The Ferroelectrics Recognition Award (IEEE-UFFC) was presented to Prof. Clive Randall (co-director of the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics) at the recent International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF) meeting at Penn State University (Prof. Susan Trolier-McKinstry, general chair). Prof. Randall’s work was recognized for a number of long-standing contributions to the field of ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and dielectrics, ranging from a fundamental perspective through to engineering in aiding commercialization. Randall said” it was a great pleasure to receive this award, and that it was largely due to the inspiration of his wonderful colleagues, collaborators, students, and staff over the years”, and he accepted on behalf of this large group.
Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Alan Rooney, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, will present "Weathering the Snowball: Insights and Implications from Re-OS Geochronology" on Wednesday, April 23rd at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.
Dr. Rooney research interests lie in geochronology and the geochemical evolution of the Earth during pivotal times of change. This work integrates geological mapping, geochronology, and isotope geochemistry to better understand the driving mechanisms underlying many geological phenomena such as extreme climate perturbations, biogeochemical developments, and crustal processes such as hydrocarbon generation and migration. Dr. Rooney holds a Ph.D. in Geology and Geochemistry from Durham University, a Masters from Stockholm University, and a BSc from Glasgow University.
The climate is changing, people are playing a major role in the changes, and individuals and communities in all parts of the world are experiencing the effects.
Those are some of the key conclusions in the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Penn State faculty who were contributors to these comprehensive scientific assessments said they expect that the findings — based on more finely tuned climate models and an expanded look at the effects of climate change — will resonate with the public. View online <http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/19/4141697/penn-state-faculty-acting-as-scientific.html>
Geosciences final Colloquium Speaker for the semester is Dr. Ted Daeschler, Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University. His talk on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike is entitled "Great Steps in the History of Life: The Origin of Limbed Vertebrates." A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.
Dr. Daeschler received his Ph.D in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania and, in addition to his academic position, is also the Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at Drexel's Academy of Natural Sciences. In 2004, Dr. Daeschler, along with Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago, the late Farish Jenkins of Harvard University, and other colleagues, discovered an example of the evolutionary transition between finned and limbed animals: Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million year-old fossil lobe-finned fish with many features only seen in tetrapods (limbed animals). Their discovery has attracted attention from the paleontology community, documentary filmmakers, textbook publishers, teachers, and even medical professionals who believe Tiktaalik reveals important information about the history of life, including human. PBS airs a documentary in this month on the discovery. Dr. Daeschler was also a recent guest on the Colbert Show.
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>>