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Penn State Extension names Molly Kelly enologist
February 23, 2018
Penn State Extension has appointed a new enology extension educator to continue and enhance its support for Pennsylvania's growing wine industry.
Research aims to help cacao producers, chocolate makers boost profits
February 15, 2018
Craft chocolate — made with fine flavor cacao beans and valued for its distinctive flavors and high quality — is gaining a fast following, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at helping bean growers and bar makers benefit from this trend.
Penn State Grape and Wine Team boosts industry through research, education
December 19, 2017
The Penn State Grape and Wine Team supports the growing grape and wine industry through cutting-edge research and outreach that addresses grape and wine production and quality challenges, with particular emphasis on Pennsylvania and the eastern United States.
Ag Alumni Council alumnus endows Open Doors Scholarship
November 16, 2017
Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired U.S. Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Using a pig model to study chronic diseases may help minimize drug failure rate
July 24, 2017
Scientists may be able to minimize the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, if they test treatments using a pig model, according to an international team of researchers.
Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice
June 19, 2017
A compound made from grape skins and grape seeds killed colon cancer stem cells in mice, according to researchers. The study, along with previous studies on the low incidence of colon cancer in populations that tend to eat plants, may also offer clues to the role that foods play in suppressing and treating cancer.
Penn State Food Science Department marks 'first' in USDA's GenomeTrakr
June 5, 2017
The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently became the first such department in the country — and the University became one of just a few academic institutions — to take the lead for their state in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's GenomeTrakr network.
Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy
May 24, 2017
When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.
Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation team members win awards at contest
May 10, 2017
A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the yogurt category of the 95th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held April 12 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Invent Penn State’s Fund for Innovation awards $75,000 to Persea Naturals
May 5, 2017
A team of food science researchers from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are launching a promising new venture to produce a line of all-natural, vibrant food colors, dubbed AvoColor, using a compound derived from the seed of the avocado.
Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease
April 27, 2017
A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.
Cricket-fortified pasta pitch wins $7,500 Ag Springboard top prize
April 17, 2017
A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize on April 13 after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.
Food Science student team takes first place in competition
April 12, 2017
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 Student Association Central Atlantic Area College Bowl competition
Dual-title degree adds international flavor to Food Science graduate program
April 11, 2017
Food Science is the latest graduate program to partner with the college's Office of International Programs to offer the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree, a unique course of study that provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.
Penn State helps to develop food safety training program in Armenia
February 20, 2017
A program developed by Penn State food scientists is training students in Armenia on food safety practices and procedures, with an eye toward improving the safety of the country's food supply chain — from crop production and processing to packaging, handling, marketing and consumption.
James and Helen Zallie pledge support for sensory science research
February 8, 2017
James (Jim) P. Zallie and Helen Zallie, of Lake Forest, Illinois, have pledged $20,000 each year over the next five years to enhance research in the field of sensory science within the Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
From grape to glass: Penn State enologist supports Pennsylvania winemakers
November 3, 2016
As Penn State's resident enologist, Denise Gardner spends her days helping Pennsylvania wineries and winemakers perfect their grape-to-glass blends.
Penn State food scientist becomes president of Institute of Food Technologists
September 9, 2016
John Coupland, professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, on Sept. 1 began a one-year term as president of the Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit scientific society committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system.
Bug appétit: Great Insect Fair highlights insects as food
August 25, 2016
Chocolate chirpies. Cricket cookies. Super-insect trail mix. Tune up your taste buds for these treats and more at Penn State's 2016 Great Insect Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Snider Agricultural Arena at University Park.
Penn State student food science teams excel in national contests
August 19, 2016
Two student teams representing Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences placed high in recent national food product competitions.