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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.

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.


Panel of climate experts to discuss climate change on Sept. 5
08/30/2018

Penn State will host a panel discussion on climate change topics related to Earth observations, Earth system modeling and policy on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Freeman Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Panel discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session.


Device harvests energy from low-frequency vibrations
08/29/2018

A wearable energy-harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging, according to a team of researchers from Penn State's Materials Research Institute and the University of Utah.


Security Center announces seed grant opportunities for Penn State researchers
08/29/2018

The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State is announcing its 2018-2019 Seed Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply in the fall 2018 semester by Nov. 1, or in the spring 2019 semester by Feb. 15.


Institute for CyberScience announces 2018-19 Seminar Series speakers
08/27/2018

Business, language, deep learning, networks, health and cybersecurity -- these are a few of the many research areas that have benefited from advances in big data analytics, big simulations and other cyber-enabled methods. They are also the topics slated to be featured in the 2018-19 CyberScience Seminars series, hosted by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS).