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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.

December 8, 2016

Research by AESE rural sociologist and demographer, Shannon Monnat found that President-elect Donald Trump had significantly more support in areas with high drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates during the 2016 Presidential election.

Regional Vice President Krista Pontius, CEV Media Sponsor Representative Gordon Davis and NAAE President Terry Rieckman are presenting the award.
December 2, 2016

Dr. Daniel Foster, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award, given at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas on December 1.

John Ewing, associate professor of agricultural and extension education
December 1, 2016

John Ewing, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was among 10 educators recently honored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) as a recipient of a 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Earl and Kay Harbaugh were recognized as Penn State's 2016 Fundraising Volunteers of the Year at an event on Oct. 7.
October 31, 2016

Penn State has recognized Earl Harbaugh, a 1961 alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and his wife, Kay Harbaugh, as its 2016 Fundraising Volunteers of the Year. The award, which was officially presented to the Harbaughs on Oct. 7 for their service to the University, honors the leadership of alumni and friends in securing philanthropic support for Penn State. The Harbaughs are longtime volunteers for the College of Agricultural Sciences, and they have focused their service and philanthropy on promoting entrepreneurial education and scholarships within the college.

October 31, 2016

Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2016 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,000 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

Dr. Rama Radhakrishna
October 19, 2016

Dr. Radhakrishna was presented with the Outstanding Agricultural Educator Award.

Mark Brennan, newly appointed to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, stands next to a portrait of former Penn State President Milton Eisenhower, the commission's first chairman.
September 2, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this month appointed Mark Brennan, a Penn State faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly referred to as UNESCO.

Dean Roush, Kat Conedera, Dr. Kelsey
August 23, 2016

CED student Kat Conedera was the College of Ag Sciences Student Marshall during the summer graduation.

Penn State senior Duncan Ackerman spent the summer documenting vacant space in the city of Lock Haven.
July 27, 2016

Duncan Ackerman, a Penn State senior majoring in Community and Economic Development, has spent the whole summer getting to know the store owners in downtown Lock Haven. He rattles off the names of restaurants, hair salons and stores in the small Clinton County town.

Dr. Cathy Bowen
July 8, 2016

Summer is for moving and records management. New college graduates move out of their parents’ home. Career advancements or job changes may require a move across town, across the U.S., or to a new country. A young family may move into a larger home. Newly married couples may be moving into their first apartment and retirees may be vacating their office for the next person to set up shop.

UN Group
June 30, 2016

Shannon Monnat presented research on demographic and sociological trends in rural substance abuse at a meeting held at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria in early June. Shannon is collaborating with the UNODC and an international group of experts to develop a global model and tools for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse in rural areas.

"The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture" explores the societal changes that have empowered women to claim the farmer identity, describes barriers that they encounter, and chronicles their innovative responses that are helping to redefine ag
June 14, 2016

Researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Ohio University have co-authored a new book that examines a recent cultural shift in agriculture, marked by an unprecedented number of women who have entered into farming.

June 7, 2016

It is with much sadness that the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education reports the passing of Dr. James Beierlein, Professor of Agricultural Economics.

May 24, 2016

Two AESE Faculty members receive promotions...