EMS alum Virginia Ciminelli (Ph.D. Mineral Processing, 1987), professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
She was elected for her contributions in environmental hydrometallurgy, and for leadership in national and international technical collaborations. She is one of 214 elected foreign associates. Election to NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. <Read NAE Press Release>.
Dr. Tim Bralower, Penn State Geosciences faculty member and oceanographer, will present the Geoscience Colloquium Series Talk on Tuesday, February 11th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. His presentation is entitled; "Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum: What Does the Deep Ocean Record Tell Us?" A Coffee & Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.
Dr. Bralower earned his B.S. with Honors in Geology from Oxford University in England, and his M.S. in Oceanography and Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of California-San Diego. A key research area for Dr. Bralower is the impact of long-term climatic change. He and his students are currently focused on the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) event that occurred roughly 170 thousand years ago and is among the most rapid and transient warming events known in geological records. They are specifically studying the impact of warming and changing ocean circulation on ocean life during the PETM. Dr. Bralower has held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations. These include Associate Editor for several publications; PSU Representative on the Consortium for Ocean Leadership; and member of the Australian-American Fulbright Scholarship Selection Committee, among many others.
Geosciences faculty candidate in Geomorphology and Landscape Dynamics, Dr. Roman DiBiase of the California Institute of Technology, presents "Controls on Erosion and Sediment Transport from Decadal to Millennial Timescales," on Thursday, February 6th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. Refreshments will be served prior to the talk at a Coffee & Cookies Reception at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.
Dr. DiBiase is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Surface Processes Group in the Caltech Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. The Group seeks to understand the evolution of landscapes and sedimentary deposits on Earth and other planets through the mechanics of erosion, sediment transport, and deposition. A recent study co-authored by Dr. DiBiase uncovered strong evidence of a Martian ocean, an ancient body of water that may have covered as much as one-third of the planet billions of years ago. Dr. DiBiase received his Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Geophysics with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.
The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mort Webster has joined the EME faculty as an Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, with a focus on uncertainty in energy and environmental systems. Webster specializes in risk analysis, uncertainty analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in energy and environmental science, engineering, economics, and policy, and has served on several national and international panels, including the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. <<MORE>>
Geosciences Colloquium Series Speaker, Dr. Eric Dunham of Stanford University, presents "Earthquake Rupture Dynamics: From Subduction Megathrusts to Repeating Earthquakes Beneath Volcanoes," on Tuesday, February 4th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A Coffee and Cookie Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.
Dr. Dunham is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Geophysics at Stanford and a member of the university's Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He received his Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His personal research focuses on the development and use of physics-based computational simulations to characterize and understand earthquakes and volcanoes. Dr. Dunham's recent awards include the 2013 NSF Career Award for "Subduction Zone Hazards: Megathrust Rupture Dynamics and Tsunamis," and the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Physics.
Geosciences faculty candidate in Geomorphology and Landscape Dynamics, Dr. Isaac Larsen of Cal Tech, presents "Linking Topography, Erosion, and Chemical Weathering in Earth's Most Tectonically-Active Mountains, on Thursday, January 30th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. Refreshments will be served prior to the talk at a Coffee & Cookies Reception at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.
Dr. Larsen is currently a Texaco Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in Geology at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D from the University of Washington (Department of Earth and Space Sciences). His research interests cover earth surface dynamics and landscape evolution; hill slope, tectonic and fluvial geomorphology; cosmogenic isotope geochemistry; anthropogenic impacts on soil resources; climate-erosion-tectonics interactions; critical zone processes; landslide hazards; watershed science and forest hydrology. In addition to the Texaco Prize, Dr. Larsen's recent awards include The Michael Kirby Award for Excellence in Reviewing (British Society for Geomorphology) and the David A. Johnston Memorial Award for Research Excellence (University of Washington).
Dr. Isaac Larsen, Texaco Prize Post-Doctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, presents "Linking Topography, Erosion, and Chemical Weathering in Earth's Most Tectonically-Active Mountains," as part of the Department's Colloquium for Candidate in Geomorphology and Landscape Dynamics. The talk begins at 4:00 PM onThursday, January 30th, in 022 Deike. Refreshments will be served at a Coffee & Cookie reception prior to the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.
