Penn State Agricultural Sciences Newswire - 05/19/2014

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, May 19, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Student Stories: Alumna puts ag degrees to use promoting food security
-- Five named CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellows
-- Hundreds attend second annual Polar Day
-- Ben Franklin portfolio company LignoLink receives Phase II SBIR Grant

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TOP STORIES:

Student Stories: Alumna puts ag degrees to use promoting food security
Innovation is key when dealing with issues such as poverty, food security and conservation, according to Dana James, a recent graduate of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Five named CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellows
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Academic Leadership Program has gained five additional fellows from the Penn State ranks. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/W2p9T8hB
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Hundreds attend second annual Polar Day
The second annual "Polar Day" brought together hundreds of university and community members alike. Arguably the most uncanny moment in this year's Polar Day was an aural experience unlike any that had been heard before: a "data sonification" of ice. But what continues to resonate most with most participants in this year's Polar Day was the electrifying talk by Felicity Aston, the first woman to traverse Antarctica solo and the first human to do so under her own muscle alone.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/r2XmwLX3
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Ben Franklin portfolio company LignoLink receives Phase II SBIR Grant
Located in Innovation Park, Lignolink Inc. is developing a patented technology for the genetic modification of crops to enhance digestibility for biofuels feedstock and livestock forages. Recently the company received a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Science Foundation. The company will use the investment to further advance their technology which improves the breakdown of biomass into sugars.

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