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Woldemar Weyl, founder of modern glass science

Glass research was the bailiwick of Professor Woldemar Weyl -- one of the founders of the modern science of glass. He was among the first Penn State faculty to bring about a close collaboration between the University and private industry to support basic and applied research. In 1960, Weyl was named one of the first two faculty to receive an Evan Pugh Professorship -- of Glass Technology -- for his many contributions as a researcher. (Mathematics professor Haskell Curry was the other.) Weyl's research on the chemistry and physics of glass led to numerous practical applications and better everyday materials.
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Eser named 2014 American Chemical Society Fellow

Semih Eser, professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Eser was one of 99 scientists selected as part of the 2014 class of ACS Fellows.
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Unconventional Natural Resources Consortium holds annual meeting

The Unconventional Natural Resources Consortium (UNRC) held its third technical meeting on Nov. 17 at the EMS Energy Institute. Representatives from three member companies: Hess, Chevron and Shell; as well as Penn State faculty and students participated in the meeting.
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Students battle for title of Mr. EMS, raise money for fight against cancer

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) undergraduate student council recently held a Mr. EMS pageant to raise funds for Relay for Life and EMS THON.
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Kohler appointed Deike Endowed Chair in Mining Engineering

Jeffery L. Kohler, professor of mining engineering and undergraduate program chair of mining engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, has been appointed the George H. Jr. and Anne B. Deike Endowed Chair in Mining Engineering.
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Mann honored with 2014 Pongo Environmental Award

Michael E. Mann, Distinguished professor of meteorology and director of Penn State's Earth System Science Center, received a 2014 Pongo Environmental Award. Mann received the award at the Orang Utan Republik Foundation's annual fundraiser, Oct. 19, Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Dr. Byron Parizek, Penn State Glaciologist and Hydrogeologist, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, November 18th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.

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Dr. Parizek, Associate Professor in Mathematics and Geosciences at Penn State DuBois and member of the Geosciences Graduate Faculty, presents "Simulating Ice-Sheet Dynamics: (De)Coding the Sea-Level-Rise Bombs" on Tuesday, November 18th, 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. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Parizek obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geosciences and B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests relate to physical processes in the Earth Sciences and have lead to travel to locations as diverse as Antarctica and Abu Dhabi. In addition to a focus on glaciological studies, he also has many years of field experience in hydrogeology. Dr. Parizek has served as the  Lead PI, Co-PI, or Co-I on eight NSF and NASA grants from 2005-Present, was the recipient of the 2011 Delta Mu Sigma Honor Society’s Susanne Waitkus Faculty Award for Academic Excellence, and was twice nominated for the prestigious Schreyer Teaching Award. He a member the Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration (PSICE) Center and The Polar Center. 

 

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Gas Flooding Joint Industry Project holds ninth annual meeting

The Gas Flooding Joint Industry Project held its ninth annual meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Oct. 29-30. The meeting was organized by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute at Penn State in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.
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Dr. Emma Bullock, Geochemist, Mineralogy and Petrology of Meteorites, The Smithsonian Institution, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, November 11th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.

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Dr. Bullock's talk is entitled "The Solar System's First Dust Bunnies." Prior to the November 11th talk, a Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.

 

Dr. Bullock obtained her undergraduate degree in Geochemistry from the University of Manchester, followed by a Ph.D. at the Open University (England). Before joining the Smithsonian, she worked at the Natural History Museum, London, where she studied aqueous alteration in primitive meteorites. Her research is focused on refractory inclusions and early solar system chronology.

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Dr. Peter Kelemen, the Arthur D. Storke Professor of Geochemistry at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, November 4th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.

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Dr. Kelemen's talk is entitled "Emulating Natural Systems for Geologic CO2 Capture and Storage and to Enhance Subsurface Permeability." Prior to the November 4th talk, a Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.

   

Dr. Kelemen received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Washington. His current research is focused on reactive transport of lava through the Earth’s upper mantle and lower crust, genesis and evolution of oceanic and continental crust, new mechanisms for earthquake initiation, geologic capture and storage of CO2 (CCS), and reaction-driven cracking in natural and engineered settings. He was a founding partner of Dihedral Exploration (1980-1992), consultants specializing in exploration for mineral deposits in Canada, Alaska and Greenland. Dr. Kelemen's worldwide research has taken him from7,500 meters above sea level in Pakistan to 5,500 meters below sea level via submersibles along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

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Weather weenies rejoice: Arboretum device offers more data

