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New sodium-ion electrolyte may find use in solid-state batteries

A newly discovered structure of a sodium-based material allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries, according to researchers from Penn State and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The team is fine-tuning the material using an iterative design approach that they hope will shave years off the time from research to everyday use.

Caterpillar chief engineer to discuss safety and productivity changes in mining

Michael Murphy, chief engineer in Caperpillar Inc.'s Surface and Mining Technology division, will give the 2018 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering on Friday, April 13,. Hill will give the lecture "Digital and Automation - The Step Change in Safety and Productivity for Mining" at 4:30 p.m. in President's Hall at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Penn State's University Park campus. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Earth and mineral sciences grad students lauded at annual research exhibition

Batteries, earthquakes, Earth science modeling, water flow and natural gas leakage -- these are the research topics of the five graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences who received honors in Penn State's 33rd annual Research Exhibition.

Penn State Relay For Life executive director plans on lifelong cancer advocacy

As a first-year student, Mensch was confident that she wanted to advocate for a cause. She decided to attend the night-time Luminaria Ceremony at Relay For Life. At the ceremony, luminaria bags line the walkways lit with candles, honoring those who have suffered or are suffering from cancer. She had her "this is it" moment and decided to get involved. Gradually, she assumed more leadership and held positions like the EMS Relay For Life chairperson, Greek recruitment overall, ultimately becoming the executive director in her senior year.

EnvironMentors aims to help underrepresented students into STEM fields

Penn State was approved to be a new chapter of a science-based program, called EnvironMentors, which aims to bring underrepresented students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Panel discussion on sustainability, climate science on April 4

At 4 p.m. on April 4 in 101 Chambers Building, a panel discussion titled "Sustain What?" will look at the complexity of sustainability, what it means in relation to a changing climate, and how it impacts life on earth.

Iranian artist Morehshin Allahyari to discuss technology and art

Contemporary artist and activist Morehshin Allahyari will explore political, social and cultural contradictions in a lecture titled "On Digital Colonialism and Monstrosity" at 10 a.m. on April 6 in the Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium on the University Park campus.

Institute for CyberScience announces 2018 ICS Seed Grant recipients

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced the recipients of the 2018 ICS Seed Grant awards. This year, 18 researchers will receive funding from ICS. More than $413,000 is being awarded through this program.

Annual Minerals Junior Education Day set for April 7

Students can learn about minerals, crystals, gems, fossils and Earth sciences at the annual Minerals Junior Education Day. The educational program, co-sponsored by Penn State's College of Earth and Minerals Sciences' Museum and Art Gallery, is designed to encourage the interest of students in grades one through eight in the Earth sciences.

Connection of sea level and groundwater missing link in climate response

About 250 million years ago, when the Earth had no ice caps and the water around the equator was too hot for reptiles, sea level still rose and fell over time. Now, an international team of researchers has developed a way to track sea-level rise and fall and to tease out what caused the changes in the absence of ice sheets.