The shift to renewable energy is projected to increase as the world transitions to a low-carbon energy system. The expansion of wind, solar, hydropower, biofuels and other low-carbon technologies has not accelerated at the pace needed to respond to the climate crisis and often there is a lack of equity and opportunities for communities on the front lines of the climate crisis.
To help address these issues, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant to researchers from Penn State, University of Minnesota, University of Richmond, Kansas State University and Barry University in Florida.
Penn State ranks in the top 50 in 16 subject area rankings and in the top 100 in the world in an additional 14 subjects, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which released its 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) on July 25.
Tim Prestby, an incoming doctoral student in the Department of Geography, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study trust in thematic maps.
The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 21 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2022-23 academic year. These 21 students join 59 prior recipients continuing in the University’s graduate degree programs in the Eberly College of Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Development, and the College of the Liberal Arts, as well as the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs.
Seventeen Penn State graduate students have received 2022 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant awards and been named graduate fellows.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has named Guido Cervone, professor of geography, meteorology and atmospheric science and associate director of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State, to the inaugural cohort of the organization’s Local Science Partners program.
Cervone is one of 55 AGU members from across the United States who will take part in science policy and communication workshops and travel to Washington, D.C., to build sustainable relationships with their legislators and champion policies that benefit the environment and humanity.
The 2021 Dixie Fire burned over nearly 1 million acres in California and cost $637 million to suppress, making it the largest and most expensive wildfire to contain in state history. Fire history largely determined how severely the wildfire burned, and low-severity fire treatments had the largest impact on reducing the worst effects of the fire, according to a Penn State-led research team.
The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences’ (ICDS) Research Innovations with Scientists and Engineers (RISE) team are working together to use computational power and human expertise to support research projects that can help create solutions affecting the climate and environment.
Fifteen Penn State faculty have received Fulbright Scholar Awards for the 2022-23 academic year, according to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.
Small farms and home gardens where landholders raise multiple species of culturally important crops can have a significant impact when it comes to meeting the United Nations’ goal to end global hunger and malnutrition, according to an international team of researchers.