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

Our students are full of knowledge and excited about their future in veterinary medicine! Thank you North Carolina State University for hosting! #academia #professor #courseprep #centralpa #vmvs #veterinarian #vetstudent #vetstudentlife #cowvet #veterinariansofinstagram #largeanimalvet #ruralvetlife #ruralvet #farmvetlife #farmvet #cowvetlife

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

Articles: The Transition from Mixed Animal Practice to Academia (Page 10) The Grain Truth: The Bear Expert! (Page 18)

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.

Congratulations to Abhinay Gontu on being selected to receive the 2023/2024 College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award.

January 7, 2024

Abhinay is a PhD Pathobiology graduate student in VBSC and is co-advised by Dr’s Bhushan Jayarao and Suresh Kuchipudi

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.

Sarah Trimidal among "Best Poster" award winners

September 8, 2023

BMB graduate student Sara Trimidal in Robert Paulson's lab (VBSC) was one of five "Best Poster" award winners at the 2023 Red Cells Gordon Conference held in June at Salve Regina University. Congratulations to Sara and the other students!!

One Health Microbiome Center's 2023-24 Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellows

August 22, 2023

The One Health Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State has named five recipients for its 2023-24 Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellowships program, which aims to promote collaborative training opportunities for center members and research development.

Natural compound in white button mushrooms could benefit animal, human health

August 15, 2023

A team of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has identified a compound in white button mushrooms that could potentially benefit gut health in mammals. They published their findings in the Journal of Functional Foods.

"VBSC's Dr. Jennifer Koehl visit's South Africa to Study Wildlife Medicine"

August 14, 2023

Dr. Jennifer Koehl, assistant teaching professor and Program Coordinator for Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, spent two weeks in South Africa studying wildlife medicine and providing care to both domestic and wild animals. Dr. Koehl is a small animal practitioner interested in One Health education. She is the One Health Minor Coordinator for the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department.

College of Ag Sciences scientist receives grant to study gut homeostasis, diet

August 9, 2023

A research team led by a Penn State faculty member has received a nearly $640,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how produce can improve inflammatory bowel diseases.

Ag Progress Days highlights biodiversity, climate-smart ag, spotted lanternfly

July 25, 2023

Climate-smart agriculture, the importance of biodiversity and the latest news about the spotted lanternfly will be among the displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theater during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 8-10.

Penn State researchers examine how environmental chemicals affect gut microbiome

July 19, 2023

Investigating how environmental chemical exposure impacts the gut microbiome to exacerbate inflammatory conditions and chronic diseases is the goal of a new $7 million grant awarded to Andrew Patterson, professor of molecular toxicology and the John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences.