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Thursday, September 18th

  • 26 Hosler Building 09:45 am - 10:45 am

    Jodie Lutkenhaus, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A & M University
    "Design Rules for Electroactive Polymer Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage"

  • 207 Resesarch East 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    Free Workshop
    Fundamentals of Chromatography for Research

    The EMS Energy Institute maintains a suite of chromatography and spectroscopy instrumentation available to any faculty or student at the University who has a research need. Researchers will learn more about our facilities and the capabilities of our analyzers.

    Workshop 1: Tues., Sept. 16, 9:30 - 10:30 am

    Workshop 2: Thurs., Sept. 18, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

    Location: 207 Research East

    General Overview
    Dongxiang Wang, research associate at the EMS Energy Institute will present a 1 hour workshop to provide an overview of basic chromatographic technique and applications as well as information on how chromatography can be a powerful detection tool when used with other techniques, such as mass spectroscopy or high performance liquid chromatography. Following a presentation and discussion, a demonstration will provide researchers with a thorough understanding of the analyzers available at the EMS Energy Institute and their capabilities.

    Who Should Attend 
    Anyone who wishes to learn about the analytical capabilities available through the EMS Energy Institute. This workshop is appropriate for students, research staff, and faculty.

    Registration is required, please e-mail Shea Winton,, to register. Include your name, contact information, and the date you plan to attend.

Friday, September 19th

  • 116 Deike Building, State College, PA (All day)

    Contact:  Linda Shope

  • (All day)

    Contact:  Colleen Swetland

  • 113 IST Building (Cybertorium) 01:30 pm - 03:30 pm

    Patricia Hoffman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
    Gregory J. Sosson, Fukushima Improvement Project, PSEG Nuclear LLC
    Jeffrey Mock, Meterologist, Dominion Virginia Power

    Introduction by William Easterling, Dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
    Moderator: Jenni Evans, Department of Meteorology and Acting Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

  • 112 Walker Building 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Laurel Larsen, Department of Geography, University of California - Berkeley
    "Title to be Announced"

  • 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Contact:  Karen Reese

Saturday, September 20th

  • Lubrano park, Porter Gardens, State College, PA (All day)

    Contact:  Colleen Swetland

  • Patzkowsky elected Fellow of the Paleontological Society
    Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:22
    Mark Patzkowsky, professor of geosciences in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been elected a 2014 Fellow of the Paleontological Society.
  • Forum to focus on natural disasters and energy security
    Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:58
    The 2014 GEMS Industry Forum, “Natural Disasters: The Power of Nature and its Challenge to Energy Security,” will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday in 113 IST Building (Cybertorium), at University Park campus.
  • Forum to focus on natural disasters and energy security
    Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:58
    The 2014 GEMS Industry Forum, “Natural Disasters: The Power of Nature and its Challenge to Energy Security,” will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in 113 IST Building (Cybertorium), on Penn State's University Park campus. This year's event will focus on natural disasters and how those events affect the energy sector as well as their customers and the public in general. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Penn State geoscientists elected to American Geophysical Union
    Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:45
    Lee Kump and Chris Marone, both scientists in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Geosciences, have been elected as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
  • Researchers search for Venus-like planets
    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:15
    Identification of planets orbiting distant stars is spurring the search for an Earth-like planet. Now a team of researchers has developed a way to distinguish a distant Venus-like planet from an Earth-like one.
  • Residual hydraulic fracturing water not a risk to groundwater
    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:13
    Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking or hydrofracturing -- raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.
  • Penn State among top national public schools in 2015 U.S. News' 'Best Colleges'
    Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:31
    U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 "Best Colleges" rankings today (Sept. 9), with Penn State ranking No. 14 among national public universities.
  • Ventura honored with EMS Alumni Achievement Award
    Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:41
    In its tradition of honoring high-achieving alumni, the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) has selected Jeffrey L. Ventura, president and CEO of Range Resources Corporation as the recipient of the 2014 GEMS Alumni Achievement Award. Ventura will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The reception will be held in the EMS Museum located on the ground floor of the Deike Building. Reception is free and open to the public.
  • 21 Penn Staters honored with Alumni Fellow Award
    Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:40
    Twenty-one Penn State alumni will be honored Oct. 8 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
  • Chen receives Materials Research Society's Materials Theory Award
    Fri, 09/05/2014 - 09:02
    Long-Qing Chen, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering, and engineering science and mechanics, has received the Materials Research Society's 2014 Materials Theory Award.
  • Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Martin Perlmutter of Chevron Corporation, will present "The Influence of High Frequency Paleoclimate Variability on Paleoclimate Interpretation" on Tuesday, September 9th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike
    Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:29

    Dr. Perlmutter holds a Ph.D in Marine Geology from the University of Miami and is Chevron's Team Leader of Basin Analysis Research. He has been with Chevron/Texaco for over 30 years with a research focus on basin analysis and the application of new methods for predicting reservoir trends. He also served as research scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Perlmutter has evaluated over 30 basins and conducted mega-regional studies around the world.

  • Lunar Lion team inaugurates new headquarters
    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:08
    The Lunar Lion team celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Research West Building, a move that allows the interdisciplinary group to consolidate and expand its operations in an easily accessible part of University Park campus.
  • Penn State hosts new National Science Foundation graduate researchers
    Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:02
    Penn State is hosting 22 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Business majors night will inform students about academic options
    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:58
    The Division of Undergraduate Studies will host Penn State’s fifth annual Business Majors Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in 110 Business Building, for students interested in learning about University Park majors that focus on business.
  • Fall documentary series kicks off with tsunami feature
    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:33
    The Earth and Mineral Sciences Library’s popular film series returns Sept. 3 and features documentaries on a wide selection of topics related to earth and the environment. All films are free and open to the public in 18 Deike Building (the Earth and Mineral Sciences Art Gallery) at 12:15 p.m.
  • Materials science research lectures begin Sept. 4
    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:23
    The Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences announced speakers and dates for the fall 2014 Arkema Speaker Series. The series features talks from leaders in materials science research and are held from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in 26 Hosler Building. Seminars are free and open to the public.
  • Geosc Colloquium Speaker Scheduled on September 2nd
    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:53

    The Department of Geosciences opens its Fall 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike with Dr. Bärbel Hönisch, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. Her talk is entitled "Challenges of Deciphering Cenozoic Marine Proxy Records." A Coffee and Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


    Dr. Hönisch, who received her Ph.D from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, is an expert on ocean acidification. Her research interests focus on understanding the role of the ocean (and in particular the role of marine carbonate chemistry) in global climate change. As she was originally trained as a marine biologist, her approach to paleoceanographic questions often includes a biological component. 

  • Graduate School to host fall grant-writing workshops
    Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:16
    Registration is now open for a series of grant-writing workshops to be held this fall by the Penn State Graduate School that are intended for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
  • EMS Energy Institute announces fall seminar speakers
    Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:37
    The EMS Energy Institute has finalized its list of Fall speakers for the Energy Exchange seminar series. All seminars are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in C213 Coal Utilization Laboratory at the EMS Energy Institute, University Park. Seminars are open to everyone.
  • EMS freshmen bond in nature, overcome jitters through orientation program
    Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:10
    The Total Orientation Trip for Earth and Mineral Sciences is an experience designed to help new students overcome freshmen jitters through activities like boating and swimming, cooking challenges and scavenger hunts.

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>>