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  • New research on ancient Alpine rocks may unveil clues to Earth's evolution
    Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:42
    High up in the Western Alps is a swath of rocks that could provide new insight into what happens deep in the Earth's subsurface. A new $4.2 million initiative, known as the ExTerra Field Institute and Research Endeavor (E-FIRE), will allow researchers from nine U.S. institutions to conduct in-depth analyses of these rocks, which will improve our understanding of the forces governing activity beneath the crust and help us better understand the Earth's evolution.
  • Researchers receive NSF grant to study how household decisions impact climate
    Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:00
    Researchers from five universities, including Penn State, received funding to work with families in two test communities and find whether they would change their habits to lessen the impacts of climate change. The researchers will propose more sustainable practices, find which ones are acceptable to the families and use computer models to determine what impacts the changes would have on the environment.
  • Geobiology student wins 2016 Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award
    Mon, 10/24/2016 - 08:32
    Anna Whitaker, a Schreyer Scholar and junior studying geobiology in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), was recently honored with the Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG) 2016 Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award. She was recognized during an awards breakfast at the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) annual meeting in Denver on Sept. 26.
  • Back to basics: EMS dean talks about why fundamental scientific research matters
    Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:08
    William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, recently sat down for a Q&A to discuss his keynote address at Research Penn State 2016, a showcase for the University’s five interdisciplinary research institutes.
  • Vice Provost for Global Programs to represent Penn State on national boards
    Fri, 10/21/2016 - 08:19
    In recognition of his contributions he has recently been elected to serve on both the Board of National Association of International Educators and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives Executive Committee, both are a three-year commitment.
  • Penn State Association of Women Geoscientists receives excellence award
    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 17:14
    The Penn State chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG) recently received the 2016 AWG Chapter Excellence Award during an awards breakfast at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, on September 26.
  • Huddle with the Faculty discussion to look at Penn State's global reach
    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 09:00
    The Penn State Alumni Association's Huddle with the Faculty series continues Oct. 22 when Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs, will lead a discussion titled, "Impact the World: Enhancing Penn State's Global Reach." Huddle with the Faculty takes place at The Nittany Lion Inn on the Saturday morning of each home football game during the 2016 season. Complimentary continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation starts at 9 a.m.
  • Susan Brantley receives top geochemistry award from American Chemical Society
    Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:03
    Susan Brantley, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and director of Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, has received the American Chemical Society's 2017 Geochemistry Division Medal. The award is the top prize in geochemistry given by the ACS and is reserved for researchers who have made outstanding accomplishments in that field.
  • Website tracks seismic activity in Pennsylvania
    Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:49
    A new website lets people track earthquakes and other seismic activity that happens across Pennsylvania. The website is part of The Pennsylvania State Seismic Network, a collaboration between Penn State and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
  • Heard on Campus: Rush Holt, retired lawmaker and AAAS leader
    Thu, 10/13/2016 - 20:42
    Rush Holt, retired congressman and executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, headlined a panel of Penn State researchers discussing policy and science on Oct. 13 at the Freeman Auditorium in the HUB-Robeson Center.
  • Meteorology alumnus helps provide critical air quality forecasts in internship
    Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:21
    Shortly after graduating in May 2016, Matt Brown applied skills he learned from his Penn State undergraduate education to help address a critical issue: forecasting air quality. During summer 2016, he completed an internship in the Penn State Air Quality Forecast Office, where he collaborated in providing important forecasts for community planners, local officials and the public.
  • Penn State, Rutgers win grant to create Virtual Data Collaboratory
    Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:00
    Penn State University has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Penn State and Rutgers University, in partnership with several other institutions, to develop, deploy, and evaluate the Virtual Data Collaboratory, a distributed data infrastructure to support data intensive science.
  • DOE grant focuses on next-generation anion exchange membranes
    Thu, 10/13/2016 - 11:59
    Low cost, durable, commercially viable polymer-based anion-exchange membranes, a critical component in fuel cells and other energy-conversion devices, are the focus of a $2,300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to an industry, government, university collaboration including Penn State.
  • Eight Penn State graduates to pursue advanced degrees with NSF grant
    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:50
    Eight students who recently earned undergraduate degrees at Penn State have been named National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Russo named Slingerland Early Career Professor in geosciences
    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:01
    Tess Russo, assistant professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), has been named the Rudy L. Slingerland Early Career Professor of Geosciences for her early career achievements in teaching, research and service.
  • Lauren Zarzar named Walker Faculty Fellow in materials science and engineering
    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 09:33
    Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and chemistry, has been named the Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering for her contributions to teaching, research and service in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
  • University leaders attend renovated Steidle Building dedication ceremony
    Tue, 10/11/2016 - 07:01
    On Sept. 30, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering hosted tours of the renovated Steidle Building and held a dedication ceremony that featured remarks from Penn State President Eric Barron; Ira Lubert, chairman of Penn State’s Board of Trustees; William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences; and Susan Sinnott, head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Climate change impacts on Menominee nation's forest home focus of NSF funding
    Mon, 10/10/2016 - 15:07
    A Native American tribal nation in Wisconsin faces cultural and economic challenges as climate change impacts its forest home. A $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to study this relationship and how it could inform decision-making about forest management.
  • AB Volvo honored as Penn State’s Corporate Partner of the Year
    Mon, 10/10/2016 - 06:00
    Penn State honored AB Volvo as its Corporate Partner of the Year at an event on Oct. 7. Penn State President Eric J. Barron presented the award in celebration of AB Volvo’s multifaceted relationship with the University.
  • On the hunt for wetlands, retreating glaciers and climate-change knowledge
    Sat, 10/08/2016 - 21:56
    Deep in the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska, 12 undergraduates from Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Science, along with faculty, navigated boot-sucking muskegs to collect methane and peat samples that will provide carbon storage and emission information about wetlands in landscapes with retreating glaciers. The students were on the front lines researching climate change this summer as part of the college’s 2016 Center for Advanced Undergraduate Studies course.

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>>