Q&A: What do I need to know about avian flu?

June 7, 2024

Multiple states since March 2024 have reported dairy herds displaying symptoms caused by highly pathogenic avian influenza, raising questions about how the virus spreads, how producers can protect their animals, the risk of infection in people, and the safety of milk and meat supplies. Extension veterinarian Ernest Hovingh, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences, answers these and other questions related to the this avian flu outbreak in dairy cattle.

Veterinary and biomedical sciences alumna aspires to improve large animal health

May 29, 2024

Aubrey Vena-Erisman, a 2018 alumna of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently returned to Pennsylvania to open a large animal veterinary clinic in her hometown of Johnstown.  

Type 2 diabetes treatment found to impact fungal community in human gut

May 22, 2024

Research led by scientists at Penn State's One Health Microbiome Center have found that metformin, a drug commonly used to treat Type 2 diabetes, has impacts on fungal elements of the human gut microbiome.

H5N1 virus from 2022 mink outbreak capable of inefficient airborne transmission

May 16, 2024

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was detected in dairy cattle for the first time in the United States in March, with nine states reporting outbreaks by May. While the method of transmission among cattle is currently unknown, new research published in Nature Communications demonstrates that a related strain of H5N1, subtype clade 2.3.4.4b, which caused an outbreak in farmed mink in 2022, could transmit through the air to a limited number of ferrets. This is the first time that a member of the group of H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b viruses has been shown to exhibit this ability. According to the Penn State researchers who led the study, the findings suggest these viruses are evolving to infect mammals and with potentially increased risk to humans.

Srijana Adhikari receives award for one of the 2024 Outstanding Poster Awards at the 27th American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy conference

May 16, 2024

Pathobiology graduate student Srijana Adhikari recently attended the 27th American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy conference in Baltimore, MD. Srijana has been selected to receive one of the 2024 Outstanding Poster Awards for her abstract titled “Paramyxovirus-Like Particles for Therapeutic Delivery of Proteins to Cells”. The conference is one of the largest in the field of Gene and Cell Therapy, with nearly 1900 poster presentations. Srijana is a member of the Anthony P. Schmitt lab in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Congratulations Srijana, we are extremely proud of you!

A big problem: Large animal vet shortage will have detrimental effect on ag industry

May 3, 2024

A shortage of large animal veterinarians — in the state and across the nation — will have detrimental effects on the agricultural industry if left unchecked, ag officials said.

Faculty Senate honors six graduating seniors with John W. White Fellowship

May 1, 2024

The Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life recently awarded six graduating Penn State seniors who will be pursuing graduate-level education with the John W. White Graduate Fellowship. Here are their stories. 

Spring selected as Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences student marshal

April 26, 2024

Jacquelin Spring has been named the 2024 student marshal representing the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State’s spring commencement.

College of Ag Sciences recognizes students, faculty for exceptional achievements

April 8, 2024

During its annual meeting on April 3, the Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, honored faculty and students from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Ag Sciences recognizes graduate student excellence during ceremony

April 2, 2024

Graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were lauded for their achievements during the 2024 Graduate Student Award Celebration, hosted by the Office for Research and Graduate Education and held March 20 on the University Park campus.

Course in College of Ag Sciences expands to add focus on human and animal health

March 21, 2024

Community Environment and Development 497: Community-Engaged Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers is an out-of-the-classroom, community-engaged course offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. This year, the course will include a new farmworker and animal health component.

New nasal vaccine platform helps clear COVID-19 infections in an animal model

March 12, 2024

A newly developed intranasal vaccine candidate, called SpyCage, helps to clear COVID-19 infections more quickly than controls in pre-clinical testing, according to a recent study led by researchers at Penn State.

PSU @pennstateprevetclub made a showing at the @apvmaprevets symposium.

March 11, 2024

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Club connects students from diverse perspectives to learn about One Health

March 7, 2024

Penn State's One Health Club seeks to connect students from any major, college or perspective who are interested in learning about the intersection of animal health, public health and environmental health.

