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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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Businesses work with students, PennTAP to assess energy usage in facilities

According to the PennTAP annual report, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program provided 273 cases of technical assistance to clients across the commonwealth in 2013. Clients have reported more than $7.7 million in economic impact and 72 jobs created or retained. And many Penn State students are now involved with projects across the state.
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Fine-scale climate model projections predict malaria at local levels

Fine-scale climate model projections suggest the possibility that population centers in cool, highland regions of East Africa could be more vulnerable to malaria than previously thought, while population centers in hot, lowland areas could be less vulnerable, according to a team of researchers. The team applied a statistical technique to conventional, coarse-scale climate models to better predict malaria dynamics at local levels.
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Penn State's GridSTAR Center hosts immersive leadership program

On May 19th a cadre of Penn State students began an Immersive Leadership Experience in Sustainable Energy and Business. This summer program combines hands-on coursework with internship experiences, and is hosted by GridSTAR Center, which is a smart grid educational and operational research center that is part of the Architectural Engineering Department at Penn State, located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.
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Eric and Molly Barron create EMS Trustee Scholarships, benefit Arboretum

Penn State’s 18th President, Eric J. Barron, and his wife, Molly, have committed to give $150,000 to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and The Arboretum at Penn State. Part of the gift will be used to create two Trustee Scholarships in the college, and $50,000 will name the Bedrock Boulders collection in the Children’s Garden at the Arboretum.
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New center aims to push the boundaries of 3D printing

Additive manufacturing, sometimes known as 3D printing, is exactly what it sounds like. Working from a computer-generated model, a "printer" puts down layer after layer of material, adding layers until the design is realized in a finished part. Admittedly, there's a lot of hype attached to this new technology. But there's plenty of real-world promise, too. Penn State's Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, known as CIMP-3D, aims to be a world-class resource for that resurgence.
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Renewable energy certificate programs now available at Penn State World Campus

By 2040, 63 percent of the nation’s electricity will be generated by lower-carbon options, which will result in double-digit demand for green energy jobs. Penn State is launching graduate certificate programs in bioenergy, solar energy, wind energy, and sustainability management and policy, delivered online by Penn State World Campus, to prepare adults for these jobs.
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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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Aditi Khadilkar receives Outstanding Paper Award at International Conference

Aditi Khadilkar, a Penn State doctoral student in energy and mineral engineering, received the Outstanding Presentation Award at the sixth International Freiberg Conference on IGCC (integrated gasification combined cycle) & XtL Technologies.
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Penn State awarded inaugural advanced manufacturing technology planning grant

Penn State is the recipient of one of 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The grants, awarded to universities and other nonprofit organizations, are the first conferred by NIST's new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia Program. Penn State will use the funding to launch the Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Materials.
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EMS Energy Institute publishes 2014 Edition of Energy Innovation

The 2014 edition of Energy Innovation is available to read online. Energy Innovation is an annual publication from the EMS Energy Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
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Promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2014

Following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty at Penn State, effective July 1.
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Evans named acting director of Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Jenni L. Evans, professor of meteorology, has been named acting director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) by Neil Sharkey, interim vice president for research. The appointment is effective July 1.
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Latanision awarded Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal

Ronald Latanision, senior fellow at Exponent and MIT professor emeritus of materials science and engineering and nuclear engineering, was awarded the 2014 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal by Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS).
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