Penn State Energy and Environment News

Freiburg Rising Stars Academy – Connecting International Researchers to Freiburg Scientists

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The Freiburg Rising Stars Academy is your door opener to the University of Freiburg. In 2021, we are welcoming early-career scientists from the fields of Materials Science, Chemistry, Biology, Genetics, Informatics, Physics, Engineering, Microscopy, Medicine, and related interdisciplinary fields to apply as Rising Stars. 

The ethics of remote sensing in archaeology

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When using modern technology in archaeology, researchers can cause potential harm to the communities they are observing. A recent paper led by a team of Penn State researchers explores the ethics of archaeological remote sensing in sacred cultural spaces.

Professor of Geosciences Jennifer Macalady named Ecology Institute director

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Microbe expert Jennifer Macalady, professor of geosciences, has been appointed director of Penn State’s Ecology Institute, effective July 1. Macalady replaces outgoing director Erica Smithwick, who oversaw the research unit for the past five years.

These archaeologists helped quell a COVID surge in Madagascar

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As a wave of infections threatened rural communities, the scientists stepped in to fund and distribute aid.

Horizontal winds become major movers of CO2 during cold fronts

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What happens to atmospheric carbon dioxide when a cold front moves in has largely remained a mystery, but Penn State-led research is offering new insights that may help improve global carbon models.

Faculty Friday: Jessica Myrick

Meet Jessica Myrick, an IEE co-fund and Penn State Bellisario College of Communications faculty member. To help make a positive impact on the world, Jess is working to figure out how to talk about science, health, and the environment.

Australian megafires burn critical habitat of 'Vulnerable' virus-harboring bats

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Researchers studied bushfire incidences from 2012 to 2020 within eastern Australia, and found that the severe megafires that occurred during 2019-20 were much larger and more concentrated across the landscape than in previous years. Loss of habitat in these brushfires may drive Hendra- and Lyssa-infected bats closer to human populations.

Penn State Security Center announces Fall 2021 Grant Program

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The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education is announcing its Fall 2021 Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Sept. 30.

Fire operations-prescribed burning combo reduces wildfire severity up to 72%

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Firefighters battling wildfires in the western United States use a variety of suppression tactics to get the flames under control. Prescribed burns can make fire suppression operations almost three times as effective in limiting wildfire severity.

Student-led virtual event strengthens Penn State-Freiburg Partnership

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The Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC2), in partnership with the University of Freiburg’s Cluster of Excellence for Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) recently hosted a graduate student-focused interactive workshop and poster session on June 21-22, 2021.

Water resources professor receives 2021 Black Award for excellence in research

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Elizabeth Boyer, professor of water resources in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is the 2021 recipient of the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for excellence in research.

Be on the alert for sick songbirds

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Pennsylvania residents may see dead and dying songbirds exhibiting strange symptoms, warns Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, who is monitoring the spread of a mysterious disease in the eastern United States.