While the Penn State Arboretum will always be a place for plant lovers, it may find a new following among weather wonks. That’s because the University’s inviting garden with oaks, flowers and ornamental grasses is now also home to a high-tech weather system.
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Dr. Pincelli Hull, Assistant Professor, the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, October 28th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

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Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Pincelli Hull, Assistant Professor of Paleontology, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, presents "Resolving Communities Through Time: The Promise and Challenge of Measuring Biotic Sensitivity in Cenozoic Oceans" on Tuesday, October 28th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk speaker reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Hull received her Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego and a B.S. in Biology from Duke University with post doctoral research in Germany and at Yale University. She also spent a college semester at sea with the Sea Education Association, studying oceanography, nautical science and maritime history. Dr. Hull is broadly interested in the evolution and ecology of open ocean ecosystems and species over long-time scales as these are the scales on which species evolve and go extinct and ecosystems collapse and reassemble. The Hull Lab focuses on understanding open ocean ecosystems through the Cenozoic (the last 65 million years), disentangling the causes and consequences of mass extinctions and quantifying community response to global change. Her goal is to understand how species, communities, and ecosystems are shaped by large infrequent events like mass extinctions and climate change and how such events affect the history of life. Ultimately, the group hopes to gain some insight into how Earth’s biota will respond to the profound, widespread human-caused environmental and climatic changes of today.

 

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Lisa Jackson, Apple VP and former EPA chief, to speak at Penn State on Nov. 6

Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple Inc. and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Colloquium on the Environment on Nov. 6.
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Joint Center for Energy Research promotes U.S.-China collaboration

With the goal of promoting global cooperation in clean energy research and education, Penn State and Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China established an international Joint Center for Energy Research (JCER) in 2011 as a part of global engagement efforts at both universities.
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Penn State to join international celebration of geographic information systems

GIS Day, the annual, worldwide salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better lives, is coming to Penn State on Wednesday, Nov. 19, during Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 16 to 22.
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On Tuesday, October 21st, Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Sarah Brownlee, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Wayne State University, presents "Seismic Anisotropy as a Tool for Improving Understanding of Composition and Structure in the Contin

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On Tuesday, October 21st, Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Sarah Brownlee, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Wayne State University, presents "Seismic Anisotropy as a Tool for Improving Understanding of Composition and Structure in the Continental Crust" at 4 PM in 022 Deike Building. A pre-talk speaker reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

  

Dr. Brownlee received a B.A. in Geosciences from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of California at Berkley. Her fields of specialty are geochemistry and geophysics. Dr. Brownlee's research interests include the study of the structure, composition, and elasticity of middle and lower crustal materials. She is currently working to understand seismic anisotropy in the lower continental crust along with time and length scales of processes governing transport of material through the crust. She uses a combination of thermochronology, paleomagnetism, analytical techniques, and numerical modeling in her research.

 

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Marcellus Shale Tour and Panel Discussion to be held Oct. 29 at the Palmer

The Palmer Museum of Art will present the Marcellus Shale Tour and Panel Discussion titled "Boom/Bust Cycles of Extractive Industries in Pennsylvania" at the museum from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.
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Mineralogical society event will celebrate iconic dinosaur artist Knight

“Charles R. Knight: Art and Geology” celebrates the work of Charles R. Knight, the "father of paleoart," whose paintings of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures have been seen by millions in museums, zoos, libraries, books and films. The free event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 in 114 Earth and Engineering Science Building with a special tribute and talk at 7:45 p.m.
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Penn State Brandywine professor joins NOAA crew for research mission at sea

Since joining Penn State Brandywine’s faculty in 2001, Associate Professor of Earth Science Laura Guertin has focused on bringing real-world perspective into the classroom. The geologist recently voyaged to sections of the Atlantic Ocean to conduct a research mission with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of its Teacher at Sea Program.
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Geoscience Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Christopher Kincaid, Professor of Oceanography with the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, will present "Subduction Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of Plume and Slab, Admit Impedime

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:47

Geoscience Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Christopher Kincaid, Professor of Oceanography with the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, will present "Subduction Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of Plume and Slab, Admit Impediments" at 4 PM on the 14th in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Kincaid holds Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from The John Hopkins University. His research interests are divided between the dynamics of Earth's interior and problems in coastal physical oceanography. Dr. Kincaid uses 3D laboratory and numerical models to study circulation and thermal-chemical transport within Earth's mantle. Recent projects focus on the interaction between buoyant mantle plumes and plate subduction processes. These include developing coupled ecosystem models for Narragansett Bay, exploring the relationship between poor flushing within urban estuaries and chronic water quality problems, and studying the June 13, 2013, meteotsunami that hit Rhode Island. 

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