Penn State Energy and Environment News

Growing Impact preview: Investigating thawing permafrost

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Episode release date: May 1, 2024 Once a frozen haven, climate-driven rising temperatures are rapidly thawing the Arctic permafrost, posing a major threat to communities and infrastructure. Researchers are investigating how these changes will transform rivers, with potential consequences for erosion, sediment transport, and the entire Arctic landscape. Additionally, their project incorporates art to communicate these critical findings in an engaging way.

Arboretum demonstration shows ways to prevent lethal bird-window collisions

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Each year, hundreds of millions of birds in the United States are killed when they collide with windows. Visitors to the Arboretum at Penn State can learn about simple ways to help prevent collisions at a demonstration on April 18.

Huck Leadership Fellows selected for 2024-25

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For the 2024-25 academic year, Huck leadership has appointed Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Scott Medina, Professor of Statistics Lingzhou Xue and Associate Professor of Surgery Dino Ravnic to be Huck Leadership Fellows.

Infrastructure, consultation for multi-site studies using electronic health data

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Penn State has established the Digital Collaboratory for Precision Health Research, an initiative led by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications.

The future of US internet: city-run broadband, satellite web and subsidies

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For Americans who can't get high-speed internet, myriad efforts by cities, new technologies and public programs are bridging the gaps. This article quotes Christopher Ali, Pioneers Chair of Telecommunications.

Penn State celebrates the 2024 Sustainability Award winners

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Penn State Sustainability has announced the 2024 recipients of its sustainability awards. These accolades, including the John Roe Sustainability Impact Award, the Student Sustainability Advisory Council Tree Award, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium Campus Sustainability Champion Award, commend the extraordinary contributions of students in spearheading sustainability initiatives.

Forest, stream habitats keep energy exchanges in balance, global team finds

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Forests and streams are separate but linked ecosystems, existing side by side, with energy and nutrients crossing their porous borders and flowing back and forth between them. This article features Penn State research and quotes Daniel Allen, assistant professor of aquatic ecology.

Could U.S. measles cases break a record this year? What to know

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Within the first 3 months of 2024, the U.S. surpassed the total number of measles cases recorded in all of 2023. Could the nation break a record this year? Here's what to know. This article quotes Catharine Paules, infectious diseases doctor with Penn State Health.

Webinar to address community engagement, equitable development

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Communities are sustainable and equitable when residents play a meaningful role in the deliberations, discussions, decision-making and implementation of projects or programs affecting them, according to Penn State Extension educators, who will host a webinar addressing community engagement, capacity building and equitable development.

Listening lab leading soundscape analyses for United States national parks

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The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development recently received a grant from the National Park Service to launch the Protected Areas Research Collaborative Listening Lab.

'Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool' to digitize crop nutrient management

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A nationwide team of agricultural scientists, including researchers at Penn State, has launched a decision aid that provides an unbiased, science-based interpretation of soil test phosphorus and potassium values for crop fertilization, with an eye toward potentially saving farmers millions of dollars annually while reducing excess nutrient losses to the environment.

Probiotic feed additive boosts growth, health in poultry in place of antibiotics

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Antimicrobial resistance is an increasingly serious threat for public health, and the use of antimicrobials in livestock feed has been a major contributing factor in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance to many drugs, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Led by Erika Ganda, assistant professor of food animal microbiomes, a Penn State research team conducted a study of natural feed additives that are promising alternatives to substitute for antimicrobial growth promoters.