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April 27, 2015

Carolyn McDonald (CED major) have been chosen as a 2015 Stand Up Award honoree and will be officially announced as a recipient Friday, April 24 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

April 27, 2015

Congratulations to Shannon Monnat, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology, for being selected as the 2014 recipient of the Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences for the publication "Race/Ethnicity and the Socioeconomic Status Gradient in Women's Cancer Screening Utilization: A Case of Diminishing Returns?”

April 16, 2015

Dr. James Dunn, Professor of Agricultural Economics, was awarded the 2015 Barash Award for Human Service on April 15, 2015. This award is presented annually to a full time member of the University Park faculty, staff, or student body who has contributed most helpfully and significantly, apart from regular duties, to human causes, public service activities, organizations, and the welfare of fellow human.

April 6, 2015

It is with great sadness, we share that Dr. Dennis Scanlon, professor emeritus, passed away on April 2nd. Dr. Scanlon positively impacted many lives as a teacher educator, mentor, and friend. He will be greatly missed.

March 30, 2015

Esha Zaveri, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics Ph.D. candidate, has been awarded first prize in the graduate category of Social Sciences for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society's 20th Annual Graduate Research Exhibition. The title of her research is "The Future of Irrigation in India: Crop Demand, Water Supply, and (Un)Sustainability."

March 26, 2015

It is with much sadness that the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education reports the passing of J. Dean Jansma on Tuesday, March 26, 2015.

March 16, 2015

The Veteran Metrics Initiative: Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being (“TVMI Study”) is a longitudinal study that will follow military personnel as they transition out of military service to identify their use of transition and reintegration programs and assess changes in their well-being over the next three years.

March 16, 2015

Congratulations to two senior CED students for becoming recipients of major university-wide awards! Cara McDonald was the recipent of the Stand Up Award given by The Rock Ethics Institute and Arianna De Reus was the recipient of the Spirit of Internationalization Award given in conjuction with the International Women's Day celebration.

February 24, 2015

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a nearly $1.4 million grant to perform a gender-based analysis of the Honduran horticultural value chain, with an eye toward reducing barriers to participation for women and other marginalized groups, while enhancing family income and nutrition.

January 29, 2015

Congratulations to Rurial Sociology PhD candidate Paige Castellanos who recently was selected for an Alumni Association Dissertation Award!

January 29, 2015

It is with much sadness that the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education reports the passing of Frederick A. Hughes on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

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).