College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, September 28, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Team wins grant to develop nitrogen fertilizer decision tool for organic farmers
-- Poultry isolators to boost capacity to study avian infectious diseases in Pa.
-- Center for Nanoscale Science renewed at $18 million for six years
-- Plant scientist gets $1 million grant to boost organic production, conservation
-- Penn State Berkey Creamery fall contest aims to 'scoop and score' with fans
-- Berkey Creamery marks Alumni Association's 150th year with 'Alumni Swirl' minis
-- Teaching and Learning with Technology welcomes newest faculty fellows cohort
-- Penn State Microbiome Center elects new executive committee
-- Funding renewed for Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
-- Virtual program to address local law issues around solar energy projects
-- Penn State Extension testing new protocol for controlling oak wilt disease
-- Grassroots data science initiative seeks to create connections, collaborations

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STORIES:

Team wins grant to develop nitrogen fertilizer decision tool for organic farmers
Penn State researchers have received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to perfect a tool they developed to help organic corn producers decide how much nitrogen — as fertilizer or manure — to apply to their crop fields.

https://news.psu.edu/link/24bRF5PL
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Poultry isolators to boost capacity to study avian infectious diseases in Pa.
With COVID-19 continuing to spread around the world bringing sickness and death, a little-noticed development at Penn State's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory takes on added significance.

https://news.psu.edu/link/GbgYf4rS
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Center for Nanoscale Science renewed at $18 million for six years
The Center for Nanoscale Science, a National Science Foundation Materials Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), has again successfully renewed its NSF support in the highly competitive MRSEC program. The new iteration of the center encompasses two of NSF's Big Ideas — Quantum Leap and Harnessing the Data Revolution.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wvZfpZZf
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Plant scientist gets $1 million grant to boost organic production, conservation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences a $1 million grant for his investigation of intensifying organic grain production while balancing production and conservation goals.

https://news.psu.edu/link/5fDfFjCH
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Penn State Berkey Creamery fall contest aims to 'scoop and score' with fans
The Penn State Berkey Creamery hopes to score a touchdown with its fans by hosting a new online competition, Fantasy Flavor League.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pNx1SjMx
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Berkey Creamery marks Alumni Association's 150th year with 'Alumni Swirl' minis
The Penn State Alumni Association and Penn State's Berkey Creamery are offering customers a special, limited-edition flavor pack of "Alumni Swirl" mini cups to celebrate the association's 150th anniversary.

https://news.psu.edu/link/v2vK5VBC
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Teaching and Learning with Technology welcomes newest faculty fellows cohort
Penn State's Teaching and Learning with Technology has welcomed eight instructors as members of the newest Faculty Fellows cohort. This year's cohort features projects focused on student engagement.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pySMwQ_C
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Penn State Microbiome Center elects new executive committee
The Penn State Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences recently elected six new members to join its executive committee. The new members, along with 11 others who remained on the committee, started their two-year term in July. The committee has kicked off this semester with a full agenda, including weekly seminars, workshops, research opportunities and more.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4DSKWsqj
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Funding renewed for Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
Since its inception in 2010, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has provided professionals who deliver direct assistance to military families with information to help identify, select, and implement the right evidence-based programs and practices to address wide-ranging family and mental health issues.

https://news.psu.edu/link/cWk4c4CH
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Virtual program to address local law issues around solar energy projects
A team of Penn State professors will collaborate to deliver a virtual continuing legal education (CLE) course, "Local Law for Solar Project Development in Pennsylvania," hosted by Penn State Dickinson Law at noon Friday, Sept. 25.

https://news.psu.edu/link/54qbY_Nk
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Penn State Extension testing new protocol for controlling oak wilt disease
Another invasive disease is threatening an important Pennsylvania forest tree species, and Penn State Extension foresters are investigating ways to control its spread.

https://news.psu.edu/link/yD53s4Fx
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Grassroots data science initiative seeks to create connections, collaborations
Statistics professor Dave Hunter's vision of creating an inclusive, University-wide data science community became a reality with help from a Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellowship. Now, the community continues to grow as the University Libraries and Institute for Computational and Data Sciences join to help organize activities.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HvfCXFW8

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