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Alumnus committed to an affordable geosciences field camp experience

Earl “Skip” Lenker is passionate about lifelong learning. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1956 and earning his doctorate in geosciences from Penn State in 1964, the lifelong educational journey continued.

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 Understanding how climate change will affect the flooding of rivers may become easier with a new framework for assessing flood risk that's been developed by an interdisciplinary team from Penn State.

Penn State researchers look to build on Deines legacy in lab named in his honor

A recently dedicated lab at Penn State bears the name of a longtime geosciences faculty member who used isotope geochemistry to better understand processes deep within the Earth.

The Peter Deines Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory was dedicated on Oct. 28 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Penn State President Eric Barron, Geosciences Department Head Andrew Nyblade, Evan Pugh University Professor Katherine Freeman, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Lee Kump, Melissa Deines, wife of the late Peter Deines, Senior Vice President for Research Lora Weis and Emeritus Professor and Former Associate Dean of the college’s Office of Graduate Education and Research John Hellmann.

Brantley named Barnes Professor of Geosciences

Susan Brantley, professor of geosciences and director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, was selected to receive the inaugural Dr. Hubert Barnes and Dr. Mary Barnes Professorship in Geosciences.

Coal creation mechanism uncovered

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Deines Lab Grand Opening

Schedule of Events
Zoom Link:

2:00pm        Ribbon cutting and remarks by:
                      •    Andrew Nyblade, Head of the Department of G eosciences;
                      •    Eric Barron, President of Penn State;
                      •    Katherine Freeman, Evan Pugh University Professor;
                      •    Lee Kump, John Leone Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences; and
                      •    Melissa M. Deines, Ph.D.

2:20pm        Open house and tours; poster session 

3:20pm        Reception in Foundry Parklet (under the tent) 

Additional Event

4:30pm       CoIIoquium virtuaI talk by Barbara Sherwood Lollar: "Imaging Habitable Worlds - Lessons from the Deep Biosphere Hydrogeosphere" Zoom link: 
                     pPbGFUWXRmQktoNHlhdz09 Also join group to watch Zoom in 220 Hammond Building.   

Hubert and Mary Barnes professorship established in Department of Geosciences

A new endowed professorship in the Department of Geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences honors the legacy of husband-and-wife Penn State researchers, one a distinguished professor emeritus in the department.

NSF awards $19.9M to improve climate-risk decision-making along coastlines

The flooding caused by Hurricane Ida across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions provides a glimpse at the disasters threatening coastal communities as the climate warms. These disasters often disproportionately affect communities of color and other historically underserved neighborhoods. A $19.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and People Program (CoPe) will help to bring researchers and stakeholders together to equitably support coastal communities to better manage coastal climate risks.

EMS faculty win inaugural Scialog 'Signatures of Life in the Universe' funding

Bradford Foley and Kimberly Lau, both assistant geosciences professors in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, are part of the eight multidisciplinary teams of researchers selected to receive funding in the inaugural year of "Scialog: Signatures of Life in the Universe," a new research initiative designed to bring the world closer to answering basic questions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Talk to discuss ancient, deep groundwater in search for life on Earth and beyond

Investigation of subsurface environments and subsurface processes is becoming more and more important in our understanding of planetary evolution, habitability and the search for life. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University Professor in Earth Sciences and Dr. Norman Keevil Chair in Ore Deposits Geology at the University of Toronto, will discuss her research on this topic in the talk, "Imaging Habitable Worlds – Lessons from the Deep Biosphere and Hydrogeosphere."