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.
The preservation of forests may help low- and middle-income countries meet their nutrition and environmental goals, according to researchers who found direct links between deforestation and reduced fruit and vegetable consumption in rural Tanzania.
Solange Muñoz, assistant professor of geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will discuss how studying migration, care and motherhood as infrastructures in their own right can help researchers better understand these processes during a talk at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 4.
Unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD), commonly known as fracking, has helped Pennsylvania retain its status as a leading energy exporter, but UOGD processes come with a host of environmental and public health concerns. A new grant from HEI Energy will allow researchers to explore possible links between fracking and water contaminants in southwestern Pennsylvania.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The nations that sent representatives to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, pledged to take actions to keep global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius. Penn State attendee and COP26 presenter Erica Smithwick, distinguished professor of geography, will discuss key takeaways from the climate conference and the need to change the climate narrative during a talk at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24. The talk will take place via Zoom.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Restocking forest patches after fires is important but relies on landscape and local factors, making successful tree replacement and forest recovery difficult. Now, a team of geographers analyzed forest recovery to develop aids for managers in maintaining forests.
"We used to think forests were resilient, but we are increasingly seeing that the pace of fire is alarming," said Erica A.H. Smithwick, distinguished professor of geography, Penn State. "We found that managers need tools to decide how to manage post-fire reconstruction."
A 2011 paper authored by Penn State researchers outlining a geovisual analytics approach to support geographically grounded situational awareness of crisis events using social media was selected to receive the 2021 IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology Test of Time award.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Test of Time Award is an accolade given to recognize articles published at previous conferences whose contents are still vibrant and useful today and have had a major impact and influence within and beyond the visualization community. The award was presented at the IEEE VIS: Visualization and Visual Analytics 2021 virtual conference held Oct. 25 to 29, in New Orleans.