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Hunting for Clues to Why the Last Mammoths Disappeared

As the wind whips across the Bering Sea, for an instant it courses over a tiny speck of land called St. Paul Island, far off the coast of Alaska.

Improving water quality monitoring in Marcellus Shale region focus of recent conference hosted by EESI

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute recently hosted the 2013 ShaleNetwork conference, which drew scientists, volunteers and representatives from government agencies. The ShaleNetwork is a collaborative effort by faculty at Penn State and other universities and agencies to monitor water in the Marcellus Shale region. WPSU sent a reporter to cover the workshop. Click here to listen to the radio report.

Penn Stater named director of NOAA's Climate Program Office

Wayne Higgins ('83 MS; '87 Ph.D., METEO) was named director of NOAA's Climate Program Office.  Higgins, who has spent much of his career at the forefront of weather and climate prediction for NOAA's National Service, starts his new position July 28.  <<NOAA News>>

Energy Innovation 2013 Issue Available Online

The Summer 2013 issue of Energy Innovation is now available to read online. Energy Innovation is an annual publication from the EMS Energy Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The EMS Energy Institute is a leading research and development organization focused on energy science and engineering. <<More>>

Couple gives $2.2 million to establish faculty chair in geosciences

Two anonymous donors have made a $2.2 million gift to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Department of Geosciences to create a faculty chair. Both hold doctorates and have an intimate understanding of the need for faculty support. The couple is remembering Penn State through a bequest that will leave a lasting legacy and support work in geochemistry.  Penn State News

EMS faculty address climate change misperceptions in Wall Street Journal letter

In a letter to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences Jim Kasting and Professor of Geosciences Kate Freeman address climate change and the role of carbon dioxide levels.  <Read the letter in the WSJ.>

Protection of water quality critical in development of gas wells

David Yoxtheimer, a hydrogeologist and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Extension Associate with Penn State University, addressed that and other related issues this week, as he talked to a group of 20-some concerned and informed citizens about the water quality issues surrounding the Marcellus shale natural gas industry drilling activity in central Pennsylvania.  <<The Express (Lock Haven)>>

Energy Business and Finance major offers new option in energy and land management

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Penn State John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) will be offering a new energy and land management option as part of the bachelor of science degree in energy business and finance (EBF). Designed in consultation with the American Association of Professional Landmen, this new option will provide expertise in the acquisition of sub-surface exploration rights and enable Penn State students to seek challenging careers as exploration Landmen.

Mann Selected to Receive National Conservation Achievement Award

The National Wildlife Federation recently selected Michael Mann, professor of meteorology, to receive their prestigious National Conservation Achievement Award in the Science category for 2013.  Dr. Mann will receive this award in September at an event hosted by PennFuture.  This national recognition honors Dr. Mann for his achievements in natural resource conservation.  Congratulations Mike!  <<Michael Mann>>

Freeman Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Being recognized with the Wilson Award for Excellence in Research Sunday evening at the EMS Wilson Banquet was just the beginning of a week to remember for Kate Freeman.  Today it was announced that Kate has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Science.  Kate is singled out for her work using stable isotopes in fossil molecules to learn about the origins of life on earth and other planets.  Kate makes the sixth EMS living faculty member to be elected to the National Academies.  Congratulations Kate!

Geography classes on sustainable conservation the topic of CDT Focus on Research

A new class from the Department of Geography builds on the "Parks and People" program that gives students hands-on learning about sustainable conservation in South Africa. Erica Smithwick, assistant professor of ecology, said that it had been a long-term goal to expand the global experience into a resident classroom program.

Centre Daily Times story.

2013 College Commencements Across the Region

Here's a list of undergraduate commencements for the 2013 Spring Commencement Season <<Post-Gazette.com>>

Purdum's Hotel Mix Hospitality, Academics

"And on top of that, Penn State offers extensive academic resources and knowledge about the topic.  Our College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is one of the world's leading institutions of its kind."  <<STORY>>

Volunteerism meets research on students' trip to Jamaica

A Penn State class that spent spring break getting an up-close lesson in marine biogeochemistry also got a chance to practice artistic outreach with younger students. Students in Lee Kump's marine biogeochemistry class volunteered at the Discovery Bay All Age School as part of their trip to the Discovery Bay Marine Lab.

Read the full story in the CDT.

Jennifer Balch writes about Earth Day and NPR reporter Christopher Joyce's talk

On a hot day in August 2007, I was sitting on a log at the edge of a patch of Amazon forest waiting for the right weather conditions to burn a 100-hectare plot (larger than 180 football fields), when I was approached by a journalist. 

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