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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.

Controlled burns limited severity of Rim Fire
12/08/2017

Controlled burning of forestland helped limit the severity of one of California's largest wildfires, according to Penn State geographers.


Students aim to reimagine transportation through electric bike social enterprise
12/06/2017

A group of Penn State students is getting charged up by Project BYOB, or "Bring Your Own Bike," a student-driven initiative that is working to create an environmentally friendly transportation system by converting standard bicycles to electric.


Penn State convenes leaders to discuss methane emissions regulation
12/06/2017

Representatives from the state and federal government, the energy industry, environmental groups, and numerous Penn State colleges and campuses came together at Penn State on Nov. 29 for a conference on "Regulatory Approaches to Methane and Other Air Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Gas Operations."


Song awarded honorary professorship at Tianjin University
12/05/2017

Chunshan Song, distinguished professor of fuel science in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) and director of the EMS Energy Institute, was named an honorary professor by Tianjin University in China. He also was selected as a Global Alumni Fellow by Osaka University in Japan.


Partnership celebrates global synergy, accomplishments at joint energy workshop
12/05/2017

Members of the Penn State - Dalian Joint Center for Energy Research (JCER), a partnership between Penn State and Dalian University of Technology (DUT), one of the top research universities in China in energy and chemical engineering, met on campus recently to discuss ongoing research and collaboration initiatives and progress made in advancing clean energy research.


Some like it cold
11/15/2017

Scientists at Penn State go to the ends of the Earth to find out what makes glaciers tick.


Materials science graduate student tackles safer batteries in trip to Japan
11/14/2017

Preeya Kuray dreams of one day creating a better biocompatible battery to be used in medical devices inserted into the human body. For now, she'd settle for making your phone a little more safe.


Congressional briefing addresses science's impact on weather prediction, economy
11/14/2017

Penn State researcher Fuqing Zhang was one of three experts on a panel, representing universities, federally funded labs and the private sector, who briefed Congress on how recent advances in technology have improved severe weather forecasting, allowing targeted forecasts for both the public and businesses that support the economy and can save lives. The briefing, sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), took place today (Nov.14).


Enrique Perez - Why I Give Back
11/14/2017

Penn State geosciences alumnus Enrique Perez received tremendous financial support and advice throughout his life, which paved the way for career success. Now, he's giving back in many ways to provide similar opportunities to other students. 


Snapshot Day brings Pennsylvania water quality into focus
11/10/2017

Volunteers collected water samples in October as part of the annual Snapshot Day, a event organized by Penn State researchers and Trout Unlimited to help us better understand baseline water quality in Pennsylvania.