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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.

September 16, 2014

Kristin Babbie, M.S. in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development, interviewed Pennsylvania farmers and their advisors regarding their experiences and attitudes towards smartphones.

August 29, 2014

Mark Brennan (Professor and UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development) led a symposium in Ireland August 26-August 30, 2014 in conjunction with Croke Park events.

August 18, 2014

Congratulations to Shannon Monnat, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology for receiving a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of this funding is to study the intersection of immigration status with social and geographic characteristics for Hispanics and its impact on health care access.

August 4, 2014

Two AESE graduates (Brandn Green, Director of the Place Studies Program at Bucknell Univeristy and Kristal Jones, Coordinator of the Central Susquehanna Affordable Care Act Project) initiate assistance for a community with Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment.

July 10, 2014

The cover story of the July 2014 issue of CSA News is a six-page feature about the Northeast Center's signature food systems project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE). CSA News is the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

July 8, 2014

We are pleased to welcome Katherine Zipp, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics. Her research interests include: environmental and resource economics, land-use economics, spatial modeling, joint ecological-economic modeling and nonmarket valuation.

July 8, 2014

Congratulations to Karen Fisher-Vanden who has been promoted to Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics.