Our graduate students are integral to the research we conduct, and they also are dedicated to making a difference in communities. Learn more about their research, outreach efforts, and other projects below.
Lisa Witzig has been appointed director of Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education.
Dani Buchheister, a doctoral student in geobiology and astrobiology, is among Penn State’s 21 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients — six in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences — for the 2022-23 academic year.
Penn State University Libraries will observe GIS Day — an annual event celebrating the technology of geographic information systems (GIS) — with a two-day event Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 14 and 15.
Lexie Hain, director of agrivoltaics and land management at Lightsource bp, will introduce solar grazing as an agrivoltaic practice, and discuss ecosystem service considerations, as well as aspects of performance, professionalism, and potential implementation in her talk "Agricultural integration and solar facilities: Agrivoltaics in context" at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24.
When thunderstorms rumble overhead, weak electrical discharges — called corona — can occur on tree leaves. A new study found coronas create large amounts of atmospheric chemicals that could impact air quality around forests, according to a team of Penn State scientists.
Tom Murphy, director of the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research at Penn State, will give the talk "Utility Scale Solar and Pennsylvania – Trends, Impacts, and Implications" at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in 112 Walker Building at University Park.
The fall 2022 Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research seminar series continues on Thursday, Oct. 13, with two seminars by Susan Altman, deputy to the Energy and Homeland Security Portfolio at Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Energy national lab.
Computer games are an effective way to teach ecological issues and build pro-environment policy support, according to published research by an interdisciplinary group of Penn State scholars.
Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the New York Times’ best-selling “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,” will give the 2022 Lattman Visiting Scholar of Science and Society Lecture.
Rob Altenburg, director of the PennFuture Energy Center, will deliver the talk "Solar Policy and Politics in Pennsylvania" at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3. The talk, which is free and open to the public, takes place in 112 Walker Building.