The weather and the atmosphere have a tremendous impact on business and industry, governments, and societies, and researchers in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science aim to better understand this dynamic set of systems. From modeling the intricacies of snowfall to understanding how tornadoes and hurricanes take shape to detailing the atmospheric chemistry of the rainforest, researchers cover the gamut of the interactions between the atmosphere and the land.
Representatives from the state and federal government, the energy industry, environmental groups, and numerous Penn State colleges and campuses came together at Penn State on Nov. 29 for a conference on "Regulatory Approaches to Methane and Other Air Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Gas Operations."
Gregory Jenkins' interest in meteorology and the environment can be traced back to his own childhood when he would find himself in the library, deciphering weather books or at home watching forecasts on television and wondering why they weren't correct. Now, his work at Penn State in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences brings together his fascination with meteorology, his goal of inspiring and encouraging his students, and his ambition of having a positive impact on underserved areas.
Penn State's 41st annual Renaissance Fund dinner on Nov. 29 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel honored Joel Myers, three-time Penn State alumnus; State College resident; and the founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather Inc.
Penn State researcher Fuqing Zhang was one of three experts on a panel, representing universities, federally funded labs and the private sector, who briefed Congress on how recent advances in technology have improved severe weather forecasting, allowing targeted forecasts for both the public and businesses that support the economy and can save lives. The briefing, sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), took place today (Nov.14).
Robert Johnson, a Penn State junior majoring in meteorology and atmospheric science and journalism, completed a summer internship with FOX 29 in Philadelphia, allowing him the opportunity to shadow meteorologist Kathy Orr, who was his favorite meteorologist when he was growing up.