- College of EMS campaign exceeds goal -- twice over -- raising $107.9 million
For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, a seven-and-a-half year, $2.18 billion fundraising campaign, came to a close June 30, with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) twice exceeding its goal, raising more than $107.9 million. The campaign—the most significant fundraising effort in Penn State’s history—has set a new precedent for private giving to both the college and the University.
- Messing elected World Academy of Ceramics president
Gary Messing, distinguished professor of ceramics and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was elected president of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC). He was elected at the 13th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies (CIMTEC) held in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy, June 8 to 19. Messing also served as co-chair of CIMTEC.
- Faculty member Mort Webster makes our energy future a little less uncertain
Sometimes it takes an external perspective to remind us of our strengths. Mort Webster, associate professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, recently came to Penn State from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He can't say enough good things about Penn State's diverse expertise and strong support for interdisciplinary research.
- Penn State offers new online master of professional studies degree in geodesign
Penn State has announced the creation of a master of professional studies (MPS) degree in geodesign, with applications now being accepted. A rapidly emerging discipline, geodesign incorporates concepts and methodologies from geography as well as architecture, landscape architecture and other sciences to creatively respond to social and environmental changes and challenges.
- Businesses work with students, PennTAP to assess energy usage in facilities
According to the PennTAP annual report, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program provided 273 cases of technical assistance to clients across the commonwealth in 2013. Clients have reported more than $7.7 million in economic impact and 72 jobs created or retained. And many Penn State students are now involved with projects across the state.
- Fine-scale climate model projections predict malaria at local levels
Fine-scale climate model projections suggest the possibility that population centers in cool, highland regions of East Africa could be more vulnerable to malaria than previously thought, while population centers in hot, lowland areas could be less vulnerable, according to a team of researchers. The team applied a statistical technique to conventional, coarse-scale climate models to better predict malaria dynamics at local levels.
- Penn State's GridSTAR Center hosts immersive leadership program
On May 19th a cadre of Penn State students began an Immersive Leadership Experience in Sustainable Energy and Business. This summer program combines hands-on coursework with internship experiences, and is hosted by GridSTAR Center, which is a smart grid educational and operational research center that is part of the Architectural Engineering Department at Penn State, located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
- Eric and Molly Barron create EMS Trustee Scholarships, benefit Arboretum
Penn State’s 18th President, Eric J. Barron, and his wife, Molly, have committed to give $150,000 to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and The Arboretum at Penn State. Part of the gift will be used to create two Trustee Scholarships in the college, and $50,000 will name the Bedrock Boulders collection in the Children’s Garden at the Arboretum.
- New center aims to push the boundaries of 3D printing
Additive manufacturing, sometimes known as 3D printing, is exactly what it sounds like. Working from a computer-generated model, a "printer" puts down layer after layer of material, adding layers until the design is realized in a finished part.
Admittedly, there's a lot of hype attached to this new technology. But there's plenty of real-world promise, too. Penn State's Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, known as CIMP-3D, aims to be a world-class resource for that resurgence.
- Renewable energy certificate programs now available at Penn State World Campus
By 2040, 63 percent of the nation’s electricity will be generated by lower-carbon options, which will result in double-digit demand for green energy jobs. Penn State is launching graduate certificate programs in bioenergy, solar energy, wind energy, and sustainability management and policy, delivered online by Penn State World Campus, to prepare adults for these jobs.
- Randall Receives Ferroelectrics Recognition Award
The Ferroelectrics Recognition Award (IEEE-UFFC) was presented to Prof. Clive Randall (co-director of the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics) at the recent International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF) meeting at Penn State University (Prof. Susan Trolier-McKinstry, general chair). Prof. Randall’s work was recognized for a number of long-standing contributions to the field of ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and dielectrics, ranging from a fundamental perspective through to engineering in aiding commercialization. Randall said” it was a great pleasure to receive this award, and that it was largely due to the inspiration of his wonderful colleagues, collaborators, students, and staff over the years”, and he accepted on behalf of this large group.
- Aditi Khadilkar receives Outstanding Paper Award at International Conference
Aditi Khadilkar, a Penn State doctoral student in energy and mineral engineering, received the Outstanding Presentation Award at the sixth International Freiberg Conference on IGCC (integrated gasification combined cycle) & XtL Technologies.
- Penn State awarded inaugural advanced manufacturing technology planning grant
Penn State is the recipient of one of 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The grants, awarded to universities and other nonprofit organizations, are the first conferred by NIST's new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia Program. Penn State will use the funding to launch the Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Materials.
- EMS Energy Institute publishes 2014 Edition of Energy Innovation
The 2014 edition of Energy Innovation is available to read online. Energy Innovation is an annual publication from the EMS Energy Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
- Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2014
Following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty at Penn State, effective July 1.
- Evans named acting director of Institutes of Energy and the Environment
Jenni L. Evans, professor of meteorology, has been named acting director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) by Neil Sharkey, interim vice president for research. The appointment is effective July 1.
- Latanision awarded Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal
Ronald Latanision, senior fellow at Exponent and MIT professor emeritus of materials science and engineering and nuclear engineering, was awarded the 2014 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal by Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS).
- Brewer named head of the Department of Geography
Cynthia A. Brewer, professor of geography and director of the Peter R. Gould Center for Geography Education and Outreach, has been appointed as head of the Department of Geography effective July 1, 2014. She succeeds Karl Zimmerer who will remain an active member of the faculty after serving as department head for seven years.
- Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Alan Rooney, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, will present on Wednesday, April 23rd at 4 PM in 022 Deike.
Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Alan Rooney, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, will present "Weathering the Snowball: Insights and Implications from Re-OS Geochronology" on Wednesday, April 23rd at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.
Dr. Rooney research interests lie in geochronology and the geochemical evolution of the Earth during pivotal times of change. This work integrates geological mapping, geochronology, and isotope geochemistry to better understand the driving mechanisms underlying many geological phenomena such as extreme climate perturbations, biogeochemical developments, and crustal processes such as hydrocarbon generation and migration. Dr. Rooney holds a Ph.D. in Geology and Geochemistry from Durham University, a Masters from Stockholm University, and a BSc from Glasgow University.
- Work of EMS faculty on IPCC climate change reports featured in CDT's "Focus on Research"
The climate is changing, people are playing a major role in the changes, and individuals and communities in all parts of the world are experiencing the effects.
Those are some of the key conclusions in the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Penn State faculty who were contributors to these comprehensive scientific assessments said they expect that the findings — based on more finely tuned climate models and an expanded look at the effects of climate change — will resonate with the public. View online <http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/19/4141697/penn-state-faculty-acting-as-scientific.html>