Stressed-out rats consume more alcohol, revealing related brain chemistry

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Researchers found that rodents that had been exposed to stress had a weakened alcohol-induced dopamine response and voluntarily drank more alcohol compared to controls. The blunted dopamine signaling to ethanol arose due to changes in the circuitry in the ventral tegmental area, the heart of the brain’s reward system.

America the Bountiful ag workforce event highlights Penn State initiative

PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by a Penn State researcher, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Rural Council announced America the Bountiful, which will include wide-ranging efforts to expand and diversify the U.S. agriculture workforce.