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  • Six Penn State Researchers named AAAS Fellows
    Mon, 11/30/2015 - 15:03
    Six Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the organization announced November 23, 2015.
  • Eat a paleo peach: first fossil peaches discovered in southwest China
    Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:32
    The sweet, juicy peaches we love today might have been a popular snack long before modern humans arrived on the scene.
  • Public invited to Earth and Mineral Sciences undergraduate poster exhibition
    Mon, 11/30/2015 - 09:44
    The fourth annual College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Undergraduate Poster Exhibition will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Deike Building (ground floor) on Penn State’s University Park campus. 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, staff and the community. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Materials Science and Engineering postdoc researcher receives MRS Award
    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:03
    Jiamian Hu, a postdoctoral research associate with Penn State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE), is the recipient of a Materials Research Society (MRS) Postdoctoral Award. The award will be presented at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2, held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
  • Geosciences Colloquium Series - December 1, 2015
    Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:27

    Please join us for Geomorphologist and Geophysicist Marin Clark, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Dr. Clark presents "Coseismic Landslides Associated with the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake Sequence in Nepal" at 4 PM in 022 Deike on December 1st.. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


    Ph.D., Geosciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    B.A., Cornell University

    Research Interests, Activities, and Awards

    Marin Clark explores how the Earth’s topographic surface changes through time and how these changes relate to dynamic processes deep within the Earth. She looks at the evolution of rivers and other landforms because these systems are a sensitive record of vertical movement of the Earth's surface caused by deformation. Sometimes this deformation occurs very deep in the Earth's crust or upper mantle, making direct observation an impossible task. In order to study these deep processes, she develops ways of using topography as a proxy for motion at great depths beneath the continents. Dr. Clark uses a variety of tools including field geology, GIS modeling, geodynamic modeling, and thermo chronology.

    Clark’s work on the mechanisms behind the growth--and deceleration--of the Himalayan Mountains and Tibetan Plateau, including Mount Everest, has been published in the journal Nature. When the movement of tectonic plates caused India to collide with Eurasia, starting around 50 million years ago, the result was the biggest mountain range on our planet: the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. Her research suggests that the plateau has grown smaller in north-south extent as it has grown higher, rather than expanding northward as it uplifted as previously thought. More excitingly, the speed of slowdown of India’s collision, and ultimately the demise of mountain building, relate directly to the strength of the continent as it deforms by plate motion.

    Dr. Clark and two colleagues assessed the landslide hazard in Nepal following the 2015 magnitude-7.9 earthquake. They looked for locations where landslides likely occurred during the earthquake, as well as places that were at high risk in the following weeks and months. The analysis found tens of thousands of locations at high risk. Information from this study was used to help prioritize both satellite observations and the analysis of data from those satellites as well as to guide rescue and recovery efforts by the U.S. and international agencies.

    Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Clark was a geophysicist with Schlumberger Technologies, a field technician with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Texaco Prize Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. In addition, she was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship while at Cornell and in 2003 was selected for Suburu of America's Outstanding Woman in Science Award.

