Penn State Energy and Environment News

Eberly college to pilot new diversity, equity and inclusion program


From fall 2021 through spring 2022, the Penn State Eberly College of Science will pilot a new program that aims to provide underrepresented students with opportunities to make the most of their degree experience and pursue STEM careers through meaningful interactions with corporate partners.

Barron discusses broad impact of Penn State research for trustees


Penn State President Eric Barron shared the impact of innovative research and the role the University’s research community plays in the creation of new knowledge, Pennsylvania's economy and workforce preparation in a presentation to the Board of Trustees.

Trustees shown strategies to strengthen Penn State’s research enterprise


Penn State’s multi-dimensional approach to research has allowed the University to experience steady growth and to remain aligned with national priorities in a variety of research areas. Lora Weiss, senior vice president for Research, presented “Strategies for Strengthening the Research Enterprise at Penn State” to the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Academic Affairs, Research and Student Life meeting today (Sept. 16).

Concrete world: Engineers to improve reinforced steel to contain nuclear waste


Metal corrosion is a problem across infrastructure in all fields, according to Juan Pablo Gevaudan, assistant professor of architectural engineering and principal investigator who received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program to further explore the degradation science of concrete as it applies to nuclear waste.

Penn State Cancer Institute to host Cancer Research Day virtual conference


All Penn State undergraduate, medical and graduate students, along with postdoctoral scholars, residents and faculty interested in cancer research are invited to join Penn State Cancer Institute’s Fourth Annual Cancer Research Day on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Opportunity: Access to CoreLogic ParcelPoint dataset

Penn State researchers now have access to a 5-year academic site license for CoreLogic ParcelPoint, a dataset of US property characteristics and transactions with ~160 million records (over 99% coverage).

EESI EarthTalks to discuss climate-human-fire interactions and feedbacks


David McWethy, assistant research professor at Montana State University, will discuss climate-human-fire interactions and feedbacks in temperate ecosystems during a talk at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place via Zoom.

Sustainability Institute and Student Farm to host free film screening


The Sustainability Institute at Penn State and the Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm are co-hosting a film screening of “Kiss the Ground,” a testament to the power of regenerative agriculture, at 7 p.m. EST Sept. 15. Participants will be able to stream the documentary and participate in a panel discussion after watching.

Physical distance may not be enough to prevent viral aerosol exposure indoors


Researchers in the Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering have found that indoor distances of two meters (slightly more than six and a half feet), may not be enough to sufficiently prevent transmission of airborne aerosols. Their results were made available online ahead of the October print edition of Sustainable Cities and Society.

Opportunity: Call for Fall 2021 ICDS Symposium Poster Session

Join the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences virtually October 6 and 7 as we bring together researchers from around the U.S. to discuss data, equity, reproducibility, and other topics related to fairness more. Any student—graduate or undergraduate—may submit a research poster. The research should have significant data science or computational science component to be considered. Faculty may submit posters but won’t be eligible for poster judging or prizes. Deadline: September 22, 2021

Opportunity: Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge

The Science Coalition (TSC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in fundamental scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive American competitiveness. (TSC) is hosting a video challenge for students to tell their stories about why science matters.

Researchers address need for bridges in remote Alaska as climate warms


Bridges are increasingly critical for remote communities in rural Alaska, where global warming is causing rivers to freeze later, thaw earlier and form thinner ice. With a new grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at Penn State plan to investigate the importance of bridges for the well-being of remote Alaskan communities and develop a protocol for these and other communities to fund, construct, monitor and maintain bridges.