Penn State Energy and Environment Calendar

A collection of upcoming energy and environment events from around Penn State and beyond.

 12:00 – 3:00pm  Full details
Planning and managing the green infrastructure of street trees, parks, and open spaces will help any municipality safely take advantage of the many benefits these assets provide. With proper planning and management, these assets appreciate and pay us back with time.
 3:00 – 4:00pm  401 Steidle Building  Full details
In this seminar the speaker will summarize the impact that greenhouse gas emissions have on the earth’s climate and the major transitions that must take place in both energy demand/supply and CO2 capture to meet a carbon net-zero target by 2050. DNV’s projections for the world and for China, Europe and North America will be used to illustrate the transition. During the discussion the speaker will ask the audience to suggest how the university curricula could change to meet the needs of those energy specialists who will drive the necessary transitions.  
 4:00 – 5:00pm  Online or Millennium Science Complex Room W203  Full details
Penn State Graduate Students:  The Cornell Biogeochemistry Lecture Series Watch Parties will be held in the Millennium Science Complex Room W203. Attendees will learn about the earth's biogeochemical cycling by world experts and will hear about some of the most pressing biogeochemical questions across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

 4:00 – 5:00pm  Online  Full details
Abstract: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly advancing field. Novel machine learning methods combined with reasoning and search techniques have led us to reach new milestones: from computer vision, machine translation, and Go world-champion level play, to self-driving cars. These ever-expanding AI capabilities open up new exciting avenues for advances in new domains. I will discuss our AI research for advancing scientific discovery for a sustainable future.
 4:00 – 5:00pm  Online  Full details
The United States has been a world leader in science and engineering for the last seven decades. The nation’s successes in these fields have been driven largely by federally funded fundamental research performed at colleges and universities. Today, other nations, especially China, are investing just as much or more money into research and development, and if current trends continue, China may invest $200 billion a year more in R&D than the U.S. by 2030.
 5:00 – 6:00pm  26 Hosler Building  Full details
Melissa Lee will give the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ 2021 Lattman Visiting Scholar of Science and Society Lecture. Her talk, “Training the Next Generation Workforce for a Sustainable Future,” will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in 26 Hosler Building on the University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public. Lee is the founder and CEO of The GREEN Program (TGP). She founded the program in 2009 when she was a student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

 7:30 – 9:00am  Online  Full details
The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus is a useful framework for addressing complex transdisciplinary natural resource and environmental challenges in integrated, innovative ways. This webinar series explores using and operationalizing WEF nexus approaches for finding solutions to these challenges. The series focuses on examples and solutions by linking and using WEF nexus approaches to timely interventions, technologies and issues of importance, especially in the context of COVID-19 and climate change.
 10:30am – 12:30pm  Online  Full details
As part of the Baltic Sea Science Congress (BSSC), this workshop offers an opportunity to compare what is happening in the Baltic Sea and the Chesapeake Bay with a focus on four areas: nutrients, climate impacts, fishing and living resources, and governance.
 12:00 – 1:00pm  Online  Full details
Water Insights is an interdisciplinary seminar series on water science, water management, and water policy sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES). Speakers include researchers, water managers, and water policy makers from Penn State, other universities, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
 4:00 – 5:00pm  22 Deike Building or Online  Full details
Allison Fox, NASA Johnson Space Center, presents "Are There Organics Afoot? Searching for Signs of Life with SHERLOC on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover" as part of the ​Department of Geosciences Colloquium Series.

 11:00am – 12:00pm  Online  Full details
Abstract: Thresholds of sediment motion are integral to bedload transport estimates, which inform calculations of aquatic habitat, reservoir sedimentation, channel form and stability, and landscape evolution.
 11:15am – 12:30pm  529 Walker Building  Full details
Dr. Julio Urbina, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Penn State, presents "Electromagnetic remote sensing: From tracking election to bees" as part of the Fall 2021 ESSC Brown Bag Series.
 12:00 – 3:00pm  Full details
Planning and managing the green infrastructure of street trees, parks, and open spaces will help any municipality safely take advantage of the many benefits these assets provide. With proper planning and management, these assets appreciate and pay us back with time.
 12:00 – 1:00pm  Online  Full details
Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy Initiative Speaker Series presents Individualized Water Rates: Strategic Behavior and Equity Concerns with Steven Smith, Assistant Professor of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines
 1:00 – 2:00pm  Online  Full details
Many private wells and most springs test positive for coliform bacteria. During this Water Webinar Series: Coliform Bacteria and E.coli Bacteria in Water Wells and Springs session, you will learn what this means, and steps you can take to keep bacteria out of your drinking water. About the Series
 1:15 – 2:30pm  Online  Full details
This webinar will explore the agricultural side of land-use decision-making by introducing planners to PA Farm Link. In addition, participants will get an inside look at the PA Farm Link land-linking database. Many communities choose to prioritize agriculture in community land use, Livingston noted. As beginning farmers seek land opportunities — both traditional transition from older farmers as well as "creative farming opportunities" — the process is important to the success of communities. 
 3:30 – 4:30pm  112 Walker Building or Online  Full details
The Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MOST) has been the theoretical foundation for understanding the atmospheric surface layer since its inception. However, it has been known since the late 1950s that a number of important surface layer statistics do not conform to MOST. Since the early 1970s much effort has been devoted to resolving this issue. In 2015 we proposed a revised theory, the multipoint Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MMO), which overcomes the major limitations of MOST.
 4:00 – 5:00pm  Online  Full details
CEE Virtual Seminar Series: George Deodatis Combined Effects of Sea Level Rise and Hurricanes on NYC’s Built Infrastructure: Optimal Adaptation Strategies 
 7:00 – 9:00pm  Online  Full details
Join us for the Soundings water film series co-presented by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Penn State’s Water Council, and WPSU. This series explores the intersecting issues surrounding water conservation and the innovative research and policy solutions addressing these issues around the world.

 1:30 – 2:30pm  112 Buckhout Building or Online  Full details
Fall Invited Speaker Series: Dr. Orin Robinson Robinson is Research Associate, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.