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Fall documentary series kicks off with tsunami feature

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Library’s popular film series returns Sept. 3 and features documentaries on a wide selection of topics related to earth and the environment. All films are free and open to the public in 18 Deike Building (the Earth and Mineral Sciences Art Gallery) at 12:15 p.m.
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Materials science research lectures begin Sept. 4

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences announced speakers and dates for the fall 2014 Arkema Speaker Series. The series features talks from leaders in materials science research and are held from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in 26 Hosler Building. Seminars are free and open to the public.
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Geosc Colloquium Speaker Scheduled on September 2nd

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:53

The Department of Geosciences opens its Fall 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike with Dr. Bärbel Hönisch, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. Her talk is entitled "Challenges of Deciphering Cenozoic Marine Proxy Records." A Coffee and Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


Dr. Hönisch, who received her Ph.D from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, is an expert on ocean acidification. Her research interests focus on understanding the role of the ocean (and in particular the role of marine carbonate chemistry) in global climate change. As she was originally trained as a marine biologist, her approach to paleoceanographic questions often includes a biological component. 

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Graduate School to host fall grant-writing workshops

Registration is now open for a series of grant-writing workshops to be held this fall by the Penn State Graduate School that are intended for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
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EMS Energy Institute announces fall seminar speakers

The EMS Energy Institute has finalized its list of Fall speakers for the Energy Exchange seminar series. All seminars are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in C213 Coal Utilization Laboratory at the EMS Energy Institute, University Park. Seminars are open to everyone.
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EMS freshmen bond in nature, overcome jitters through orientation program

The Total Orientation Trip for Earth and Mineral Sciences is an experience designed to help new students overcome freshmen jitters through activities like boating and swimming, cooking challenges and scavenger hunts.
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Students study energy business, economics and policy in Dalian, China

Seven Penn State students recently returned from the Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China as part of a six-week study abroad program to generate interest among junior and senior undergraduate students in business, economics, and policy as related to energy and the environment.
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Study of Chilean quake shows potential for future earthquake

Near real-time analysis of the April 1 earthquake in Iquique, Chile, showed that the 8.2 event occurred in a gap on the fault unruptured since 1877 and that the April event was not what the scientists had expected, according to an international team of geologists.
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College of EMS Upward Bound Math and Science team takes top honors

Two students, Mark Santana-Crespo from Harrisburg High School and Malika Williams-Brooks from Harrisburg SciTech High School, mentored by a team of meteorology researchers in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), took overall first place at the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Summer Residential Program’s Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday, July 22 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
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While school is out, research continues with hands-on summer program

Dangling over the side of a 4-foot hole on a forest floor, Penn State undergraduate Kim Schmid spent the better part of a recent day digging in the dirt -- or collecting soil samples, to be technical. The work in Rothrock State Forest was part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates/Research Experience for Teachers program the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Penn State hosted this summer.
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Russell Johns publishes book on enhanced oil recovery

Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, has published a book titled "Fundamentals of Enhanced Oil Recovery." The book, written with Larry Lake, Bill Rossen and Gary Pope explains enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes and discusses various EOR technologies.
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Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared

After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely disappeared. Only a million years later, at Mexican Hat, in southeastern Montana, fossil leaves show diverse leaf-mining traces from new insects that were not present during the Cretaceous, according to paleontologists.
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NASA funds study of changing climate, land use on Chesapeake and Delaware Bays

Responding to the impact that a growing population and changing land use have had on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays over the past 60 years is the focus of a research project led by Penn State and supported by a $1.4 million grant from NASA.
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Juneau in July: Penn State researchers part of summer program in Alaska

This summer Don Voigt, a senior research assistant in the Department of Geosciences, along with doctoral student Kiya Riverman, are conducting research on the Juneau ice fields using seismic methods as part of their work with Penn State’s Ice and Climate Exploration Team. While on the glacier, they're helping teach classes for the Juneau Icefield Research Program.
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College of EMS campaign exceeds goal -- twice over -- raising $107.9 million

For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, a seven-and-a-half year, $2.18 billion fundraising campaign, came to a close June 30, with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) twice exceeding its goal, raising more than $107.9 million. The campaign—the most significant fundraising effort in Penn State’s history—has set a new precedent for private giving to both the college and the University.
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Messing elected World Academy of Ceramics president

Gary Messing, distinguished professor of ceramics and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was elected president of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC). He was elected at the 13th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies (CIMTEC) held in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy, June 8 to 19. Messing also served as co-chair of CIMTEC.
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Faculty member Mort Webster makes our energy future a little less uncertain

Sometimes it takes an external perspective to remind us of our strengths. Mort Webster, associate professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, recently came to Penn State from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He can't say enough good things about Penn State's diverse expertise and strong support for interdisciplinary research.
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Penn State offers new online master of professional studies degree in geodesign

Penn State has announced the creation of a master of professional studies (MPS) degree in geodesign, with applications now being accepted. A rapidly emerging discipline, geodesign incorporates concepts and methodologies from geography as well as architecture, landscape architecture and other sciences to creatively respond to social and environmental changes and challenges.
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Randall Receives Ferroelectrics Recognition Award

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 15:20

The Ferroelectrics Recognition Award (IEEE-UFFC) was presented to Prof. Clive Randall (co-director of the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics) at the recent International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics (ISAF) meeting at Penn State University (Prof. Susan Trolier-McKinstry, general chair).  Prof. Randall’s work was recognized for a number of long-standing contributions to the field of ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, and dielectrics, ranging from a fundamental perspective through to engineering in aiding commercialization.  Randall said” it was a great pleasure to receive this award, and that it was largely due to the inspiration of his wonderful colleagues, collaborators, students, and staff over the years”, and he accepted on behalf of this large group.

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