Students in the News

Our students are go-getters, committed to improving themselves and the world around them. Learn about some of their research, study abroad, internships, and other activities that are supplementing their education and preparing them for life after graduation.

EMS undergraduate uncovers over 300 fossils at local site during summer research
10/24/2017

While exploring for fossils with her father in the State College area in 2014, Penn State geobiology major Anna Whitaker discovered a fossil of a prehistoric starfish. The Whitakers brought the excavated fossil to the University to be analyzed. Mark Patzkowsky, professor of geosciences, identified the starfish as an ophiuroid, labelling it the first of its kind to be discovered in Centre County.


Undergraduate Research: Finding fossils in central Pennsylvania
10/24/2017

A student in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Schreyer Honors College had the opportunity to spend her summer conducting independent research at a local dig site that she discovered. Watch video.


Wang wins outstanding young researcher award at carbon dioxide conference
10/13/2017

Xiaoxing Wang, an associate research professor in Penn State's Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute, received the Outstanding Young Researcher Award at the 15th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization, held July 17-21 in Shanghai, China.


Ag Sciences students to represent Penn State at World Food Prize Symposium
10/05/2017

Five students enrolled in College of Agricultural Sciences programs, including Maddy Nyblade, a senior majoring in geosciences and minoring in international agriculture, will represent Penn State at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium, Oct. 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.


Science communication focus of 2017 Lattman Lecture given by meteorology alumnus
10/03/2017

Jim Steenburgh, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah and Penn State alumnus, will give the 2017 Lattman Visiting Scholar of Science and Society Lecture. His talk, titled "Communicating Science in the 21st Century: Personal and Political Challenges and Opportunities," will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum on the ground floor of Deike Building. The event is free and open to the public.


Making sustainable change: Penn Staters invited to join EcoChallenge
09/27/2017

The Sustainability Institute has announced Penn State's participation in the 2017 EcoChallenge. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the challenge by changing one or more personal habits over the course of two weeks, from Oct. 11-25.


Environmental inquiry minor encourages environmental curiosity, literacy
09/22/2017

Addressing environmental concerns, enriching a wide range of majors and making an impact in the community -- those are some of the benefits the environmental inquiry (ENVI) minor offers, according to Larry Gorenflo, faculty-in-charge of ENVI and professor of landscape architecture and geography.


College of Earth and Mineral Sciences hosting free International Culture Night
09/14/2017

People interested in learning about some of the world's foods, performing arts, cultures and more can attend the third annual International Culture Night to celebrate cultures from around the world and enhance their cultural experiences. The event will take place from 5:45 to 8 p.m on Tuesday, Sept. 19, on the ground floor of the Deike Building on the University Park campus.


WE ARE for Science fields questions from inquiring kids, adults at Grange Fair
09/05/2017

As rows of tents dotted the countryside, the Grange Fair offered a chance to get back to more simple times. But for members of the group WE ARE for Science, it was a chance to shape the future of science policy, education and public outreach. About 40 members of the group recently spent a day at the fair fielding questions from kids and parents alike, in areas such as astronomy, entomology and geosciences at their "Ask a Scientist" event.


Course introduces students to critical zone science
08/25/2017

A new course encourages students to take a highly interdisciplinary approach to dealing with pressing environmental challenges. The curriculum is an introduction to critical zone science, an emerging field that brings together scientists with diverse backgrounds to study the place where rock, soil, water, air and life meet.


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