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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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By any name: The Obelisk

In 1894 Magnus C. Ihlseng, professor of mining engineering and geology, employed a freshman in the mining program to secure stones from across Pennsylvania and elsewhere to build an instructional, yet artistic, monument that would demonstrate the weathering qualities and commercial value of the state's building stones. One hundred and twenty-one years later, the Obelisk still stands tall on Penn State's University Park campus.
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Student-produced programs shine in statewide AP competition

Three television news programs produced by Penn State students earned first-place and another show finished second in a statewide competition during which the students’ work was measured against that of working professionals in medium-sized TV markets across the state of Pennsylvania.
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Penn State summer camp to welcome weather enthusiasts for 15th year

For the past 14 years, Penn State’s weather camps have welcomed students who were looking for a hands-on experience in weather forecasting. Now entering the 15th year, the Penn State Weather Camp and Advanced Weather Camp will be held in June.
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Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2015

Following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty at Penn State, effective July 1.
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Taking the water out of a car wash

A recent Penn State graduate's local business is growing fast while saving water.
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Penn State mapping tool could help save seabirds

To help fisheries around the world adopt more environmentally friendly fishing practices, the American Bird Conservancy turned to Penn State’s Center for Environmental Informatics (CEI), a group of earth scientists and geographers who turn scientific data into usable decision-making tools, to build a one-of-a-kind online mapping application.
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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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Are we ready for more offshore drilling?

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:27

Read "Are we ready for more offshore drilling?" in The Conversation. Article is by Eugene Morgan, assistant professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering.

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Dr. Gene Hunt, Curator of Ostracoda at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History, speaks at Geosciences Colloquium Series on Tuesday, April 28th

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:47

Dr. Hunt presents "Understanding the Trait Evolution of Fossil Lineages" on Tuesday, April 28th, 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!

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Battelle Senior Program Director to speak Wednesday April 8th

College of EMS Headlines - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:13

Satya Chauhan will talk about "Advances in Conversion of Coal and Biomass to Jet Fuel." Talk will be held Wednesday April 8 in C213 Coal Utilization Laboratory at the EMS Energy Institute from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information see:

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