College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Fire operations-prescribed burning combo reduces wildfire severity up to 72%
-- Horizontal winds become major movers of CO2 during cold fronts
-- Wildfire helicopter pilot steers project to honor former geography professor
-- Nuclear science, engineering spark collaborations across Penn State and beyond
-- Professor of Geosciences Jennifer Macalady named Ecology Institute director
-- Taylor to serve as interim director of Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
-- Penn State partner Monash University honors Jenni Evans with fellowship
-- Biodiversity seed grants support innovative collaborations across Penn State
-- Penn State Security Center announces Fall 2021 Grant Program

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STORIES:

Fire operations-prescribed burning combo reduces wildfire severity up to 72%
Firefighters battling wildfires in the western United States use a variety of suppression tactics to get the flames under control. Prescribed burns can make fire suppression operations almost three times as effective in limiting wildfire severity.

https://news.psu.edu/link/DgkHYHPj
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Horizontal winds become major movers of CO2 during cold fronts
What happens to atmospheric carbon dioxide when a cold front moves in has largely remained a mystery, but Penn State-led research is offering new insights that may help improve global carbon models.

https://news.psu.edu/link/v3dRXrwQ
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Wildfire helicopter pilot steers project to honor former geography professor
Jim McCrory who graduated from Penn State in 1973 with a degree in geography, has spent decades using his spatial background to guide him as a West Coast helicopter pilot, often fighting wildfires. Now he's spearheading an effort to honor Peirce Lewis, a former professor of his who helped propel his career.

https://news.psu.edu/link/X8vPW8yt
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Nuclear science, engineering spark collaborations across Penn State and beyond
The Radiation Science & Engineering Center, home to the Breazeale Reactor —the nation's first licensed and longest continuously operating nuclear research reactor — is expanding to accommodate an equipment donation valued at $9.8 million and to facilitate more advanced neutron beam research as well as the growth of nuclear engineering at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/knmLws4P
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Professor of Geosciences Jennifer Macalady named Ecology Institute director
Microbe expert Jennifer Macalady, professor of geosciences, has been appointed director of Penn State's Ecology Institute, effective July 1. Macalady replaces outgoing director Erica Smithwick, who oversaw the research unit for the past five years.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vpXKM95q
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Taylor to serve as interim director of Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
Alan Taylor, professor of geography and ecology, will serve as interim director of the Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute while director Susan Brantley is on sabbatical. His appointment began July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qVhWMnGg
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Penn State partner Monash University honors Jenni Evans with fellowship
Jenni L. Evans, director of Penn State's Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, and faculty associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, has been recognized as a university fellow by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qvcYbp6W
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Biodiversity seed grants support innovative collaborations across Penn State
Seven Penn State faculty teams have received seed grants for biodiversity research as part of the 2021 "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in a Decade of Action" symposium, developed by Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, in collaboration with Penn State's Sustainability Institute.

https://news.psu.edu/link/mHX6J8PK
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Penn State Security Center announces Fall 2021 Grant Program
The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education is announcing its Fall 2021 Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Sept. 30.

https://news.psu.edu/link/RrMY28qc

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