Geography Student wins Phi Kappa Phi Freshman Award at EMS Poster Exhibition

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences recently held its 2013 undergraduate poster exhibition. The exhibition showcases the variety of research among undergraduate students in the College’s five departments. This year, there were 30 entries.

Energy Institute Staff Receive Recognition for Years of Service

Three EMS Energy Institute staff members will receive recognition this year for their years of service at Penn State. Kelly Rhoades, administrative assistant, has been with Penn State for 25 years; Bradley Maben, senior research technician, has been with Penn State for 20 years; and Barbara Robuck, marketing/public relations, has been with Penn State for 15 years. Congratulations to each of for receiving the Years of Service Award!

The Years of Service Award is awarded to full-time regular University employees of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35+ years.

Institute Hosts Workshop to Develop Community-Guided Cyperinfrastructure for the Geosciences

On November 12-14, 2013 the EMS Energy Institute hosted the EarthCube DEFORM/COMPRES workshop in Alexandria, VA. The workshop, focused on connections between geoscience and cyberinfrastructure development. Attendees discussed and identified areas where research would benefit from technical, computational, or conceptual cyberinfrastructure developments.

Unconventional Natural Resources Technical Meeting Well Attended by Industrial Members and Potential Members

The Unconventional Natural Resources Consortium (UNRC) held its second technical meeting on November 4 at the EMS Energy Institute. Representatives from five companies, including member companies Hess, Chevron, and Shell as well as Penn State faculty and students were in attendance.

Johns Receives SPE Grant for Student Recruitment Efforts

Dr. Russell Johns, Beghini Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, received the 2013 Society of Petroleum Engineers Faculty Grant for PhD Pipeline. The award is designed to recognize petroleum engineering faculty who have developed innovative techniques to recruit PhD students.

Institute Hosts International Coal Conference

The EMS Energy Institute organized the Fourteenth International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), held from September 29-October 3, in State College, PA. Jonathan Mathews, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering, and program director for the Institute’s coal science and technology program, chaired the conference, which attracted over 220 participants from 29 countries.

Gas Flooding Joint Industry Project Holds Eighth Annual Meeting

The Gas Flooding Joint Industry Projects held its eighth annual meeting at the EMS Energy Institute from October 3-4, 2013. The meeting was organized by the EMS Energy Institute at Penn State in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin.

Workshop on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin

A workshop on the Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin was held on September 9-10 by the National Academy of Sciences. The workshop covered the geology, hydrocarbon resources, and production of unconventional hydrocarbon resources in the Appalachian Basin; the potential effects of unconventional hydrocarbon production on surface and groundwater quality and quantity and on air quality; and the potential effects of unconventional hydrocarbon production on landscapes, ecosystems, and climate. 

Carbon Dioxide Stored in Marcellus Shale Wells Could also Boost Gas Production

-Penn State News

Marcellus Shale and other natural gas plays are considered valuable for what can be extracted from them, but what if they could also be valuable and environmentally helpful after they are been depleted?

High School Students Experience Research at the EMS Energy Institute

The EMS Energy Institute hosted two high school students for the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS) as part of our student outreach efforts. Amber Hall and Valeria Pena spent six weeks on Penn State’s University Park Campus conducting hands-on research at the EMS Energy Institute. During the program, students attend classes, conduct a research experiment, write a research paper, and present their results to other participants, advisors and judges. On July 23 the students presented their research project as part of the program’s culmination.