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Dope Labs Science Communication Week at Penn State
02/21/2022

The topic-specific workshops were designed to introduce early-career faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to the broader science communication community and teach them to use social media, storytelling, and a web presence to network with other scientists and engage with diverse audiences. 


Grant to reduce, eliminate toxicity of coal mine dust
02/16/2022

Increases in lung diseases have been related to respirable coal mine dust. Penn State has been awarded $327,849 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to fund research targeting ways to reduce or eliminate the toxicity of respirable coal mine dust.


DOE will build nation's first large-scale facility to turn fossil fuel waste into rare materials for tech
02/16/2022

The vast majority of critical minerals and rare earth elements that help power electric vehicles and wind turbines come from mining operations overseas. But a new initiative spearheaded by the US Department of Energy is looking for ways to extract them from fossil fuel waste.


Green, bio-based extraction of rare earths from domestic ores for a sustainable world
02/11/2022

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Penn State (PSU) and University of Arizona (UA) researchers are partnering with industry collaborator Western Rare Earths (WRE), U.S. subsidiary of American Rare Earths Limited, to use a naturally occurring protein to extract and purify rare earth elements (REEs) from abundant, domestic ore-based feedstocks and waste materials without harming the environment. It could offer a new avenue toward a more diversified and sustainable REE sector for the United States.


Associate professor recognized as rising star in energy research
02/09/2022

Shimin Liu, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering at Penn State, is one of 29 researchers recognized as a rising star by Energy & Fuel, an international scholarly journal focused on fundamental and applied research within the energy and fuels fields, for his significant contributions in the field of energy research.


Dope Labs podcast creators to host science communication workshops at Penn State
02/04/2022

Researchers looking to extend their science communication skills beyond traditional journalism have an opportunity to learn about new ways to interact with larger and more diverse audiences. Dope Labs Science Communication Week at Penn State aims to introduce researchers to the broader science communication community and teach them to use social media, storytelling and a web presence to network with other scientists and engage with broad audiences. The four-day remote event will take place Feb. 7-10.


Sanjay Srinivasan named distinguished member by Society of Petroleum Engineers
02/04/2022

Sanjay Srinivasan, department head of the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State, has been honored as a distinguished member by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). One of 22 recipients selected for 2021, he joins only 696 other members honored since the establishment of the award in 1983.


Battery metals from mine waste: Potential economic benefits for the commonwealth
01/25/2022

Pennsylvania has a long history of mining and metallurgical activities dating to the Industrial Revolution that helped fuel the economy of the commonwealth and the nation. Coal markets have waned recently due to the transition away from coal to other energy sources, leading to many economically distressed areas in the state. New findings by a team led by Penn State researchers suggest potential economic opportunities from the domestic production of critical minerals. The team evaluated cobalt and manganese from the byproducts of mining and metallurgy from past industrial activities.


Coal creation mechanism uncovered
11/15/2021

The mechanism behind one of the first stages of coal creation may not be what has long been thought, according to a team of researchers who found that microbes were responsible for coal formation and production of methane. The finding has implications for methane fuel recovery from some coal fields.


Penn State recognized for green power leadership
11/04/2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized Penn State in its latest Top 30 College & University List of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership (GPP). Penn State ranks No. 14 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in terms of total kilowatt-hours (kWh) used of green energy. 


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