr., receives Distinguished Service Award
January 15, 2014
Charles W. Coale, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Ag and Applied Economics and former Extension Agricultural Economist at Virginia Tech, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Farm Bureau. He was honored at the annual Virginia Farm Bureau banquet held in December. Charlie is a Penn State alum, earning his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1969. He and his family plan to participate in the M.E. John Lecture this spring.