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  • Celebrating 60 years of Penn State TV weather broadcasts
    Mon, 06/26/2017 - 16:18
    The year is 1957. The average cost of a gallon of gas is 24 cents. American Bandstand began airing on ABC in August. Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, was launched by the Soviet Union in October. June 1957 is also when Penn State produced its first TV weather broadcast, and this month marks the 60th anniversary of televised weather broadcasts by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.
  • Parizek receives Faculty Scholar Award
    Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:39
    Penn State DuBois Associate Professor of Mathematics and Geosciences Byron Parizek has been honored with the University College Faculty Scholar Award. In its inaugural year, the award will be given annually to a full-time or part-time faculty member in Penn State's 14-campus University College system who has demonstrated excellence in research, scholarship, and/or creative accomplishments. It is also in recognition of significant and sustained contribution of research, scholarship, and creative accomplishments accumulated during their employment at Penn State, as well as with undergraduate students, and to those who have had a significant impact on their academic field of study.
  • Retiring Ertekin’s lifelong mission was helping students succeed
    Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:35
    Turgay Ertekin, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, said in his 40 years as an educator at Penn State he's always tried to task his students with using their creativity and problem-solving skills to turn unknowns into knowns. Ertekin, a prolific researcher and educator, is retiring June 30.
  • DOE grant continues research into rare-earth elements extraction from coal
    Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:02
    In 2016, a team of Penn State and U.S. Department of Energy researchers discovered a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal byproducts. Now, through a $1 million grant from DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, this research may be headed one-step closer to commercialization.
  • Creative, scientific process helps EMS graduate student bake edible book winner
    Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:25
    Preeya Kuray, a third-year doctoral student majoring in materials science and engineering, was thrilled to win the People’s Choice Award at the inaugural Edible Book Festival, so also winning “Best Depiction of a Classic” was, so to speak, the icing on the cake.
  • Passion for creation sparks student success in research
    Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:27
    Hannah Pohlmann, a rising senior studying mathematics and materials science and engineering at Penn State, has a key piece of advice for undergraduates interested in conducting research: Start early.
  • For decades at Penn State, Pantano scratched the surface of glass research
    Tue, 06/20/2017 - 15:57
    At about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, Carlo Pantano gets hands-on with his teaching and research. That’s when the Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering pulls melted glass from the crucible at his glass blowing studio in the ground floor of the Hosler Building and begins to shape a material that’s he’s dedicated almost 40 years to understanding. It’s a storied career at Penn State that ends June 30.
  • Mann receives Schneider award for outstanding climate science communication
    Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:00
    Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center, Penn State, will receive the seventh annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communications from Climate One at the Commonwealth Club.
  • Japanese slow earthquakes could shed light on tsunami generation
    Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:00
    Understanding slow-slip earthquakes in subduction zone areas may help researchers understand large earthquakes and the creation of tsunamis, according to an international team of researchers that used data from instruments placed on the seafloor and in boreholes east of the Japanese coast.
  • Grant focuses on 'hydrogen sponge' for use in fuel-cell vehicles
    Thu, 06/15/2017 - 11:36
    Finding practical hydrogen storage technologies for vehicles powered by fuel cells is the focus of a $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, awarded to Mike Chung, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State.
  • Researchers to discuss future of solar energy
    Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:11
    Two Penn State researchers will present “Unwrapping the Power of Solar Energy” at 7 p.m. on June 20 at Liberty Craft House, 346 E. College Ave., in State College.
  • Researchers create virtual mobile tour of University Park campus
    Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:16
    A Penn State research group in the Department of Geography developed a mobile app that offers an immersive virtual tour of class gifts and public art across University Park.
  • Adult learner fulfills lifelong goal, shares experiences through online program
    Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:32
    Christine Stallard, an adult learner in her 60s, fulfilled a nearly four-decades-long dream of obtaining a bachelor's degree through the online Energy and Sustainability Policy program.
  • EMS Graduate Poster Competition showcases outstanding research across college
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:42
    Graduate students Natalie Briggs, Joshua Woda and Nathan Smith received top recognition during the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Graduate Student Poster Competition on April 12 at Steidle Building on the University Park campus.
  • Penn State graduate student selected for NASA astronaut program
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 14:35
    Zena Cardman, a doctoral student in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, was named a member of NASA’s 2017 class of astronauts on June 7. Vice President Mike Pence joined NASA officials in introducing the 12 men and women during a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
  • Low cost, scalable water-splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:31
    The "clean-energy economy" always seems a few steps away but never quite here. Fossil fuels still power transportation, heating and cooling, and manufacturing, but a team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have come one step closer to inexpensive, clean hydrogen fuel with a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process.
  • Ten elected to serve on Alumni Council
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:17
    Ten alumni leaders have been voted onto Alumni Council — the Alumni Association’s governing board — and will begin their terms July 1.
  • Penn State faculty member named College of Earth and Mineral Sciences dean
    Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:00
    Lee Kump, professor and head of the Department of Geosciences at Penn State, has been named the new dean of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, pending approval of the Penn State Board of Trustees on July 21. Kump will serve as interim dean from June 1 to July 20.
  • Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy
    Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:22
    When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.
  • Industrial engineering faculty, students honored at annual industry conference
    Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:45
    Several faculty and students within the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering were honored for excellence at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference in Pittsburgh.

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>


Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>


Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>