Fall Research Unplugged speaker series to offer weekly talks starting Oct. 4

September 7, 2018

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversation with Penn State researchers, is presented in collaboration with Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Thursday in October in Schlow Library’s Downsbrough Community Room.

College of Agricultural Sciences names Harbaugh Faculty Scholars

August 27, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has awarded funding to three individuals and two teams to support the development of innovative curricula under the college's Harbaugh Faculty Scholars program.

Extension dairy specialist honored by international guild for cheese activism

August 21, 2018

Kerry Kaylegian, assistant research professor of dairy foods and extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers New World Chapter on July 28 in a ceremony held in association with the American Cheese Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.

Sensational servings: Researcher to explain ice cream and our senses

August 17, 2018

Alyssa Bakke, a staff sensory scientist in the Department of Food Science who has expertise in food choice and consumer behavior, will be speaking at August's Science on Tap event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Liberty Craft House in State College.

College of Agricultural Sciences students awarded NIFA fellowships

August 2, 2018

Eight graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are among the 101 recipients of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Link found between bitter-taste sensitivity and cancer risk

July 18, 2018

High bitter-taste sensitivity is associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer in older British women, according to researchers who conducted a unique study of 5,500 women whose diet, lifestyle and health has been tracked for about 20 years.

Ag Sciences faculty members honored for teaching, innovation with Bixler award

July 11, 2018

Two faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received the 2017 Anna and Guy Bixler Memorial Award in Food Science in recognition of their teaching innovation.

Back to the future: Low-tech food-safety training still best for some audiences

July 2, 2018

While current training for food safety and sanitation usually incorporates high-technology presentations, such as videos and slide shows, there is still a need for low-tech approaches, according to Penn State researchers.

Food for thought: Eight tips for making good choices at farmers markets

June 29, 2018

When it comes to shopping at farmers markets, a little know-how can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe from foodborne illness, advises a food safety educator with Penn State Extension.

Unique food-microbiology workshop offered to select visiting students

June 7, 2018

A faculty team in Penn State's Department of Food Science is offering a novel microbiology workshop in June and July to visiting college students from around the Commonwealth and Puerto Rico.

Extension expanding food-safety training far beyond U.S. borders

May 14, 2018

The food-safety practices that Americans take for granted — such as washing hands with soap, refrigerating perishables, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — may not be practiced widely in other places around the world,” said Cutter, professor of food science and Penn State Extension assistant director for food safety and quality programs. She and her colleagues in the College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

Pearlman relishes role as Berkey Creamery product development intern

April 26, 2018

Nathan Pearlman, a food science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has savored his senior year, thanks, in part, to an internship with the Penn State Berkey Creamery that has helped to launch his professional life.

Zaffuto takes on food science industry one brownie at a time

April 20, 2018

Michael Zaffuto, a food science major, attributes his many accomplishments to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, his family and his hometown of Sykesville, Pennsylvania.

New iced coffees and ice cream to rev up Blue-White Weekend and beyond

April 19, 2018

Just when you thought things could not get any sweeter at the Penn State Berkey Creamery, the "dynamos of delicious" have done it again, and just in time for the Blue-White Game, April 21. Penn State Berkey Creamery has added two new products to its menu — "Brew and White" iced coffees and "Grilled Stickies" ice cream.

Josephine Wee joins Penn State Department of Food Science

April 5, 2018

The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently welcomed Josephine Wee, a new assistant professor of food microbiology, whose appointment will enhance educational and research programs in food safety and microbiology.

Cocoa bean roasting can preserve both chocolate health benefits, taste

April 4, 2018

Manipulating the temperature and the length of time under which cocoa beans are roasted can simultaneously preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects of chocolate, according to Penn State researchers.

Food Science Alumna receives Georgia Association Teachers Award

March 27, 2018

The Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences has named Elizabeth Andress, professor of foods and nutrition in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), the organization’s Postsecondary Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.

Author and chocolatier to visit College of Agricultural Sciences

March 19, 2018

Greg D'Alesandre, vice president of research and development and chocolate "sourcerer" of Dandelion Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in San Francisco, will be among the panelists for an in-depth discussion on chocolate research.

Global Gallery gives snapshot of faculty, graduate research in world agriculture

March 19, 2018

Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences illustrated how their research touches every corner of the world during the inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program and its student association.

No such thing as 'uncured' corned beef, Penn State meat expert says

March 13, 2018

Millions of Americans will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday this month with a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage — but most won't pause to consider what makes the meat so distinctive or how it ended up being a tradition.

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.

Penn State Berkey Creamery unveils packaging makeover

February 22, 2018

If you have been to the Penn State Berkey Creamery recently, you might have noticed some of the ice cream containers are sporting a new look.

College of Agricultural Sciences offers look at ag careers for STEM program

February 21, 2018

Faculty and staff from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provided students at Harrisburg High School's SciTech campus with a comprehensive look at the variety of disciplines that students can pursue in the agricultural sciences.

Sales of Creamery flavor to support THON, fight against childhood cancer

February 19, 2018

Penn State Berkey Creamery has created a new ice cream flavor, "THON Gold Ribbon Ripple," and it's For The Kids.

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 Berkey Creamery stands out in state cheese competition

February 8, 2018

The Penn State Berkey Creamery took home a slice of the glory in the Cheese Competition held during the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg last month.

Food safety tips for a winning Super Bowl party

February 1, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday is like a holiday, with family and friends gathering to watch the big game and, of course, sharing many tasty foods. But without good food safety practices in play before, during and after the game, some Super Bowl revelers might end up feeling much worse than fans of the losing team, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Land-grant ag research and education highlighted during visit by USDA Secretary

January 24, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue paid a visit to Penn State's University Park campus on Jan. 24 as part of a tour through Pennsylvania to unveil the Department of Agriculture's legislative principles as Congress prepares to enact a new five-year farm bill.

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.

Thanksgiving abroad: Food science embedded course explores India

December 14, 2017

Students enrolled in a food science embedded course got a taste of something different for Thanksgiving this year. Over a week during the holiday break, participants in "Global perspectives on agricultural and food science in India" traveled to the city of Hyderabad to explore the food system in India while learning about the role that agriculture plays in the country's booming economy.