  • As strategic planning continues, deans share ideas with Board of Trustees
    Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:20
    Five academic deans outlined current successes and challenges along with strategic plans in presentations Nov. 19 to a committee of the Penn State Board of Trustees.
  • Boeing internships propel EMS student toward dream
    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 14:21
    Shelby Miller just can’t get enough of Boeing. In high school, Miller was selected to participate in the company’s “School-to-Work” program, which sends students to visit Boeing six times. Through that experience, she knew she wanted to be an engineer and work for a large, interdisciplinary company like Boeing. Now a Penn State senior majoring in environmental systems engineering in the health and safety engineering option, Miller has had the chance to get a more in-depth view of the company’s operations through two summer internships.
  • Guertin named GSA fellow and PA Geographical Society distinguished teacher
    Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:01
    Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine professor of Earth science, was named a Geological Society of America fellow and received the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award given by the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, earlier this month.
  • Town halls foster dialogue between graduate students, University administrators
    Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:52
    A series of Graduate School town halls concluded Nov. 10 with graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences engaging in conversation with senior leaders of the University about an array of topics related to the graduate experience at Penn State.
  • Improved nuclear waste disposal focus of $800K Department of Energy grant
    Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:20
    An innovative method for removing radioactive elements from nuclear waste that could reduce the amount of total waste being generated through nuclear fission is the focus of a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Department of Energy through its Nuclear Energy University Program.
  • Rep. Thompson meets with students to discuss future of mining industry
    Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:12
    On Nov. 9, 2015, Penn State mining engineering student Sam Baker had a pleasant surprise. After Baker mailed a letter to his local congressman, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, about the congressman’s efforts to address job security in the mining industry, Thompson visited the University Park campus to answer Baker’s questions in person and meet with a select group of mining engineering student leaders.
  • A new symmetry underlies the search for new materials
    Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:54
    A new symmetry operation developed by Penn State researchers has the potential to speed up the search for new advanced materials that range from tougher steels to new types of electronic, magnetic, and thermal materials. With further developments, this technique could also impact the field of computational materials design.
  • Borland Project Space features sonifications
    Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:43
    “Sonifications of the Universe (and more),” a research project by Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, is on display in the Borland Project Space, 125 Borland Building, through Dec. 12.
  • Human rights advocate is recipient of Murphy Award
    Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:25
    Angela Chang, a human rights advocate with Amnesty International and a student in the Penn State online master’s degree program in Geographic Information Systems, Geospatial Intelligence option, was the 2014 recipient of the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award. Chang was unable to attend the 2014 U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Symposium, where the award is usually presented, therefore, she was presented with the award at the Department of Geography’s Coffee Hour weekly lecture on Nov. 13.
  • Antarctica’s next top numerical model
    Fri, 11/13/2015 - 09:25
    A Penn State scientist is creating numerical models to predict how the Antarctic ice sheets may change in the future and affect the Earth's climate.
  • Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science Program presents at COE conference
    Wed, 11/11/2015 - 10:40
    The Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS) was invited by Gregory Frederick, research specialist for the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Louis Stokes Institute for STEM Education, to present a special session at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s 34th annual conference, held Sept. 16–19 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Free screening of 'A Place at the Table' to be held Nov. 12
    Tue, 11/10/2015 - 14:00
    The Community Food Security Club and the Student Farm Club at Penn State will host a free screening and panel discussion of the documentary "A Place at the Table" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 in 102 Thomas Building.
  • Cave-Dwelling "Slime Curtains" Cycle Nitrogen and Iron
    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:28

    In a cave accessible only by daredevil divers, extraordinary microbial colonies metabolize nitrogen and iron nutrients and possibly remove pollutants from water. More

  • Penn State partners with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
    Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:53
    In October, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency renewed two five-year partnerships with Penn State, one with the Department of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and another with the Applied Research Laboratory. The partnerships, or cooperative research and development agreements, focus on improving both education for geospatial analysts and an imaging tool used by geospatial analysts known as urban terrain zones.
  • Geosciences Colloquium Series - October 13, 2015
    Thu, 10/08/2015 - 10:25

    Our Colloquium Speaker on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, is Dr. Reed Burgette, Assistant Professor. Department of Geological Sciences, New Mexico State University. On Tuesday, at 4 PM in Deike 022, Dr. Burgette presents "Ups and Downs of the U.S. West Coast: Implications of Eight Decades of Vertical Deformation Measurements of Seismic Hazards and Sea Level Impacts."  A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.

    Reed Burgette studies neotectonics on geodetic (years to decades) and geologic (thousands to hundreds of thousands of years) timescales. His research interests center around understanding how deformation is distributed spatially in plate boundary zones, and temporally through the seismic cycle associated with individual structures. For the shorter time scale, Reed uses historical leveling and tide gauge observations as well as GPS and satellite altimetry to measure vertical deformation rates. He uses high resolution observations of topography coupled with Quaternary dating methods to measure deformation rates averaged over multiple seismic cycles. Reed's group is working along the west coast of the U.S., in the Tien Shan mountains of central Asia, and locally in the Rio Grande Rift.

    Prior to joining the faculty of New Mexico State University in 2013, Reed worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania, applying satellite geodesy to questions of crustal deformation, sea level rise, and Antarctic ice sheet mass balance. He is a 2015-2016 Earthscope speaker.

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>>