- Back to basics: EMS dean talks about why fundamental scientific research matters
William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, recently sat down for a Q&A to discuss his keynote address at Research Penn State 2016, a showcase for the University’s five interdisciplinary research institutes.
- Vice Provost for Global Programs to represent Penn State on national boards
In recognition of his contributions he has recently been elected to serve on both the Board of National Association of International Educators and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives Executive Committee, both are a three-year commitment.
- Penn State Association of Women Geoscientists receives excellence award
The Penn State chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG) recently received the 2016 AWG Chapter Excellence Award during an awards breakfast at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, on September 26.
- Huddle with the Faculty discussion to look at Penn State's global reach
The Penn State Alumni Association's Huddle with the Faculty series continues Oct. 22 when Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs, will lead a discussion titled, "Impact the World: Enhancing Penn State's Global Reach." Huddle with the Faculty takes place at The Nittany Lion Inn on the Saturday morning of each home football game during the 2016 season. Complimentary continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation starts at 9 a.m.
- Susan Brantley receives top geochemistry award from American Chemical Society
Susan Brantley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and director of Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, has received the American Chemical Society's 2017 Geochemistry Division Medal. The award is the top prize in geochemistry given by the ACS and is reserved for researchers who have made outstanding accomplishments in that field.
- Website tracks seismic activity in Pennsylvania
A new website lets people track earthquakes and other seismic activity that happens across Pennsylvania. The website is part of The Pennsylvania State Seismic Network, a collaboration between Penn State and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
- Heard on Campus: Rush Holt, retired lawmaker and AAAS leader
Rush Holt, retired congressman and executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, headlined a panel of Penn State researchers discussing policy and science on Oct. 13 at the Freeman Auditorium in the HUB-Robeson Center.
- Meteorology alumnus helps provide critical air quality forecasts in internship
Shortly after graduating in May 2016, Matt Brown applied skills he learned from his Penn State undergraduate education to help address a critical issue: forecasting air quality. During summer 2016, he completed an internship in the Penn State Air Quality Forecast Office, where he collaborated in providing important forecasts for community planners, local officials and the public.
- Penn State, Rutgers win grant to create Virtual Data Collaboratory
Penn State University has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Penn State and Rutgers University, in partnership with several other institutions, to develop, deploy, and evaluate the Virtual Data Collaboratory, a distributed data infrastructure to support data intensive science.
- DOE grant focuses on next-generation anion exchange membranes
Low cost, durable, commercially viable polymer-based anion-exchange membranes, a critical component in fuel cells and other energy-conversion devices, are the focus of a $2,300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to an industry, government, university collaboration including Penn State.
- Eight Penn State graduates to pursue advanced degrees with NSF grant
Eight students who recently earned undergraduate degrees at Penn State have been named National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2016-17 academic year.
- Russo named Slingerland Early Career Professor in geosciences
Tess Russo, assistant professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), has been named the Rudy L. Slingerland Early Career Professor of Geosciences for her early career achievements in teaching, research and service.
- Lauren Zarzar named Walker Faculty Fellow in materials science and engineering
Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and chemistry, has been named the Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering for her contributions to teaching, research and service in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
- University leaders attend renovated Steidle Building dedication ceremony
On Sept. 30, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering hosted tours of the renovated Steidle Building and held a dedication ceremony that featured remarks from Penn State President Eric Barron; Ira Lubert, chairman of Penn State’s Board of Trustees; William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences; and Susan Sinnott, head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
- Climate change impacts on Menominee nation's forest home focus of NSF funding
A Native American tribal nation in Wisconsin faces cultural and economic challenges as climate change impacts its forest home. A $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to study this relationship and how it could inform decision-making about forest management.
- AB Volvo honored as Penn State’s Corporate Partner of the Year
Penn State honored AB Volvo as its Corporate Partner of the Year at an event on Oct. 7. Penn State President Eric J. Barron presented the award in celebration of AB Volvo’s multifaceted relationship with the University.
- On the hunt for wetlands, retreating glaciers and climate-change knowledge
Deep in the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska, 12 undergraduates from Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Science, along with faculty, navigated boot-sucking muskegs to collect methane and peat samples that will provide carbon storage and emission information about wetlands in landscapes with retreating glaciers. The students were on the front lines researching climate change this summer as part of the college’s 2016 Center for Advanced Undergraduate Studies course.
- New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification
A new tool, which uses a forest-like stand of carbon nanotubes that can be tuned to trap viruses selectively by their size, can speed the process of identifying newly-emerging viruses. The achievement was made by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Penn State University.
- Hock honored with Earth and Mineral Sciences Alumni Achievement Award
The Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has selected Vincent F. Hock Jr. as the recipient of the 2016 GEMS Alumni Achievement Award for his influential work in protecting the nation’s waters and infrastructure.
- EMS Museum and Art Gallery extends hours for home football games
The Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Museum and Art Gallery on the ground floor of the Deike Building at University Park will extend its hours to be open prior to Penn State home football games. The museum and art gallery will be open from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 8 and Nov. 26, and from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 5.