Penn State Energy and Environment News

March 11 EarthTalks: Improving models to inform urban climate risk strategies

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Tirthankar Chakraborty, an earth scientist in the Atmospheric, Climate and Earth Sciences Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will give a talk, “Modeling Spatial Variability of Urban Microclimate,” at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in 112 Walker Building and on Zoom.

Second annual Penn State water conference slated for March 14-15

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The Penn State Association of Water Students, in collaboration with the Penn State Water Council, will host the second annual water conference, “Penn State Water Conference: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Water,” on March 14–15 in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus and on Zoom.

Johnson Lecture in Science Communication to be held April 25

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Melissa Marshall, founder of the science communications consulting company Present Your Science, will give the 2024 A. Dixon and Betty F. Johnson Lectureship in Scientific Communication, titled "Talk Nerdy to Me," on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

3D printing affordable, sustainable and resilient housing in Alaska

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Alaska needs an estimated 27,500 new housing units over the next 10 years to alleviate overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, according to the Alaska Housing Foundation Corporation. An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers led by José Pinto Duarte, Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation and director of the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, is looking to alleviate some of that stress with a $376,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.

Temperature, humidity may drive future transmission of parasitic worm infections

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Studies on climate and infectious disease typically focus on temperature’s role on disease transmission. However, an international team led by Penn State researchers found that both temperature and humidity contribute to future trends in the transmission of parasitic worm infections.

SEC will consider climate disclosure rules for US companies on March 21 – it’s already facing threats of lawsuits

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Better information leads to better decisions – this is the idea behind a regulatory device known as “mandated disclosure.” Mandated disclosures are all around you, from calorie counts on fast food restaurant menus to conversations with doctors around informed consent. This article was originally written for The Conversation by Daniel Walters, professor of law.

Libraries announces workshop series on statistical analysis in R and RStudio

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Beginning March 13, the Research Informatics and Publishing department at Penn State University Libraries will offer a series of five virtual workshops on statistical analysis in the programming language R. The workshops are free and open to Penn State undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff. Advance registration is required by March 11.

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is accepting seed grant proposals

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Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) is accepting proposals for its 2024 seed grant program. ICDS seed grants are designed to foster innovative data science and high performance computing-enabled research. Penn State faculty from any campus or college can submit applications now through March 29.

Ladybug scents offer a more ecologically friendly way to protect crops

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A team of researchers led by Sara Hermann, assistant professor of arthropod ecology and trophic interactions in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, has developed pest control tools based on chemicals present in interactions between ladybugs and aphids. These tools could offer farmers more sustainable pest-control options.

Opportunity: 2024 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium Call for Abstracts

The 2024 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium which will take in person on Thursday, May 23, 2024 in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, is a gathering of natural resource managers, consultants, academics, researchers, educators and students is open to anyone with an interest in the management and protections of Pennsylvania's precious groundwater resource.

2024 Sustainability Expo to be held April 6 at Shaver's Creek

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The 2024 Sustainability Expo will be held Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

Master Watershed Steward Cindy Rogers strengthens partnerships in Indiana County

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After retiring from a career in special education and staff development, Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward volunteer Cindy Rogers said she “jumped into environmentalism with both feet,” connecting local organizations and building partnerships that focus on water conservation.