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).

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).

Software tool that finds spots for water-quality devices will work in Northeast


A computer software package widely used in the Midwest to strategically position riparian buffers and other structures aimed at protecting water quality on agricultural land can be used effectively in the eastern United States, with some limitations, Penn State researchers report in a new study.

Geoscientist to investigate Earth's deep water cycle with $640K NSF CAREER grant


Andrew Smye, assistant professor of geosciences at Penn State, will use a $640,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant from the National Science Foundation to shed light on a geological mystery while advancing educational opportunities for underrepresented students.

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.

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.

Seminar series featuring women in energy research to launch on Sept. 16


The first two seminars in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering's Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research lecture series are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, featuring Joan B. Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University.

A recent reversal discovered in the response of Greenland’s ice caps to climate change


New collaborative research from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and five partner institutions, including Penn State University, reveals that during past periods glaciers and ice caps in coastal west Greenland experienced climate conditions much different than the interior of Greenland. Over the past 2,000 years, these ice caps endured periods of warming during which they grew larger rather than shrinking.

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.

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.