All are welcome.
The Talk is part of the on-going Colloquium Speaker series sponsored by the Penn State Department of Geosciences. Preceding the talk on the 28th, a Cookies & Coffee reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome
Professor Freeman directs the Geosciences lab group, teaches, and mentors students. Her research interests include isotopic biogeochemistry, paleoclimate, and new methods in organic isotope analyses. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, earned her M.S. and Ph.D. working with John Hayes at Indiana University, and was a Post-Doc with Stuart Wakeham at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Professor Freeman is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Geochemical Society, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the Geological Society of America. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2013.Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. She has mentored over 30 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Her former group members are professors, research scientists with DOE, NASA and the USGS, and gainfully employed in the energy industries.
Renowned Penn State geologist Richard Alley has won a prestigious award from the National Academy of Sciences for contributions to researching polar ice sheets, the university announced Monday.
Dr. Roman Engel-Herbert has been selected to receive the prestigious NSF Career Award. This CAREER project is jointly funded by Electronic and Photonic Materials and Ceramic programs. The main scope of this CAREER project aims to synthesize and characterize nanostructured complex perovskite oxide thin films exhibiting strong electron correlation. Controlling electronic phase transitions in these systems requires excellent materials quality with greatly reduced defect densities, nanoscale carrier confinement of ultrathin layers and atomically sharp interfaces. Research is focused on artificial layered structures to achieve low dimensional electron liquids in the limit of extreme carrier concentrations. Hybrid molecular beam epitaxy is employed to grow quantum well heterostructures, where the confinement is achieved using band discontinuities at nonpolar interfaces. The goal is to explore how materials design parameters available in thin film growth, namely strain, dimensional confinement, chemical doping and layering scheme, affect the stability of the electronic phases of these two-dimensional electron liquids. Advanced spectroscopic and structural characterization techniques are employed in combination with temperature-dependent thermoelectric and thermomagnetic as well as magneto-transport properties to correlate Fermi surface modifications with atomic scale design of these artificial electronic material systems.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Hojong Kim has joined the MatSE Faculty as an Assistant Professor starting on January 1, 2014. To read more on Dr. Kim click here.
Record cold! Ships trapped in Antarctic ice! Even so, we can say with high confidence that the globe is warming because of carbon dioxide from our fossil fuel burning. <Click here to read the rest of the column in the Centre Daily Times.>
Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Associate Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, Simon Fraser University Earth Sciences, kicks off the Geosciences Department's Colloquium Speaker Series on January 14th at 4 PM in 022 Deike. Her presentation is entitled "Controls on the Structure, Dynamics, and Evolution of Polythermal Glaciers." A Coffee and Cookies Reception for the Speaker will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum (Ground Floor of Deike).
Dr. Flowers is a glaciologist with interests in glacier and ice-sheet dynamics, the hydrology of glacierized systems, and the relationship of these systems to climate. Her interests have led her to explore the hydrology and dynamics of alpine glaciers, outburst floods from ice-dammed lakes, glacier surges, glacier-climate interactions and the hydrology of paleo-ice masses. Field-based and modeling techniques complement one another in most of these pursuits.
Dr. Flowers received her Ph.D in Earth and Ocean Sciences (Geophysics) from University of British Columbia. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Marie Tharp Fellowship by the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
A time when Earth was nearly free of icy glaciers and alligators could be found crawling in northern Greenland has been giving scientists insight into what Earth could see in the not-too-distant future.
Tim White, a senior researcher in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, along with other researchers, have been have been heading to the eastern Andes Mountains to sift through layers of ancient soils that were weathered from sediments in the basin and turned to rock before, during and after the time known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum or PETM, approximately 55 million years ago. <Read the Centre Daily Times article here.>
BARREE TOWNSHIP, Huntingdon County — If you look across the hole in the ground of what was once a man-made lake called Lake Perez, you can see a landscape filled with brush and tree stumps instead of water. ...
Eleven Penn State geology students are researching three sites at the 72-acre Lake Perez, which is part of the 7,000-acre Stone Valley Recreation Area and owned by Penn State. The university announced that the lake should be filled and ready for use by the spring after the dam is restored in February. <Click here to read the full Centre Daily Times story.>