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2015

Berkey Creamery store to be closed for renovations in early winter
December 14, 2015
For much of winter break and the beginning of the spring semester, the Berkey Creamery retail store will be closed due to major renovations. The store, located on the ground floor of the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building on Curtin Road, is expected to remain closed from 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 to mid-February.
New Creamery website means your favorite ice cream is just a few clicks away
November 10, 2015
As the iconic Penn State Berkey Creamery celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, its geographically dispersed customers now have an ordering tool and fulfillment system befitting a contemporary, 21st-century retail operation. A newly launched website (http://creamery.psu.edu), powered by a sophisticated e-commerce platform, allows creamery fans to have the taste of Penn State delivered to their door.
Industry gift could make dairy processing internships pay off for students
November 4, 2015
Penn State food science students who have completed an internship in dairy processing could receive a financial reward as the result of an endowment established by the National Ice Cream Mix Association.
Elizabeth P. Briczinski receives College of Agricultural Sciences 2015 Outstanding Recent Alumna Award
October 28, 2015
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Beth Panko Briczinski, of Annandale, Virginia, a 2015 Outstanding Recent Alumna. The award recognizes alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years and provides opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.
President's Oct. 31 tailgate to serve student-developed Mooofins, Chilk-Out
October 14, 2015
Two award-winning products developed by food science students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be served to hundreds of guests at University President Eric Barron's tailgate before the Nittany Lions' football game Oct. 31.
Student Stories: Fungi fan — food science alumna got her job though career day
October 14, 2015
The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Ag Career Day, set for Oct. 20 at the Bryce Jordan Center, is a great opportunity for students to interact and meet future employers. For recent graduate Anh Tran, attending last year’s event led to a full-time job with the largest single-location mushroom farm in the world — Giorgi Mushroom Company.
Orange surprise in avocados may be future product
October 9, 2015
Food Science Professor Gregory R. Ziegler is exploring the commercial potential of a brilliant orange found in avocado pits as a natural food coloring.
Anonymous $1M matching gift fuels drive to endow department head in food science
October 5, 2015
An anonymous donor is pledging to match gifts — on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $1 million — in an effort to enhance food science programs at Penn State in the name of a professor emeritus once called the "Emperor of Ice Cream." If the donor's maximum match is reached, these funds will help to create the first endowed department head position in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Phone app allows researchers to conduct concealed food safety observations
October 2, 2015
Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.
From cow to cone, 'This is Penn State' goes to the Creamery
September 25, 2015
A lot goes into getting a bowl of Keeney Beany from cow to cone.
E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria
September 17, 2015
Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they have discovered an explanation.
Creamery dubs anniversary flavor Birthday Bash
September 1, 2015
Berkey Creamery’s 150th anniversary flavor has a name: Birthday Bash.
Colorful potatoes may pack powerful cancer prevention punch
August 27, 2015
Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers.
Food Science professor wins international Young Investigator Award
August 27, 2015
John Hayes, associate professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and director of Penn State's Sensory Evaluation Center, received the Young Investigator Award at the Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Creamery rolls out flavor contest runner-up, strawberry cheesecake
August 18, 2015
Strawberry cheesecake with graham cracker crust, the runner-up in this summer’s pick-the-anniversary-flavor contest, is now available at the Penn State Berkey Creamery.
Bordeaux -- where wine history, science join: French professor to speak
August 11, 2015
Serge Delrot, professor of plant physiology and director of the Joint Research Unit for Ecophysiology and Grape Functional Genomics at France's University of Bordeaux, will give a free, public presentation about the science and history of winemaking in his region.
Probing Question: Is cheese America's favorite food?
July 22, 2015
Americans are eating more cheese than ever before, says Kerry Kaylegian, Penn State dairy foods research & extension associate, but in recent years Americans have developed a taste for artisanal cheeses that offer more distinctive and nuanced flavors than the standard varieties of a decade or two ago.
Ice Cream Short Course offers a sweet education
July 17, 2015
Believed to be the oldest continuing education course in the United States, the Ice Cream Short Course traces its roots to 1892, when the then-School of Agriculture at the Pennsylvania State College began to offer a class in dairy manufacturing during the winter, when farmers had less field work and could be spared away from their farms. By 1925, ice cream had become so popular that the college created a separate course devoted exclusively to the subject.
Creamery breaks Arts Fest record for bowls/cones served
July 14, 2015
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Penn State Berkey Creamery attempted to set a new record for cones and bowls served during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts weekend. The official tally of 16,270 -- served July 10, 11 and 12 -- was calculated today (July 13). This surpasses the previous record by more than 1,000 cones and bowls served.
Creamery to debut new flavor, ice cream passport and attempts new record
July 9, 2015
The celebration of the Penn State Berkey Creamery’s 150th anniversary kicks into high gear with the start of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts at the University Park campus and downtown State College.
Creamery offers insight into the process of deciding new flavors
July 9, 2015
As Birthday Cake makes its debut as the 150th anniversary flavor at the Creamery this week, Tom Palchak, who has served as manager for more than 20 years, gave some insight on the decision making behind a new ice cream.
Student Stories: Food Science major has impressive internship
July 6, 2015
From attending interesting meetings to writing company newsletters to approving product sales, Paige Smoyer found that working as a food safety intern was a fast-paced and intriguing experience.
