The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.
Following is a list of fixed-term faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1.
Brent Yarnal, professor of geography at Penn State since 1985, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2015–16 academic year. His research portfolio has focused mainly on the integration of issues surrounding climate change, natural hazards, and the use of environmental information in decision-making.
Joseph Abrahamson, a Penn State energy and mineral engineering doctoral candidate, was selected to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Centers of Excellence Student of the Year (SOY) Award. Abrahamson was chosen for his research with developing data-based tools to predict emission indices for alternative fuels.
Researchers at Penn State are closing in on the completion of a statewide network that monitors seismic activity. Expected to be completed this summer, the network, which is a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of Geosciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will serve the public and government agencies.
Applying a suite of geographical information system (GIS) tools can improve monitoring for elephant poaching, according to Penn State researchers. Investigating Tsavo, a region in southwest Kenya that is home to that country's largest elephant population, the researchers tried to identify methods that local conservation groups could use to reduce poaching.
Timothy Lichtenstein is one of 33 graduate students selected to receive a fellowship through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). Lichtenstein will receive $155,000 over the next three years, to research electrochemical methods to reduce the volume of nuclear waste.
Electronic materials have been a major stumbling block for the advance of flexible electronics because existing materials do not function well after breaking and healing. A new electronic material created by an international team, however, can heal all its functions automatically even after breaking multiple times. This material could improve the durability of wearable electronics.
Thanks to the generosity of a former peer leader, Penn State Learning, a no-charge guided study and tutoring service, has selected its first group of Outstanding Guided Study Group Leader Award recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The inaugural recipients, each provided a stipend of $500, are Ryan Creedon, Natalie Morrissey, Jeff Ross, and Nicole Williamson.
Penn State graduate students Sarah Eissler, Annie Marcinek and Nari Senanayake have been recognized with the 2016 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award to help fund their research pursuits. The award, open to all full-time Penn State undergraduate and graduate students, is funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge and supported by Penn State’s University Libraries and the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).
The Penn State Smeal College of Business will begin accepting applications this summer for fall 2017 enrollment in its new Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership, an accelerated master’s program designed primarily for recently graduated baccalaureate students from technical, nonbusiness backgrounds.
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) held its annual Wilson Awards Banquet, the college’s annual celebration of faculty and student accomplishments, on Sunday, April 17. This year’s banquet also honored Charles L. Hosler, EMS dean emeritus and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus, for his 75 years at Penn State.
Penn State will lead a University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research (UCFER) that will identify, select, execute, review and disseminate knowledge from research that will advance basic and applied research for clean energy in support of the U.S. Department of Energy mission. UCFER will identify, select, execute, review and disseminate knowledge from research that will improve the efficiency of production and use of fossil energy resources while minimizing the environmental impacts and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Penn State will host the symposium, “Advanced Assimilation and Uncertainty Quantification in Big Data Research for Weather, Climate and Earth System Monitoring and Prediction,” on May 23-24, 2016 at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. The two-day symposium will feature presentations from more than thirty national and international scholars, including ten National Academies and Royal Academies members.
Eighteen undergraduate students from Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) were selected as EMS Academy for Global Experience (EMSAGE) laureates. The students received the honor during an EMSAGE ceremony held on May 6. EMSAGE was formed by EMS in 2009 as a vehicle to foster students’ global competencies and to promote a spirit of integrity, service and leadership.
On a mission to show how increased atmospheric carbon dioxide can impact microscopic creatures at the base of the food chain in the ocean, a group of geosciences graduate students chose a communication tool that is uncommon for many students: a museum exhibit.
Thirty rising sophomores were selected for the Penn State Presidential Leadership Academy class of 2016 from a record number of applications.
Penn State faculty and staff members share how using Lynda.com helps them succeed. Lynda.com gives all University students, faculty and staff members access to its videos at no additional cost to them, providing nearly endless opportunities for professional development.
What happens when a hurricane makes landfall and brings with it a deluge of deadly water? The storm surge in a hurricane is arguably the greatest threat to lives and one that is often ignored. Brent Yarnal, professor of geography in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, researches the vulnerability of coastal communities to contemporary hurricane storm surge and the role of our rising sea level in increasingly destructive storms.
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The 2016 Undergraduate Exhibition took place on April 6, highlighting the participation of undergraduate students from across the University in research and creative endeavors. Students from all Penn State campuses were invited to enter research posters in the exhibition.
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