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December 20, 2017

Congrats to our AgrAbility team for receiving funding from the USDA-NIFA to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

October 30, 2017

Agribusiness Management students had the opportunity to visit the Sterman Masser Potato Farms in Sacramento, PA and Keystone Potato Products in Hegins, PA. These students learned how the company is trying to resolve some problems concerning production of consumer-friendly products.

October 27, 2017

The Everett S. Lee Graduate Student Paper Award goes to Donghui Wang for her paper titled "No country for old people? Elder's perceptions toward own-aging, modernization and social change in China." The Walter Terrie Award for Applied Demography goes to Guangqing Chi and Donghui Wang for their paper titled "Population projection accuracy: The impacts of sociodemographics, accessibility, land use, and neighbor characteristics." Congratulations!

October 12, 2017

On October 18th-20th, two graduate students, Ilse Huerta Arredondo and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa. The symposium correlates with both Ilse's and Celize's research. Celize's research focuses on local traditional knowledge related to the management of poultry diseases in Rwanda. Ilse's research interests are agricultural awareness through non-formal education to promote supportive agricultural policy-making, especially in Mexico.

October 10, 2017

Emily Seiger, CED and Schreyer Honors College student, spent three weeks in Bangladesh conducting research related to food safety and hygiene practices.

October 4, 2017

Kelli Herr is CED Schreyer student that spent her summer in Nepal. She worked closely with the non-profit group, All Hands. Kelli assisted with renovations to buildings that were heavy damaged from an earthquake that occurred in Nepal in 2015. In addition to the renovations, she conducted research on how local businesses could improve the community financially after the volunteers left.

Dr. Cathy Bowen
October 4, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Bowen for her research being featured in Penn State News!

September 20, 2017

M.E. John Seminar Series with Brian King, Associate Professor of Geography September 29, 2017 2:30-3:30pm 215 Armsby Building

May 25, 2017

Dr. Radhakrishna wins "Outstanding Agricultural Educator" award

May 22, 2017

Congratulations Dr. Leif Jensen

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, left, and Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State.  Image: Courtesy of Mark Brennan
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.

Credit: Sara Brennan, Penn State
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.

Dr. Carolyn Sachs
March 20, 2017

Congratulations, Dr. Carolyn Sachs

Dr. Shannon Monnat
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.

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.

Brian Thiede
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."

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.

  ..  Hayly Hoch, left, and Alyssa Gurklis completed a 10-week summer internship with Penn State Extension-Allegheny County in 2015.
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.

Participants from multiple universities, including Penn State, attend the kickoff meeting at Stanford University to discuss the $20 million, five-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy.
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.

December 13, 2016

Developing a strategy for Chesapeake Bay restoration.