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NSF CAREER award to improve understanding on how porous materials fail

Porous materials can be found everywhere from the concrete in our buildings to the bones in our bodies. In buildings, lightweight, high-strength porous materials help conserve energy, insulate acoustics and bear higher loads. In armored vehicles and airplanes, they reduce fuel consumption. Porous rocks are used to mitigate climate change by serving as a medium for carbon dioxide storage and geothermal heat extraction. Despite the proliferation and broad applications of porous materials, very little is understood about how cracks form inside their microstructure and how they eventually fail.

Angelique Adams awarded 2022 Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal

Angelique Adams, CEO of Angelique Adams Media Solutions, LLC, was awarded the 2022 Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal by Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The award was established in 1992 to recognize the very highest levels of intellectual achievement or academic service attained by those educated in the college. The award is named in honor of Charles L. Hosler, former dean of the college, senior vice president for research, dean of The Graduate School, and professor of meteorology emeritus and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus.

Upcycling plastic waste into graphite provides possible alternative to landfills

Upcycling plastic waste into graphite, used in electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, could positively contribute to the global economy, preserving resources, saving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to Penn State researchers. 

Three selected as Administrative Fellows for 2022-23

The Administrative Fellows Program offers Penn State faculty and staff the opportunity to work with senior University officers to gain knowledge and experiences pertaining to the challenges of leadership in the academic community.

Faculty and student excellence celebrated at EMS annual awards celebration

Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) recognized exceptional students and faculty for their academic excellence, service and leadership during its annual Wilson Awards Celebration, held on Sunday, April 24. The Wilson Awards are named in honor of Matthew and Anne Wilson, major benefactors of the college.

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to 21 interdisciplinary teams

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) awarded seed grants to 21 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State for the 2021–22 cycle. Since 2013, IEE has awarded grants to nearly 200 interdisciplinary projects across 15 Penn State colleges and campuses.

EME Awards Banquet

Every year in April the department of energy and mineral engineering holds an awards banquet to celebrate the success of its students and to thank the donors who sponsor its scholarships and program support funds. The event brings students, donors, faculty, staff, and friends together to acknowledge the accomplishments of its community and present awards to its brightest and best.

IOR 2022 Pioneer Awards

The SPE IOR Pioneer Award is presented to selected individuals who have made significant advancements over the years in improved oil recovery technology. This award has been presented to 90 individuals since its inauguration in 1984. 

EMS programs continue to shine in U.S. News graduate rankings

Graduate programs in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences were recently recognized among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report's 2023 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

Task force unveils recommendations for Penn State to eliminate carbon emissions

Last spring, at the request of President Eric Barron, a team of more than 20 faculty members, staff members and students began to formulate a plan to address climate change, one of the most complex and urgent issues of our time, by significantly lowering the University’s greenhouse gas emissions on all its campuses. Today, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force unveils its recommendations for the University to achieve 100% emissions reduction by 2035.  

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