- Earliest known fossil of the genus Homo dates to 2.8 to 2.75 million years ago
The earliest known record of the genus Homo -- the human genus -- represented by a lower jaw with teeth, recently found in the Afar region of Ethiopia, dates to between 2.8 and 2.75 million years ago, according to an international team of geoscientists and anthropologists. They also dated other fossils to between 2.84 and 2.58 million years ago, which helped reconstruct the environment in which the individual lived
- Submissions now open for annual Materials Visualization Competition
The seventh annual Materials Visualization Competition (MVC7) is now accepting submissions. Created to celebrate the quality of research in materials at Penn State, this competition is designed to increase awareness of materials science through the creativity and visualization of materials researchers.
- What's beneath Hawaii's most active volcano?
A Penn State professor and researcher is using InSAR to study what's causing the volatility at Kilauea, Hawaii's most volatile volcano.
- EMS THON: 5-peat
It is hard to surpass a seemingly impossible goal but with dedication and hard work that is what the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) THON team did. For the fifth year in a row, the EMS THON raised the largest amount among general organizations for The Four Diamonds, fighting pediatric cancer. This year they raised $137,763.29, smashing last year's record-breaking total of $110,114.67.
- Undergraduate students visit Harrisburg capitol March 3 to present research
Eight Penn State undergraduate student research teams from five campuses represented Penn State as the largest Pennsylvania college or university contingent at the Capitol Rotunda on March 3 in Harrisburg. They presented their research with students from more than 100 Pennsylvania colleges and universities as part of the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol-Pennsylvania event.
- Heard on Campus: Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather founder and president
“Today we’re on the threshold of dramatic changes that, if we address and identify correctly, will enable us to make forecasts even more accurately, more localized, more relevant as we go into the future. This will enable people to better utilize and benefit from weather information, adding to the value of information of what we provide, saving lives, protecting property, improving the health of the economy and the health and welfare of people and their quality of life.” Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather founder and president, speaking Thursday (Feb. 26) on Penn State’s University Park campus.
- Penn State community encouraged to enroll in two-factor authentication
Penn State's new two-factor authentication system will add an extra layer of protection to University accounts and services.
- Dr. Paul Byrne, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), speaks at the Colloquium Series for Faculty Candidates in Solid Earth Geosciences on Monday, March 2nd, at 2:30 PM in 541 Deike. All are welcome!
Dr. Byrne presents "The Interplay Between Volcanism and Tectonism Across the Solar System" on Monday, March 2nd, at 2:30 PM in 541 Deike. Refreshments will be served.
- Interaction of ocean oscillations caused 'false pause' in global warming
The recent slowdown in climate warming is due, at least in part, to natural oscillations in the climate, according to a team of climate scientists, who add that these oscillations represent variability internal to the climate system. They do not signal any slowdown in human-caused global warming.
- Department of Energy senior adviser to speak March 4
William F. Hederman Jr., deputy director for systems integration and senior adviser to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will be giving the talk “Lessons from the First Quadrennial Energy Review Important Trends, Challenges and Recommendations” on Wednesday, March 4.
- WPSU-TV celebrates 50 years as public, educational resource
Fifty years ago, WPSU-TV went on the air for the first time. Students and teachers who turned on their televisions for the initial broadcast watched “Saludos Amigos,” an introductory Spanish class aimed at schoolchildren across central Pennsylvania.
- Students get valuable opportunities as colleges combine for real-life experience
A combination between two colleges at Penn State offers valuable opportunity for students to gain real-world experience that helps prepare them for their their chosen career path.
- Energy Exchange Seminar
William F. Hederman, Senior Adviser to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, will give the talk "Lessons from the First Quadrennial Energy Review Important Trends, Challenges and Recommendations” on Wednesday March 4. More information: http://www.energy.psu.edu/energyoutreach/energyXchange.
- Dr. Chris Poulsen, Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome!
Dr. Poulsen presents "Atmospheric Oxygen as an Agent of Climate Change on Geological Timescales" on Tuesday, March 3rd, 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.
- Zhang elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
Fuqing Zhang, professor of meteorology in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been elected a 2015 Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the nation's leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences.
- AccuWeather founder, President Myers to speak on campus Feb. 26
Joel N. Myers will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in 22 Deike Building on “Transforming the Weather Enterprise.” His talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
- Dr. Megan Elwood-Madden, Stubbeman-Drace Presidential Professor, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, February 24th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome!
Dr. Elwood-Madden presents "Planetary Geochemistry: Applying Thermodynamics and Kinetics to Understand Geologic Environments and Processes" on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, 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. Elwood-Madden received her Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Virginia Tech and B.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois. She was also a Wigner Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
- Where do those snowfall totals on the nightly news come from?
Bill Syrett, senior lecturer in meteorology and manager of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center, on snowfall totals for The Conversation. See https://theconversation.com/where-do-those-snowfall-totals-on-the-nightly-news-come-from-37686.
- Panel discussion with President Eric Barron and EMS alumni
Penn State President Eric Barron joined the Penn State Alumni Association to host an engaging alumni-focused gathering on Wednesday Feb. 11 in Houston at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. The event started with breakfast hosted by Barron and his wife Molly and was followed by a panel discussion with Barron and alumni from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences titled “How Will Current and Likely Future Trends Change the Energy Industry?” William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, served as moderator.
- Iconic graph at center of climate debate
The "Hockey Stick" graph, a simple plot representing temperature over time, led to the center of the larger debate on climate change, and skewed the trajectory of at least one researcher, according to Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State.