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  • Rolling lab tracks methane to its source
    Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:40
    Mobile measurement should give a better handle on emissions from gas development.
  • Foundation CMG’s $1.25M gift establishes industrial chair in EMS
    Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:35
    The CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation (Foundation CMG) recently gave funds to establish a new industrial chair in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State. The five-year, $1.25 million gift will be used to fund the Foundation CMG Industrial Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions.
  • Third annual EMS undergraduate poster exhibition showcases research
    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:01
    The third annual College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Undergraduate Poster Exhibition was held Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Deike Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. Organized by the Ryan Family Student Center, the poster exhibition provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in EMS to showcase their research, and connect and share their work with other students, faculty and staff.
  • Lvov publishes book on electrochemical science and engineering
    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:29
    Serguei Lvov, professor of energy and mineral engineering, and materials science and engineering, has a forthcoming book titled “Introduction to Electrochemical Science and Engineering.”
  • Chen receives award from Materials Research Society
    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:11
    Long-Qing Chen received the Materials Research Society’s Materials Theory Award at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting Awards Ceremony held Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 in Boston.
  • Penn State receives NSF Critical Zone Collaboration Grant
    Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:51
    Understanding of the Critical Zone, which stretches from tree tops to the deepest fresh groundwater -- the place where rock, soil, water, air and living organisms interact and shape Earth's surface -- will get a needed boost funded by a $1.35 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
  • 'From the Front Line: Climate Change Conversations' to be held Dec. 12
    Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:44
    A facilitated discussion with Petra Tschakert and Chris Forest about recently released reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and learnings from 2014 Lima Climate Change Convention will take place from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in 112 Walker Building. An informal reception will follow.
  • Energy engineering alums go global with renewable energy company in India
    Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:53
    Penn State alumnus Himadeep Nallavadla is chief executive officer and founder of Halo Energie, a company winning solar development bids through India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
  • The fine structure of fine steels
    Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:30
    Materials engineer Allison Beese explores the links between microscopic anatomy and useful traits of new alloys.
  • Turn back the molecular clock, say Argentina's plant fossils
    Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:13
    Molecular clocks -- based on changes in genetic material -- indicate much younger ages for a wide variety of plants found as fossils in southern Argentina than do the solid, geologic dates of those fossils, according to geoscientists who surveyed recent paleobotanical discoveries in Patagonia.
  • Dr. Andrew Nyblade, Penn State Geophysicist and Director of AfricaArray, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.
    Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:24

    Dr. Nyblade, Professor, Department of Geosciences at Penn State, presents "Cenozoic Rifting, Plateau Uplift and Volcanism in Eastern Africa and the African Superplume" on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. 


    Dr. Nyblade received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Wyoming, and a B.A. in Geology from Wittenberg University. Born and raised in Tanzania, he has been leading geophysical research in eastern and southern Africa for more than 20 years, focused on understanding the structure and dynamic evolution of continental lithosphere. In addition, Dr. Nyblade has served as Director of AfricaArray since its launch in 2004. AfricaArray is an innovative program to promote, strengthen, and maintain a workforce of highly trained African geoscientists and researchers for Africa. It combines student education with establishment of a research program in geophysics, field schools attended by African and American students and corporate personnel, and a graduate exchange program.

  • Woldemar Weyl, founder of modern glass science
    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:08
    Glass research was the bailiwick of Professor Woldemar Weyl -- one of the founders of the modern science of glass. He was among the first Penn State faculty to bring about a close collaboration between the University and private industry to support basic and applied research. In 1960, Weyl was named one of the first two faculty to receive an Evan Pugh Professorship -- of Glass Technology -- for his many contributions as a researcher. (Mathematics professor Haskell Curry was the other.) Weyl's research on the chemistry and physics of glass led to numerous practical applications and better everyday materials.
  • Eser named 2014 American Chemical Society Fellow
    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:47
    Semih Eser, professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Eser was one of 99 scientists selected as part of the 2014 class of ACS Fellows.
  • Unconventional Natural Resources Consortium holds annual meeting
    Tue, 11/18/2014 - 09:04
    The Unconventional Natural Resources Consortium (UNRC) held its third technical meeting on Nov. 17 at the EMS Energy Institute. Representatives from three member companies: Hess, Chevron and Shell; as well as Penn State faculty and students participated in the meeting.
  • Students battle for title of Mr. EMS, raise money for fight against cancer
    Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:55
    The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) undergraduate student council recently held a Mr. EMS pageant to raise funds for Relay for Life and EMS THON.
  • Kohler appointed Deike Endowed Chair in Mining Engineering
    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:25
    Jeffery L. Kohler, professor of mining engineering and undergraduate program chair of mining engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, has been appointed the George H. Jr. and Anne B. Deike Endowed Chair in Mining Engineering.
  • Dr. Byron Parizek, Penn State Glaciologist and Hydrogeologist, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, November 18th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.
    Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:17

