College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news


College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Kenyan landscape of terraces covered in plants.

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.  Full story

Tom Rauch

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.  Full story

A lion sitting in a green field with his mouth wide open in a yawn

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.  Full story

Two men reviewing information on computer screen

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.  Full story

Dr. Raja V. Ramani

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.”  Full story