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April 14, 2011

To support the state's growing winemaking industry, Penn State Extension has hired Denise Gardner, a sensory scientist for Vinquiry Enartis in Windsor, Calif., to become the new extension enologist for Pennsylvania, effective May 2.

April 13, 2011

Several Penn State academic units will benefit as the result of a gift from the future estate of Penn State alumni Frank J. and Janet Glasgow Dudek. The couple has committed approximately $2.5 million to create endowments in support of scholarships and fellowships, graduate and faculty research, and laboratory enhancements in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the Eberly College of Science, and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

March 31, 2011

How we perceive the taste of bitter foods -- and whether we like or dislike them, at least initially -- depends on which versions of taste-receptor genes a person has, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

March 24, 2011

Dr. Seuss' strange little creature, Sam-I-Am, long ago made green eggs famous. Now, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences student Angela Richard is drawing the public's attention to purple eggs. Pickled eggs -- with their notable color -- were the focus of her undergraduate research.

January 24, 2011

While its coordinator anticipates capping "Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Desserts" enrollment this year, he said what excites him the most is not the high numbers of enrollees, but the different types of people who attend annually.

January 12, 2011

As global agribusiness brings us apples from Chile and cheese from New Zealand, more and more consumers are turning to local farmers for their food needs. Pennsylvania's proximity to the northeastern population centers makes it the ideal supplier to these "locavores." Yet these locavores also increasingly demand assurances that their produce is safe to eat.

January 11, 2011

Making ice cream in January may seem counter-intuitive -- with highs averaging 32 degrees and lows averaging just 18 in Happy Valley -- but it's tradition. In 1892, the Pennsylvania State College offered a dairy manufacturing class during the winter "when farm work is least pressing and the boys can best be spared."

December 22, 2010

The holidays are a special time -- family, friends, food and more food. But many of the folks handling the preparations are not used to cooking for large groups, and it is easy for them to overlook some important practices, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

December 20, 2010

New estimates on the number of foodborne illness cases that occur each year in the United States, just released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, show that food safety remains a concern in this country, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

December 6, 2010

Growing up in the little town of Summerdale, Pa., near Harrisburg, Brianna Hrusko never suspected that she would land a job most would envy, or that her job would take her around the world.

November 22, 2010

Ryan Elias, assistant professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received the inaugural Frederik Sr. and Faith E. Rasmussen Career Development Professorship in Food Science.

November 19, 2010

For hunters lucky enough to bag a deer in the upcoming seasons, a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers some advice to properly field dress and store the carcass, and then process the meat.

November 12, 2010

Ellen Mahan, a master's degree candidate in Food Science, received the Herbert Stone Award for Outstanding Presentation of Leadership from the Society of Sensory Professionals at the group's conference, Oct. 27-29.

November 2, 2010

Food science researcher Robert Beelman recently retired from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences after 40 years of service

October 15, 2010

Hilary Peterson came to Penn State in 2005 to major in Food Science and ended up with a sumptuously sweet deal four years later. After graduating in 2009, she took her dream job with the Mecca of candy corporations, the Hershey Company.

October 12, 2010

Denise Gardner knew she liked wine before she even tasted it. The Reading, Pa., native, who grew up in tiny Robesonia, Pa., was sure of her interest in the wine industry when applying to college. When Gardner decided to attend Penn State, she chose to major in Food Science and minor in Horticulture. She knew her education would prepare her well for the enology field.....

September 21, 2010

As scientists with the federal government search for the source of the salmonella that made thousands of people sick this summer and trace how it spread, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing a new and more accurate method of acquiring the bacteria's identity.

September 9, 2010

Sometimes old ideas are the best ideas, and certainly home canning is one of those. But despite generations of practice, many don't do it properly, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

August 26, 2010

As investigators track a Salmonella outbreak that has forced the recall of more than 500 million eggs, a specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says consumers have a simple means of protecting themselves from food-borne illness.

August 11, 2010

Robert Steele, professor of food science and former dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was among three people recently honored by the State Conservation Commission for dedication in protecting the state's natural resources and agriculture.