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Brantley Honored with Arthur L. Day Medal


Susan Brantley, director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, is the recipient of the 2011 Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America (GSA). The award recognizes... read more

Penn State expert determined to find life on Earth-like planets


University Park, Pa – Thanks to popular Hollywood films like "E.T.," "Avatar" and "Super 8," life on other planets seems highly conceivable to people who have considered the idea that we are not... read more

Carbon release to atmosphere 10 times faster than in the past


University Park, Pa. -- The rate of release of carbon into the atmosphere today is nearly 10 times as fast as during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), 55.9 million years ago, the best... read more

3D-model mimics volcanic explosions


University Park, Pa. -- A 3-D model of a volcanic explosion, based on the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state, may enhance our understanding of how some volcanic explosions occur... read more

Heaney and Bice honored at Wilson Banquet


It was another great night for the Department at the Wilson Banquet.    Professor Peter Heaney won the Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching.  I can’t tell you how well deserved this award is for... read more