June 2017

Retiring Ertekin’s lifelong mission was helping students succeed

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.

Now, imagine that same puzzle, as Turgay Ertekin, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering (PNGE), often asks his students to do, with 10, 100, maybe 10,000 pieces missing.

DOE grant continues research into rare-earth elements extraction from coal

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. Now, through a $1 million grant from DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, this research may be headed one-step closer to commercialization.

Researchers to discuss future of solar energy

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.

The event is part of the monthly Science on Tap series, which is designed to bring the local and campus community together to discuss the importance and impact of science policy. Science on Tap is sponsored by the Penn State Science Policy Society. <Read full article on Penn State News>

Adult learner fulfills lifelong goal, shares experiences through online program

For nearly four decades, Christine Stallard has dreamed about getting a bachelor’s degree. Now, in her 60s, Stallard finally fulfilled that dream. In May 2017, she graduated from the online Energy Sustainability and Policy program, offered through Penn State World Campus and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The program not only allowed her to fulfill her dream but it also allowed her to share her wealth of knowledge about the electricity industry with classmates.

Penn State faculty member named College of Earth and Mineral Sciences dean

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.

Promotions in academic rank

Penn State announces academic rank promotions, effective July 1, 2017 <Penn State News>

Fixed-term faculty promotions

Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2017 <Read the full list on Penn State News>

Alumni mentoring program underscores dedication to improving student experiences

Looking back at when he began his first job as a geoscientist, Penn State alumnus Enrique Perez said he saw how a formal alumni mentoring program could have benefited him.

"I'm from a low-income family in Georgia and I didn't have any relatives in the sort of career I was pursuing," he said. <Read full article on Penn State News>

Sixteen EMS students recognized for scholarship, global experience and service

During her first semester as a Penn State student, Leah Laughlin heard about a program that she said stayed on her "subconscious radar" throughout her time in college. The program, the Earth and Mineral Sciences Academy for Global Experience (EMSAGE), honors a select number of students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) for their scholarship, service and global experiences. <Read full article on Penn State News>

Outstanding faculty and students honored at annual College of EMS awards banquet

 The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) hosted its annual Wilson Awards Banquet on April 23, when Dean William Easterling presented awards recognizing the college’s outstanding students and faculty. The awards banquet is the college’s annual celebration of faculty and student accomplishments and is named in honor of Matthew and Anne Wilson, major benefactors of the college. <Read the full article on Penn State News>