College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Penn State to ease masking and distancing measures, offer vaccination incentives
-- Climate change a bigger threat to landscape biodiversity than emerald ash borer
-- Scientists develop transparent electrode that boosts solar cell efficiency
-- Innovative batteries put flying cars on the horizon
-- Spacetime crystals proposed by placing space and time on an equal footing
-- Passion drives tornado research for distinguished professor of meteorology
-- Researchers awarded grant to advance geothermal energy science
-- Graduate student finalists show their work during research pitch competition
-- New Administrative Fellow will bring ecological approach to her experience
-- University Libraries honors 2021 employee award recipients
-- Institute awards 14 computational and data sciences seed grants
-- New Penn State Sign In to replace WebAccess on July 7

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STORIES:

Penn State to ease masking and distancing measures, offer vaccination incentives
Penn State has announced plans to transition its masking and physical distancing requirements on June 28 to more closely align with changes recently announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health that relax COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals.

https://news.psu.edu/link/bm8wY7m3
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Climate change a bigger threat to landscape biodiversity than emerald ash borer
The invasive emerald ash borer will continue to impact forests in the eastern and midwestern parts of the United States, but climate change will have a much larger and widespread impact on these landscapes by the year 2100, according to researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TY6JNGQ5
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Scientists develop transparent electrode that boosts solar cell efficiency
A team led by Penn State scientists has developed semitransparent solar cells that can be coupled with silicon solar cells widely used today to create more efficient tandem devices. The research represents a step toward developing completely transparent solar cells.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rWYjcKfh
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Innovative batteries put flying cars on the horizon
Jet packs, robot maids and flying cars were all promises for the 21st century. We got mechanized, autonomous vacuum cleaners instead. Now a team of researchers are exploring the requirements for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and designing and testing potential battery power sources.

https://news.psu.edu/link/P497RNqD
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Spacetime crystals proposed by placing space and time on an equal footing
A Penn State scientist studying crystal structures has developed a new mathematical formula that may solve a decades-old problem in understanding spacetime, the fabric of the universe proposed in Einstein's theories of relativity.

https://news.psu.edu/link/LG2sP7zM
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Passion drives tornado research for distinguished professor of meteorology
Paul Markowski has dedicated his 20-year career at Penn State to understanding tornadoes, particularly bettering predictors for when they'll occur. But the mesoscale meteorologist admits he never saw this coming: He was recently named distinguished professor, one of three within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and 13 at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/WLp9Dy71
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Researchers awarded grant to advance geothermal energy science
Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, is working to predict possible breaks in underground geothermal energy reservoirs and how to mitigate the potential fallout. The U.S. Department of Energy's Basic Energy Sciences program has renewed the grant funding the work of her team for a total funding amount of nearly $1.2 million.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_RxGrpXc
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Graduate student finalists show their work during research pitch competition
Graduate student finalists presented their research elevator pitches on May 18 as part of the Millennium Café PPG Elevator Pitch Competition, held virtually via the online event site Gather.Town.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6tZTM35t
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New Administrative Fellow will bring ecological approach to her experience
Erica Smithwick, distinguished professor of geography and associate director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, was selected as an Administrative Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HDp1J2t2
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University Libraries honors 2021 employee award recipients
On May 20, Penn State University Libraries recognized seven outstanding faculty and staff based at Penn State Berks and the University Park campus. Faye Chadwell, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, presided over a virtual awards ceremony to continue a tradition of recognizing employees that spans at least 47 years.

https://news.psu.edu/link/K3hJS8j7
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Institute awards 14 computational and data sciences seed grants
From safe road to exoplanet discovery, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences seed grants are designed to help scientists use the latest computational technology and cutting-edge data science techniques to deepen understanding and develop innovation across fields and disciplines.

https://news.psu.edu/link/MsNC9bTY
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New Penn State Sign In to replace WebAccess on July 7
Beginning July 7, a new Penn State Sign In screen will replace the WebAccess log-in screen used for University applications such as Canvas, LionPATH and Workday.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nMZT8tDm

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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/gc1F4Fqp

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