Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences, has been named co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, effective immediately. He joins Thomas Murphy, education and strategy manager with the Penn State Extension Marcellus Education Team, in leading MCOR.
The Penn State Smeal College of Business is now accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment in its new Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership (MMOL), an accelerated master’s program designed primarily for recently graduated baccalaureate students from technical, nonbusiness backgrounds.
Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering and of energy and geo-environmental engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), was recently inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Sciences during a ceremony held in Rio de Janeiro. He was cited for “pioneering contributions and developing fundamental understanding of the aqueous processing and application of materials.”
Cassie Marker will be spending her fall 2016 semester more than 600 miles away from Penn State’s University Park campus, where she normally conducts research and takes courses as a doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering. Marker received a grant through the Department of Energy to conduct research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee from Aug. 15 through Dec. 15, examining the fundamental properties of a variety of titanium alloys used in prosthetic implants.
The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State welcomes three new core faculty members in ethical research: C. Daryl Cameron (psychology), Joshua F.J. Inwood (geography), and Alan R. Wagner (aerospace engineering). These faculty members will help strengthen an interdisciplinary community of scholars and educators from across the University and they are committed to enhancing Penn State’s curriculum and research expertise in ethics.
The ground floor of Deike Building will be transformed into a showcase of cultures from around the world at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 15, at the second annual International Culture Night. Hosted by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) Ryan Family Student Center and organized by EMS students, the free event offers opportunities for the public to sample international foods, see performances and learn about different cultures.
Imagine your classroom is an incredible journey, traveling through South Africa and studying while also getting introduced to amazing people, places and animals. Penn State Mont Alto business management student Erica Newton experienced such a journey in spring 2016, when she participated in Penn State’s Allied for Earth Sciences Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) Parks and People: South Africa Wild Coast Program.
More than a dozen faculty and alumni of Penn State’s Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science have come together with gifts totaling more than $100,000 to create a new scholarship — called the Meteorology Alumni and Faculty Trustee Scholarship — that will begin benefitting undergraduate students this fall.
Penn State appears in the news hundreds of times every day. Monthly, the University’s Office of Strategic Communications features national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.
Protecting the landscape may also help protect people from some infectious diseases, according to Erica Smithwick, associate professor of geography. Smithwick and her colleagues have been investigating how land use has affected the spread of two diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
Public health researchers have long used social networks to understand the spread of infectious diseases, which can be spread from one person to another, but those social networks often have gaps. A team of researchers recently showed that spatial analysis can help fill in those gaps, leading to a more complete picture of disease transmission and ways to mediate the risk, particularly for those who are most vulnerable.
Jonathan Mathews, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering, was named a 2016 Fellow by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his outstanding contributions to science and the profession, and service to the ACS community.
The Division of Undergraduate Studies, in partnership with many academic colleges, will host the seventh annual Business Majors Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in 110 Business Building.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has announced speakers and dates for the fall 2016 Arkema Speaker Series. The series features talks from leaders in materials science and engineering research and are held from 9:45 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays in 117 Osmond Laboratory. Seminars are free and open to the public.
Getting a summer internship is a great way to gain real-world work experience. Securing an internship with the largest petroleum company in China would be even better. And that is what Penn State students got the chance to do this summer through Penn State’s Energy Business and Finance (EBF) program.
Geosciences professor Demian Saffer is pushing the boundaries on how we measure a spectrum of earthquakes. He served as co-chief scientist aboard several recent international drilling missions to install earthquake monitoring equipment beneath the sea floor in Japan, and will lead a project in 2018 looking at slow earthquakes off the coast of New Zealand.