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John Leone honored as Penn State’s Philanthropist of the Year

Penn State has recognized John Leone, Penn State alumnus and longtime supporter, as its 2015 Philanthropist of the Year for the support that he and his late wife, Willie Leone, have offered to programs across the University.
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Shale Network fosters collaboration, focuses on water quality

Scientists shared what they have learned about water quality in the Marcellus Shale gas play during the 2015 Shale Network conference. The workshop, held in State College, brings together diverse groups, including industry representatives, environmental advocates, government agency employees and academics.
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2D materials researchers aim 'beyond graphene'

Graphene, the first 2D material, hasn't yet lived up to its hype--but researchers are creating a wide range of other 2D materials with potential as semiconductors, air quality sensors, photoluminescent devices, and more.
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Penn State SOLAR 2015 conference highlights advances, opportunities in solar

Professionals, academics and students from across the nation and world will discuss opportunities and developments in the solar industry, including solar science and engineering, energy economics, public policy, education and energy efficient architecture, at SOLAR 2015, the national solar conference of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), being hosted this year by Penn State.
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Proposals for construction projects approved

The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today approved proposals for designers for an agricultural digester, replacement of dairy barns and renovations to the Deike Building. It also heard updates on three projects in progress.
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Sinnott appointed head of materials science and engineering

Susan Sinnott, alumni professor in materials science and director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Atomistic Simulation at the University of Florida, has been named head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, effective August 1, 2015. Sinnott will take over departmental duties from Gary Messing, distinguished professor of ceramics, who has been department head since 2001.
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Krassy honored with Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award

Geoffrey D. Krassy was recently honored as the 2015 recipient of the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award. He was recognized at the GEOINT 2015 Symposium, held June 22–25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Krassy graduated in December 2014 with a master’s degree in homeland security, geospatial intelligence option, through Penn State World Campus.
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Ocean Science symposium set for July 14

To celebrate the first year of the Penn State Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST), "Imagining the Future of Ocean Science," will be held on July 14 in the Lewis Katz Building.
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Sanjay Srinivasan named Leone Family Chair in Energy and Mineral Engineering

Sanjay Srinivasan has been named the inaugural John and Willie Leone Family Chair in Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State. Srinivasan joined the faculty in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering on July 1, 2015.
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Geological Society grant supports Susquehanna Shale Hills research

Yu Zhang, an environmental engineering doctoral candidate, recently received a Geological Society of America research grant to help fund his hydrological-morphodynamic modeling research on the Susquehanna Shale Hills.
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Yosemite forest fire example of possible things to come

Forest composition, ground cover and topography are the best predictors of forest fire severity in the Western U.S., according to Penn State physical geographers who also see that the long history of fire exclusion on federal lands leads to uncharacteristically severe burns and potentially changes the dynamics of forests and their recovery.
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Geosciences student finds rare starfish fossil in Happy Valley

College of EMS Headlines - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:20

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Anna Whitaker, a rising sophomore and an honors student in Geosciences, recently went searching for fossils and made an impressive discovery.  Fossils have been prolific at the flank of Tussey Mountain above Pine Grove Mills, just minutes away from the campus, but this find – a starfish from the Ordovician (485-444 Ma) Reedsville Shale – is perhaps a first! Full Story. 

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Geosciences students win second place in international oil prospect competition

A team of five Penn State students won second place and $10,000 in the highly competitive, international Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) program, hosted by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the AAPG Foundation. More than 1,000 students from 132 teams, representing 36 countries, competed. The five Penn State students, all pursuing master’s degrees in geosciences, each spent 60-80 hours weekly for eight weeks straight on a real-world geosciences application: oil exploration.
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Penn State researchers awarded funding for online learning innovations

Seven Penn State researchers will receive seed funding for projects to improve teaching and learning through online innovation. The funding is thanks to the Penn State Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL).
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Penn State selected as Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences

Penn State was one of a select group of U.S. educational institutions to be named a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences (CAE GS) by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This recognition cements Penn State’s reputation as a leading provider of geospatial science education, which includes mapmaking, spatial data analysis, visual analytics, remote sensing, geospatial intelligence, homeland security and geographic information systems (GIS).
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Penn State launches Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems

Today’s power systems are going through a significant transition to move toward a more sustainable framework. This can be seen by the increasing integration of renewable resources, the growth of distributed generation, the burgeoning need for dispatchable grid storage and heightened levels of demand by companies around the world.
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State High students partner with Penn State to monitor water quality

State College Area High School students are taking samples and recording data on water quality at Black Moshannon State Park as part of the TeenShale Network partnership with Penn State. TeenShale is part of the Shale Network, an ongoing research initiative by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State and other institutions collecting data on water quality where natural gas drilling is taking place.
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Diode a few atoms thick shows surprising quantum effect

A quantum mechanical transport phenomenon demonstrated for the first time in synthetic, atomically-thin layered material at room temperature could lead to novel nanoelectronic circuits and devices, according to researchers at Penn State and three other U.S. and international universities.
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Jet contrails affect surface temperatures

High in the sky where the cirrus ice crystal clouds form, jet contrails draw their crisscross patterns. Now researchers have found that these elevated ice cloud trails can influence temperatures on the ground and affect local climate, according to a team of Penn State geographers.
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Solving corrosive ocean mystery reveals future climate

College of EMS Headlines - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:37

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current through the North Atlantic Ocean.  The current's origin puzzled scientists for a decade, but an international team of researchers has now discovered how it formed and the findings may have implications for the carbon dioxide emission sensitivity of today's climate.

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