Penn State Energy and Environment News

Penn State hosts delegation from Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

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Penn State welcomed a delegation of faculty and international office staff from Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, Sept. 14-16. The visit was coordinated by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Penn State Global, and generated significant interest among faculty and staff at Leibniz and Penn State. The two universities indicated an interest in expanding collaboration by signing a Letter of Intent.

Richard King Mellon Foundation named 2022 Foundation Partner of the Year

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Penn State has named the Richard King Mellon Foundation its 2022 Foundation Partner of the Year. This award recognizes a foundation that has demonstrated extraordinary generosity in promotion and support of Penn State.

Mobility and Connectivity Plan looks to future of transportation network in State College

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State College has begun work on a comprehensive plan for the future of the transportation network in the borough.

How much microplastic am I eating? And is there any way to avoid It?

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Here's what you need to know about microplastics in our food chain. This article quotes Sherri Masson, associate research professor and director of sustainability at Penn State Behrend.

Pennsylvania climate forum brings informed public into problem-solving effort

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Deliberative forums bring together a demographically representative group of people, provide them with in-depth background material on the subject matter of the forum, and create questions to engage attendees in small-group discussions that are designed to produce ideas and potential solutions. 

Corning honored as Penn State’s Corporate Partner of the Year

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Penn State has named Corning Inc., one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, as its 2022 Corporate Partner of the Year.

Okafor receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

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C. Denise Okafor, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of chemistry, has been awarded the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award.

Some everyday materials have memories, and now they can be erased

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Some solid materials have a memory of how they have previously been stretched out, which impacts how they respond to these kinds of deformations in the future. A new Penn State study lends insight into memory formation in the foams and emulsions common in food products and pharmaceuticals and provides a new method to erase this memory, which could guide how materials are prepared for future use

EarthTalks lecture to discuss solar and agriculture land use competition

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Kaitlyn Spangler, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at Penn State, will deliver the talk "Towards solar justice in Pennsylvania: tensions of land, farming, and power" at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in 112 Walker Building and via Zoom.

Architecture professor earns international innovative research award

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Felecia Davis, associate professor of architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School, has been recognized by the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architectures for her work exploring the use of computational textiles as the recipient of the 2022 Innovative Research Award of Excellence.

Research Unplugged continues its fall speaker series

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Research Unplugged is a collaboration between Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations and Schlow Centre Region Library. Research talks continue Oct. 6 and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 20. The Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 events will be held in the Schlow Community Room, with the final talk on Oct. 20 happening at the Pasto Agricultural Museum.  

Birdsong reveals rare hybrid coupling 10 million years in the making

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A team of researchers led by Penn State used a combination of genomic sequencing and song analysis to identify a rare hybrid bird, whose ancestors haven’t shared the same breeding location or lineage for 10 million years.