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  • Mining engineering senior shares love of industry with Boy Scouts seeking badge
    Fri, 02/24/2017 - 14:32
    Whether you’re reading this on your cellphone, tablet or desktop computer, Sam Baker wants you to know one thing: It’s made almost entirely from materials mined from the ground. Baker, a senior majoring in mining engineering, has championed a cause of informing people about the benefit — and necessity — of mining.
  • EMS alum working for SpaceX says travel to Mars within reach
    Thu, 02/23/2017 - 13:12
    It’s safe to say that Penn State alumnus Michael Policelli’s career goals are pretty ambitious: supporting the effort to launch manned missions to Mars in a quest to colonize our neighboring planet. He's using his background in engineering to tackle the daunting task one step at a time.
  • Geography undergraduate researches tea plantation loss through Tea Institute
    Thu, 02/23/2017 - 08:58
    For Zongjun Li, a junior majoring in geography at Penn State, the chance to explore real-life opportunities with his degree is what drives him as an undergraduate student.
  • National Science Foundation funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State
    Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:55
    The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
  • Black History Month Scholar's program highlights faculty research
    Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:31
    Panelists will share their research in three panel discussions for the Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program, highlighting scholarship by Penn State faculty members of African descent, Feb. 21 and 22 in Pattee Library's Foster Auditorium at University Park.
  • Search begins for dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
    Mon, 02/20/2017 - 09:19
    Penn State has launched a national search for the next dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Rick Roush, dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is chairing the search committee.
  • Study shows China's severe weather patterns changing drastically since 1960
    Fri, 02/17/2017 - 05:00
    In one of the most comprehensive studies on trends in local severe weather patterns to date, an international team of researchers found that the frequency of hail storms, thunderstorms and high wind events has decreased by nearly 50 percent on average throughout China since 1960.
  • Submissions now open for ninth annual Materials Visualization Competition
    Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:43
    The ninth annual Materials Visualization Competition (MVC9), a scientific visual and artistic competition sponsored by Penn State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI), is now accepting submissions. The deadline for submissions is March 19.
  • Measuring and improving the impact of parks on health
    Thu, 02/16/2017 - 15:35
    A team of Penn State researchers is working with the National Park Service to measure and improve its impact on people’s health.
  • Method to predict surface ozone pollution levels provides 48-hour heads-up
    Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:46
    A novel air quality model will help air quality forecasters predict surface ozone levels up to 48-hours in advance and with fewer resources, according to a team of meteorologists.
  • Family ties help EMS THON group, Four Diamonds families fight for cancer cure
    Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:39
    When Lynn and Butch Brewer received the application in 2004 to become a Four Diamonds family they admitted they didn’t know exactly what it would mean for them. It wasn’t until two years later, when their son Troy lost his battle with cancer after first going through remission, that they surveyed the hundreds of Penn State students who came to his funeral and it became clear.
  • Penn State to offer MOOCs on FutureLearn online learning platform
    Tue, 02/14/2017 - 00:01
    Penn State will begin offering massive open online courses through FutureLearn, the United Kingdom’s leading MOOC platform, as part of the organization’s launch in the United States.
  • Local women in STEM-related professions to be highlighted in new WPSU web series
    Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:57
    WPSU Penn State’s “Women in Science Profiles” features five local women working in STEM-related professions. The series aims to inspire young women to enter STEM-related fields while dispelling misconceptions about STEM professionals and their lives.
  • Student television, film work recognized in national competition
    Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:19
    Penn State was well represented in the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts competition as a television news magazine special, a television news anchor, a weathercaster, a narrative video and a short form documentary were recognized.
  • Scholar’s Program offers discussion opportunities for Black History Month
    Thu, 02/09/2017 - 15:02
    The Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) and the Department of African American Studies at Penn State are sponsoring the Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program. Four panel discussions, highlighting scholarship by Penn State faculty members of African descent, will take place from Feb. 16 to 22 in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library on the University Park campus.
  • Deep groundwater aquifers respond rapidly to climate variability
    Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:05
    Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to Penn State and Columbia University hydrologists.
  • Broader updrafts in severe storms may increase chance of damaging hail
    Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:11
    Strong updrafts — currents of rising air — in severe thunderstorms are a prerequisite for hail formation. The width of these updrafts may be an indicator of an increased hail threat, according to Penn State meteorologists.
  • Penn State experiences lead to renewable energy job with GE for EMS student
    Mon, 02/06/2017 - 16:48
    It’s as if everything Amanda Berta touches turns to gold. Last year, the senior majoring in energy engineering in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) won an NCAA title with the Penn State women’s soccer team. Then, seeking more time on the field, she switched to rugby. The result? Another national title.
  • New database connects Penn State with Pennsylvania schools
    Mon, 02/06/2017 - 13:36
    Navigate Education in PA, created by the staff at Penn State's Center for Science and the Schools, is an online database that contains information on more than 4,800 Pennsylvania education agencies, including public, private and charter schools; intermediate units; career and technology centers; and higher education institutions.
  • 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.

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>>