Penn State Energy and Environment News

Viral graph falsely claims Earth’s current temperatures are historically low

| wnep.com

A graph shared by Jordan Peterson uses unrelated data from over a century ago to cast doubt on present-day global warming. This article quotes Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, and was published by at least a dozen additional local ABC affiliates.

Wolves hunting otters, and chemical weathering in a warming world

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On this week’s show: When deer are scarce these wolves turn to sea otters, and chemical weathering of silicates acts as a geological thermostat. This Science Magazine podcast episode features an interview with Susan Brantley, Evan Pugh University Professor and Barnes Professor of Geosciences.

‘Keeping it Green’ podcast aimed at plant professionals and enthusiasts

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A new Penn State Extension weekly podcast, titled “Keeping it Green,” is aimed at ornamental plant professionals and enthusiasts. The podcast features interviews with horticultural professionals and covers design, installation and maintenance, plant selection, pests, and other current horticulture topics. 

Spotted lanternfly experts share what research has uncovered about the pest

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Since the spotted lanternfly’s unwelcome arrival in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014, researchers have been working tirelessly to learn more about the invasive pest, now confirmed in 45 Pennsylvania counties and reported in surrounding states.

Davis hoping to leave a legacy of engagement with Graduate Council

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When Ken Davis, professor of professor of atmospheric and climate science, had an opportunity to help lead graduate education at Penn State, the chance was one that he could not let pass by. Davis will be wrapping up his tenure as chair of Penn State’s Graduate Council on May 31, 2023, an appointment that he began in 2019.

Earth's 'geological thermostat' is too slow to prevent climate change

| newscientist.com

Rock weathering has helped keep Earth’s climate relatively stable for millions of years, but the process isn't fast enough to keep up with human carbon emissions. This article quotes Susan Brantley, Evan Pugh University Professor and Barnes Professor of Geosciences.

Earth’s natural air-scrubbing system works better when it’s wetter

| popsci.com

When it's warm and rainy, minerals that react with carbon dioxide draw in more of the greenhouse gas. This article quotes Susan Brantley, Evan Pugh University Professor and Barnes Professor of Geosciences.

Memtransistor-based collision detection scheme is inspired by insects

| allaboutcircuits.com

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University created an ultra-low power collision detection system inspired by insects such as the locust, which can detect potential crashes, even at night. This article quotes Saptarshi Das, Associate Professor of Engineering, Science & Mechanics.

Talks to focus on National Science Foundation opportunities for researchers

| psu.edu

Social science research opportunities available through the National Science Foundation will be the subject of two presentations being held on Feb. 22 and 23 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center, Room 110 Henderson Building, Penn State.

Smithwick appointed new director of Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

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Erica Smithwick, distinguished professor of geography, has been named director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State, effective Jan. 1.

Machine vision system developed capable of locating king flowers on apple trees

| psu.edu

A machine vision system capable of locating and identifying apple king flowers within clusters of blossoms on trees in orchards was devised by Penn State researchers — a critical early step in the development of a robotic pollination system — in a first-of-its-kind study.

Colorado River basin: Machine learning approach may aid water conservation push

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A Penn State-led team of scientists used machine learning reveal residents' attitudes toward water consumption, and the findings may help target conservation campaigns in the drought-stricken Colorado River basin.