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2017

United Nations organization renews UNESCO Chair program at Penn State
April 20, 2017
UNESCO has renewed for another five years its support for the UNESCO Chair, Mark Brennan, in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State.
Adding grads and going green can brighten economic outlook
April 4, 2017
Attracting college graduates and boosting natural amenities may give communities a double shot of economic growth potential, according to economists. In a study, the share of college graduates — often referred to as human capital — and the quality of life in a community were found to significantly contribute to economic growth, said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.
Faculty member to receive award
March 20, 2017
Congratulations, Dr. Carolyn Sachs
In Pennsylvania, troubles lead some to drugs, others to Trump
March 16, 2017
Luzerne County is nestled in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. The county seat, Wilkes-Barre, lies on the edge of the Susquehanna River, which snakes through the region before emptying into the Chesapeake Bay. Ryan Cooper grew up in Wilkes-Barre. It will always be home to the 29-year-old veteran, despite the struggles he's faced here.
Head Start gets a boost from Penn State program
March 16, 2017
The effectiveness of Head Start in preparing children for elementary school is currently being debated, but in Pennsylvania, the program has benefited from several Penn State initiatives.
Rural sociology professor chosen for Roy C. Buck Award
March 13, 2017
Brian Thiede, assistant professor of rural sociology, received the 2016-17 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award for his paper, "Climate variability and inter-provincial migration in South America, 1970-2011."
Rex Warland, Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology, Passes
January 30, 2017
The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education is saddened to announce the death of Rex H. Warland, Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology, early on Sunday morning, January 29, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. Rex was on the faculty in Rural Sociology from 1966 until his retirement in 2001. A memorial service is being planned for late Spring, with details to be provided by the family.
From strangers to business partners: Internship plants seeds of collaboration
January 27, 2017
Although Alyssa Gurkis and Hayly Hoch are both students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, they didn’t know each other when they embarked on a 10-week food-system internship last summer with Penn State Extension-Allegheny County. Now they’re close friends, roommates, and collaborators on a food-system project of their own.
Project to develop computational tools for coupled human-natural systems
January 11, 2017
A $20 million, five-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) looks to create a state-of-the-art framework of computational tools that will help to assess the impacts of weather-related variability and change. Penn State is one of two lead institutions on the project and will receive half of the funding. Stanford University is the other.