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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.

GEOlab researchers shaping future of energy, disaster forecasting
01/17/2018

Never has the world been better positioned to predict and respond to natural disasters. The stream of data at our fingertips is seemingly endless. But the size of this mounting trove of information in itself poses a problem. For example, running flood calculations for a city facing heavy rains using a century of data is highly accurate. But the calculation is useless if it takes days or weeks to compute.


Drones let researchers monitor changes in volcanoes, plan virtual field trip
01/12/2018

Penn State geosciences researchers are investigating an active volcano that could pose a hazard to millions of people in Nicaragua. Masaya volcano is located in an active volcanic and seismic zone and is nearby Managua, Nicaragua's capital. The researchers are using many methods, including drones, to study how the volcano and surrounding earth are changing over time. The drones are able to capture high-quality video footage and travel to places inaccessible to humans. 


Titley to chair new advisory committee for National Academies
01/11/2018

David W. Titley, professor of practice in meteorology, professor of international affairs, founding director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Penn State and retired rear admiral, U.S. Navy, was appointed chairman of the advisory committee for the National Academies' new Climate Communications Initiative.


Institute for CyberScience names spring 2018 distinguished visiting researchers
01/11/2018

The Institute for CyberScience will bring two acclaimed researchers to Penn State in spring 2018 through the ICS Distinguished Visiting Researcher Program. The program provides funding for accomplished scholars in computational science fields to visit, deliver seminars, meet students, and discuss potential collaborations with Penn State faculty.


Power Up! Penn State's new data center crunches big numbers, solves big problems
01/04/2018

Too much of a good thing. That's the situation many scientists face in this age of Big Data. Thanks to a new data center at Penn State, researchers can now analyze huge amounts of information and complex models that were grindingly slow or impossible to handle before.


A Career on Ice
01/03/2018

Long-time research associate for Penn State's Ice and Climate Exploration group looks back on a career spent in Antarctica running field research operations, navigating extreme weather conditions and finding beauty in remote territory.


Penn State announces Global Programs Travel Grants 2017 competition results
12/20/2017

Twice a year, Global Programs solicits applications for international travel from faculty and graduate students. Based on the review committees' evaluations and recommendations, 30 applicants were selected for funding support. The awardees will travel to 19 countries on four continents. 


Researcher uses Westminster Abbey windows to shine light on glass myth
12/18/2017

John Mauro used the composition of glass found in the windows of London's Westminster Abbey to determine the glass's flow to a liquid is much faster than previously thought but still too slow to account for the windows being thicker at the bottom.


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.