David Yoxtheimer, a hydrogeologist and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Extension Associate with Penn State University, addressed that and other related issues this week, as he talked to a group of 20-some concerned and informed citizens about the water quality issues surrounding the Marcellus shale natural gas industry drilling activity in central Pennsylvania. <<The Express (Lock Haven)>>
Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Penn State John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) will be offering a new energy and land management option as part of the bachelor of science degree in energy business and finance (EBF). Designed in consultation with the American Association of Professional Landmen, this new option will provide expertise in the acquisition of sub-surface exploration rights and enable Penn State students to seek challenging careers as exploration Landmen. << Read More >>
The National Wildlife Federation recently selected Michael Mann, professor of meteorology, to receive their prestigious National Conservation Achievement Award in the Science category for 2013. Dr. Mann will receive this award in September at an event hosted by PennFuture. This national recognition honors Dr. Mann for his achievements in natural resource conservation. Congratulations Mike! <<Michael Mann>>
Being recognized with the Wilson Award for Excellence in Research Sunday evening at the EMS Wilson Banquet was just the beginning of a week to remember for Kate Freeman. Today it was announced that Kate has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Science. Kate is singled out for her work using stable isotopes in fossil molecules to learn about the origins of life on earth and other planets. Kate makes the sixth EMS living faculty member to be elected to the National Academies. Congratulations Kate! <<Katherine Freeman>>
A new class from the Department of Geography builds on the "Parks and People" program that gives students hands-on learning about sustainable conservation in South Africa. Erica Smithwick, assistant professor of ecology, said that it had been a long-term goal to expand the global experience into a resident classroom program.
Here's a list of undergraduate commencements for the 2013 Spring Commencement Season <<Post-Gazette.com>>
"And on top of that, Penn State offers extensive academic resources and knowledge about the topic. Our College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is one of the world's leading institutions of its kind." <<STORY>>
A Penn State class that spent spring break getting an up-close lesson in marine biogeochemistry also got a chance to practice artistic outreach with younger students. Students in Lee Kump's marine biogeochemistry class volunteered at the Discovery Bay All Age School as part of their trip to the Discovery Bay Marine Lab.
On a hot day in August 2007, I was sitting on a log at the edge of a patch of Amazon forest waiting for the right weather conditions to burn a 100-hectare plot (larger than 180 football fields), when I was approached by a journalist.
Christopher Joyce, a science correspondent from National Public Radio, was visiting our field site, lured by the chance to report on scientists setting fire to the Amazon. It happened to be one of the driest years on recent record, which promised him an exciting story and enabled us to document how drought and fire work together to transform healthy forest fragments into patches of scrubby, invasive grasses.
On Earth Day, we are honored to host Christopher Joyce, science correspondent from NPR. He will be speaking today from 4 to 5 p.m. in Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium on the University Park campus. His talk, “Scientists and Journalists: Codependents in the Age of Disappearing Media,” is free and open to the public.