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Energy engineering students help local companies save on energy costs

A group of Penn State energy engineering students recently teamed with the University’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) to conduct on-site energy audits for two Pennsylvania businesses as part of a senior research project. The audits are being used to help the companies save money by identifying ways to conserve energy and reduce waste in their industrial facilities.
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Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Alan Rooney, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, will present on Wednesday, April 23rd at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

College of EMS Headlines - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:59

Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Alan Rooney, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, will present "Weathering the Snowball: Insights and Implications from Re-OS Geochronology" on Wednesday, April 23rd at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Rooney research interests lie in geochronology and the geochemical evolution of the Earth during pivotal times of change. This work integrates geological mapping, geochronology, and isotope geochemistry to better understand the driving mechanisms underlying many geological phenomena such as extreme climate perturbations, biogeochemical developments, and crustal processes such as hydrocarbon generation and migration. Dr. Rooney holds a Ph.D. in Geology and Geochemistry from Durham University, a Masters from Stockholm University, and a BSc from Glasgow University.

 

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Students, faculty attend national mineral engineering conference

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) held its 143rd Annual Meeting and Exhibit February 23-26 in Salt Lake City with the theme “Leadership in Uncertain Times.” The annual meeting hosted 6,722 attendees from all 50 states and several other countries including 22 students from Penn State.
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Work of EMS faculty on IPCC climate change reports featured in CDT's "Focus on Research"

College of EMS Headlines - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:34

The climate is changing, people are playing a major role in the changes, and individuals and communities in all parts of the world are experiencing the effects.

Those are some of the key conclusions in the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Penn State faculty who were contributors to these comprehensive scientific assessments said they expect that the findings — based on more finely tuned climate models and an expanded look at the effects of climate change — will resonate with the public. View online <http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/19/4141697/penn-state-faculty-acting-as-scientific.html>

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The GREEN Program: Empowering tomorrow’s renewable energy leaders

When most people think of an exciting spring break trip, they may envision a laid-back tropical destination, complete with warm weather and sandy beaches. But for a handful of students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, this year’s spring break included a jam-packed trip to Iceland to explore a country that is a world leader in renewable energy through an innovative new program -- the Global Renewable Energy Education Network or GREEN program.
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Undergraduate Exhibition shows students' range of scholarly interests

What do Baltimore streetcars, children’s after-school programs and supercapacitors have in common? These three Penn State students know — and explained the connection alongside about 240 of their research peers.
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Students showcase research, IT at the Undergraduate Exhibition

This spring marked the 23rd Undergraduate Exhibition with a performing arts showcase on April 8, and poster sessions and an award ceremony April 9.
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Geosciences final Colloquium Speaker for the semester is Dr. Ted Daeschler, Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University. His talk is on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:54

Geosciences final Colloquium Speaker for the semester is Dr. Ted Daeschler, Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University. His talk on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike is entitled "Great Steps in the History of Life: The Origin of Limbed Vertebrates." A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Daeschler received his Ph.D in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania and, in addition to his academic position, is also the Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at Drexel's Academy of Natural Sciences. In 2004, Dr. Daeschler, along with Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago, the late Farish Jenkins of Harvard University, and other colleagues, discovered an example of the evolutionary transition between finned and limbed animals: Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million year-old fossil lobe-finned fish with many features only seen in tetrapods (limbed animals). Their discovery has attracted attention from the paleontology community, documentary filmmakers, textbook publishers, teachers, and even medical professionals who believe Tiktaalik reveals important information about the history of life, including human. PBS airs a documentary in this month on the discovery. Dr. Daeschler was also a recent guest on the Colbert Show.

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Five students receive awards for earth and mineral sciences paper competition

Preventing nuclear meltdowns, solving global health issues, and discovering future energy sources are examined in this year's EMS undergraduate paper competition. Five undergraduates -- Abraham Duplaa, Kahindo Kamau, Ethan Lucas, Rachel Passmore and Olivia Price -- from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) earned top awards in the 2014 Grundy Haven paper competition.
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Joy Global CEO to speak April 25 on the future of mining

Edward L. Doheny II, president and CEO of Joy Global Inc., will be presenting this year’s Penn State G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering on Friday, April 25. His lecture, titled “Our Vision for Mining's Future,” will focus on advances in mining technologies that could change mining in the future.
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Drought and fire in the Amazon lead to sharp increases in forest tree mortality

Ongoing deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help create tinderbox conditions for wildfires in remnant forests, contributing to rapid and widespread forest loss during drought years, according to a team of researchers.
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Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award this spring in recognition of their outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishments. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students.
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Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Andrew Smye of the University of Texas at Austin, will present "The Pulse of the Earth: Timescales of Heating During Assembly and Breaking of the Continents" on Monday, April 14th.

