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Making sustainable change: Penn Staters invited to join EcoChallenge
09/27/2017

The Sustainability Institute has announced Penn State's participation in the 2017 EcoChallenge. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the challenge by changing one or more personal habits over the course of two weeks, from Oct. 11-25.


Baka awarded fellowship to study impact of petrochemical plant on community
09/27/2017

Jennifer Baka, assistant professor in the department of geography, has been at Penn State for a little more than a year, but she has a lifetime of experience assessing the implications of energy. She grew up in a coal mining region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and watching the relationship a rural community has with a global enterprise factored into her choice to become an energy geographer. It's a field that combines political and industrial ecology to look at how energy projects impact all segments of society.


Forum to focus on energy opportunities and challenges
09/25/2017

The 2017 GEMS Industry Forum, "Balancing our Energy Future," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 in 114 Steidle Building on the University Park campus. There will be a reception held before the forum at 6 p.m. in the Steidle Building lobby.


Shaver’s Creek receives grant to install sustainable technologies
09/25/2017

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center was awarded a $35,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to install sustainable energy technologies in the center's new construction. The grant is one of several efforts made to include eco-friendly elements.


Environmental inquiry minor encourages environmental curiosity, literacy
09/22/2017

Addressing environmental concerns, enriching a wide range of majors and making an impact in the community -- those are some of the benefits the environmental inquiry (ENVI) minor offers, according to Larry Gorenflo, faculty-in-charge of ENVI and professor of landscape architecture and geography.


Graduate School and STEM Week spotlight opportunities for academic disciplines
09/20/2017

The University Fellowships Office will host a dual Graduate School and STEM theme week Oct. 2-6, with programming available to undergraduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines.


Researchers take tips from 'Twister' to chase elusive storm data
09/20/2017

Some great ideas are born out of years of painstaking research. Others are gleaned from the plotline of the movie "Twister."


Research grant to help students learn what goes on beneath Earth's surface
09/19/2017

Getting to the core of the problem of teaching young students about the dynamic Earth is the impetus of a four-year, $2.8 million grant awarded to Penn State Associate Professor Scott McDonald.


College of Earth and Mineral Sciences hosting free International Culture Night
09/14/2017

People interested in learning about some of the world's foods, performing arts, cultures and more can attend the third annual International Culture Night to celebrate cultures from around the world and enhance their cultural experiences. The event will take place from 5:45 to 8 p.m on Tuesday, Sept. 19, on the ground floor of the Deike Building on the University Park campus.


Materials scientist Messing named Honorary Fellow of European Ceramic Society
09/13/2017

Gary Messing, distinguished professor of ceramic science and engineering, has been sharing research advancements with his European colleagues for decades so being named one of the eight inaugural honorary fellows of the European Ceramics Society (ECerS) was a special accomplishment for the decorated scientist.