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Undergraduate Exhibition shows students' range of scholarly interests

What do Baltimore streetcars, children’s after-school programs and supercapacitors have in common? These three Penn State students know — and explained the connection alongside about 240 of their research peers.
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Students showcase research, IT at the Undergraduate Exhibition

This spring marked the 23rd Undergraduate Exhibition with a performing arts showcase on April 8, and poster sessions and an award ceremony April 9.
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Geosciences final Colloquium Speaker for the semester is Dr. Ted Daeschler, Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University. His talk is on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

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Geosciences final Colloquium Speaker for the semester is Dr. Ted Daeschler, Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University. His talk on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike is entitled "Great Steps in the History of Life: The Origin of Limbed Vertebrates." A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Daeschler received his Ph.D in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania and, in addition to his academic position, is also the Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at Drexel's Academy of Natural Sciences. In 2004, Dr. Daeschler, along with Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago, the late Farish Jenkins of Harvard University, and other colleagues, discovered an example of the evolutionary transition between finned and limbed animals: Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million year-old fossil lobe-finned fish with many features only seen in tetrapods (limbed animals). Their discovery has attracted attention from the paleontology community, documentary filmmakers, textbook publishers, teachers, and even medical professionals who believe Tiktaalik reveals important information about the history of life, including human. PBS airs a documentary in this month on the discovery. Dr. Daeschler was also a recent guest on the Colbert Show.

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Five students receive awards for earth and mineral sciences paper competition

Preventing nuclear meltdowns, solving global health issues, and discovering future energy sources are examined in this year's EMS undergraduate paper competition. Five undergraduates -- Abraham Duplaa, Kahindo Kamau, Ethan Lucas, Rachel Passmore and Olivia Price -- from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) earned top awards in the 2014 Grundy Haven paper competition.
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Joy Global CEO to speak April 25 on the future of mining

Edward L. Doheny II, president and CEO of Joy Global Inc., will be presenting this year’s Penn State G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering on Friday, April 25. His lecture, titled “Our Vision for the Mine of the Future,” will focus on advances in mining technologies that could change mining in the future.
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Drought and fire in the Amazon lead to sharp increases in forest tree mortality

Ongoing deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help create tinderbox conditions for wildfires in remnant forests, contributing to rapid and widespread forest loss during drought years, according to a team of researchers.
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Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award this spring in recognition of their outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishments. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students.
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Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Andrew Smye of the University of Texas at Austin, will present "The Pulse of the Earth: Timescales of Heating During Assembly and Breaking of the Continents" on Monday, April 14th.

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Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Andrew Smye of the University of Texas at Austin, will present "The Pulse of the Earth: Timescales of Heating During Assembly and Breaking of the Continents" on Monday, April 14th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Smye, who is the Jackson Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas, received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Cambridge (U.K.) and his MSci in Earth Science from the University of Oxford (U.K.). Dr. Smye considers himself an Earth Scientist who seeks to understand the processes that drive crustal evolution and its interaction with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Central to this aim is the integration of data-sets collected over a wide range of length-scales, from kilometers in the field to nanometers in the laboratory.

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Rod and Shari Erickson commit additional $1 million to For the Future

Penn State President Rodney A. Erickson and wife, Shari, have committed to give Penn State $1 million. This gift ushers in the University’s on-campus celebration of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students this weekend and will add to the couple’s previous philanthropy to the campaign. The campaign officially closes on June 30, 2014.
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The Geosciences Department continues its Colloquium Speaker Series with Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton, Director of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

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The Geosciences Department continues its Colloquium Speaker Series with Dr. Linda Elkins-Tanton, Director of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. She will present "Volcanoes and the Great Dying: The End-Permian Extinction" on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Speaker's Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Elkins-Tanton received her B.S. and M.S. from MIT. Prior to her current position at Carnegie, she worked in the high-tech venture industry, as a researcher at Brown University, and as a faculty member at MIT. The focus of her research is on the evolution of terrestrial planets and the relationships between Earth and life on Earth, including the connection between volcanic provinces and global extinction events. Dr. Elkins-Tanton has been recognized with numerous awards from the National Academy of Sciences, Oxford University, MIT and the Explorers Club. She has also be involved in spacecraft missions such as the SAGE Venus Lander and the International Lunar Network. Her six-book reference series, The Solar System, was published in 2010.

