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EMS Students Place at 2013 Graduate Exhibition

Three Earth and Mineral Sciences' students were recognized at the 2013 Graduate Exhibition. 

Physical Science and Mathematics: Third Place
Andra Jenn Reed. The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences/METEOROLOGY. "Effects of Local Meteorology and Chemistry on Ozone and Nitrogen Dioxide Retrievals: OMI and Pandora Spectrometers during DISCOVER-AQ 2011." CONGRATULATIONS, Andra!

Michael Schmitt. The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences/Materials Science and Engineering.  "Novel Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs) with Unique Microstructure Resulting in Reduced Thermal Conduction and Degradation."  CONGRATULATIONS, Mike! 

Engineering: Third Place
SIJUOLA MOYOSOREOLUWA ODUMABO. The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences/Energy and Mineral Engineering. "Gas Flow Hindrance due to Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Invasion in Tight Sandstones." CONGRATULATIONS, Sijuola!

<<2013 Graduate Exhibition Results>>

Local businessman endows professorship in materials science and engineering

Donald W. Hamer, a 1968 Penn State alumnus, and his wife, Marie Bednar, recently created an endowed professorship in Penn State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Their commitment of $1 million will establish the Hamer Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering. Hamer is the chairman and founder of State of the Art Inc., in State College, Pa., a leading supplier of film resistive components to the biomedical, communications, aerospace and defense industries.  Penn State News

Dr. Long-Qing Chen Elected Fellow of MRS

Dr. Long-Qing Chen has been elected as a Fellow of MRS “For contributions to development of the phase-field method and its innovative application to predicting mesoscale microstructural evolution and properties of metallic alloys, oxides and ferroelectrics.”

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>>