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September 23, 2015

The Department of Labor reported there were 62,400 florists in 2012 and prediction indicate this number will decrease by 8% over the next ten years. Florists say the industry is slowly dying, as the workforce ages and a new generation of workers is not posed to take the reins. Carly-Jean Schaeffer, a recent graduate of the Agricultural and Extension Education program, has ambitions to bridge the gap. Carly-Jean teaches students at Derry High School the art of floral design, as well as floral shop business management through hands on experience and practice.

September 21, 2015

In a combined course and cultural engagement experience, senior Agricultural Science major, Alexandra Dutt explored indigenous peoples’ understanding of their environment -- and how it could inform her own through Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing, a course that included an end-of-semester trip to the Ojibwe communities in northern Minnesota.

September 18, 2015

According to project co-investigator Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and faculty director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute and Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, people born and raised at high elevations (above 8,200 feet) exhibit distinct physiological characteristics such as increased blood viscosity caused by higher hemoglobin content.

September 18, 2015

"Over 1.3 million adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year," said Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology, Penn State. "With this number of adolescents there are major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids."

September 14, 2015

Penn State researchers assessed the effects of changing climate conditions on agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, water resources, forestry, energy and human health in the 2015 Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment Update, released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and made recommendations to help Pennsylvanians prepare and respond.

September 9, 2015

This Interlochen public radio article features Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology

August 19, 2015

Deanna Miller, 2015 AEE graduate with an INTAG minor, has accepted a position in New Jersey. The link below will take you to an article which indicates in Ms. Miller’s own words, the impact and the value of the collaboration between the Office of International Program and our Agricultural Teacher Education Program.

August 13, 2015

Guangqing Chi, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography and Director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core in the Social Science and Population Research Institutes, is the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the interconnection of population and infrastructure in response to disasters.

Left to right: University of Maine Professor and Director of Economics Mario Teisl, Stephan Goetz, and NAREA President and Penn State Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics Edward Jaenicke.
July 31, 2015

Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2015 Outstanding Public Service through Economics Award from the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

July 22, 2015

Washington, D.C.-based Generations United has announced that Dr. Matt Kaplan (Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging at Penn State) and Dr. Alan Lai (Director of the Intergenerational English as a Second Language Program) are co-recipients of the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research. This award honors a significant contribution in the utilization of evaluation research in documenting the processes and outcomes of a new or existing intergenerational program.

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.