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Penn State In the News: November 2016

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.
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Controlling chain conformations to enhance electronic devices

Controlling the way fluorinated polymer chains twist and turn may enable fast and flexible electrical circuits, according to collaborative research conducted at Penn State. The findings may offer substantial impact on the development of new polymer-type materials used in flexible electronic applications.
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Climate cycles may explain how running water carved Mars' surface features

Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet's surface, according to a team of planetary scientists.
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EMS students tour Iceland’s renewable energy facilities

This summer, with the help of a scholarship from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, EMS students toured the country as part of the Global Renewable Energy Education Network, or GREEN, program’s Iceland trip. There, students spent 10 days in unique classroom settings at Reykjavik University’s School of Science and Engineering, paired with adventure trips to tour the renewable energy facilities that produce 99 percent of Iceland’s energy needs.
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EMS students tour Iceland’s renewable energy facilities

This summer, with the help of a scholarship from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, EMS students toured the country as part of the Global Renewable Energy Education Network, or GREEN, program’s Iceland trip. There, students spent 10 days in unique classroom settings at Reykjavik University’s School of Science and Engineering, paired with adventure trips to tour the renewable energy facilities that produce 99 percent of Iceland’s energy needs.
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Five Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows

Five Penn state faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the organization announced.
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EMS undergraduate students to present their research at annual exhibition

Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Undergraduate Poster Exhibition is a chance for undergraduate students to showcase their research, and connect and share their work with other students, faculty, staff and the public. The exhibition is organized by the college’s Ryan Family Student Center.
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EMS student gains different perspective on energy industry through internship

Vivek “VT” Thomas, a senior petroleum and natural gas engineering student in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, expected to learn a variety of skills from his experience as an intern during summer 2016. However, he didn’t foresee the importance of training companies in the rapidly changing oil and gas industry.
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Design showcase to feature engineering student projects

The fall 2016 College of Engineering Design Showcase will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.
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EMS sets goal of raising $10,000 on Giving Tuesday for Millennium Scholars

The Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will be raising money to support the Millennium Scholars program on Giving Tuesday, slated to begin at 6:55 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, and lasting through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The college aims to raise $10,000, which will help fund one Millennium Scholar in the 2017-18 academic year.
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Penn State Positive Energy spruces up park, tours natural gas company

More than a dozen members of Penn State’s Positive Energy student group cleaned up areas of Cross Creek Park in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in a partnership with the natural gas company Range Resources.
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Sixteen faculty members named first General Education Faculty Fellows

Sixteen faculty members representing various campuses, colleges, and General Education areas at Penn State, have been named General Education Faculty Fellows. The General Education Faculty Fellows Program is a new initiative of the recently created Office for General Education.
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Graduate student serves as scientific expert for Chicxulub crater research

Geosciences doctoral student Heather Jones lent her scientific expertise in micropaleontology to assist the first-ever research team to collect samples from the Chicxulub asteroid impact crater — widely believed to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
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EMS alum, entrepreneur gives 'Shark-Tank' style advice to students

The venture capital business, said Penn State alum and State College native Peter Rigby, is a “terrible learning environment.” That’s why he was on the University Park campus recently, aiming to give students an advantage in the high-risk field.
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DOE awards $1M to develop composites for solid lithium conductors

A group of Penn State researchers have been awarded $1M from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop solid ion conductors using a novel technique known as "cold sintering."
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Penn State pride and passion drive this year's Volunteer Award recipients

The four individual recipients of the Penn State Alumni Association’s 2016 Volunteer Awards are impressive and shining examples of the work Alumni Association volunteers are doing to enhance Penn State and its reputation. It’s because of our dedicated volunteers that the Alumni Association represents Penn Staters worldwide. We inspire pride, we support student opportunities, and we look to connect Penn Staters like you to each other and back to your alma mater.
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Penn State graduates launch business aimed at eco-friendly recycling

Penn State alumni Weiliang Lei, energy engineering, 2012; Endrit Ali, computer engineering, 2012; and Andriy Bokalo, electrical engineering, 2013; in April launched Wastekon, a company that designed a website to link reusable materials to collectors, or those in need.
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Video: 2016 Alumni Fellow Award acceptance speeches

The Penn State Alumni Association honored 24 outstanding alumni in October with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association. Watch their acceptance speech videos online, and hear how graduating from Penn State impacted the honorees’ lives and careers.
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Human actions influence fire regimes in the Sierra Nevadas

While climate contributes strongly to fire activity in the Sierra Nevada mountains of the western U.S., human activity, starting well before European contact, has also played an important part in the severity, frequency and sheer numbers of forest fires occurring in the area, according to researchers.
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Human actions influence fire regimes in the Sierra Nevadas

While climate contributes strongly to fire activity in the Sierra Nevada mountains of the western U.S., human activity, starting well before European contact, has also played an important part in the severity, frequency and sheer numbers of forest fires occurring in the area, according to researchers.
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