    Dr. Parizek, Associate Professor in Mathematics and Geosciences at Penn State DuBois and member of the Geosciences Graduate Faculty, presents "Simulating Ice-Sheet Dynamics: (De)Coding the Sea-Level-Rise Bombs" on Tuesday, November 18th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


    Dr. Parizek obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geosciences and B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests relate to physical processes in the Earth Sciences and have lead to travel to locations as diverse as Antarctica and Abu Dhabi. In addition to a focus on glaciological studies, he also has many years of field experience in hydrogeology. Dr. Parizek has served as the  Lead PI, Co-PI, or Co-I on eight NSF and NASA grants from 2005-Present, was the recipient of the 2011 Delta Mu Sigma Honor Society’s Susanne Waitkus Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, and was twice nominated for the prestigious Schreyer Teaching Award. He a member the Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration (PSICE) Center and The Polar Center. 


  • Dr. Emma Bullock, Geochemist, Mineralogy and Petrology of Meteorites, The Smithsonian Institution, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, November 11th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.
    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:29

    Dr. Bullock's talk is entitled "The Solar System's First Dust Bunnies." Prior to the November 11th talk, a Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.


    Dr. Bullock obtained her undergraduate degree in Geochemistry from the University of Manchester, followed by a Ph.D. at the Open University (England). Before joining the Smithsonian, she worked at the Natural History Museum, London, where she studied aqueous alteration in primitive meteorites. Her research is focused on refractory inclusions and early solar system chronology.

  • Dr. Peter Kelemen, the Arthur D. Storke Professor of Geochemistry at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, November 4th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.
    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:37

    Dr. Kelemen's talk is entitled "Emulating Natural Systems for Geologic CO2 Capture and Storage and to Enhance Subsurface Permeability." Prior to the November 4th talk, a Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.


    Dr. Kelemen received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Washington. His current research is focused on reactive transport of lava through the Earth’s upper mantle and lower crust, genesis and evolution of oceanic and continental crust, new mechanisms for earthquake initiation, geologic capture and storage of CO2 (CCS), and reaction-driven cracking in natural and engineered settings. He was a founding partner of Dihedral Exploration (1980-1992), consultants specializing in exploration for mineral deposits in Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Dr. Kelemen's worldwide research has taken him from7,500 meters above sea level in Pakistan to 5,500 meters below sea level via submersibles along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

  • Dr. Pincelli Hull, Assistant Professor, the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, October 28th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.
    Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:43

    Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Pincelli Hull, Assistant Professor of Paleontology, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, presents "Resolving Communities Through Time: The Promise and Challenge of Measuring Biotic Sensitivity in Cenozoic Oceans" on Tuesday, October 28th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk speaker reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


    Dr. Hull received her Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego and a B.S. in Biology from Duke University with post doctoral research in Germany and at Yale University. She also spent a college semester at sea with the Sea Education Association, studying oceanography, nautical science and maritime history. Dr. Hull is broadly interested in the evolution and ecology of open ocean ecosystems and species over long-time scales as these are the scales on which species evolve and go extinct and ecosystems collapse and reassemble. The Hull Lab focuses on understanding open ocean ecosystems through the Cenozoic (the last 65 million years), disentangling the causes and consequences of mass extinctions and quantifying community response to global change. Her goal is to understand how species, communities, and ecosystems are shaped by large infrequent events like mass extinctions and climate change and how such events affect the history of life. Ultimately, the group hopes to gain some insight into how Earth’s biota will respond to the profound, widespread human-caused environmental and climatic changes of today.


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>>