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2017

Penn State Extension: The Buzz
April 27, 2017
April 2017 Newsletter
Ticks coming early, fast and furious in Pa.
April 26, 2017
Veterinarian Daniel Oliver diagnosed his first case of Lyme disease in a dog this season last Saturday. “The dog had a mild to moderate fever, was achy and sore and was not eating. He was not acting himself,” said Oliver, who is part of a six-doctor team at Greencastle Veterinary Hospital. “Our in-house test for exposure to Lyme disease was positive.
Former Student in the news
April 25, 2017
It is our great pleasure to tell you that the Fisher Prize Committee of the SSE has selected Megan Greischar as this year's Fisher Prize winner for her paper, "Predicting optimal transmission investment in malaria parasites.”
Penn State researchers receive NIH funding to explore malaria transmission in Southeast Asia
April 25, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.
Waking From Hibernation, the Hard Work of Spring Begins
April 19, 2017
For animals that hibernate, making it to spring is no small feat. Torpor — the state of reduced bodily activity that occurs during hibernation — is not restful. By the time they emerge, hibernating animals are often sleep-deprived: Most expend huge bursts of energy to arouse themselves occasionally in the winter so their body temperatures don’t dip too low. This back-and-forth is exhausting, and hibernators do it with little to no food and water. By winter’s end, some have shed more than half their body weight.
The Morning Mixtape: Pollinators & Pesticides
April 18, 2017
Entomologists Dr. Christina Grozinger and Dr. John Tooker are tonight’s speakers at Science On Tap, sponsored by the PSU Science Policy Society. It takes place at 7 pm at Liberty Craft House. Grozinger and Tooker joined Karly Regan on the Mixtape to talk about saving pollinators and reducing pesticide use.
Researchers Take Aim at Insecticide-Resistant Bedbugs
April 12, 2017
There's a potential new weapon in the fight against the scourge of travelers everywhere -- bedbugs. Researchers from North Carolina State University and Penn State say they have created a fungal "biopesticide" to battle even the strongest bedbugs.
Student Research Spotlight - Brianna Flonc
April 12, 2017
This is the 5th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Student Research Spotlight - Brandon Gominho
March 31, 2017
This is the 4th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Scientists Have Some Wild Ideas for Solving Our Big Bee Problem
March 27, 2017
Last year the U.S. lost a mind-boggling 44 percent of its honeybee colonies. Certain bee species — including the rusty-patched bumblebee and Hawaiian yellow-faced bees — are on the brink of extinction. Even "Buzz the Bee" disappeared from Honey Nut Cheerios boxes earlier this month because General Mills decided removing the familiar mascot could help spotlight the problem.
Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic
March 24, 2017
A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.
News from the Eastern Branch ESA Meeting
March 23, 2017
Our students had great success at the Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America meeting in Rhode Island.
Student Research Spotlight - Emily Sandall
March 17, 2017
This is the 3rd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Scientists reveal core genes involved in immunity of honey bees
March 3, 2017
A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.
Student Research Spotlight - Ryan Reynolds
March 3, 2017
This is the 2nd of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Grower Spotlight: Brian Campbell Farms
March 2, 2017
Over the past four years, Project ICP has partnered with specialty crop growers across the country to carry out on-farm research on the pollination and yield of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops. Many of these growers, including Brian Campbell of Brian Campbell Farms in central Pennsylvania, are going beyond the scope of Project ICP’s research to test and implement innovative practices to improve crop pollination – and their bottom line.
Bug Camp for Kids 2017 - Registration is now open!
February 22, 2017
Bug Camp for Kids is an educational day camp for eight- to eleven-year-olds. Taught by faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Entomology, the camp offers opportunities for students to observe and collect insects and participate in laboratory exercises to learn a broad range of biological, ecological, and environmental topics.
Three-way dance between herbivores, plants and microbes unveiled
February 21, 2017
What looks like a caterpillar chewing on a leaf or a beetle consuming fruit is likely a three-way battle that benefits most, if not all of the players involved, according to a Penn State entomologist.
A Bee Mogul Confronts the Crisis in His Field
February 17, 2017
KERN COUNTY, Calif. — A soft light was just beginning to outline the Tejon Hills as Bret Adee counted rows of wizened almond trees under his breath.
Student Research Spotlight - Angela Coco
February 17, 2017
This is the 1st of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators (APPL-RED) Workshop
February 16, 2017
A unique teacher professional development experience for middle and high school teachers. July 24-28, 2017
Trump’s Hiring Freeze Could Imperil Breakthrough Discovery On Bees
February 7, 2017
The president’s early actions have created uncertainty for the country’s scientists, and could be standing in the way of important research.
Gary Felton named new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Chemical Ecology
January 31, 2017
In a Letter from the Editor in the latest issue of the Journal of Chemical Ecology, John Romeo, who has served as Editor-in-Chief for the journal over the past couple of decades, announced that he is stepping down and that Gary Felton of Penn State University will take over in this position beginning with the February issue of the Journal. Romeo stated, “Gary brings breadth, leadership, and experience to the Journal, as well as a commitment to keeping our standards high and continuing to raise our profile in the competitive publishing arena. I am pleased and confident that the Journal is in good hands.”
Pesticide Additive Could Be One Culprit in Bee Deaths
January 25, 2017
A common pesticide additive, known as an "inert" ingredient, could be one of the causes of the die-offs beekeepers have observed in their hives. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2016 Newsletter: Center for Pollinator Research
January 18, 2017
We have had a very productive and exciting year at the CPR! Please enjoy a copy of our 2016 newsletter, with highlights of the great research, education and extension projects we have led, and the students and postdocs who made this work possible! Special thanks to Katy Evans and Philip Moore for compiling this.
Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
January 17, 2017
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops — such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits — to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.