College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Computers help researchers find materials to turn solar power into hydrogen
-- New tissue-closure model may aid in promotion of faster wound healing
-- Penn State to partner with U. of Oklahoma on severe weather research institute
-- New flooding risk tool developed for the state of Pennsylvania
-- University award fuels graduate student's love for teaching
-- Energy 'crisis' provides engineering students leadership experience
-- Student prepares for national championship and international internship
-- USAC recognizes outstanding staff with awards and celebration
-- 54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education
-- Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

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STORIES:

Computers help researchers find materials to turn solar power into hydrogen
A Penn State-led team of researchers report they have taken a step toward overcoming the challenge of inexpensive hydrogen production by using supercomputers to find materials to help accelerate hydrogen separation when water is exposed to light, a process called photocatalysis.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xSTkFttZ
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New tissue-closure model may aid in promotion of faster wound healing
The observation of a previously undetected biological mechanism for closing gaps in living tissue improves basic understanding of the wound-healing process and may one day inform strategies to speed healing after surgery, according to a team of Penn State and Singapore researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hxp4jc4_
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Penn State to partner with U. of Oklahoma on severe weather research institute
Penn State will be one of the partners in the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's new Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The award comes with up to $208 million over five years, with the potential for renewal for another five years based on successful performance.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dvybMTfQ
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New flooding risk tool developed for the state of Pennsylvania
A new flood risk tool for the state of Pennsylvania that allows users to see their flood risk status using the latest flood mapping data from FEMA was developed by Penn State and its partners.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dThM3QG9
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University award fuels graduate student's love for teaching
Saumya Vaishnava, a doctoral student in the Department of Geography, has received a 2021 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, which is sponsored jointly by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VQ31fndd
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Energy 'crisis' provides engineering students leadership experience
Student teams were assigned to address the ever-increasing problems of a simulated crisis as part of the Energy Crisis Leadership Challenge, designed as the capstone project for an energy business and finance course in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering focused on crisis management.

https://news.psu.edu/link/GWwznhP7
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Student prepares for national championship and international internship
First things first for journalism student Melissa Manno: Compete in the national championship and then head to the Czech Republic for an internship.

https://news.psu.edu/link/T2G156hk
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USAC recognizes outstanding staff with awards and celebration
Each year, the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) celebrates three outstanding staff for their accomplishments and contributions to the University. This year, Katina Posney, Sonia Delaquito and Brosi Bradley have been selected as the winners of the Staff Leadership Award, Staff Excellence Award and Staff Leadership Award.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wcgDfxFv
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54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education
Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded to 54 undergraduate Penn State students to cover costs related to undergraduate research.


https://news.psu.edu/link/zCYxVn45
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Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE
The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers for the 2020-21 award cycle. This year, seed grants were awarded to proposals focusing on at least one of IEE's five strategic research themes — Climate and Ecosystem Change, Health and the Environment, Integrated Energy Systems, Urban Systems, and Water and Biogeochemical Cycles.

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

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Coronavirus updates
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