Penn State Energy and Environment News

The Treasure Beneath the Surface: The role of groundwater in the development of the Kachchh region of India

| by Praharsh Patel

Kachchh is a manifestation of a post-disaster high agrarian and economic growth fueled by the invisible water resource, groundwater. Simultaneously, it shows how the negligence of sustainable groundwater management poses a threat to the socio-economic stability of a booming economy.

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones to step down

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Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones has announced he will step down Aug. 15 and transition into a new role as special assistant to the president and return as a professor to the College of Engineering. 

As Shell’s ethane cracker nears startup, people are surveying the Ohio River for plastic nurdles

| stateimpact.npr.org

Environmental groups and researchers want to establish a baseline for the small pieces of plastic, so they can tell if nurdles are getting into the river from the massive plant.

Opportunity: Clean Energy Technology Showcase of the Global Clean Energy Action Forum

To bring the latest technology solutions and novel innovations to the world stage, the GCEAF seeks engaging technology demonstrations and interactive exhibits to help attendees increase their awareness of technology solutions that can help them meet their clean energy goals.

Opportunity: Call for Abstracts for 11th Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium

The ICLRS serves as the premier international meeting for an exchange of ideas among landfill researchers throughout the world.

Biology professor receives national award, delivers speech at conference

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Penn State Lehigh Valley Associate Professor of Biology Jacqueline McLaughlin recently received the National Society for Experiential Education 2022 John S. Duley Lifetime Achievement Award in Experiential Education. In addition, in early June she delivered a virtual keynote address to attendees at the FarmConect Romania agriculture conference held in Slobozia, Romania. 

How are we adapting? A nexus approach for addressing food-energy-water vulnerabilities in the face of climate change

| by Sarah Torhan

In 2021, the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the sixth assessment report, highlighting how climate change shapes our environmental futures with more frequent and intense extreme events such as drought, floods, and sea-level rise. These natural hazards impact the ability of society to access food, energy, and water resources and introduce risks to human survival and wellbeing.

Institutes partner on seed grants to promote computational climate research

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Penn State faculty investigating the climate are encouraged to apply for the IEE-RISE 2022 Climate Seed Grant Program to receive consulting time from the RISE (Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers) team.

Penn State Harrisburg to offer new doctoral degree in engineering systems

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Penn State Harrisburg will offer a new doctoral program in engineering systems beginning in fall 2022. The program aims to prepare students to pursue careers in research and development, industry, government, and academia by providing them with interdisciplinary engineering education, critical thinking skills, and research experience.

Geosciences professor named director of Penn State planetary science consortium

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Christopher House, professor of geosciences, will serve as director of the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Sciences and Technology at Penn State, effective July 1.

Institute hires engineers to help researchers use AI to advance science

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Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences announced that two more AI specialists will join the institute’s Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers team, a team of experts with extensive supercomputing experience and a deep understanding of academic research who are available for project-specific consulting.

States and tribes could soon regain the power to fight against projects that pollute

| popsci.com

The provision of the Clean Water Act that allows states and tribes to protest pipeline projects could be restored by 2023. This article quotes Lara Fowler, assistant director of Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.