New training program seeks to improve food safety at farmers markets
June 18, 2015
Addressing a problem revealed a few years ago by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State Extension will test a food safety training program for farmers market vendors in select cities across Pennsylvania this summer.
Gift will help stimulate sensory science graduate studies
June 12, 2015
A new endowment in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will leave a good taste in the mouths of graduate students studying one particular aspect of food science. Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science, has pledged a total of $25,000 to establish the John and Jane Ziegler Graduate Award in Sensory Science.
Rep. Thompson gives nod to Creamery’s anniversary on House floor
June 4, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives sent birthday wishes to Berkey Creamery today (June 4) in the form of a proclamation on the House floor.
Doctoral candidate in Food Science chosen for NIH research award
June 4, 2015
A doctoral degree candidate in the College of Agricultural Sciences recently received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to fund her innovative dissertation research.desensitization in humans."
The big cheese: For Penn State dairy foods expert, it's OK to be judgmental
May 29, 2015
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Kerry Kaylegian was fond of cheese. That changed during a trip to New York City when she was 14, and she developed a passion for cheese. Now a dairy research and extension associate in the Department of Food Science at Penn State, Kaylegian has built a national reputation as a judge in cheese competitions.
Penn State 'must-do' list: Visit the Creamery
May 22, 2015
Our historic photo this week shows a glimpse inside the first salesroom of the University Creamery, located on the second floor of Borland Laboratory on the University Park campus, in 1956. This Sunday, May 24, the Penn State Berkey Creamery will kick off festivities celebrating 150 years of service with an opportunity for fans to vote for their favorite ice cream from among three celebration-themed flavors.
City Lights Q&A series: 'From Vine to Wine
May 19, 2015
The 2015 City Lights series, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, offers inspiring performances, engaging cultural events and enlightening educational programs hosted in metro areas where many Penn Staters live and work.
Creamery offers the scoop on 150th birthday celebration
May 19, 2015
The Penn State Berkey Creamery is commemorating 150 years of service and will kick off its anniversary festivities on May 24. The celebration will last through the end of the year.
Ancient wisdom, modern technology team up to fight disease
April 29, 2015
Research into anti-cancer compounds gives whole new meaning to the phrase "eat healthy."
Probing Question: What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?
April 27, 2015
"The basis of all frozen desserts is sugar syrup containing various characterizing ingredients and flavors," says Bob Roberts, head of Penn State's Food Science department. "When only a flavor -- and no dairy -- is added to the sugar syrup, the product is commonly referred to as a water ice, also known as Italian ice or sorbet." Adding a bit of milk makes the product a sherbet. "Further fortifying the product with some cream and condensed or powdered milk to deliver at least ten percent fat results in the product we know and love as ice cream."
Dairy foods resources available on website; dairy plant directory offered
April 15, 2015
Penn State Extension is offering two important resources related to dairy products.
Protein-rich sports drink developed at Center for Food Innovation
April 13, 2015
A new sports recovery drink developed by a Penn State researcher, produced by the Penn State Berkey Creamery and tested by Penn State football players is now available. Dr. Pete’s Recovery Drink, a chocolate milk infused with an innovative research-based protein formula, is currently on sale at Café Laura in Mateer Building and will be available in the near future at Berkey Creamery.
Probing Question: What is umami?
March 31, 2015
The next time you're at a dinner party and want to spice up the conversation, you might compliment the hosts on their umami-rich appetizers. Then wait a moment until someone invariably asks, "What's umami?"
Penn State food science professor to lead international organization
March 25, 2015
John Coupland, professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected president of the Institute of Food Technologists, the premier scientific and educational society serving the food science and technology field.
Penn State Extension helps food companies supply safe, healthy foods
March 23, 2015
Thanks to Pennsylvania's strong agricultural industry, state residents enjoy an abundance of fresh, safe, quality foods. It can be easy to take the safety of the food supply for granted, but food companies -- with help from Penn State -- work hard to ensure the products they provide are as safe to consume as they are healthful and delicious.
Gregory Ziegler selected as IFT Fellow
March 13, 2015
Gregory Ziegler has been selected as a 2015 IFT Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Penn State Extension plays critical role in educating food suppliers
February 27, 2015
In the last few years, as the federal government has tightened safety regulations across the food supply chain to prevent foodborne illness, the role Penn State Extension plays in educating growers and processors to comply with new prevention-based controls has become critical.
Program gives high school students chance to do hands-on lab work with faculty
February 24, 2015
As part of the State College Area High School Health Professionals Program, high school students have a unique opportunity to gain hands-on laboratory experience at Penn State thanks to a new program with the College of Health and Human Development.
Drinking green tea before taking supplements may offer protection from toxicity
February 4, 2015
As high doses of green tea extract supplements for weight loss become more popular, potential liver toxicity becomes a concern. In the last decade, dozens of people have been diagnosed with the condition. However, drinking green tea in the weeks before taking supplements likely reduces risk, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Green Tea Ingredient May Target Protein to Kill Oral Cancer Cells
January 28, 2015
A compound found in green tea may trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, according to Penn State food scientists. The research could lead to treatments for oral cancer, as well as other types of cancer.