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Kaitlyn Spangler, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at Penn State, will discuss issues with the diversity of crops in her talk "Beyond corn, soy and wheat? Re-imagining a diverse U.S. agricultural landscape.”
Nelson Dzade will discuss advances in thin-film solar cells in his talk titled "The interface is still the device: engineering it for enhanced thin film solar cell performance."
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.