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Combining IT and science to monitor the weather

Chuck Pavloski discusses the IT and science behind meteorology at Penn State. Director of meteorological computing and research associate in the Department of Meteorology, Pavloski spends most of his day monitoring the department's eWall as well as a plethora of servers, switches, applications and services for which his IT team is responsible. He also often has a hand in faculty or graduate student research projects to make sure they have the necessary IT resources for their research.
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Monitoring the weather

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:00

Meteorologists Fred Gadomski and Chuck Pavloski and graduate student Burkely Twiest are featured in the IT News story "Monitoring the Weather." <<Read the story>>

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Joint Brazilian/U.S. project to study formation of rain in the Amazon rainforest

Triggering rainfall in the Brazilian Amazon jungle is the focus of a Penn State/Brazilian project that is part of the GoAmazon program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Brazilian agencies.
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Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Emily Chin of Brown University, will present "The Origin and Evolution of the Deep Continental Arc Lithosphere: Constraints Using Xenoliths from California's Sierra Nevada" on Wed 4/9.

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Geosciences Faculty Candidate in Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry, Dr. Emily Chin of Brown University, will present "The Origin and Evolution of the Deep Continental Arc Lithosphere: Constraints Using Xenoliths from California's Sierra Nevada" on Wednesday, April 9th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.

 

Dr. Chin is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University. She received her Ph.D in Earth Sciences from Rice University and BS in Geology from Tulane University. 

Dr. Chin's expertise is in igneous and metamorphic petrology, but she considers herself a geologist in the broadest sense. She is interested primarily in the formation, evolution, and dynamics of the deep lithosphere beneath volcanic arcs, with a current focus on Western North America. She employs a wide spectrum of analytical approaches ranging from in situ techniques such as electron microprobe microanalysis and laser ablation ICP-MS, to bulk techniques to determine elemental and isotopic compositions of rocks and minerals.

 

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eWall helps enthusiasts monitor weather patterns

Penn State's eWall, or electronic wall, was developed by well-known "Weather World" host and senior lecturer in meteorology Fred Gadomski, as a way for students, forecasters and weather enthusiasts to have a one-stop online location for current weather information. To the novice, the eWall’s home page is a dizzying digital display of numbers and computerized weather data from various countries, including the United States. But when used as a utility page, the eWall is a major resource for meteorologists around the world for viewing computer-simulated models of the weather.
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Undergraduate Exhibition shows students' range of scholarly interests

What do Baltimore streetcars, children’s after-school programs and supercapacitors have in common? These three Penn State students know — and explained the connection alongside about 240 of their research peers.
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Slowdown of global warming fleeting

The recent slowdown in the warming rate of the Northern Hemisphere may be a result of internal variability of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation -- a natural phenomenon related to sea surface temperatures, according to Penn State researchers.
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James Kasting discusses "Mysteries of Mars" at April 10 Research Unplugged

James Kasting, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, will present "4th Rock From The Sun: Exploring The Mysteries Of Mars," at 12:30 p.m. on April 10 at Schlow Centre Region Library as part of the Research Unplugged series.
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Penn State diploma first; Mars second

Penn State students Rachel Kronyak and John Fegyveresi have never met, but when they do, it could be on a Martian mission in the Canadian Arctic. Kronyak, a senior in geosciences, and Fegyveresi, who is earning a doctorate in geosciences, are among the 62 semi-finalists competing for a chance to spend a year at a field station in the Artic where they’ll be simulating exploration of Mars.
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Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Ann Pearson, Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, will present "Molecular and Isotopic Signatures from Early Mid-Life" on Tuesday, April 8th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

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Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Ann Pearson, Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, will present "Molecular and Isotopic Signatures from Early Mid-Life" on Tuesday, April 8th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Speaker's Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor. All are welcome.

 

Currently the Murray and Martha Ross Professor of Environmental Sciences at Harvard, Dr. Pearson received her Ph.D in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.

Dr. Pearson specializes in micro and nanoscale analytical applications of light isotope geochemistry. Her research interests include the coevolution of microbes and their biochemical pathways, specifically in the context of historical changes in Earth’s surface environments. Through study of the “how, when, and why” of microbial processes, her work yields insight about environmental conditions on Earth today, in the past, and about potential human impacts on our future. Her recent award and recognition include Kavli Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator, Radcliffe Institute Fellow, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

 

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