College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Printing circuits on irregular surfaces with pulses of light
-- Algorithm helps probe connections between stream chemistry and environment
-- Historic fire regimes lay groundwork for future forest management in western US
-- Finding new types of 2D material defects could enable better electronics
-- Earthly rocks point way to water hidden on Mars
-- Novel method of imaging silicon anode degradation may lead to better batteries
-- A naturally inspired, reusable system that purifies water and builds itself
-- Penn Staters create Turf Threat Tracker weather app to aid golf industry
-- Climate science experiences to wrap up with poster presentations on Aug. 5
-- From Penn State student to professor, landscape scientist Douglas Miller retires
-- Research Professor Timothy White elected Fellow of Geological Society of America
-- Six elected to Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors
-- Funding available for programs supporting second-year students
-- Applications open for GivingTuesday 2021

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STORIES:

Printing circuits on irregular surfaces with pulses of light
Printable electronics could cause a proliferation of smart, connected devices, from household appliances that can communicate with each other to medical diagnostic sensors that can be placed on the body to forgo invasive procedures. Led by Penn State, an international team of researchers developed a low-cost, low-heat transfer technique that can print biodegradable electronics on a variety of complex geometries and, potentially, human skin.

https://news.psu.edu/link/mdJ8kCGd
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Algorithm helps probe connections between stream chemistry and environment
Researchers say their novel application of a machine learning algorithm can analyze how the chemical makeup of a stream changes over time, which could help with environmental modeling and understanding.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Zx76_rxF
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Historic fire regimes lay groundwork for future forest management in western US
Researchers say understanding the benefits of the periodic, low-severity fires that used to burn in semi-arid forests in the western United States and the forest structure that they maintained may help land managers and communities avert megafires in the future.

https://news.psu.edu/link/29yfp2q4
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Finding new types of 2D material defects could enable better electronics
Two-dimensional materials are essential for developing new ultra-compact electronic devices, but producing defect-free 2D materials is a challenge. However, the discovery of new types of defects in these 2D materials may give insight into how to create materials without such imperfections.

https://news.psu.edu/link/N1zt_YLV
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Earthly rocks point way to water hidden on Mars
The combination of a once-debunked 19th-century identification of a water-carrying iron mineral and the fact that these rocks are extremely common on Earth suggests the existence of a substantial water reservoir on Mars, according to a team of geoscientists.

https://news.psu.edu/link/SfdN5t79
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Novel method of imaging silicon anode degradation may lead to better batteries
A novel method of characterizing the structural and chemical evolution of silicon and a thin layer that governs battery stability may enable better lithium batteries.

https://news.psu.edu/link/S6TR_vXJ
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A naturally inspired, reusable system that purifies water and builds itself
In nature, the interaction of molecules at the boundary of different liquids can give rise to new structures. These self-assembling molecules make cell formation possible and are instrumental to the development of all life on Earth.

https://news.psu.edu/link/jzTkCj7N
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Penn Staters create Turf Threat Tracker weather app to aid golf industry
Four meteorology professionals with ties to Penn State recently launched T3: Turf Threat Tracker, an app-based weather modeling tool designed for turf management experts created. Within the past few months, more than 100 golf courses have signed up for their free trial. Among their clients are about a dozen of the top 100 golf courses in the United States and Canada and four of the top 10.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dXDjWqcQ
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Climate science experiences to wrap up with poster presentations on Aug. 5
Penn State's Climate Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is hosting their final symposium from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, in the Steidle Building Atrium on the University Park campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

https://news.psu.edu/link/j7HRcdDN
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From Penn State student to professor, landscape scientist Douglas Miller retires
Douglas Miller earned three degrees from Penn State; worked as a research assistant, research associate, and professor in two colleges; and created and led the Center for Environmental Informatics for 20 years, retired in July and was granted emeritus status.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hjHwNLMM
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Research Professor Timothy White elected Fellow of Geological Society of America
Timothy S. White, research professor in Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rsH8FPmM
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Six elected to Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors
The Graduate School announces the Penn State alumni who have been elected to serve a three-year term on the Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors beginning July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NnFFJHFC
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Funding available for programs supporting second-year students
Penn State is providing grants to units, colleges and campuses for programs that will support the transition of second-year students to a full on-campus experience.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1SKPrwJV
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Applications open for GivingTuesday 2021
Applications are now open for all Penn State campuses, colleges, programs and alumni groups interested in hosting a fundraising campaign during Penn State's GivingTuesday celebration.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xRBW3nPr

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