Penn State Agricultural Sciences Newswire - 05/05/2014

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, May 5, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- The next 100 years: Extension marks centennial, innovates for the future
-- Student Stories: When in Rome … CED major interns at U.S. Embassy
-- Gardening extravaganza planned for Centre County
-- Researchers find unique fore wing folding among Sub-Saharan African ensign wasps
-- Antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat
-- Citizen scientists provide clarity for lake researchers' questions
-- Toxicology students to receive assistance from new scholarship
-- Penn State researchers believe ants can offer human-disease insights
-- Penn State team wins regional food technology competition
-- Webinar to examine impacts of liquefied natural gas on U.S. exports

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TOP STORIES:

The next 100 years: Extension marks centennial, innovates for the future
A century ago, the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the cooperative extension system, with federal, state and county governments partnering with land-grant institutions, such as Penn State, to translate and share scientific information with those who could put that knowledge to work on farms and in communities across the country. As the extension system marks its centennial, the organization is adapting and innovating in the face of such challenges as rising global food demand and hunger, natural and fiscal resource scarcity, and environmental risk.

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Student Stories: When in Rome … CED major interns at U.S. Embassy
As an economic intern for the U.S. State Department at the American Embassy in Rome, Penn State senior Eleanor Polley attended conferences and conducted research.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/HrT1Cw28
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Gardening extravaganza planned for Centre County
Central Pennsylvania residents can get a head start on planting, preparing beds and sprucing up the landscape by visiting the Garden Fair and Plant Sale hosted by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County. The annual event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

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Researchers find unique fore wing folding among Sub-Saharan African ensign wasps
Researchers discovered several possibly threatened new species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa -- the first known insects to exhibit transverse folding of the fore wing. The scientists made this discovery, in part, using a technique they developed that provides broadly accessible anatomy descriptions.

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Antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat
Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/rGj9CLpY
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Citizen scientists provide clarity for lake researchers' questions
A study of water clarity in Midwest lakes during a 70-year period that spanned passage of the Clean Water Act reveals a steady improvement over time, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/6_B9Rpsg
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Toxicology students to receive assistance from new scholarship
A Penn State alumnus has established a new scholarship that will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated financial need. Kenton Rexford, of Pittsburgh, provided a $50,000 gift to create the Camille DeClementi Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will go to students majoring in Toxicology.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/8Cwc1HwS
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Penn State researchers believe ants can offer human-disease insights
What can ants teach us about the transmission and spread of human disease? Perhaps a lot, according to a team of researchers who recently received a grant of more than $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to explore this question.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/JjFmvL82
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Penn State team wins regional food technology competition
A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists North Atlantic Region Student Association College Bowl competition.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/_k__KZhS
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Webinar to examine impacts of liquefied natural gas on U.S. exports
A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on how sharply higher volumes of liquefied natural gas -- generated by the shale gas boom in Pennsylvania and other places -- will boost United States' exports.

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More stories: https://news.psu.edu/link/MsP7STKB

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