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Kimberly Lau to receive Young Scientist Award from Geological Society of America

Kimberly Lau is being honored by the Geological Society of America (GSA) with its 2022 Donath Medal, or Young Scientist Award. 

Graduate students awarded 2022 NASA Space Grant Fellowships

Seventeen Penn State graduate students  including two from Geoscience have received 2022 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant awards and been named graduate fellows.

Geosciences professor named director of Penn State planetary science consortium

Christopher House will serve as director of the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Sciences and Technology, effective July 1. House succeeds James Kasting, the consortium’s inaugural director, who is retiring after nearly 35 years at Penn State.

NSF CAREER award to advance understanding of how early Earth continents formed

Jesse Reimink will use the Faculty Early Career Development Program from the National Science Foundation to shed light on how the Earth’s continents took shape between 2.5 and 4 billion years ago

Florida Keys offers foray into marine research for spring breakers

During spring break, undergraduate and graduate students taking a course on marine biogeochemistry visited the Florida Keys for field exercises.

Decoding the leaf: scientists search for features to ID modern, fossil leaves

A team led by Penn State scientists combined a machine learning approach and traditional botanical language to find and describe new features for fossil identification.

Kump elected to National Academy of Sciences

Lee Kump, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

Susan Brantley named an Evan Pugh University Professor

Brantley, the Dr. Hubert Barnes and Dr. Mary Barnes Professor in Geosciences, was recently one of two professors named an Evan Pugh University Professor.

A prehistoric forest grows in Brunei

The first study of leaf fossils conducted on the island of Borneo has revealed that the current dominant tree group, the dipterocarps, has dominated the rainforests for at least four million years.

Beetle in the coconut: Fossil find sheds new light on Neotropical rainforests

Tiny beetles that feed on fruit from the palm family may have developed their taste for coconuts long ago, according to a Penn State-led team of scientists studying suspected insect damage in a 60-million-year-old fossil.