Penn State Energy and Environment News

Cervone named to inaugural cohort of AGU Local Science Partners program

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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has named Guido Cervone, professor of geography, meteorology and atmospheric science and associate director of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State, to the inaugural cohort of the organization’s Local Science Partners program. Cervone is one of 55 AGU members from across the United States who will take part in science policy and communication workshops and travel to Washington, D.C., to build sustainable relationships with their legislators and champion policies that benefit the environment and humanity.

Bridging the gap to better infrastructure

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Bridge failures are a reality for states with aging infrastructure, including Pennsylvania. Ilgin Guler, Penn State assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, recently compared statistical modeling and machine learning to monitor and forecast the conditions of bridge decks, the topmost surfaces of a bridge.

Jared Ali named director of the Penn State Center for Chemical Ecology 

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Jared Ali, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair of Chemical Ecology and associate professor of entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named director of the Penn State Center for Chemical Ecology.

Cervone named to inaugural cohort of AGU Local Science Partners program

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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has named Guido Cervone, professor of geography, meteorology and atmospheric science and associate director of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State, to the inaugural cohort of the organization’s Local Science Partners program. Cervone is one of 55 AGU members from across the United States who will take part in science policy and communication workshops and travel to Washington, D.C., to build sustainable relationships with their legislators and champion policies that benefit the environment and humanity.

Architecture doctoral candidate earns scientific excellence award for research

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Nastaran Tebyanian, an architecture doctoral candidate in the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School, recently won a Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture Scientific Excellence Award for a research paper that she authored with her doctoral advisers. 

Six named 2022-23 Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows

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The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program will include six new fellows from Penn State in 2022-23. The BTAA is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the United States’ preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities.

College of Ag Sciences planning new embedded course with travel to Antarctica

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Penn State students will have the chance to explore Antarctica through a new embedded course, “Antarctica: Human Impacts on a Fragile Environment,” offered in the fall 2023 semester.

Laser writing may enable ‘electronic nose’ for multi-gas sensor

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Sensors are a step closer to sniffing out various gases that could indicate disease or pollution, thanks to an interdisciplinary Penn State collaboration. College of Engineering and Eberly College of Science teams combined laser writing and responsive sensor technologies to fabricate the first highly customizable microscale gas sensing devices.  

How a massive refinery shortage is contributing to high gas prices

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Refining capacity in the U.S. is about one million barrels a day below what it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Intensifying heat waves threaten South Asia’s struggling farmers – many of them women

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As crops fail in the rising heat, men are leaving many rural areas for migrant work in cities. Women are left to tend to the farming in increasingly dangerous conditions.

New machine learning technique shows how drugs can be repurposed

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A new machine learning method to model gene expression levels might improve the identification of genes that cause human diseases, according to a new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

Microbes clean pollution from abandoned mines

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Penn State professors Jennifer Macalady and Bill Burgos lead an interdisciplinary team researching newly discovered microbes capable of rapid removal of toxic metals in acidic environments.