College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Ferroelectrics everywhere?
-- EMS Museum will use grant to improve geology, technology, art collection storage
-- Online master's program meets need for sustainability in professional spaces
-- EESI EarthTalks seminar series to focus on 'fire in the earth system'
-- Climate dynamics seminar series examines science, sociology of climate change
-- Student earns elite spot at national lab for wearable medical device research
-- Kim Lau receives division pre-tenure award from Geological Society of America
-- National 2D materials research center wins NSF funding

Also in this issue: Media Highlights.

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STORIES:

Ferroelectrics everywhere?
A new family of materials that could result in improved digital information storage and uses less energy may be possible thanks to a team of Penn State researchers who demonstrated ferroelectricity in magnesium-substituted zinc oxide.


https://news.psu.edu/link/K14pCDr6
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EMS Museum will use grant to improve geology, technology, art collection storage
The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery has secured the fourth in a series of grants totaling $450,000 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, which will be used to continue the effort to securely store some of the museum's collections.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HpdPRqLK
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Online master's program meets need for sustainability in professional spaces
Those interested in a career in sustainability and green energy can gain the necessary education through the online Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems program.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kTYcSkgB
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EESI EarthTalks seminar series to focus on 'fire in the earth system'
The Fall 2021 EESI EarthTalks series, "Fire in the Earth System," will address humanity's long relationship with fire, how humans and climate create conditions conducive to megafires, and how policy makers and land managers can address the fire problem. The talks, which are free and open to the public, take place Mondays at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6D3kDQ98
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Climate dynamics seminar series examines science, sociology of climate change
The Earth System Science Center has announced the lineup for its fall 2021 climate dynamics seminar series. The series will focus on the science and sociology of climate change.

https://news.psu.edu/link/GKgkDNhb
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Student earns elite spot at national lab for wearable medical device research
Travis Peters, a doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering at Penn State, will spend a year researching wearable electronics for medical use at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of an elite program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

https://news.psu.edu/link/h3hby_NJ
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Kim Lau receives division pre-tenure award from Geological Society of America
Kimberly Lau, assistant professor of geosciences and associate in Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, received the Pre-tenure Excellence Award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wG2snnpb
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National 2D materials research center wins NSF funding
Operated by Penn State's Materials Research Institute in partnership with Rice University, the Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC) has won $1.5 million in Phase II funding from the National Science Foundation that will allow it to add a new academic partner, Boise State University, and new industry partners.

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

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

LiveScience - Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
'Blueberries' may hold signs of Mars' watery past
A new Penn State study led by Peter Heaney finds evidence for Mars having water in the past in the form of hematite, tiny spherical crystals containing traces of water.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hHBDjP6h
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More: https://news.psu.edu/link/54vzX2rj

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