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Research News

Read the latest news about research conducted by investigators in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Our faculty and students are continually advancing technology, creating solutions and expanding knowledge with new and innovative research.

Enhancement of piezoelectric properties in organic polymers all in the molecules
10/04/2018

The inability to alter intrinsic piezoelectric behavior in organic polymers hampers their application in flexible, wearable and biocompatible devices, according to researchers at Penn State and North Carolina State University, but now a molecular approach can improve those piezoelectric properties.


New weather model could increase tornado-warning times
10/01/2018

Penn State researchers are the first to use data obtained from recent next-generation satellites in a numerical weather-prediction model used to provide guidance for tornadic thunderstorm forecasting.


Microbiome Center to host networking event Oct. 2
09/25/2018

Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.


EMS faculty member among seed grant recipients to support opioid research
09/13/2018

Penn State's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has awarded over $200,000 in funding to support 10 new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.


Program combines mobile devices and the outdoors in an unlikely pairing
09/12/2018

In the age of digital technology, mobile devices are good for more than just text messaging and playing games. According to Penn State College of Education researchers, the combination of technology and the outdoors is getting children and their families outside to learn more about science and their communities.


NSF funds $3 million graduate training program focused on Food-Energy-Water
09/10/2018

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers to create a new graduate program that will train students to find solutions to real-world problems facing Food-Energy-Water (FEW) systems.


$490K grant funds unique Greenland glacier study
09/10/2018

A more comprehensive way to understand the fracturing of Greenland's Helheim Glacier may now be possible thanks to a $489,000 grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation to a team of Penn State researchers to launch a feasibility study.


Fall Research Unplugged speaker series to offer weekly talks starting Oct. 4
09/07/2018

Research Unplugged, the popular series of stimulating conversation with Penn State researchers, returns to Schlow Centre Region Library in October.


Study: Earth's ecosystems face 'major transformation' from climate change
09/05/2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Warming that took place over thousands of years following Earth's last ice age dramatically changed vegetation on much of the planet, according to a new study.


Energy and Mineral Engineering to host research showcase on Sept. 10
08/31/2018

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) will be hosting a research showcase, "Sustainability in Energy and Mineral Resources Engineering," from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10.