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  • Dean of EMS tapped for NSF post
    Fri, 12/09/2016 - 11:55
    The National Science Foundation has named William E. Easterling III, professor of geography and dean of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), to serve as director for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Washington D.C., which supports fundamental research spanning the atmospheric, earth, ocean and polar sciences.
  • Energy engineering design projects wanted
    Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:00

    Students in the energy engineering program finish their studies with an engineering design course in which they work with industry and alumni partners on real-world projects. We are seeking alumni and industry partners to sponsor a project this spring. The project provides companies an opportunity to help students and work with graduating seniors who may be potential recruits. The deadline to submit a project is December 16. Learn more about the project on Penn State's Learning Factory website.

  • Big data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites
    Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:08
    A computer program is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.
  • Apartheid’s lingering effects on HIV and AIDS
    Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:30
    Though it was abolished more than two decades ago, Apartheid continues to affect communities in South Africa. Penn State geography researcher Brian King has been studying the political system's effects on rates of HIV and AIDS today in rural South Africa.
  • Alumnus’ intensity, creativity and drive led to great accomplishments, impact
    Mon, 12/05/2016 - 09:59
    Intense drive, creativity and a commitment to doing what’s right: Those are a few of the characteristics two Penn State professors say describe Mark Pagani, a Penn State geosciences alumnus who died Nov. 18 after multiple years of battling an aggressive type of lymphoma.
  • Alumnus’ intensity, creativity and drive led to great accomplishments, impact
    Mon, 12/05/2016 - 09:59
    Intense drive, creativity and a commitment to doing what’s right: Those are a few of the characteristics two Penn State professors say describe Mark Pagani, a Penn State geosciences alumnus who died Nov. 18 after multiple years of battling an aggressive type of lymphoma.
  • Penn State In the News: November 2016
    Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:10
    Penn State appears in the news hundreds of times every day. Monthly, the University’s Office of Strategic Communications features national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.
  • Controlling chain conformations to enhance electronic devices
    Thu, 12/01/2016 - 17:07
    Controlling the way fluorinated polymer chains twist and turn may enable fast and flexible electrical circuits, according to collaborative research conducted at Penn State. The findings may offer substantial impact on the development of new polymer-type materials used in flexible electronic applications.
  • Climate cycles may explain how running water carved Mars' surface features
    Thu, 12/01/2016 - 11:49
    Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet's surface, according to a team of planetary scientists.
  • EMS students tour Iceland’s renewable energy facilities
    Wed, 11/30/2016 - 16:54
    This summer, with the help of a scholarship from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, EMS students toured the country as part of the Global Renewable Energy Education Network, or GREEN, program’s Iceland trip. There, students spent 10 days in unique classroom settings at Reykjavik University’s School of Science and Engineering, paired with adventure trips to tour the renewable energy facilities that produce 99 percent of Iceland’s energy needs.
  • Five Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows
    Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:42
    Five Penn state faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the organization announced.
  • EMS undergraduate students to present their research at annual exhibition
    Mon, 11/28/2016 - 09:05
    Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Undergraduate Poster Exhibition is a chance for undergraduate students to showcase their research, and connect and share their work with other students, faculty, staff and the public. The exhibition is organized by the college’s Ryan Family Student Center.
  • EMS student gains different perspective on energy industry through internship
    Mon, 11/28/2016 - 08:00
    Vivek “VT” Thomas, a senior petroleum and natural gas engineering student in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, expected to learn a variety of skills from his experience as an intern during summer 2016. However, he didn’t foresee the importance of training companies in the rapidly changing oil and gas industry.
  • Design showcase to feature engineering student projects
    Wed, 11/23/2016 - 13:29
    The fall 2016 College of Engineering Design Showcase will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.
  • EMS sets goal of raising $10,000 on Giving Tuesday for Millennium Scholars
    Tue, 11/22/2016 - 08:57
    The Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will be raising money to support the Millennium Scholars program on Giving Tuesday, slated to begin at 6:55 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, and lasting through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The college aims to raise $10,000, which will help fund one Millennium Scholar in the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Penn State Positive Energy spruces up park, tours natural gas company
    Fri, 11/18/2016 - 14:31
    More than a dozen members of Penn State’s Positive Energy student group cleaned up areas of Cross Creek Park in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in a partnership with the natural gas company Range Resources.
  • Sixteen faculty members named first General Education Faculty Fellows
    Fri, 11/18/2016 - 10:46
    Sixteen faculty members representing various campuses, colleges, and General Education areas at Penn State, have been named General Education Faculty Fellows. The General Education Faculty Fellows Program is a new initiative of the recently created Office for General Education.
  • Graduate student serves as scientific expert for Chicxulub crater research
    Thu, 11/17/2016 - 15:25
    Geosciences doctoral student Heather Jones lent her scientific expertise in micropaleontology to assist the first-ever research team to collect samples from the Chicxulub asteroid impact crater — widely believed to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

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>>