This is The Rock
This issue offers a look at the impact of private giving within Penn State. One of the featured gifts from the "Grand Destiny" (1997-2003) campaign led to the creation the Rock Ethics Institute.
A seminar: Inventing Atmospheric Science: The Quest for Prevision and the Gordian Knots of Meteorology
Jim Fleming (B.S. astronomy Penn State, M.S. atmospheric science Colorado State, Ph.D. history Princeton) is professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College, a research scholar at Columbia University, and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. His books include Meteorology in America (1990), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (1998), The Callendar Effect (2007), Fixing the Sky (2010), and Inventing Atmospheric Science (2016). He is series editor of Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology. In 2015 he participated in the NRC study of Climate Intervention, received a distinguished alumnus award from Colorado State, and was awarded the Eduard Brückner Prize for interdisciplinary climate research.
Faculty members of the College of Education are working on initiative to build and foster a broad collaborative environment for research and funded research on learning at Penn State. The purpose of this news release is to invite Penn State faculty to participate in the November 6 Learning Sciences/Science of Learning Poster Conference to be held in the College of Education Chambers Building. The event will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and a buffet lunch will be served. Those interested in meeting around LS/Sol conceptual and methodological topics can participate from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in roundtable discussion.
Penn State researchers assessed the effects of changing climate conditions on agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, water resources, forestry, energy and human health in the 2015 Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment Update. The experts also made recommendations to help Pennsylvanians prepare and respond. The 2015 Update was released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The 2015 Update projects that given current emissions trends, the statewide average temperature will be 5-6 °F warmer by mid-century than it was from 1971 to 2000, with precipitation increasing by 8% annually and by 14% during the winter. Wetter winters and springs are expected, with more rain than snow.
One by one, they spoke about loss and devastation, about hope and perseverance. They remembered losing their homes when Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans and wondered how they can better prepare for the future. It’s been 10 years since the deadly storm, and Doug Bessette, a post-doctoral scholar in Penn State’s Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, recently saw the indelible mark Hurricane Katrina made on those hardest hit.
There are a variety of events happening this Fall in Penn State's Department of Philosophy.
Do you remember being in elementary school, and learning “right” from “wrong”? Maybe you had to stay inside during recess because you were acting up in class, or your teacher made you apologize to Susie for taking her crayons when she wasn’t looking? You may not have known it at the time, but it is through these types of interactions at an early age in which children start learning moral rules.
The Rock Ethics Institute's Honors Thesis Research Awards are presented to undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are researching ethics-related topics in their theses. The award provides financial support for thesis research and related activities. Following the completion of their theses, awardees are asked to present their research at a Rock Ethics Institute event and contribute a blog post on their research for the Rock Ethics Institute Blog.