College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1, 2021
-- Global pollen samples reveal vegetation rate of change
-- Eco-friendly carbon-dioxide conversion process may revolutionize existing method
-- 'Seeing' previously unseen nano-level glass damage
-- After 'TEEMS' orientation helps EMS alum, Rauch returns the favor
-- Linguistic and biological diversity linked
-- NSF renews funding for Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium
-- Professor Emeritus Raja Ramani inducted into National Mining Hall of Fame
-- Alumni connections help EMS students gain employment edge

Also in this issue: Media Highlights.

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STORIES:

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1, 2021
The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1bMYzvfd
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Global pollen samples reveal vegetation rate of change
Ancient pollen samples and a new statistical approach may shed light on the global rate of change of vegetation and eventually, how much climate change or humans played a part in altering landscapes, according to an international team of researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Wdf6xm58
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Eco-friendly carbon-dioxide conversion process may revolutionize existing method
A new, environmentally friendly, single-step process has been developed to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons using plasma, according to scientists and engineers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZmF47pGY
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'Seeing' previously unseen nano-level glass damage
An advanced form of spectroscopy has enabled a team of researchers to "see" nano-level imperfections in glass, a finding that could potentially lead to more durable, stronger glass.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZTC2hdVF
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After 'TEEMS' orientation helps EMS alum, Rauch returns the favor
When Tom Rauch left Penn State in 2013 with dual degrees in mining engineering and energy business and finance, he entered the extractive industries set on making an impact with his unique skill set of business acumen and passion for solving critical societal needs. Now he's looking to make an impact on a program that helped him get a great start at Penn State: TEEMS (Total Engagement with EMS), a summer program specifically designed for first-year students.

https://news.psu.edu/link/swHhGnwL
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Linguistic and biological diversity linked
Cultural diversity — indicated by linguistic diversity — and biodiversity are linked, and their connection may be another way to preserve both natural environments and Indigenous populations in Africa and perhaps worldwide, according to an international team of researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6NBv3_6z
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NSF renews funding for Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium
The National Science Foundation announced a renewal of funding for the Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) national user facility at Penn State's Materials Research Institute, the Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium. The consortium is one of four MIPs in the U.S. and was awarded $20.1 million over five years, an increase of 13% above the initial award in 2016.

https://news.psu.edu/link/mhByMrW9
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Professor Emeritus Raja Ramani inducted into National Mining Hall of Fame
Raja V. Ramani, professor emeritus of mining and geo-environmental engineering, will be inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame on Oct. 23 at the annual National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. Ramani's selection into the NMHF is in "recognition of a lifelong commitment to education and research that has influenced a generation of mining industry leaders."

https://news.psu.edu/link/mNPZRcZB
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Alumni connections help EMS students gain employment edge
Hannah Perrelli knows exactly what drew her to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. It was the camaraderie between students and the engagement with faculty, staff and alumni who frequented the University Park campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HdBZZFYx

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

Smithsonian Magazine - Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Study: Lightning may help wash pollution out of air
A new Penn State research study led by professor William Brune explores the ecological function lightning discharges play in clearing gases like methane from the air.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dN2JDssq
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More: https://news.psu.edu/link/VBKW5zn1

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Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
https://news.psu.edu/link/Q4qtbL_h

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