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.
A beautiful sunset over the Atlantic off the Florida coast, or an orangey glow in the Texas sky at dusk may be caused by dust from West Africa, according to researchers who are looking at the paths of particulate matter in the skies over the Sahara desert and the semi-arid Sahel.
Strong tidal activity may facilitate water-induced fracturing and the rapid draining of a meltwater lake at the grounding line of the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica. The phenomenon may temporarily stabilize the ice shelf despite increased warming, according to researchers.
Two assistant teaching professors in Penn State’s Department of Geography have received fellowships to a highly sought-after leadership development workshop for women educators in STEM and geospatial science.
Marcela Suàrez and Brandi Gaertner are among 15 female academics from across the United States chosen to attend the 2022 Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM-Geospatial Sciences (TRELIS) workshop. The four-day workshop focuses on building leadership capacity and skills to address career development, communication, conflict resolution and work-life integration.
Andrew Curtis, professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will discuss his work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and how his earlier work during Hurricane Katrina informed his approach, during a talk at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15.
Flavored tobacco products play a large role in leading youth into addiction, and it is estimated that three out of four youth smokers will continue to smoke well into adulthood, according to the U.S. surgeon general. A Penn State researcher is analyzing flavored tobacco sales restrictions and how they affect the availability of tobacco products and retailer advertising.
As part of a nationwide Earth Day celebration, members of the Community, Environment and Development Club in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences helped break a Guinness World Record for the most people watering plants simultaneously across multiple venues. The club’s president, Amelia Wyckoff, a freshman double majoring in community, environment and development and geography, was the event’s main organizer.
Lauren McPhillips, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State, will provide insights into the effectiveness of green infrastructure solutions for managing stormwater during a talk at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1.
Stephanie Pincetl, professor and founding director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, will discuss just transitions to renewable energy sources at the annual E. Willard Miller Endowed Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, March 25.
The talk will take place in 112 Walker Building and be broadcast over Zoom.
Jennifer L. Fluri, professor and chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Penn State alumnus, will examine international interventions in Afghanistan focused on women's rights and discuss their successes and failures during a talk at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 18.