Scientists should take the conservative approach when searching for habitable zones where life-sustaining planets might exist, according to James Kasting, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, including when building Terrestrial Planet Finders.
While working on his dissertation on volunteered geographic information, Department of Geography doctoral student Sterling Quinn noticed that one of these kinds of applications, OpenStreetMap, was being used for typhoon Haiyan relief, as it was for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and decided to volunteer his help, too.
Seven Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A time when Earth was nearly free of icy glaciers and alligators could be found crawling in northern Greenland has been giving scientists insight into what Earth could see in the not-too-distant future.
Tim White, a senior researcher in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, along with other researchers, have been have been heading to the eastern Andes Mountains to sift through layers of ancient soils that were weathered from sediments in the basin and turned to rock before, during and after the time known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum or PETM, approximately 55 million years ago. <Read the Centre Daily Times article here.>
The Lunar Lion, a moon lander being designed and built by the Penn State Lunar Lion team, the only university-led team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, will be sent into space as part of a multiple spacecraft effort coordinated by a new player in the space industry, Team Phoenicia LLC, of Menlo Park, Calif. The Lunar Lion team's fully refundable launch reservation fee, paid to Phoenicia, is a significant project milestone.
Much like the Grand Canyon, Nanedi Valles snakes across the Martian surface suggesting that liquid water once crossed the landscape, according to a team of researchers who believe that molecular hydrogen made it warm enough for water to flow.
BARREE TOWNSHIP, Huntingdon County — If you look across the hole in the ground of what was once a man-made lake called Lake Perez, you can see a landscape filled with brush and tree stumps instead of water. ...
Eleven Penn State geology students are researching three sites at the 72-acre Lake Perez, which is part of the 7,000-acre Stone Valley Recreation Area and owned by Penn State. The university announced that the lake should be filled and ready for use by the spring after the dam is restored in February. <Click here to read the full Centre Daily Times story.>
Cynthia Brewer, professor of geography and director of the Gould Center and National Mapping Expertise Exchange, received the 2013 Henry Gannett Award for Exceptional Contributions to Topographic Mapping from the U.S. Geological Survey. She is being honored for her involvement in the development of new symbology for the U.S. Topo mapping project.
Larry Bool, a senior development professional for Praxair Inc., is the next speaker in the EMS Energy Institute's Energy Exchange Seminar Series. The talk, "Use of Oxygen to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Emissions from Combustion Systems," will take place in C213 Coal Utilization Laboratory from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. Refreshments will be served a half hour before the lecture.
Penn State is giving new life to thousands of tons of garbage that would typically get shipped to a landfill -- turning it into a gardener's dream ingredient -- compost. The program, formerly known as “No Can Do” and now named “Mobius” is being expanded to include composting bins in buildings all across campus. The university is asking faculty, staff and students to toss that banana peel, paper napkin and unfinished sandwich into building composting bins, not the garbage cans.
“It’s about doing the right thing with our waste and managing it,” said Al Matyasovsky, supervisor of central support services in the Office of Physical Plant, during a recent talk he gave about composting to faculty and staff in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. <Read more here.>
Sediment behind milldams in Pennsylvania preserved leaves deposited just before European contact that provide a glimpse of the ancient forests, according to a team of geoscientists, who note that neither the forests nor the streams were what they are today.
George Young, professor of meteorology and geoenvironmental engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been elected a 2014 Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).
Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences, was interviewed by Take Two (KPCC radio 89.3) about his team's 52.2-million-year-old tomatillo discovery in Laguna del Hunco, Argentina. <Listen to interview>
A software gift to Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences by Dassault Systèmes of its GEOVIA brand Minex product will provide mining engineering researchers and students with access to real-world technology in the classroom. Penn State and Dassault Systèmes share the vision of modeling the earth with solutions not only for mining and related design practices, but also oil and gas, water and other natural resource industries.
A graduate of meteorology and his wife recently pledged $250,000 to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Meteorology to support faculty contributions to teaching, research and public service. The couple, who wishes to remain anonymous, created this endowment to focus specifically on weather forecasting and communications.
There may be some truth to the old joke about only insects surviving an apocalypse. Down in Patagonia, thousands of miles from the site of the deadly asteroid impact in present-day Mexico that killed off the dinosaurs, most bugs easily survived one of Earth's worst mass extinctions 65 million years ago. Michael Donovan, graduate student in geosciences, and Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences, reported their research supporting a Patagonian biodiversity refugium on Oct. 28 at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver. View story on the LiveScience website.
Paul Markowski, professor of meteorology in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, was honored with the 2013 T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award by the National Weather Association (NWA).
Penn State’s World Campus will launch its first-ever cellphone text-to-give campaign during the Nov. 16 Penn State–Purdue football game to raise funds for the World Campus annual Military Student Fund. The campaign is part of Military Appreciation Day activities.
The EMS Energy Institute is hosting Nitin Kolhapure, biofuels technology manger at DuPont Industrial Biosciences, from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 6 as part of the Energy Exchange Seminar Series.
A team from the Penn State student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) recently won second place in the 2013 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge for their proposal to retrofit the Fraser Street Parking Garage in State College, Pa. The competition challenged students to design a comprehensive energy retrofit proposal for an existing parking garage in their community.