- Song delivers briefing on carbon dioxide conversion at U.S. Energy Association
Chunshan Song, distinguished professor of fuel science and professor of chemical engineering, was invited by the U.S. Energy Association (USEA) to brief them on Penn State’s carbon dioxide conversion research. He gave a briefing presentation titled “Turning CO2 into Chemicals and Fuels for Sustainable Energy Development,” earlier this spring in Washington, D.C.
- Early use of 'hurricane hunter' data improves hurricane intensity predictions
Data collected via airplane when a hurricane is developing can improve hurricane intensity predictions by up to 15 percent, according to Penn State researchers who have been working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center to put the new technique into practice.
- Four Penn Staters receive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship
This summer, four Penn State students will travel the globe as part of the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. Eden Kinkaid, Erika Pugh, Janet Purdy and David Stack are among the approximately 560 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a CLS scholarship in 2016.
- Energy Days symposium explores Penn State’s role in shaping the future of energy
Penn State Energy Days, a two-day symposium organized by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE), took place May 19 and 20 at Penn State Law.
- Ten Penn State research groups produce winning posters for Energy Days 2016
Ten posters were awarded first prize in various categories during Energy Days 2016, held May 19-20 on the University Park Campus. The winning posters, as well as all posters from Energy Days, are viewable online.
- Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2016
The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.
- Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2016
Following is a list of fixed-term faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1.
- Geography’s Brent Yarnal to retire from Penn State
Brent Yarnal, professor of geography at Penn State since 1985, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2015–16 academic year. His research portfolio has focused mainly on the integration of issues surrounding climate change, natural hazards, and the use of environmental information in decision-making.
- Graduate student receives FAA student award, wins paper competition
Joseph Abrahamson, a Penn State energy and mineral engineering doctoral candidate, was selected to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Centers of Excellence Student of the Year (SOY) Award. Abrahamson was chosen for his research with developing data-based tools to predict emission indices for alternative fuels.
- Penn State partners with Commonwealth to build seismic monitoring network
Researchers at Penn State are closing in on the completion of a statewide network that monitors seismic activity. Expected to be completed this summer, the network, which is a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of Geosciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will serve the public and government agencies.
- To catch a poacher: GIS, drones can improve elephant conservation
Applying a suite of geographical information system (GIS) tools can improve monitoring for elephant poaching, according to Penn State researchers. Investigating Tsavo, a region in southwest Kenya that is home to that country's largest elephant population, the researchers tried to identify methods that local conservation groups could use to reduce poaching.
- Materials science and engineering graduate student awarded DOE fellowship
Timothy Lichtenstein is one of 33 graduate students selected to receive a fellowship through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). Lichtenstein will receive $155,000 over the next three years, to research electrochemical methods to reduce the volume of nuclear waste.
- Self-healing, flexible electronic material restores functions after many breaks
Electronic materials have been a major stumbling block for the advance of flexible electronics because existing materials do not function well after breaking and healing. A new electronic material created by an international team, however, can heal all its functions automatically even after breaking multiple times. This material could improve the durability of wearable electronics.
- Penn State Learning honors outstanding guided study group leaders with award
Thanks to the generosity of a former peer leader, Penn State Learning, a no-charge guided study and tutoring service, has selected its first group of Outstanding Guided Study Group Leader Award recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The inaugural recipients, each provided a stipend of $500, are Ryan Creedon, Natalie Morrissey, Jeff Ross, and Nicole Williamson.
- ICIK names 2016 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award winners
Penn State graduate students Sarah Eissler, Annie Marcinek and Nari Senanayake have been recognized with the 2016 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award to help fund their research pursuits. The award, open to all full-time Penn State undergraduate and graduate students, is funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge and supported by Penn State’s University Libraries and the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).
- New one-year Smeal master's program to enhance business acumen of STEM students
The Penn State Smeal College of Business will begin accepting applications this summer for fall 2017 enrollment in its new Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership, an accelerated master’s program designed primarily for recently graduated baccalaureate students from technical, nonbusiness backgrounds.
- Dean emeritus Hosler recounts his 75 years at Penn State at EMS awards banquet
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) held its annual Wilson Awards Banquet, the college’s annual celebration of faculty and student accomplishments, on Sunday, April 17. This year’s banquet also honored Charles L. Hosler, EMS dean emeritus and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus, for his 75 years at Penn State.
- Penn State to lead University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research
Penn State will lead a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will identify, select, execute, review and disseminate knowledge from research that will advance basic and applied research for clean energy in support of the U.S. Department of Energy mission. UCFER will identify, select, execute, review and disseminate knowledge from research that will improve the efficiency of production and use of fossil energy resources while minimizing the environmental impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Symposium to focus on big data related to weather, climate and Earth systems
Penn State will host the symposium, “Advanced Assimilation and Uncertainty Quantification in Big Data Research for Weather, Climate and Earth System Monitoring and Prediction,” on May 23-24, 2016 at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. The two-day symposium will feature presentations from more than thirty national and international scholars, including ten National Academies and Royal Academies members.
- 18 honored as Earth and Mineral Sciences Academy for Global Experience laureates
Eighteen undergraduate students from Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) were selected as EMS Academy for Global Experience (EMSAGE) laureates. The students received the honor during an EMSAGE ceremony held on May 6. EMSAGE was formed by EMS in 2009 as a vehicle to foster students’ global competencies and to promote a spirit of integrity, service and leadership.