Penn State Energy and Environment News

Bird flu is infecting more mammals. What does that mean for us?

| nytimes.com

H5N1, an avian flu virus, has killed tens of thousands of marine mammals, and infiltrated American livestock for the first time. Scientists are working quickly to assess how it is evolving and how much of a risk it poses to humans. This article quotes Troy Sutton, assistant professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences.

Jenna Seigworth selected as John Roe Sustainability Impact Awardee

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Jenna Seigworth, a senior at Penn State Behrend, has been distinguished with the 2024 John Roe Sustainability Impact Award for her outstanding leadership in sustainability efforts. Seigworth's deep-seated commitment to a greener, more equitable world has positively impacted both the Penn State Behrend community and the surrounding Erie area. 

Harman Singh recognized as John Roe Sustainability Impact Awardee

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Penn State University Park graduate student Harman Singh has been named a recipient of the prestigious 2024 John Roe Sustainability Impact Award, in recognition of her significant contributions and leadership in advancing sustainability efforts within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and across the broader University community.

Olivia DiPrinzio recognized as a John Roe Sustainability Impact Awardee

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In recognition of leadership in advancing sustainability initiatives, Olivia DiPrinzio, an undergraduate at University Park, has received a 2024 John Roe Sustainability Impact Award. Through her diverse array of roles and initiatives, DiPrinzio has emerged as a student leader dedicated to promoting sustainability awareness and education on campus. 

Penn State students are helping Pennsylvania communities reduce carbon footprint

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On Earth Day 2024, Penn State is recognizing more than 30 undergraduate and graduate students from the University Park campus and Penn State World Campus who have participated in the Local Climate Action Program, which pairs students with local governments to create plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Researchers can now access their financial accounts in updated portal

| psu.edu

Penn State’s Office of Research Information Systems has updated its researcher portal by adding a new module, called myFunds, that enables researchers to more easily navigate and manage their accounts, including grants and startup funds. The action is part of the Research Support Transformation Project, which aims to reduce administrative burdens and increase the efficiency of operations.

Penn State Climate Consortium awards 11 climate action workshops

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Penn State Climate Consortium announced 11 workshops designed to create and implement climate change solutions through its Climate Solutions Accelerator program.

Landscape architecture faculty honored by international education organization

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Several faculty members of the Stuckeman School’s Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State were honored by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture at the international organization’s annual conference in St. Louis in March.

Penn State professors document satellite data assimilation, improves forecasts of serve weather

| psucollegian.com

What started as a conversation between Yunji Zhang, assistant director of Penn State’s Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques, and his colleague led to research that could help provide a better forecast for regions where there are little to no areas that have ground-based weather monitoring infrastructure.

Democratic state Senators want to end wastewater dumping on Pennsylvania roads

| penncapital-star.com

The practice is called road spreading and experts testified it’s still happening around the state despite a DEP ban. This article mentions Penn State research and quotes William Burgos, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Eastern hellbender's absence from Pennsylvania's waterways is warning sign of bigger problems

| cbsnews.com

Despite being the official state amphibian, hellbenders aren't exactly overflowing in Pennsylvania's waterways these days. This article mentions Penn State Outreach.

Climate change may affect kinship care patterns in Africa

| psu.edu

A new study highlights the effects climate change may have on children and social support systems in Africa, a question that has received relatively little attention from researchers and the policy community.