Penn State Energy and Environment News

Opportunity: Call for Penn State Drawdown Scholar REU Applications

The 2022 Penn State Drawdown Scholars Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program is currently accepting applications from outstanding students to conduct research on Drawdown solutions to reverse global warming.

Nanoscale window coating could help reduce energy costs

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Replacing single-pane windows with more energy-efficient double-pane windows can be costly — so a team of Penn State researchers examined the energy-saving properties of a single-pane window coating that would make replacement unnecessary.

Integrated modeling of climate impacts on electricity demand and cost

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A team of researchers led by Penn State has developed a coupled water–power–economy model to capture how the impacts of climate-related water stress and temperature changes can cascade through energy systems.

Students encouraged to attend Spring Career Day and Stuckeman School Career Day

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Spring Career Day at Penn State gives students of any academic major or year the chance to learn about different industries, connect with leaders in their field, and jump-start their career. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the HUB-Robeson Center, nearly 200 companies will be recruiting for nontechnical full-time, technical full-time, internship and co-op positions.

Core facilities director brings more than technical advice to research

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Neela Yennawar, director of the X-Ray Crystallography and the Automated Biological Calorimetry core facilities at Penn State’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, extensive and unique expertise has contributed to winning six NIH grants and supporting other faculty in procuring research grants totaling over $40 million.

One month left to apply for Erickson Discovery Grants

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Undergraduate students from all majors and Penn State campuses have one more month to apply for an Erickson Discovery Grant to fund summer 2022 opportunities.  

Have an idea to change the world? Submit it in the Nittany AI Challenge

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Penn State students from University Park, all Commonwealth Campuses and Penn State World Campus are invited to form a team and submit ideas about how to improve the world using the power of artificial intelligence by entering the 2022 Nittany AI Challenge. The teams chosen will compete for a prize pool of $50,000; the deadline to submit an idea is Jan. 31.

NSF STEM grant funds scholars program for Penn State Berks engineering students

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Penn State Berks recently received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  program. The grant will be used to create the Penn State Berks Leveraging Innovation and Optimizing Nurturing STEM Scholars Program, which will provide support in the form of a four-year renewable $6,250 scholarship to talented engineering students with demonstrated financial need. Students who meet the requirements will receive $25,000 over four years.

Water scarcity may spur improvements at manufacturing facilities

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As climate change continues and the incidences of drought rise, water is increasingly becoming scarce for manufacturing. But a new study by researchers at Penn State and UCLA suggests that there is a silver lining — companies that use water may pivot to become efficient and more eco-friendly during periods of water scarcity.

US emissions roared back last year after pandemic drop, figures show

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Planet-heating emissions rose by 6.2% compared to 2020, with rise largely down to increase in cars and trucks on the road

Undergrad research and fellowships workshops slated for spring 2022

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Virtual workshops are scheduled throughout the spring semester for students looking to get involved in undergraduate research and apply for competitive fellowships, scholarships and grants. 

Pa. expects billions of dollars from the infrastructure law for coal mine cleanups. Will it help polluted waterways?

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A watershed in north-central Pennsylvania is an example of where federal money could help efforts to clean polluted water from old mines.