College of EMS Headlines - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:31

Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Andrew Smye of the University of Texas at Austin, will present "The Pulse of the Earth: Timescales of Heating During Assembly and Breaking of the Continents" on Monday, April 14th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Smye, who is the Jackson Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) and his MSci in Earth Science from the University of Oxford (U.K.). Dr. Smye considers himself an Earth Scientist who seeks to understand the processes that drive crustal evolution and its interaction with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Central to this aim is the integration of data-sets collected over a wide range of length-scales, from kilometers in the field to nanometers in the laboratory.

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Rod and Shari Erickson commit additional $1 million to For the Future

Penn State President Rodney A. Erickson and wife, Shari, have committed to give Penn State $1 million. This gift ushers in the University’s on-campus celebration of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students this weekend and will add to the couple’s previous philanthropy to the campaign. The campaign officially closes on June 30, 2014.
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The Geosciences Department continues its Colloquium Speaker Series with Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton, Director of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:50

The Geosciences Department continues its Colloquium Speaker Series with Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton, Director of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. She will present "Volcanoes and the Great Dying: The End-Permian Extinction" on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Speaker's Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Elkins-Tanton received her B.S. and M.S. from MIT. Prior to her current position at Carnegie, she worked in the high-tech venture industry, as a researcher at Brown University, and as a faculty member at MIT. The focus of her research is on the evolution of terrestrial planets and the relationships between Earth and life on Earth, including the connection between volcanic provinces and global extinction events. Dr. Elkins-Tanton has been recognized with numerous awards from the National Academy of Sciences, Oxford University, MIT and the Explorers Club. She has also be involved in spacecraft missions such as the SAGE Venus Lander and the International Lunar Network. Her six-book reference series, The Solar System, was published in 2010.

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Combining IT and science to monitor the weather

Chuck Pavloski discusses the IT and science behind meteorology at Penn State. Director of meteorological computing and research associate in the Department of Meteorology, Pavloski spends most of his day monitoring the department's eWall as well as a plethora of servers, switches, applications and services for which his IT team is responsible. He also often has a hand in faculty or graduate student research projects to make sure they have the necessary IT resources for their research.
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Monitoring the weather

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:00

Meteorologists Fred Gadomski and Chuck Pavloski and graduate student Burkely Twiest are featured in the IT News story "Monitoring the Weather." <<Read the story>>

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Joint Brazilian/U.S. project to study formation of rain in the Amazon rainforest

Triggering rainfall in the Brazilian Amazon jungle is the focus of a Penn State/Brazilian project that is part of the GoAmazon program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Brazilian agencies.
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Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Emily Chin of Brown University, will present "The Origin and Evolution of the Deep Continental Arc Lithosphere: Constraints Using Xenoliths from California's Sierra Nevada" on Wed 4/9.

College of EMS Headlines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 14:35

Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Emily Chin of Brown University, will present "The Origin and Evolution of the Deep Continental Arc Lithosphere: Constraints Using Xenoliths from California's Sierra Nevada" on Wednesday, April 9th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.

 

Dr. Chin is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University. She received her Ph.D in Earth Sciences from Rice University and BS in Geology from Tulane University. 

Dr. Chin's expertise is in igneous and metamorphic petrology, but she considers herself a geologist in the broadest sense. She is interested primarily in the formation, evolution, and dynamics of the deep lithosphere beneath volcanic arcs, with a current focus on Western North America. She employs a wide spectrum of analytical approaches ranging from in situ techniques such as electron microprobe microanalysis and laser ablation ICP-MS, to bulk techniques to determine elemental and isotopic compositions of rocks and minerals.

 

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eWall helps enthusiasts monitor weather patterns

Penn State's eWall, or electronic wall, was developed by well-known "Weather World" host and senior lecturer in meteorology Fred Gadomski, as a way for students, forecasters and weather enthusiasts to have a one-stop online location for current weather information. To the novice, the eWall’s home page is a dizzying digital display of numbers and computerized weather data from various countries, including the United States. But when used as a utility page, the eWall is a major resource for meteorologists around the world for viewing computer-simulated models of the weather.
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