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Imagine a giant jigsaw puzzle, a box brimming with 50,000 pieces. Solving this puzzle is a daunting task, but it’s a well-defined problem.

In 2016, a team of Penn State and U.S. Department of Energy researchers discovered a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal byproducts.

Two Penn State researchers will present “Unwrapping the Power of Solar Energy” at 7 p.m. on June 20 at Liberty Craft House, 346 E. College Ave., in State College.

For nearly four decades, Christine Stallard has dreamed about getting a bachelor’s degree. Now, in her 60s, Stallard finally fulfilled that dream.

Lee Kump, a University faculty member and leading paleoclimatologist, has been named the new dean of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, pending approval of the Penn State Board of Trustees on July 21. Kump will serve as interim dean from June 1 to July 20.