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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

September 29, 2014

Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw has become the 17th President of St. John's University.

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.