College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Paleonursery offers rare, detailed glimpse at life 518 million years ago

STORIES:
-- Ethane proxies for methane in oil and gas emissions
-- Underground fiber optic sensors record sounds of COVID lockdown, reopening
-- Penn State announces promotions to nontenure-line faculty, effective July 1
-- Geographic visualization trailblazer Alan MacEachren to retire
-- Brian King named head of the Department of Geography
-- Students receive 2021 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards
-- Engineering professor receives rock mechanics dissertation award
-- Online geospatial education faculty member receives mentoring award
-- Materials researcher honored with ceramics society 2021 Orton Lectureship
-- Presidential Leadership Academy announces new class

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Paleonursery offers rare, detailed glimpse at life 518 million years ago
A newly discovered fossil deposit near Kunming, China, may hold the keys to understanding how organisms that lived in the oceans 500 million years ago laid the foundations for life on land and at sea today.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/hCv4Ky3S

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STORIES:

Ethane proxies for methane in oil and gas emissions
Measuring ethane in the atmosphere shows that the amounts of methane going into the atmosphere from oil and gas wells and contributing to greenhouse warming is higher than suggested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an international team of scientists who spent three years flying over three areas of the U.S. during all four seasons.

https://news.psu.edu/link/b77G9sN3
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Underground fiber optic sensors record sounds of COVID lockdown, reopening
Sound signals captured by underground fiber-optic sensors under the University Park campus recorded the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on the community, according to scientists.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XpqsQKrL
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Penn State announces promotions to nontenure-line faculty, effective July 1
Penn State has promoted a number of nontenure-line faculty across the University. These promotions are effective July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/__1WnSKy
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Geographic visualization trailblazer Alan MacEachren to retire
Alan MacEachren, professor of geography and information science and technology and longtime director of the GeoVISTA Center from its formation in 1998 until 2020, announced his retirement this summer after 36 years at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BvxgML7V
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Brian King named head of the Department of Geography
Brian King, professor of geography and associate head for the department's resident graduate programs, has been appointed head of the Department of Geography. He began on July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NNRv7RGf
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Students receive 2021 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards
The Penn State University Libraries has selected the winners of the 2021 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, funded by the M. G. Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. Applicants must be Penn State students planning to conduct research related to an approved topic for an undergraduate capstone course, honors thesis topic, master's or doctoral thesis, or similar project.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6dpnJ5Km
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Engineering professor receives rock mechanics dissertation award
Assistant Research Professor Brandon Schwartz recently received the Dr. N.G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the American Rock Mechanics Association. The award recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation in rock mechanics or rock engineering.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NcYnvCFT
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Online geospatial education faculty member receives mentoring award
Beth King, associate teaching professor and assistant program manager of the online geospatial education program, received the 2021 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS).

https://news.psu.edu/link/JXnZzXVY
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Materials researcher honored with ceramics society 2021 Orton Lectureship
The American Ceramics Society has selected Clive Randall, director of the Materials Research Institute and distinguished professor of materials science and engineering, to give the 2021 Edward Orton, Jr. Memorial Lecture at the society's annual meeting.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2msRBjFp
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Presidential Leadership Academy announces new class
Each year, the Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State chooses 30 exemplary first-year students. The class of 2021 includes students from six U.S. states and four countries.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3tXcyf7q

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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/HGnnmLcF

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