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Addressing the energy, environmental complexities of urban areas

Because cities are such complex human-created systems, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment created a new research theme, Urban Systems, which will address the essential and urgent needs for sustainable, healthy and affordable solutions for urban areas.

Materials Research Institute announces seed grant recipients

The Penn State Materials Research Institute announces seed grant recipients for 2021, grants designed to foster interdisciplinary research at Penn State.

NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite reveals shape, depth of Antarctic ice shelf fractures

When a block of ice the size of Houston, Texas, broke off from East Antarctica’s Amery Ice Shelf in 2019, scientists had anticipated the calving event, but not exactly where it would happen. Now, satellite data can help scientists measure the depth and shape of ice shelf fractures to better predict when and where calving events will occur.

2021 Colloquium on the Environment to feature 'father of environmental justice'

Renowned scholar and activist Robert Bullard will present the virtual keynote talk at Penn State’s 2021 Colloquium on the Environment on April 1. Bullard, who studies how environmental issues disproportionately impact communities of color, will discuss “The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice in the U.S.”

Climate dynamics seminar examines data, disasters and urban supply chains

Alfonso Mejia, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, will discuss using data-driven frameworks to keep cities supplied after droughts and heat waves affect agricultural production at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10.

EarthTalks series discusses future of nuclear fission for electricity generation

Amanda Johnsen, Bryant Early Career Assistant Professor in the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, will discuss the future of nuclear fission for the electric grid on March 8.

Second Energy University forum to focus on education March 5

On Friday, March 5, Penn State faculty, staff and students are invited to take part in the forum "Energy University: Energy Education," which is the second in a series designed to discuss how Penn State can continue to strengthen its position as an energy leader.

EarthTalks examines the carbon footprint of the built environment

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering at Penn State, will discuss ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment at 4 p.m. Monday, March 1.

Climate dynamics seminar explores Arctic climate change and trace-gas cycles

Jose D. Fuentes, professor of atmospheric science at Penn State, will discuss climate change in the Arctic and trace-gas cycles at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3. The talk will be broadcast via Zoom.

Virtual lecture series to highlight women advancing river research

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State is co-hosting a new series of virtual lectures to feature the contributions of women to river research.

EarthTalks: Lightsource bp CEO Kevin Smith to discuss future of solar

Kevin Smith, CEO for the Americas at Lightsource bp, will discuss the solar partnership with Penn State and the future of solar power at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

Climate dynamics seminar examines climatic, human impacts on California fires

Alan Taylor, professor of geography at Penn State, will discuss the climatic and human influences on fire in California forests at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.