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  • New device could unlock information potential of sunlight
    Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:37
    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
    Tue, 06/21/2016 - 08:24
    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
    Mon, 06/20/2016 - 14:44
    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
    Mon, 06/20/2016 - 09:44
    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
    Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:35
    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
    Fri, 06/17/2016 - 08:30
    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.
  • Huntoon awarded EMS Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal
    Fri, 06/10/2016 - 16:01
    Jacqueline Huntoon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University, has been selected to receive the 2016 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal from Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS).
  • Hickner named Corning Fellow in materials science and engineering
    Wed, 06/08/2016 - 08:55
    Michael Hickner, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and chemical engineering, has been named the Corning Faculty Fellow in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, effective July 1.
  • New website explores impacts of Marcellus gas development
    Tue, 06/07/2016 - 13:00
    A new website shows residents in rural Pennsylvania the many factors that go into planning for Marcellus Shale gas development, and how communities can play a role in the process.
  • NETL and member universities kick off new Coalition on Clean Energy
    Tue, 06/07/2016 - 09:56
    Representatives of nine universities and the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy met at Penn State to kick off the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER), a six-year program funded by NETL for $20 million that will explore a broad range of research in coal, natural gas and oil including carbon dioxide capture, storage and use.
  • Microgrids, not always economically efficient in regulated electricity
    Mon, 06/06/2016 - 09:44
    Installing a microgrid within a regulated electricity market will sometimes, but not always, provide an economic benefit to customers, investors and utilities involved, according to new research led by Chiara Lo Prete, assistant professor of energy economics, Penn State.
  • Distinguished professor wins top award from Geological Society
    Fri, 06/03/2016 - 09:09
    Penn State Distinguished Professor of Geosciences Susan Brantley will receive the Wollaston Medal, the highest award given by the Geological Society of London.
  • Faculty and Staff News of Record: 25-Year Awards June 2016
    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 15:11
    Penn State recognizes employees who have completed 25 years of service. For the most recent listing of 25-Year Award recipients, go to
  • 3D patterned membranes may allow rapid advances in membrane technology
    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:54
    A new type of 3D printing will make it possible for the first time to rapidly prototype and test polymer membranes that are patterned for improved performance, according to Penn State researchers.
  • Students win regional Imperial Barrel Award contest, advance to finals
    Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:23
    Five geosciences graduate students won first place in the Eastern regional competition of the Imperial Barrel Award, which pits groups of graduate students across the world against each other in a real-world oil prospecting competition. The team will advance to the final, international round of the competition held on June 17 and 18, 2016, in Calgary, Canada.
  • Song delivers briefing on carbon dioxide conversion at U.S. Energy Association
    Tue, 05/31/2016 - 10:54
    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
    Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:17
    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
    Tue, 05/24/2016 - 16:19
    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
    Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:27
    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
    Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:04
    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.

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>>