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Geoscience Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Christopher Kincaid, Professor of Oceanography with the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, will present "Subduction Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of Plume and Slab, Admit Impedime

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:47

Geoscience Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Christopher Kincaid, Professor of Oceanography with the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, will present "Subduction Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of Plume and Slab, Admit Impediments" at 4 PM on the 14th in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Kincaid holds Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from The John Hopkins University. His research interests are divided between the dynamics of Earth's interior and problems in coastal physical oceanography. Dr. Kincaid uses 3D laboratory and numerical models to study circulation and thermal-chemical transport within Earth's mantle. Recent projects focus on the interaction between buoyant mantle plumes and plate subduction processes. These include developing coupled ecosystem models for Narragansett Bay, exploring the relationship between poor flushing within urban estuaries and chronic water quality problems, and studying the June 13, 2013, meteotsunami that hit Rhode Island. 

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Science researchers hone their communication skills at workshop

On Oct. 2, a group of Penn State faculty gathered with policymakers and journalists in a workshop on science communication skills. The training was co-sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE). This is the second science communication workshop the groups have organized and is part of an ongoing strategic initiative to improve researchers’ skills in this area.
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Emeritus Professor awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award in India

Raja V. Ramani, Emeritus Professor of Mining and GeoEnvironmental Engineering, and Emeritus George H. Jr. and Anne B. Deike Chair in Mining Engineering, was awarded the Fulbright - Nehru Distinguished Chair at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) for October 2014 to February 2015.
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Marcellus Shale Gallery Conversations begin Oct. 10 at the Palmer Museum of Art

The Palmer Museum of Art will present a series of gallery conversations this fall related to the major exhibition organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," now on view at the museum through Dec. 14.
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Air pollution and the ocean

Scientists have a good understanding of how air pollution impacts human health and the terrestrial biosphere, but what impact does air pollution have on oceans? To help answer this question, this past August, researchers from Penn State's Department of Meteorology embarked on a three-week, NSF-funded field project to catch and analyze rainwater at sea.
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Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Douglas Kennett, Professor of Environmental Archaeology and Human Behavioral Ecology, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University, presents "Interdisciplinary Opportunities for the Study of Human-Earth Interaction

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:02

Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Douglas Kennett, Professor of Environmental Archaeology and Human Behavioral Ecology, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University, presents "Interdisciplinary Opportunities for the Study of Human-Earth Interactions with AMS Radiocarbon" at 4 PM on Tuesday, October 7th, in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Kennett received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. His current research interests include the study of human sociopolitical dynamics under changing environmental conditions, human impacts on ancient environments, and behavioral response to abrupt climate change in the past. In addition to his tenure at Penn State, he has held faculty positions at California State University Long Beach and the University of Oregon. He is the author of The Island Chumash (University of California Press, 2005) and co-editor, with Bruce Winterhalder, of the book Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture (University of California Press, 2006). He is also the co-editor, with Atholl Anderson, of Taking the High Ground: the Archaeology of Rapa, a fortified island in remote East Polynesia (Australia National University Press, 2012).

 

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Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Kim Cobb, Associate Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "El Niño Southern Oscillation: Unruly Past and Bright Future" at 4 PM on Tuesday, September 30th.

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:46

Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Kim Cobb, Associate Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "El Niño Southern Oscillation: Unruly Past and Bright Future" at 4 PM on Tuesday, September 30th, in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

  

Self-described as 40% Climate Scientist, 40% Mom, and 20% Indiana Jones, Dr. Cobb received her B.A. in Geology and Biology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of California at San Diego. She is a climatologist known for her work analyzing global climate change and reconstructing tropical climates, particularly in the Pacific. Her objective is to improve climate model projections of regional climate change including, for example, trends in rainfall in the tropics where 70% of the world population lives.

 

Dr. Cobb won the NSF CAREER Award, the Georgia Tech Education Partnership Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She is also one of 18 recently-named PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellows, sponsored by National Geographic. 

 

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COMPASS Lecture - Chad English, COMPASS, 10/1/14

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:19

October 1, 2014 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
117 HUB-Robeson Center (Freeman Auditorium) reception to follow

Chad English, Director of Science Policy Outreach, COMPASS
"Entering the Policy Fray"

For scientists pursuing socially-relevant research on issues like climate change, alternative energies and biodiversity, the policy process so often seems maddeningly opaque. The relevance of your research may be obvious to you, but knowing where to start is not. Where do you start? Who do you need to talk to? Do you need to present your science differently? Is it even possible to enter the policy fray and still maintain your integrity?

Chad English, science policy trainer and coach, will explore these question in an afternoon lecture and discussion that will pull back the curtain on the science-policy interface and provide insights, lessons and stories of success gleaned from a decade of life at the interface.

http://www.psiee.psu.edu/news/2014_news/Compass2014.asp

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Continuing the Geosciences Colloquium Speaker Series, Dr. Mark Brandon, Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, presents "Slow Glacial Erosion and Deep Valley Incision in the Patagonian Andes" on Tuesday, September 23rd, at 4 PM

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:02

Continuing the Geosciences Colloquium Speaker Series, Dr. Mark Brandon, Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, presents "Slow Glacial Erosion and Deep Valley Incision in the Patagonian Andes" on Tuesday, September 23rd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Brandon received is MS and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington and was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Canada's Pacific Geoscience Centre. Much of his current research is focused on the tectonic evolution of convergent wedges with projects in modern convergent wedges of the Apennines in northern Italy, Crete, Washington State, and the Patagonian Andes.

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Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Martin Perlmutter of Chevron Corporation, will present "The Influence of High Frequency Paleoclimate Variability on Paleoclimate Interpretation" on Tuesday, September 9th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike

College of EMS Headlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:29

Dr. Perlmutter holds a Ph.D in Marine Geology from the University of Miami and is Chevron's Team Leader of Basin Analysis Research. He has been with Chevron/Texaco for over 30 years with a research focus on basin analysis and the application of new methods for predicting reservoir trends. He also served as research scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Perlmutter has evaluated over 30 basins and conducted mega-regional studies around the world.

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Geosc Colloquium Speaker Scheduled on September 2nd

College of EMS Headlines - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:53

The Department of Geosciences opens its Fall 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 4 PM in 022 Deike with Dr. Bärbel Hönisch, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. Her talk is entitled "Challenges of Deciphering Cenozoic Marine Proxy Records." A Coffee and Cookies Reception will precede the talk at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

 

Dr. Hönisch, who received her Ph.D from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, is an expert on ocean acidification. Her research interests focus on understanding the role of the ocean (and in particular the role of marine carbonate chemistry) in global climate change. As she was originally trained as a marine biologist, her approach to paleoceanographic questions often includes a biological component. 

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