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Faculty and students honored at college's annual awards banquet

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrated exceptional students and faculty for their academic excellence, service and leadership during its annual Wilson Awards Banquet held at the end of the spring semester. The awards banquet is the college's annual celebration of faculty and student accomplishments and is named in honor of Matthew and Anne Wilson, major benefactors of the college, and recognized nearly 60 students and fellow faculty with awards.

'Art of Discovery' booth combines science and art at this year’s Arts Fest

From Thursday, July 11, through Saturday, July 13, Penn State's Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will feature free, hands-on activities and demonstrations including EMS.

Argentine fossils take oak and beech family history far into Southern Hemisphere

One of the world's most important plant families has a history extending much farther south than any live or fossil specimen previously recorded, as shown by chinquapin fruit and leaf fossils unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina, according to researchers.

Earliest flaked-stone tools found in Ethiopia

The origin of flaked-stone tool production is older than 2.58 million years ago, according to an international team of scientists working at the Bokol Dora 1 archaeological site in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Previously the oldest evidence of flaked-stone tools was younger than 2.58 million years ago.

Researcher to discuss how life recovered after ancient asteroid impact

Bacteria may be the key to understanding how life survived after the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs.

Professor of climate dynamics named Project Drawdown Senior Fellow

Chris Forest, professor of climate dynamics at Penn State, has been named a Senior Fellow for Project Drawdown. Senior Fellows are "systems thinkers,experts in their field and Drawdown Ambassadors to the world." He is the first Penn Stater to receive the honor.

Penn State students hit the road to investigate greenhouse gas emissions

Penn State student Colton Milcarek recently loaded a suitcase-sized instrument into a car and set out across State College to sniff out potential greenhouse gas leaks.

Penn State launches Center for Critical Minerals

Edward Steidle, former dean of Penn State's College of Mineral Industries, the predecessor of the present College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, wrote these visionary words in 1952: "American industry will be faced not only with a lack of raw materials at home, but also with the difficulty of obtaining supplies abroad."

Participation in the GREEN Program inspires EMS students to become ambassadors

Before studying abroad through the GREEN Program, Jacob Kaminski didn't have a clear vision of how he could address sustainability challenges around the world. But his study abroad trips to Iceland and Japan radically expanded his perspective.

Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material

A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically changes the electronic properties of the material, according to Penn State researchers who say they can create new types of components for energy-efficient photoelectric devices and electronic circuits with this material.