Microbes may help astronauts transform human waste into food
01/25/2018

Human waste may one day be a valuable resource for astronauts on deep-space missions. Now, a Penn State research team has shown that it is possible to rapidly break down solid and liquid waste to grow food with a series of microbial reactors, while simultaneously minimizing pathogen growth.


Century of data shows sea-level rise shifting tides in Delaware, Chesapeake bays
01/24/2018

The warming climate is expected to affect coastal regions worldwide as glaciers and ice sheets melt, raising sea level globally. For the first time, an international team has found evidence of how sea-level rise already is affecting high and low tides in both the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, two large estuaries of the eastern United States.


GEOlab researchers shaping future of energy, disaster forecasting
01/17/2018

Never has the world been better positioned to predict and respond to natural disasters. The stream of data at our fingertips is seemingly endless. But the size of this mounting trove of information in itself poses a problem. For example, running flood calculations for a city facing heavy rains using a century of data is highly accurate. But the calculation is useless if it takes days or weeks to compute.


Power Up! Penn State's new data center crunches big numbers, solves big problems
01/04/2018

Too much of a good thing. That's the situation many scientists face in this age of Big Data. Thanks to a new data center at Penn State, researchers can now analyze huge amounts of information and complex models that were grindingly slow or impossible to handle before.


Penn State announces Global Programs Travel Grants 2017 competition results
12/20/2017

Twice a year, Global Programs solicits applications for international travel from faculty and graduate students. Based on the review committees' evaluations and recommendations, 30 applicants were selected for funding support. The awardees will travel to 19 countries on four continents. 


Schuyler’s professional expertise an enduring resource for graduate students
12/15/2017

Before concluding his keynote presentation at the Graduate School's Career Exploration Workshop at Penn State's University Park campus in October, Roy Schuyler III shared a piece of advice that reflects the way he has led his own life: "Leave a legacy."


Penn State geographers go to New Orleans for American Geophysical Union meeting
12/12/2017

Faculty and students in the Department of Geography are among the many Penn State Earth scientists participating in the 2017 American Geophysical Union meeting, which began Dec. 11 and runs through Dec. 15 in New Orleans. The geographers are highlighting applications of new visualization technologies for Earth science topics.


Controlled burns limited severity of Rim Fire
12/08/2017

Controlled burning of forestland helped limit the severity of one of California's largest wildfires, according to Penn State geographers.


Some like it cold
11/15/2017

Scientists at Penn State go to the ends of the Earth to find out what makes glaciers tick.


Materials science graduate student tackles safer batteries in trip to Japan
11/14/2017

Preeya Kuray dreams of one day creating a better biocompatible battery to be used in medical devices inserted into the human body. For now, she'd settle for making your phone a little more safe.