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Critical Zone Seminar - Dan Richter Jr.

Dan Richter, Jr., lead scientist of the 56-year old Calhoun Soil-Ecosystem Experiment in South Carolina, will give the 2013 Critical Zone Seminar on April 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in 112 Forest Resources Building. The title of his talk is "The Changing Models of Soil and Earth's Critical Zone".


Penn State Energy Business and Finance students participate in commodity trading challenge

Two teams of Penn State undergraduate students placed among the top ten percent of finalists at the international CME Group Commodity Trading Challenge. The month-long competition offers graduate and undergraduate students a unique chance to electronically trade crude oil, gold and corn futures in a simulated, real-time professional trading environment. <<MORE>>

Penn State Part of $194 Million Research Center Focused on Next-Generation Microelectronics

Today’s integrated circuits are limited by power dissipation, heat, which limits the packing density of transistors on a computer chip.  Penn State is an integral part of The Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST), led by Notre Dame, which explores new concepts for the transistor to dramatically lower the power requirements for electronics. <<more>>

Penn State Meteorology team's air pollution research the subject of CDT's Focus on Research

Meteorology Professor Anne Thompson and Research Associate Doug Martins are leading the Penn State team that's acting as ground control on NASA air pollution research. Read the full story here.

EMS faculty offer insight into climate change in op-ed piece in the Patriot-News

Professors Richard Alley and Jenni Evans offered their insight on climate change in a recent piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The op-ed from Evans, interim director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, notes that "the existence of natural climate change does not remove the human finger print" from what is taking place. Read the full story here.

EESI director discusses "The Facts on Fracking" in International Herald Tribune Op-Ed

In an opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times, Penn State EESI Director Susan Brantley and Anna Meyendorff, a faculty member at the University of Michigan, discuss the science of natural gas drilling, concerns and economics. Read the full story here.


Slingerland Early Career Professorship endowed in Earth and Mineral Sciences

Rudy L. Slingerland, professor of geology in Penn State’s Department of Geosciences, was recently honored by a former graduate student and his wife who established an early career professorship in his name.  Penn State News

Bryjas Endow Kreutzberger Early Career Professorship

James J. and Coral V. Bryja recently committed $334,000 to establish the Joseph Kreutzberger Early Career Professorship in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. With matching funds from the Penn State Faculty Endowment Challenge, the total endowment is worth $500,000.  Penn State News

Penn State Joins MOOC Movement to Offer Free Online Courses

Penn State  joined the leading massive open online course (MOOC) platform, Coursera, making it possible for the University to provide courses on a vast scale and open higher education to hundreds of thousands more students than was previously possible.  <<FULL STORY>>

The Compatibility of Agricultural Intensification in a Global Hotspot of Smallerholder Agrobiodiversity (Bolivia)

Social Sciences - Sustainability Science:  Karl Zimmerer, Professor of Geography - SELECTED ABSTRACT - Integrating the conservation of biodiversity by smallholder farmers with agricultural intensification is increasingly recognized as a leading priority of sustainability and food security amid global environmental and socioeconomic change.  <<Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences>>


Antarctic Ice Core Contains Unrivaled Detail of Past Climate

Donald Voight, chief scientist at the WAIS Divide Camp, examines an ice core.  A team of U.S. ice-coring scientists and engineers in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), has recovered from the ice sheet a record of past climate and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that extends back 68,000 years.  <<STORY>>

Ayala appointed EME Associate Department Head for Graduate Education

Luis F. Ayala H. has been appointed to succeed Larry Grayson as the graduate program officer in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME), effective February 1. <<STORY>>

Weitzner Receives 2012 Astronaut Foundation Scholarship Award

Join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in congratulating Stephen Weitzner on recieving the 2012 Astronaut Foundation Scholarship Award.  The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to undergraduate STEM students.  <<STORY>>

EESI scientist looks to ice sheets in the past to understand the future

David Pollard's work is taking him back in time five million years, not only to learn about the past but also what could be coming in the future.

Pollard, a senior scientist in Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, is developing computer programs that can model the behavior of ice sheets in the past, and from that gain insight into what upcoming generations could see. Read the full story here...

Given Lecture Series to feature American Chemical Society Fellow

Michael T. Klein, the Dan Rich chair of energy at the University of Delaware, will be the featured speaker of the 2013 Peter H. Given Lectureship in Coal Science. He will deliver two lectures focused on his work in developing chemical models of complex reaction systems that assist with the upgrading and conversion of coal and biomass to liquid fuels. <<STORY>>