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  • Geological Society grant supports Susquehanna Shale Hills research
    Tue, 06/30/2015 - 13:32
    Yu Zhang, an environmental engineering doctoral candidate, recently received a Geological Society of America research grant to help fund his hydrological-morphodynamic modeling research on the Susquehanna Shale Hills.
  • Yosemite forest fire example of possible things to come
    Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:45
    Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western U.S., according to Penn State physical geographers who also see that the long history of fire exclusion on federal lands leads to uncharacteristically severe burns and potentially changes the dynamics of forests and their recovery.
  • Geosciences student finds rare starfish fossil in Happy Valley
    Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:20

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Anna Whitaker, a rising sophomore and an honors student in Geosciences, recently went searching for fossils and made an impressive discovery.  Fossils have been prolific at the flank of Tussey Mountain above Pine Grove Mills, just minutes away from the campus, but this find – a starfish from the Ordovician (485-444 Ma) Reedsville Shale – is perhaps a first! Full Story. 

  • Geosciences student finds rare starfish fossil in Happy Valley
    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:44

    Anna Whitaker, a rising sophomore and an honors student in Geosciences, recently went searching for fossils and made an impressive discovery.  Fossils have been prolific at the flank of Tussey Mountain above Pine Grove Mills, just minutes away from the campus, but this find – a starfish from the Ordovician (485-444 Ma) Reedsville Shale – is perhaps a first! Full Story

  • Geosciences students win second place in international oil prospect competition
    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:26
    A team of five Penn State students won second place and $10,000 in the highly competitive, international Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) program, hosted by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the AAPG Foundation. More than 1,000 students from 132 teams, representing 36 countries, competed. The five Penn State students, all pursuing master’s degrees in geosciences, each spent 60-80 hours weekly for eight weeks straight on a real-world geosciences application: oil exploration.
  • Penn State researchers awarded funding for online learning innovations
    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 08:00
    Seven Penn State researchers will receive seed funding for projects to improve teaching and learning through online innovation. The funding is thanks to the Penn State Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL).
  • Penn State selected as Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences
    Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:47
    Penn State was one of a select group of U.S. educational institutions to be named a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences (CAE GS) by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This recognition cements Penn State’s reputation as a leading provider of geospatial science education, which includes mapmaking, spatial data analysis, visual analytics, remote sensing, geospatial intelligence, homeland security and geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Penn State launches Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems
    Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:40
    Today’s power systems are going through a significant transition to move toward a more sustainable framework. This can be seen by the increasing integration of renewable resources, the growth of distributed generation, the burgeoning need for dispatchable grid storage and heightened levels of demand by companies around the world.
  • State High students partner with Penn State to monitor water quality
    Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:55
    State College Area High School students are taking samples and recording data on water quality at Black Moshannon State Park as part of the TeenShale Network partnership with Penn State. TeenShale is part of the Shale Network, an ongoing research initiative by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State and other institutions collecting data on water quality where natural gas drilling is taking place.
  • Diode a few atoms thick shows surprising quantum effect
    Fri, 06/19/2015 - 20:07
    A quantum mechanical transport phenomenon demonstrated for the first time in synthetic, atomically-thin layered material at room temperature could lead to novel nanoelectronic circuits and devices, according to researchers at Penn State and three other U.S. and international universities.
  • Jet contrails affect surface temperatures
    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:33
    High in the sky where the cirrus ice crystal clouds form, jet contrails draw their crisscross patterns. Now researchers have found that these elevated ice cloud trails can influence temperatures on the ground and affect local climate, according to a team of Penn State geographers.
  • By any name: The Obelisk
    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:12
    In 1894 Magnus C. Ihlseng, professor of mining engineering and geology, employed a freshman in the mining program to secure stones from across Pennsylvania and elsewhere to build an instructional, yet artistic, monument that would demonstrate the weathering qualities and commercial value of the state's building stones. One hundred and twenty-one years later, the Obelisk still stands tall on Penn State's University Park campus.
  • Student-produced programs shine in statewide AP competition
    Fri, 06/05/2015 - 11:22
    Three television news programs produced by Penn State students earned first-place and another show finished second in a statewide competition during which the students’ work was measured against that of working professionals in medium-sized TV markets across the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Penn State summer camp to welcome weather enthusiasts for 15th year
    Mon, 06/01/2015 - 08:00
    For the past 14 years, Penn State’s weather camps have welcomed students who were looking for a hands-on experience in weather forecasting. Now entering the 15th year, the Penn State Weather Camp and Advanced Weather Camp will be held in June.
  • Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2015
    Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:00
    Following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty at Penn State, effective July 1.
  • Taking the water out of a car wash
    Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:10
    A recent Penn State graduate's local business is growing fast while saving water.
  • Penn State mapping tool could help save seabirds
    Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:02
    To help fisheries around the world adopt more environmentally friendly fishing practices, the American Bird Conservancy turned to Penn State’s Center for Environmental Informatics (CEI), a group of earth scientists and geographers who turn scientific data into usable decision-making tools, to build a one-of-a-kind online mapping application.
  • Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals future climate
    Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:37

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current through the North Atlantic Ocean.  The current's origin puzzled scientists for a decade, but an international team of researchers has now discovered how it formed and the findings may have implications for the carbon dioxide emission sensitivity of today's climate.

  • Are we ready for more offshore drilling?
    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:27

    Read "Are we ready for more offshore drilling?" in The Conversation. Article is by Eugene Morgan, assistant professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering.

  • Dr. Gene Hunt, Curator of Ostracoda at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History, speaks at Geosciences Colloquium Series on Tuesday, April 28th
    Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:47

    Dr. Hunt presents "Understanding the Trait Evolution of Fossil Lineages" on Tuesday, April 28th, 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!

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>>