- Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2015
Following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty at Penn State, effective July 1.
- Taking the water out of a car wash
A recent Penn State graduate's local business is growing fast while saving water.
- Penn State mapping tool could help save seabirds
David Wiedenfeld -- a senior conservation scientist at the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a nonprofit in Virginia dedicated to avian conservation -- is leading an initiative to reduce seabird bycatch, which happens when seabirds are unintentionally killed by fishing nets and lines. Penn State’s Center for Environmental Informatics is working with a group of earth scientists and geographers who turn scientific data into usable decision-making tools, to build a one-of-a-kind online mapping application. The resulting tool can help fisheries determine the most frequently found birds within their fishing zones, access information about endangered and threatened species within those zones, and learn about tactics for reducing bycatch.
- Astrobiology students explore alien environment on Earth
Penn State graduate students recently traveled to Italy as part of a field course for astrobiology. There they studied some of the most extreme environments on Earth and the life that thrives there. The experience will help them as they try to answer questions about where life could exist on other planets.
- Penn State, NCAR researchers aim to better predict renewable energy production
During the summer of 2015, Penn State researchers are partnering with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to investigate a major obstacle facing renewable energy — uncertainty in energy production due to atmospheric conditions like cloud cover or wind speed. The team, led by Guido Cervone, associate professor of geography and associate director of the Penn State Institute for CyberScience, seeks to develop new algorithms that better predict the amount of energy produced by solar and wind sources. Their goal is to increase the use of renewable energy on a daily basis and reduce costs.
- Penn State meteorology students win fourth straight national forecasting contest
For the fourth straight year, a team of Penn State meteorology students took the top honors at WxChallenge, a North American collegiate weather forecasting competition. The team won first place, competing against nearly 2,000 participants from more than 50 institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
- Schreyer Scholars awarded medals at 2015 Ceremony
More than 400 Scholar medals were awarded to Penn State's Schreyer Honors College Class of 2015 on Friday, May 8, in Eisenhower Auditorium at University Park. Friends and family members of Scholars and distinguished guests gave the graduating class of Schreyer Scholars a standing ovation at the conclusion of the ceremony.
- SNL Energy database now available
The University Libraries now provide access to SNL energy, a valuable resource for up-to-date, detailed data on the North American energy industry.
- Four EMS students receive National Science Foundation graduate fellowships
Three graduate students and one undergraduate student from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences were awarded competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. Recipients include Lyndsey Denis, master’s degree student in materials science and engineering; Jennifer DiStefano, undergraduate student in materials science and engineering; Jesus Ruiz-Plancarte, Ph.D. candidate in meteorology; and Nisha Sheth, master’s degree student in materials science and engineering.
- Strong showing at national conference showcases breadth of geography research
Food security in Cuba. Treeline distribution in northern Japan. HIV treatment in South Africa. Bicycle safety in Portland, Oregon. Forest conservation in Uganda. Transporting hazardous materials in North Carolina. This is not a random list, but a sampling of the topics that Department of Geography researchers and students presented at the 2015 Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Chicago, April 21–25.
- Engineers tap materials expertise to tackle global problems
Khanjan Mehta is a man with a mission -- solving the problems that make it so difficult to provide energy, clean drinking water, food security, and health care to some of the poorest nations on Earth. As the founding director of HESE -- Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship -- in the College of Engineering, Mehta leads a group of engaged undergraduates who are designing new technologies and, equally important, figuring out how to get those technologies into the hands of the people who need them.
- Faculty, student excellence celebrated at annual awards banquet
The College of Earth and Mineral Science hosted its annual Wilson Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 26. Dean William Easterling presented more than 50 awards to students and fellow faculty.
- Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals future climate
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current through the North Atlantic Ocean. The current's origin puzzled scientists for a decade, but an international team of researchers has now discovered how it formed and the findings may have implications for the carbon dioxide emission sensitivity of today's climate.
- Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals future climate
Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current through the North Atlantic Ocean. The current's origin puzzled scientists for a decade, but an international team of researchers has now discovered how it formed and the findings may have implications for the carbon dioxide emission sensitivity of today's climate.
- Stormy weather lies ahead for Oswald Award winner Flournoy
John W. Oswald Award winner for Scholarship Matt Flournoy graduates with honors in meteorology this weekend. The co-founder of the PSU Storm Chase Team is headed to graduate school to continue his studies and focus on severe weather research.
- Trustees committee meets at Krause Innovation Studio
While other Penn State Board of Trustees committees are meeting today (May 7) at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, the Committee on Academic Affairs and Student Life took its show on the road and convened at the Krause Innovation Studio in Chambers Building on the University Park campus.
- Geosciences team wins regional competition, advances to international finals
A team of Penn State geosciences graduate students outperformed nine other university teams to win first place in the Eastern Section of the Imperial Barrel Award competition. As winners of the Eastern Region, the team will advance to compete in international finals at the American Association of Petroleum Engineers (AAPG) annual convention scheduled for May 29-30 in Denver.
- College of Earth and Mineral Sciences names spring 2015 student marshals
Gregory Milbourne has been named the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student marshal and Katherine Ann Maisel has been named the college’s engineering honor marshal. They will be recognized during the college’s spring 2015 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m. May 8 in the Pegula Ice Arena.
- Penn State, citizen scientists work together for clearer picture of Pa. streams
Penn State researchers are developing new connections with volunteers, citizen scientists, who can collect stream samples from across the state and send them back Penn State for analysis. This will give researchers better baseline data on the conditions of the state's waterways, and better help scientists evaluate potential future environmental impacts.
- Industry tours at metal facilities bring course materials to life
Molten metal sparks shoot across the room, heat radiates from cooling metal beams, the smell of machine oil pervades the air and the pounding sounds of machines echoes off the walls -- it’s not your typical classroom activity, but for 20 materials science and engineering students, experiencing this first-hand gave them a sneak peek into the metals industry and showed them how what they are learning in books and lectures is applied in the real world.