The Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has a rich history dating back more than a century, from the original focus on mining engineering, to today's interdisciplinary focus on earth, energy, and materials sciences and engineering. The college was formed in 1896 and we embarking on a yearlong celebration in 2021 of our upcoming 125th anniversary. Starting fall 2020, the college will be hosting numerous celebratory events to commemorate this milestone and they will be posted below when details are confirmed. Please check back often as this page will be updated frequently.
KEY DATES IN THE FORMATION OF THE COLLEGES OF EARTH AND MINERAL SCIENCES
- 1859: The University (then known as the Pennsylvania Farmers' High School) offers its first course in geography and meteorology, a required course in the scientific and agricultural program.
- 1890: Penn State Board of Trustees approves the establishment of the Department of Mining Engineering.
- 1896: The growing Department of Mining Engineering is renamed to the School of Mines and was the beginning the current College of Earth and Minerals Sciences. Magnus Ihlseng served as dean until 1899.
- Feb. 16: GEMS 125th Anniversary Educational Series
Speaker: Seth Blumsack, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
Talk: "Beyond the Power Grid: The Next Generation of Energy Transitions (and the people who will make them happen)"
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
- Feb. 19, 2021: Geography 125th Anniversary Coffee Hour Speaker
Speaker: Karen Seto, Yale University
Time: 4-5:00 p.m. via Zoom
- John A. Dutton e-Education Institute 125th Anniversary Symposium - "Pioneers in Remote and Online Education"
Monthly webinar series will showcase developments in teaching and learning that have taken place over the College’s rich 125 history. Presented as 1-hour webinars offered monthly throughout the spring and summer semesters
- March 26-27, 2021: EMEX - 125th Anniversary Century of Excellence Activity (virtual event)
- Earth and Mineral Sciences EXposition (EMEX) is the College's annual student-run open house
- March: GEMS 125th Anniversary Educational Series
Tim White, research professor and director of the EMS Sustainability Council
"EMS Sustainability Program"
- April, 14-15, 2021: Celebration of Undergraduate Engagement (CUE) (virtual event)
- Student presentations, workshops, and guest speakers will highlight undergraduate research and engagement experiences.
- April 14-15, 2021: Reflections and Future Prospectives of Polymer Science in EMS (virtual event)
Series of lectures by both Penn State and non-Penn State faculty and keynote and pleanary speakers, Geoffrey Coates and Thomas Epps III
- April 2021: Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science's Hussey Lecture (virtual event)
Speaker: Harry Campbell, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- May 19: Panel - "Getting to Negative: strategies, ethics, and co-benefits of carbon capture and sequestration" Panel is part of IEE's Energy Days and will feature the below panelists:
- Wei Peng, School of International Affairs and Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Jennifer Baka, Department of Geography
- Jacqueline O'Connor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach
- Bruce Logan, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Assoc Director IEE
- Erica Smithwick, Department of Geography, Assoc Director IEE
- Tom Richard, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Director IEE
- Xiaoxing Wang, Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
- June: GEMS 125th Anniversary Educational Series
Clive Randall, director of the Materials Research Institute
"Commercialization of Cold Sintering of Ceramics"
- August: GEMS 125th Anniversary Educational Series
James Kasting, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences (tentative)
"The Search for Life on Planets Around Other Stars"
- Oct.: Earth and Environmental Systems Institute Showcase and Reception
Open house showing the renovated 2nd floor and sharing of plans for 3rd floor JEWEL renovation
- Oct. 21, 2021: “Carbon: From Fuels to Materials” - 125th Anniversary Symposium
A one-day series of invited lectures, primarily by PSU alumni, that illustrates the history, the progress and the synergism of fuels/materials connections with a view toward an even brighter future
- Oct. 22, 2020: Ryan Family Student Center Showcase
Ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for newly-renovated RFSC, will showcase expanded services, etc.
- Oct. 22, 2021: Materials Research Institute Showcase
Facilities will be open for guided tours.
- Oct. 22-23: John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Enginerring's 125th Anniversary Celebration
Events will include a graduate student research showcase, facility tours, presentation of Hosler renovation plans, activities with studen societies, and reception with Dean
- Oct. 22-23: Joel N. Myers Weather Center
Friday reception and Saturday breakfast/brunch
- Computational and Data Science in Earth Science" - 125th Anniversary Innovations in Education and Research Symposia (DATE TBA)
Sponsored by the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
- Celebration Weekend: Oct. 22-23
Recognition of 125th Fellows, Poster sessions, tours of facilites, etc. - more details TBA
- Ryan Family Student Center Welcome Home
Event will be held in conjunction with Homecoming annual parade watching gathering
- Nov. 18: Historian Ibram X. Kendi to discuss how to be an antiracist at virtual event
Ibram X. Kendi, one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices
Talk: discussed his book “How to Be an Antiracist". The free, live-streamed event featured a moderated conversation with Kendi, followed by Q&A.
Time: 6-7:00 p.m
- Dec. 15, 2020: GEMS 125th Anniversary Virtual Educational Series - Registration required
Rob Lydick, host and forecaster for Weather World and researcher in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, will launch the virtual GEMS series
Talk: "New Mission for Weather World"
Time 7-8:00 p.m.
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