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Women farmers in Tanzania harvest an improved variety of bean developed as part of a CGIAR collaborative research project. A series of events at Penn State in June was aimed at training CGIAR researchers from around the world to incorporate gender dimensi
July 5, 2018

Gender researchers from around the world converged at Penn State in June to discuss the importance of incorporating gender concepts into international agricultural research. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Gender, Agriculture and Environment Initiative, the events kicked off June 6-7 with the initiative's inaugural event, the Gender, Agriculture and Environment Symposium, which provided participants with an opportunity to learn from gender researchers and practitioners who are leaders in gender scholarship and policies. Symposium sessions addressed how gender intersects with factors such as climate change, land and water use, biodiversity, access to agricultural value chains and technologies, sustainable agriculture practices, and divisions of labor. Following the symposium, many attendees remained at Penn State for the Gender Research and Integrated Training program, a three-week series of workshops led by faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The training is funded by a two-year grant from the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers. The CGIAR Consortium consists of 15 centers around the world.

April 2, 2018

Investing in education may help boost economic opportunities for the next generation, according to a team of economists. In a study, researchers suggest that investing in public education can lead to more upward economic mobility and lower teen pregnancy rates, as well as provide a way to ease income inequality.

March 26, 2018

Congrats to Dr. Perkins, who was recently appointed to serve as a member of the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families!

March 5, 2018

Furthering agriculture teachers' knowledge about the value of hands-on watershed education was the focus of recent workshops hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' Center for Professional Development, a program housed within AESE. The curriculum focused on Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences — investigative or experimental projects that educate students about the bay watershed.

March 1, 2018

Rose Cowan, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is getting a head start on her teaching career as a student teacher in the Penn Manor School District in Millersville. Cowan, who is majoring in agricultural and extension education, with minors in animal science and international agriculture, is teaching grades nine through 12, which is the age group she hopes to teach in the future.

February 2, 2018

Penn State (as well as the AESE department) will be represented in a small cohort of Fellows as part of a new UNESCO program that focuses on preventing violent extremism all over the world.

February 2, 2018

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

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