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July 13, 2015

Ted Alter, Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics, has been awarded the Community Development Society’s (CDS) 2015 Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award. This award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research that exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. The award will presented at the 46th Annual International Conference that will be held in Lexington, KY July 19-22, 2015.

Mark Brennan
July 3, 2015

A newly announced research partnership between British author J.K. Rowling's nonprofit children's organization Lumos and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at National University of Ireland Galway -- and including Penn State's UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership and Youth Development program -- aims to transform the lives of an estimated 8 million children worldwide living in orphanages of whom an estimated 80 percent have living parents or families who could look after them with the right assistance.

June 3, 2015

Sarah Eissler, rural sociology master's degree candidate, was among only 12 students selected to participate out of nearly 100 applicants from universities across the country.

May 19, 2015

Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology and Head of Women’s Studies Department, has been selected to receive the 2015 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture, Food and Human Values Award. The presentation will be made in June at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.

April 27, 2015

Carolyn McDonald (CED major) have been chosen as a 2015 Stand Up Award honoree and will be officially announced as a recipient Friday, April 24 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

April 27, 2015

Congratulations to Shannon Monnat, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology, for being selected as the 2014 recipient of the Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences for the publication "Race/Ethnicity and the Socioeconomic Status Gradient in Women's Cancer Screening Utilization: A Case of Diminishing Returns?”

April 16, 2015

Dr. James Dunn, Professor of Agricultural Economics, was awarded the 2015 Barash Award for Human Service on April 15, 2015. This award is presented annually to a full time member of the University Park faculty, staff, or student body who has contributed most helpfully and significantly, apart from regular duties, to human causes, public service activities, organizations, and the welfare of fellow human.

April 6, 2015

It is with great sadness, we share that Dr. Dennis Scanlon, professor emeritus, passed away on April 2nd. Dr. Scanlon positively impacted many lives as a teacher educator, mentor, and friend. He will be greatly missed.

March 30, 2015

Esha Zaveri, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics Ph.D. candidate, has been awarded first prize in the graduate category of Social Sciences for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society's 20th Annual Graduate Research Exhibition. The title of her research is "The Future of Irrigation in India: Crop Demand, Water Supply, and (Un)Sustainability."

March 26, 2015

It is with much sadness that the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education reports the passing of J. Dean Jansma on Tuesday, March 26, 2015.

March 16, 2015

The Veteran Metrics Initiative: Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being (“TVMI Study”) is a longitudinal study that will follow military personnel as they transition out of military service to identify their use of transition and reintegration programs and assess changes in their well-being over the next three years.

March 16, 2015

Congratulations to two senior CED students for becoming recipients of major university-wide awards! Cara McDonald was the recipent of the Stand Up Award given by The Rock Ethics Institute and Arianna De Reus was the recipient of the Spirit of Internationalization Award given in conjuction with the International Women's Day celebration.

February 24, 2015

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.

January 29, 2015

Congratulations to Rurial Sociology PhD candidate Paige Castellanos who recently was selected for an Alumni Association Dissertation Award!

January 29, 2015

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.

January 16, 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.

January 12, 2015

It is a pleasure to announce the 2015 executive board for the Rural Sociology Graduate Association.

January 12, 2015

LaVerne Thomas, former Ag BM instructor has passed away after a 30-year battle with breast cancer.

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.”