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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).”

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 16, 2014

Recognized on the 50th anniversary of receiving her doctorate from Penn State and for career achievements

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.

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!

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.

April 7, 2014

Tim Kelsey, participates in a talk on Quakers and Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

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.

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!

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.

February 25, 2014

Allison Hoover, AEE undergrad student, travels the world learning about and teaching agricultural education.

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!

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."

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.

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.

February 11, 2014

The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education seeks Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology

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.