From Dinner Tables to Conference Halls: A Peek into Virginia Veterinary Community

March 1, 2024

Virginia Veterinary Conference was held February 23-24 in Roanoke, VA. On February 22, PVMA President Tom Munkittrick reported to the VA Veterinary Medical Association at their board meeting. That evening, Dr Tom and Dr Jody Kull, former PVMA board member, went to dinner with a group of Pennsylvania residents currently enrolled in the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

New role for bacterial enzyme in gut metabolism revealed

February 28, 2024

Synthesized from cholesterol in the liver, bile acids long have been known to play a role in human metabolism. A team led by Penn State researchers has uncovered the mechanism by which bacteria in the gut generate a wide variety of new bile acid species, the functions of which are not yet clear.  

2024 Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Award Winners Announced

February 23, 2024

Hayley Springer, Extension Veterinarian and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences is one of four dairy professionals awarded at the 2024 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. Congratulations Hayley!

Dual-energy harvesting device could power future wireless medical implants

February 20, 2024

A new wireless charging device developed by Penn State scientists could dramatically improve powering capability for implantable biomedical devices — like pacemakers, insulin pumps and neurostimulators — while still being safe for our bodies, the researchers said.

Todd Jackson, DVM, DACLAM - Keystone Veterinarian (Winter 2024)

February 19, 2024

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Eight Penn State alumni to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2024

January 8, 2024

Eight Penn State alumni selected by the University's Board of Trustees will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the institution's highest honor presented to its alumni.

Karen Brown, Recipient of the 2023 Ella Reagle Staff Assistant Award

January 3, 2024

The Ella Reagle Staff Assistant Award was established in honor of Ella Reagle, who served the College of Agricultural Sciences and Extension for thirty years. This award, endowed by the family of Ella Reagle, honors an outstanding staff assistant who demonstrates the dedication and hard work that was characteristic of Ella. As we know, professional staff is the backbone of any organization, with academia being no exception. Important research and discoveries, the education of the next generation of graduates, and fulfilling the land grant mission through Extension and other means would not be possible without the hard work of our staff colleagues.

College of Ag Sciences recognizes faculty, staff for research achievements

November 21, 2023

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences lauded outstanding accomplishments in research during the 2023 Research Awards Ceremony, held Nov. 1 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus.

$7M grant funds project to develop new ways to protect mushroom crops

November 16, 2023

A new grant for more than $7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will fund an upcoming project led by Penn State researchers, who aim to develop new pest management tools for mushroom crops.

2023 Ag Science Research Award Ceremony

November 2, 2023

VBSC department head, Dr. Sandeep Prabhu with VBSC faculty Dr. Andrew Patterson who received the Black Award for Excellence in Research and Dr. Parisa Kalantari who was awarded the Buck Award for High Impact Publication. Congratulations Andrew and Parisa!

Penn State students attend Doctors in Italy pre-veterinary program

October 30, 2023

A group of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students recently traveled to Italy as part of the Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program’s annual pre-veterinary summer program. 

Dietary selenium may help fight acute myeloid leukemia, researchers report

October 24, 2023

Selenium-enriched diets may help ward off myeloid leukemia, and a new study led by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has described the mechanism by which this occurs.

Grants awarded to Penn State faculty for tropical ecosystems research in Belize

October 16, 2023

A collaboration among scientists from Penn State and the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education is aimed at developing agroforestry systems for Belize and Central America to support sustainable development while conserving the rainforest. As part of the initiative, three teams were awarded seed grants to pursue research on agricultural and ecological sustainability, preservation of tropical rainforest ecosystems and sustainable development in Belize.

"Lab Leak Fight Casts Chill Over Virology Research"

October 16, 2023

Pennsylvania State University, virologist Troy Sutton, said that health officials referred to the public controversy over the lab leak theory in advising him to pursue different experiments.

College of Ag Sciences Team Receives $1.9 Million Grant for Dairy Cattle Study

October 12, 2023

Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and collaborators from the University of Minnesota have received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study parasite issues related to organic dairy cattle.

2023 Grier Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient, Abhinay Gontu

September 14, 2023

Congratulations to Pathobiology Graduate student Abhinay Gontu (PI: Bhushan Jayarao) for being chosen to receive the Grier Scholarship for 2023! In order to be considered for the award, students must be a Ph. D. candidate in Pathobiology and must have passed the qualifying examination for the Ph.D. no later than July 1 of the current award year. The committee would also like to recognize the tremendous work by the other candidates, Nicole Froelich in Dr. Cantorna’s lab and Arshiya Dewan in Dr. Kirimanjeswara’s lab.