Turning on the tap to get a glass of water, brush your teeth or take a shower shouldn't be a guessing game. A metallic taste, sulfuric smell or unsightly residue cannot only ruin a cold drink, but also can be a hazard to health and home.
To assist consumers in using the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health have launched a website, Health Insurance and You, designed to be a one-stop resource for information on the Marketplace, the benefits of health insurance, a county-by-county listing of “patient navigators” and other resources.
Penn State Extension will offer the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel to help families, communities and schools work together in solving the challenge of childhood obesity.
In observance of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the state Department of Environmental Protection are collaborating with numerous other sponsors to offer the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium.
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar showing community leaders how to better engage local citizens in issues surrounding land-use planning.
To be presented at noon and 7 p.m. on April 17, "Developing More Effective Citizen Engagement: A How-To Guide for Community Leaders," will give participants thoughtful suggestions for dealing with and involving citizens in land-use decision making.
As anticipated, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett today (Feb. 5) presented his 2013-14 budget, which included level funding of a little more than $214 million for Penn State's annual state appropriation. Also contained in his budget proposal is level funding at nearly $13.6 million for Penn College and $44.7 million for Agricultural Research and Extension.
"In this difficult budget environment, the governor's offer of level funding is a clear sign that higher education is critical for Pennsylvania's economic recovery and for our next generation of workers. The governor's budget proposal is the beginning of a long process of legislative review and we are pleased that he has recommended no cuts in our appropriation this year," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson.
Helping the public understand the importance and diversity of agriculture is a major goal for the faculty, staff and students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who will participate in the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5 to 12, in Harrisburg, Pa. The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in America, and the college's role is part of Penn State's land-grant partnership with the state.
The college's presence will be felt throughout the Farm Show Complex, but the public focus will be an exhibit in the Main Hall offering presentations on a variety of topics, as well as information for prospective students on career opportunities and academic programs at one of the premier agricultural colleges in the nation.
A Web-based seminar, "Analyzing the Options for Monetizing the Shale Gas Resource," will be presented by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The one-hour webinar will examine the growing supply and varying demand for natural gas produced from deep shale formations in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Uday Turaga, founder and chief executive officer of ADI Analytics LLC -- who is internationally known for his expertise in shale-gas production and the resource's market -- will provide his insight during the session. While news reports regularly feature stories about new shale-gas basins, increased gas estimates or higher production yields, a thorough public understanding of natural-gas demand often is lacking, webinar organizers said.