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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.

Researcher asks ‘what causes maps to go viral’ on the web
08/27/2018

As the 2016 presidential election was heating up, the statistical news website FiveThirtyEight released a projection map asking what if only women voted; it quickly went viral on social media and was viewed millions of times. That viral cartography event, and what quickly followed, is the subject of research conducted by Anthony Robinson, assistant professor of geography..


Undergraduates get taste for research at Penn State through NSF program
08/17/2018

 A dozen students from around the nation recently wrapped up their summer research projects in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, funded through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates(REU) program.


Institutes of Energy and the Environment to hold food-energy-water workshop
08/09/2018

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment has announced a food-energy-water (FEW) workshop. The purpose of the event is to build a community of practice around the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, where the sectors of food, energy and water connect. 


Radar better than weather balloon for measuring boundary layer
08/02/2018

 Improving forecasting for a host of severe weather events may be possible thanks to a more comprehensive method for measuring the Earth's boundary layer depth, developed by Penn State researchers.


Plate tectonics not needed to sustain life
07/30/2018

There may be more habitable planets in the universe than we previously thought, according to Penn State geoscientists, who suggest that plate tectonics -- long assumed to be a requirement for suitable conditions for life -- are in fact not necessary.


Penn State New Kensington awarded $75,000 grant
07/24/2018

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund(WPPSEF) has awarded Penn State New Kensington $75,000 to aid in incorporating sustainability and best practices to the campus-led Corridor of Innovation and revitalization efforts in the city of New Kensington.


Graduate student pursues research passions with help of scholarships
07/23/2018

Jason Munro, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering, credits two recent scholarships with allowing him to pursue research that's both his passion and relevant to advancing the needs of society.


Researcher draws from physics to make labs, workplaces safer
07/18/2018

According to research by John Mauro power-law distribution explains accidents in the workplace and how best to minimize them.


Fantastic plastics: Research collaboration could reshape injection molding
07/17/2018


Ralph Colby has partnered with two other Penn State researchers to get a better basic understanding of how plastics cool from a liquid to solid shape in injection molding.


Faculty wins NSF CAREER Award to model structure of extreme weather events
07/16/2018

One Penn State professor is seeking to create spatial statistical models for extreme events such as large forest fires, floods and heavy rainstorms to help make better decisions on infrastructure, preparation and mitigation.