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Agriculture

Grant funds can research

Dr. Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science at Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received a grant of about $470,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to conduct a three-year study of alternative coatings for metal food cans.

The goal of Ziegler’s research is to re­­duce the potential for corrosion in canned foods, thereby extending product shelf life and improving food safety and security.

Vitamin D, COVID-19 studied

Funding from the National Institutes of Health will enable a Penn State researcher to study whether vitamin D supplementation could help people ward off or reduce symptoms caused by COVID-19.

Dr. Margherita Cantorna, professor of molecular immunology and nutrition, received nearly $241,000 as part of a competitive revision to the final year of an existing NIH grant that supports her research on how vitamin D regulates the immune system in the gastrointestinal tract.

Cantorna said the addition of two key collaborators in the college’s Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences make the new work possible: virologist Troy Sutton, assistant professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, and Girish Kirimanjiswara, an associate professor whose research focuses on immunology and infectious diseases.

Estate pledges benefit 4-H

Three longtime Penn State Extension employees have demonstrated their support for Pennsylvania 4-H through two separate estate commitments.

Eugene and Carol Schurman, both Penn State alumni and retired extension educators in Indiana County, have pledged their estate gift to benefit four existing funds. These funds include the Eugene and Carol Schurman Trustee Scholarship, the Eugene and Carol Schurman Endowment for the 4-H Program in Indiana County, the 4-H Forever Endowment, and the Indiana County 4-H Program Fund.

Christy Bartley, a retired statewide leader of 4-H youth development programs, pledged $25,000 to create the 4-H State Leader Endowment. The endowment will provide funding for use by the 4-H state leader to support their work and the 4-H program.

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