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Punxsutawney Phil visits Penn State

The world-famous weather predictor Punxsutawney Phil made a special appearance at Penn State's Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science on the afternoon of Jan. 17.

The effects of melting glaciers on tropical communities

A Penn State professor is researching the trickle-down effects that melting tropical glaciers have on food security and biodiversity, and what regional communities, like Cusco and Huaraz in Peru, can do about it.

Conservation practices may leave African indigenous populations behind

Conservation and logging groups in Central and West Africa are failing to fully incorporate local concerns into management, marginalizing the livelihoods of the local population, according to Nathan Clay, doctoral candidate in geography, Penn State.

Fifth-graders get hands-on science lessons at annual Shake, Rattle & Rocks event

The three-day Shake, Rattle & Rocks program gave fifth-graders from the region the chance to experience what it means to be an earth scientist.

Project to develop computational tools for coupled human-natural systems

Penn State researchers have received a $20 million, five-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) looks to create a state-of-the-art framework of computational tools that will help to assess the impacts of weather-related variability and change.

Free public science minicourse starts on Jan. 21

"The Quest for One Healthy Planet" is the 2017 theme of the annual Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science -- a free public minicourse that does not require registration or exams. The lectures take place on six consecutive Saturday mornings beginning at 11 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the University Park campus.

EMS alumnus turns study abroad venture into career in sustainability education

Adam Phoebe, a 2012 Penn State energy engineering graduate, is director of global operations for the Global Renewable Energy Education Network or GREEN program, a position he obtained after first becoming a student ambassador for the program.

Sukyoung Lee named Ryan Faculty Fellow in College of EMS

Sukyoung Lee, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science at Penn State, has been named the John T. Ryan Jr. Faculty Fellow in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The fellowship is awarded to outstanding faculty to further their contributions in teaching, research and public service.

South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought

Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family that also includes potatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias and tomatoes existed 52 million years ago, long before the dates previously ascribed to these species, according to an international team of scientists.

New approach captures the energy of slow motion

A new concept in energy harvesting could capture energy currently wasted due to its characteristic low frequency and use it to power next-generation electronic devices, according to a team of Penn State materials scientists and electrical engineers.