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.

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).

Urban stormwater study finds little difference between managed, unmanaged flows


At a time when many municipalities are seeking to control urban stormwater by investing heavily in green infrastructure — such as water-quality ponds, infiltration basins, porous pavement and riparian plantings — a new study suggests that these expensive efforts may not have much of an impact.

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.

Proposals for energy, environment research projects being accepted


The Institutes of Energy and the Environment announced its 2021–22 Seed Grant Program, inviting researchers throughout the University to submit proposals by Nov. 19.

Building expert joins national STEM diversity and inclusion program


Esther Obonyo, director of the Global Building Network and associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, was recently named a fellow in the third cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and universities.

Study explores link between earthquakes, rainfall and food insecurity in Nepal


The effects of monsoon rainfall on food insecurity in Nepal vary by earthquake exposure, with regions that experienced both heavy earthquake shaking and abundant rainfall more likely to have an inadequate supply of nutritious food, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Urban sustainability inspires students' contribution to Pittsburgh neighborhoods


College of Agricultural Sciences student Capricia Williams said she learned something while enrolled in the City Semester Pittsburgh program that she could not find in a book, or a classroom, and it opened her eyes to the issues and realities caused by food apartheid.