- 'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed
The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in the polymer/ceramic composite from dielectric breakdown.
- EMS professors, couple to research Colombian shale through Fulbright awards
What are the odds that two Penn State professors married to each other are able to both receive Fulbright awards for consecutive semesters in the same country? For Luis Ayala and Zuleima Karpyn, luck seemed to be on their side. Ayala, William A. Fustos Family Professor in Energy and Mineral Engineering, and Karpyn, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, both received the Fulbright-Colciencias Innovation and Technology Award from the Fulbright Program to conduct research in Colombia for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
- Former New Kensington student’s ‘fracking’ research competing in Dubai
Michael Cavazza took on Penn State in March. Then he took on North America in April. Now he takes on the world in September. Cavazza, a former student at Penn State New Kensington, will compete in a student research paper competition against 14 international regional winners at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- EMS Upward Bound Math and Science team wins more than just first place
Six weeks of hard work paid off for Miguel Santana and Cintia Vasquez, two high school students who participated in the Upward Bound Math and Science Summer Residential Program through the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS). They were awarded first place at the program’s awards ceremony, held July 2, at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. But the students achieved much more than just an award, like learning how to conduct research in a lab and deliver a presentation to their peers.
- Researchers use IT to unlock the mysteries of human evolution
Researchers at Penn State's Center for Quantitative Imaging are using microCT scanning technology to learn more about how and why modern humans evolved.
- Penn State welcomes first four Botstiber Foundation scholars from Africa
New scholarship program between the Botstiber Foundation and Penn State brings in four freshmen this fall.
- College marshal starts career before graduation with help from online degree
Choosing to finish a degree through Penn State World Campus was easy for Tip Stama, but he still faced hurdles during his educational journey. In August, after taking a hiatus from his studies, Stama will graduate with a 4.0 grade-point average and a B.A. in energy and sustainability policy (ESP), an online College of Earth and Mineral Sciences program. He will represent his graduating class as college marshal and is the second ESP graduate selected for this honor. Unlike most students who start working full-time after graduating, Stama began his career as an environmental compliance specialist in May.
- St. Paul Island mammoths most accurately dated 'prehistoric' extinction ever
While the Minoan culture on Crete was just beginning, woolly mammoths were disappearing from St. Paul Island, Alaska, according to an international team of scientists who have dated this extinction to 5,600 years ago.
- Global climate models do not easily downscale for regional predictions
One size does not always fit all, especially when it comes to global climate models, according to Penn State climate researchers.
- 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.