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Geomorphology Faculty Candidate, Dr. Issac Larsen (CalTech) Presents "Linking Topography, Erosion, and Chemical Weathering in Earth's Most Tectonically-Active Mountains," on Thursday, January 30th, 4 PM 022 Deike

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:12

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.


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Dr. Kate Freeman, Penn State Professor and National Academy of Sciences member, presents "Fossil Molecules and Isotopes From Plants: What They Tell Us About Ancient Landscapes" on Tuesday, January 28th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike.

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:32

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.  


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CDT article: Climate expert Richard Alley honored for his work

College of EMS Headlines - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00

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.

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Engel-Herbert Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

College of EMS Headlines - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:29

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.

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MatSE Welcomes New Faculty Member

College of EMS Headlines - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:23

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.

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EMS faculty members discuss cold weather and climate change in CDT column

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:24

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.>

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Geosciences launches its Spring 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 14th

College of EMS Headlines - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 15:38

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.

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