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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.

Sarah Eissler
June 27, 2014

This summer Sarah Eissler, currently pursuing her master's degree in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development, is running across the country with a group of college-aged students to raise money and awareness for young adults affected by cancer.

June 20, 2014

Joshua Duke, outgoing president of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, recognized the outstanding service of Ted Jaenicke, associate professor of Agricultural Economics, with a formal proclamation, “Service for Coordinating the 2014 Program,” voted on unanimously by the members of the association at their annual business meeting in June 2014.

June 17, 2014

Brennan and two of his fellow UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) chairs from Ireland announced a major event to further a call to action for groundbreaking research, teaching and applied programs for the betterment of young people and communities worldwide.

May 22, 2014

In a recent study funded by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), Penn State University researchers evaluated the economics of applying targeted conservation efforts within the agricultural sector. Dr. Jim Shortle, one of the report’s authors and a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics at Penn State, stressed the importance that this information can have in terms of lowering costs of cleaning up the Bay. “We found the cost of implementing the agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in WIPs between 2011 and 2025 to be about $3.6 billion (in 2010 dollars). The annual cost of the WIP BMPs from 2025 onwards is about $900 million. Importantly, our results show that significant cost savings can be realized through attention to the cost effectiveness of BMPs in the selection and location of BMPs in the watershed,” Jim said. “Among the states in the Bay Watershed, cost-savings relative to the WIPs in this case range from 27% (Virginia) to 86% (New York and West Virginia).”

May 13, 2014

Melanie Miller Foster’s (coordinator for programs in Latin America) and Daniel Foster’s (assistant professor of Agricultural and Extension Education) proposal, Transformative Agricultural Education: The World Inside our Classrooms, was approved for funding as a Harbaugh Faculty Scholar Award for 2014-15. The Agricultural & Extension Education program, the Center for Professional and Personnel Development and the Office of International Programs proposed a joint Global Teaching and Learning in Agriculture Symposium to promote excellence in agricultural education with a special focus on instructional strategies to develop learner global competence in agriculture.

May 12, 2014

Jonathan Tuthill, instructor, was awarded the Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes him as an outstanding teacher for his skill, commitment, and passion for educating students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, and John Ewing, associate professor of agricultural and extension education, were awarded the Community of Advising Excellence, which recognizes outstanding individuals for their skill, commitment, and passion for advising students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

May 12, 2014

To go green, community leaders need fresh ideas. To make classes relevant, professors need connections to community leaders. To get jobs, sustainability-minded students want real-world experience. Penn State connects all those green dots—and everyone comes out ahead.

April 23, 2014

Presentation provided an overview of AESE, our new strategic plan and examples of how AESE integrates extension, research, and teaching in the department.

April 16, 2014

Recognized on the 50th anniversary of receiving her doctorate from Penn State and for career achievements