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Focus on Research|Penn State team shares glimpse of prep work that goes into planning a trip to Antarctic

Of all the supplies that can be hard to come by in a land of snow and ice, the first one to spring to mind probably isn’t water.  And yet that can be true in Antarctica, where summer means sunshine that stretches around the clock and turning snow into water is one of the magic tricks the teams there have to master.  “It’s very energizing with the sun up all the time,” said Don Voigt, a senior research assistant who is part of the Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration Team.  Read more here:

People Who Suffer Most Are Least Responsible for Climate Change

When Ken Davis, Penn State professor of meteorology, used to think about climate change he looked at it as a scientific problem, with an economic dimension.  Now, though, he sees the issue as an ethical challenge too.  <<>>

Carl Wiseheart Sherman

Carl Wiseheart Sherman, 90 died Monday, August 5, 2013, at Foxdale Village.  Arrangements are by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home in Mifflinburg, PA . . . The EMS family mourns the passing of our friend and colleague Carl Sherman. Carl received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State in 1948 and 1952 respectively, after which he worked in the oil industry for many years before returning to Penn State in the 1970s as a faculty member. It is there that many of you will remember him. “Uncle” Carl was a dedicated instructor and a true mentor to many of the students who passed through our halls. With wit and wisdom he shared his experience with the next generation of engineers and made lifelong connections with many of them.  Please join the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in a moment of reflection on memories of a gifted engineer, a devoted educator, and a true friend. <<Obituary>>

Joseph Culp's $100,000 Gift to Fund Scholarship at Penn State New Kensington

“Penn State continues to play a leading role in exploring petroleum and natural gas engineering,” said Kevin Snider, chancellor of the New Kensington campus. “Our campus is situated squarely in the heart of the Marcellus Shale formation. We are at the forefront in educating the students who will fuel the future of our nation.”  <<Penn State News>>

Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas, work by Penn State researchers, featured in CDT Focus on Research

Armed with maps and enthusiasm, birders spread out across the state in recent years to get some of the most detailed information available on avian nesting in Pennsylvania. The results of those efforts: the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania. <Read the full story here.>

Gary Messing Awarded American Ceramic Society's Highest Honor

Gary L. Messing, Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the American Ceramic Society’s (ACerS) highest honor of Distinguished Life Member.  This is the highest honor accorded members of the scientific and technical organization.  <<MatSE News>>

Beese Receives Professorship

Allison Beese, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering has been selected to receive the Norris B. McFarlane Faculty Career Development Professorship.  The Professorship is part of a $1 million commitment from the estate of Cathleen McFarlane-Ross, longtime friend of Penn State. McFarlane-Ross's gift honors her late husband, industrialist Norris “Mac” McFarlane, who graduated from Penn State in 1934 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgy. <<MatSE News>>

Robinson Receives Corning Faculty Fellowship

Joshua Robinson, Assistant Professor of Materials Sciences and Enigneering has been selected to receive the Corning Faculty Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering.  <<MatSE News>>

Carbon dioxide stored in Marcellus Shale wells could also boost gas production

Marcellus Shale and other natural gas plays are considered valuable for what can be extracted from them, but what if they could also be valuable and environmentally helpful after they are been depleted?

That is a question Penn State faculty are looking at as part of a research project the National Energy Technology Lab's Regional University Alliance is conducting. Seth Blumsack, John T. Ryan Jr. Faculty Fellow, and Turgay Ertekin, head of the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering and holder of the George E. Trimble Chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences, are part of the group studying whether it would be possible and make economic sense to capture carbon dioxide produced at large point sources and pump it into existing natural gas wells. <Penn State News.>

MacDonald Awarded Frumkin Memorial Medal

Digby MacDonald, professor emeritus, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded the Frumkin Memorial Medal.  The Frumkin Medal is the most prestigious award given by the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISEE).  <<MatSE News>>

Graduate certificate in geodesign to be offered online at Penn State

Designing land-based projects that are sustainable can be challenging with the numerous issues involved, including rising land costs, conservation factors and energy concerns. Today, it takes contributions from multiple professions to achieve successful design solutions. This trend is resulting in double-digit growth in professions involved in design and planning, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To prepare professionals to help lead complex sustainable design and planning projects, Penn State is launching a graduate certificate in geodesign, delivered entirealy online.  <<Penn State News>>

Focus on Research - A spectrometer sits in the stream collecting data as the water swirls past it leaving behind information about levels of carbon and nitrate.  That data can serve as clues for researchers trying to find out if drilling deep into black shale formations in the search for natural gas is also polluting nearby waterways.

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Richard Alley and Michael Mann urge action on climate change in CDT opinion piece

President Barack Obama announced new measures to combat global warming. Vigorous discussions about whether these are the best policy responses are almost sure to follow. These discussions are likely to be more productive if they start from the solid scholarship showing that we will be better off if we respond wisely to the coupled challenges of energy and environment. <Click here to read the full opinion piece.>

MATSE Alum Receives Inagural Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award

Kevin M. Fox ('03 and '05 MATSE), Senior Scientist, Savannah River National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, was named the inaugural recipient of the Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award.  He was recognized for his exceptional leadership and service to the American Ceramic Society.  <<American Ceramic Society>>

Zi-Kui Liu Receives 2014 ASM International Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award

Dr. Zi-Kui Liu, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director, Center for Computational Materials Design has been chosen to receive the ASM International’s  2014 Medal for the J. Willard Gibbs Phase Equilibria Award for his contributions in computational thermodynamics through integrated first-principles calculations and the CALPHAD method and for the advancement of phase equilibria theory, database development, materials design and promotion of thermodynamics.  <<Award Details>>