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Study explores link between earthquakes, rainfall and food insecurity in Nepal

Sep 10, 2021

The effects of monsoon rainfall on food insecurity in Nepal vary by earthquake exposure, with regions that experienced both heavy earthquake shaking and abundant rainfall more likely to have an inadequate supply of nutritious food. That is one of the conclusions of a study led by Heather Randell,…

Book co-edited by Penn State faculty explores gender relations in agriculture

Nov 16, 2020

While women represent a significant portion of the global agricultural workforce, they face many roadblocks to success, including limited access to land, technological advancements, education and financing. They also often are excluded from household-level and policy decisions that determine their…

Funding Renewed for Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

Sep 22, 2020

Since its inception in 2010, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State has provided professionals who deliver direct assistance to military families with information to help identify, select, and implement the right evidence-based programs and practices to address wide-ranging…

Penn State researchers to study political content sharing on Facebook

Sep 8, 2020

As the 2020 election draws closer, political content on social media is becoming more and more prevalent. A group of Penn State researchers is examining spontaneous sharing of political content on Facebook. According to principal investigator S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media…

Penn State Microbiome Center and GALT enter collaboration to advance research

Aug 5, 2020

The Penn State Microbiome Center and General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) announced their collaboration to advance plant pathology, environmental microbiology and human gut microbiome studies. As part of this collaboration, GALT will support four research projects that will use the company’s…

'Feed the Future' grant to support women's empowerment research project in Ghana

May 5, 2020

A $450,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research will aid researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences as they explore the potential to empower women farmers in northern Ghana through peanut production. “In…

Health services and programs being used by post-9/11 veterans

Mar 26, 2020

Providing quality healthcare to veterans with mental health issues is complex, especially given that there are some delays in receiving care from the VA system and veterans have a wider choice of healthcare options under the Veterans Choice Act/Veteran Community Care program. A recent study asked…

New study identifies which veterans are using programs to gain employment

Mar 23, 2020

Compared to veterans of other wars, those who have served since 9/11 have the highest unemployment rate, particularly among young male veterans. Within the first three months of disconnecting from active duty service, more than half of post-9/11 veterans reported using at least one program designed…

Penn State researchers lead the way in Water-Energy-Food research in Africa

Sep 3, 2019

Three Penn State researchers — Rachel Brennan, in the College of Engineering, and Mike Jacobson and Brian Thiede, in the College of Agricultural Sciences — recently received $250,000 in University Strategic Plan seed fundingto address global Water-Energy-Food (WEF) challenges. The award, said…

Unique graduate student cohort will explore gender and agriculture

Dec 19, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study on gender and its relationship to agricultural production. "This student cohort will look at unexplored areas to yield…

Working together for global good: Penn State, Oxfam join forces

Jul 11, 2018

Developing lasting solutions to the problems of poverty, hunger and social injustice is the cornerstone of a new partnership between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Oxfam America, the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam, the global organization working to end the injustice of poverty in 90…

SSRI assistant director participates in empowering women in Cambodia project

Jun 6, 2018

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to nutritious, affordable food. However, as Rick Bates knows, there is no such thing as utopia when it comes to food security, as millions of people around the world have limited food resources. One of those places is Cambodia in Southeast Asia, one of…

Sexsmith receives Roy C. Buck Award for paper on health care access

Mar 26, 2018

PRI affiliate Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of rural sociology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2017 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes the best article accepted or published by a refereed scholarly journal in the social sciences…