Poaching wild animals poses global environmental risks, from threatening the survival of keystones species to potentially spreading animal-borne diseases to humans. Technology like unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can help combat poachers, but finding the best way to use the large amounts of geospatial data generated by these tools remains a challenge, according to Penn State scientists.
Over spring break 2023, Penn State graduate students traveled to Arizona to participate in a transformational research experience as part of the Landscape-U program. During the week students visited sites connected to food, energy and water topics, the focus of the trip.
In May, the Department of Geography held a workshop aimed at supporting third- and fourth-year students from underrepresented groups in their journeys toward applying for graduate programs in geography.
Each year, millions of pounds of fireworks illuminate the skies across the United States, captivating audiences with their dazzling displays. What many people may not realize is that perchlorate, a significant ingredient in fireworks, may pose potential health risks to humans and animals.
From facial recognition on smart phones to digital voice assistants like Siri to tools like ChatGPT, artificial intelligence and machine learning are part of our everyday lives. Their benefits are many, but their rapid rise is also spurring questions about their risks. The ethical use of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) in scientific research is also becoming a more visible and important consideration, according to Guido Cervone, professor of geography and meteorology and atmospheric science at Penn State.
Department head Brian King selected to the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Department Executive Officers (DEO) program.
Karl Zimmerer, a professor of geography, is wrapping up what he said was a "transformative" sabbatical at the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK’IT) in Montpellier, France. Zimmerer applied and was accepted as a visiting scientist with MAK’IT, renowned as a global center of excellence for his research area, at the University of Montpellier.
Machine learning technology that can recognize human faces may also help to improve weather forecasts, according to a team of scientists.
This spring semester, 15 undergraduates were inducted as College of Earth and Mineral Science Academy for Global Experience (EMSAGE) laureates.
The Penn State Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction (CSUA) recently hosted its fourth annual conference in the HUB-Robeson Center at the University Park campus.