- Ultrasensitive sensor using N-doped graphene
A highly sensitive chemical sensor based on Raman spectroscopy and using nitrogen-doped graphene as a substrate was developed by an international team of researchers working at Penn State. In this case, doping refers to introducing nitrogen atoms into the carbon structure of graphene. This technique can detect trace amounts of molecules in a solution at very low concentrations, some 10,000 times more diluted than can be seen by the naked eye.
- Penn State Society of Petroleum Engineers named 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter
Penn State’s Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) was recently named a 2016 Outstanding Student Chapter by the national SPE organization. The chapter will be recognized during a luncheon at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in September.
- Dutton Institute director dedicated to enriching lives of others
Author, administrative leader, university senator and even student — these are just a few of the numerous roles Ann Taylor has held over the more than 20 years she has spent in the Penn State community, and they’ve all played a role in helping her achieve her career goals.
- Quink recognized with 2016 Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence
Tyson J. Quink, a Penn State student, was selected to receive the 2016 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence. He was honored on June 28 during the 2016 Esri User Conference held in San Diego, California.
- Cleared for takeoff: University use of unmanned air vehicles resumes
Unmanned air vehicles are flying again at Penn State for research, teaching and public service under the auspices of the Office for Research Protections. A new UAV program will ensure compliance with Federal Aviation Administration rules and puts in place an insurance, registration and procedural infrastructure to govern the outdoor operation of unmanned air systems at the University.
- Airborne research on flow of greenhouse gas takes off
Chasing storms and satellites with a plane — that’s what Penn State researcher Ken Davis and his NASA-funded research team will spend part of their summer doing. The team, which is scheduled to start its first research flight next week, will be taking a new approach to studying how weather transports greenhouse gases across different regions of the U.S.
- Upward Bound Math and Science program to hold research symposium July 18
The Upward Bound Math and Science program’s 2016 Summer STEM Institute is being held through July 21 on Penn State’s University Park campus. At the conclusion of the program, students will understand how to conduct collegiate-level research and give a juried presentation on their findings.
- Facebook Live event to feature climate scientist Michael Mann on July 15
Record-breaking recent temperatures and other aspects of climate change will be the focus of an upcoming Facebook Live event featuring Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State, at 1 p.m. ET July 15.
- Student Stories: Urban blight the focus of CED major's capstone project
Urban blight in the western Pennsylvania city of New Castle is the focus of Chase Palmer's internship. The rising Penn State junior, double-majoring in Community, Environment, and Development and in Geography, will spend the summer looking back at the Lawrence County community's past, and looking ahead to its future.
- New center to help advance global nuclear power safety
A new center at Penn State is bringing together experts from across the University in an effort to enhance the safety performance of existing nuclear power plants and promote safety design features of future advanced reactors in the United States and around the globe.
- WeatherSTEM station to help improve golfer safety at Penn State Golf Courses
Halfway through a round of golf at the Penn State Golf Courses, dark clouds gather in the distance. In a few minutes, the sky could unleash soaking rain, dangerous lightning or perhaps nothing at all. But thanks to technology developed by Edward Mansouri, a Penn State alumnus, golfers will receive new and improved weather alerts from course officials.
- Bees' ability to forage decreases as air pollution increases
Air pollutants interact with and break down plant-emitted scent molecules, which insect pollinators use to locate needed food, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State. The pollution-modified plant odors can confuse bees and, as a result, bees' foraging time increases and pollination efficiency decreases. This happens because the chemical interactions decrease both the scent molecules' life spans and the distances they travel.
- Geosciences students earn second in international contest, bring home Selley Cup
A team of five Penn State geosciences graduate students finished in second place in the international Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition, held June 17 and 18 in Calgary, Canada. This is the second year in a row that a Penn State team placed second in the contest, taking home the Selley Cup and $10,000.
- Liu named Joseph Kreutzberger Early Career Professor in College of EMS
Shimin Liu, assistant professor of energy and mineral engineering, has been named the inaugural Joseph Kreutzbeger Early Career Professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, effective July 1.
- New device could unlock information potential of sunlight
Penn State researchers have created an artificially intelligent device that uses bug-like features to collect information from sunlight that could be used to improve solar energy conversion technologies, landscape architecture, farming, and other industries.
- $1.3 million grant to predict fluid behavior, enhance oil recovery
In the U.S., approximately 60 percent of oil underground is inaccessible through conventional recovery methods, but through a new $1.3 million grant from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, is developing improved methods to free the once-trapped fossil fuel.
- Kim named Norris B. McFarlane Professor in materials science and engineering
Hojong Kim, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been named the Norris B. McFarlane Career Development Professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, effective July 1.
- Land, space, sun or sea, Penn State is the place to be
Penn State is not only a Land-Grant university, but also a Space Grant, Sun Grant and Sea Grant university. There is only one other university in the country that can claim all of these designations, which signal a university’s ability to receive federal funding for research projects that benefit the larger community.
- Richardson named EMS associate dean for education
Yvette Richardson, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, has been named associate dean for education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), effective July 1. She will succeed Nels Shirer, who served as associate dean for education since 2012.
- Undergraduate researchers Biscoveanu, Cordell awarded Astronaut Scholarships
Andrea Sylvia Biscoveanu and Jacob Cordell have been awarded the Astronaut Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year, bringing the total number of Penn State recipients to 26 in the history of this prestigious honor.