Geoscientist Michael Arthur's four-decade career was highly collaborative and unconventional. He will retire on June 30, leaving behind a legacy as an innovative researcher and a champion for budding scientists.
A simple electronic device found in nearly every smartphone today is helping students learn about the science of earthquakes in one general education geosciences course, GEOSC 109, Earthquakes and Society. Taught by Charles Ammon, professor of geosciences, the course was designed to give students insight into how geoscientists understand earthquakes — and, more generally, what's involved in conducting science.
Five graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences were recognized for their research and presentation skills during the 32nd annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 24 and 26 on Penn State's University Park campus.
Andrew Smye, assistant professor of geosciences at Penn State, will receive the President's Award from the Geological Society of London at the society's annual meeting in June. The award honors geoscientists with notable early career accomplishments.
Geosciences doctoral student Claire Cleveland is leveraging the support from a highly competitive National Science Foundation fellowship to create more science-based outreach opportunities geared toward the general public.
Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family that also includes potatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias and tomatoes existed 52 million years ago, long before the dates previously ascribed to these species, according to an international team of scientists.
Intense drive, creativity and a commitment to doing what’s right: Those are a few of the characteristics two Penn State professors say describe Mark Pagani, a Penn State geosciences alumnus who died Nov. 18 after multiple years of battling an aggressive type of lymphoma.
Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet's surface, according to a team of planetary scientists.
Geosciences doctoral student Heather Jones lent her scientific expertise in micropaleontology to assist the first-ever research team to collect samples from the Chicxulub asteroid impact crater — widely believed to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
While climate contributes strongly to fire activity in the Sierra Nevada mountains of the western U.S., human activity, starting well before European contact, has also played an important part in the severity, frequency and sheer numbers of forest fires occurring in the area, according to researchers.
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant for $3.6 million over five years will support formation of MARISA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments), a consortium of NOAA, The RAND Corporation, Penn State, Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University.