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Rock Ethics Institute Featured in "We Are: A Magazine of Penn State Philanthropy"


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. Rock Ethics Institute Featured in "We Are: A Magazine of Penn State Philanthropy" - Read More…

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. A seminar: Inventing Atmospheric Science: The Quest for Prevision and the Gordian Knots of Meteorology - Read More…

Penn State researchers assess the impacts of changing weather on Pennsylvania


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. Penn State researchers assess the impacts of changing weather on Pennsylvania - Read More…

Researcher travels to New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina


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. Researcher travels to New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina - Read More…

The Rock Ethics Institute invites submissions of proposal for papers or posters on any topic relating to genetically modified organisms (GMO)


The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State invites submissions of proposal for papers or posters on any topic relating to GMOs. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words. For poster presentations, please submit descriptions of 150-300 words. Individual papers are to be approximately 20 minutes reading time. The Rock Ethics Institute invites submissions of proposal for papers or posters on any topic relating to genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Read More…

Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE) opens the call for proposals for the Second Annual Meeting


Submissions are invited for the Second Annual Meeting of SRPoiSE, to be held at Michigan State University Detroit Center, March 27- 28, 2015. This conference seeks to convene presentations, panels, and discussions that serve to promote better understanding of the opportunities and barriers for improving the capacity of philosophers of all specializations to collaborate and engage with scientists, engineers, policy-makers, and a wide range of publics to foster epistemically and ethically responsible scientific and technological research and policy-making. The meeting will be structured so as to encourage dialogue and catalyze future collaborations in this important area of research and practice. The meeting welcomes graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who are already doing this work or who wish to do this work in the future and are looking to explore ways to do so. Presentations and discussions will be on: Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE) opens the call for proposals for the Second Annual Meeting - Read More…

Seven local residents cycling to DC; raising awareness about climate change


The trip is sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (paipl.org), a state-wide non-profit that has its main offices in State College. The bikers will be staying overnight in church basements and giving talks to colleges and religious communities along the way. Cricket Hunter, executive director of PA IPL, said “Morality is for everyone, but religious people have a special responsibility to speak out about injustice in the world. We want to energize congregations to begin acting on their moral principles, and this trip is a great step in that direction.” Seven local residents cycling to DC; raising awareness about climate change - Read More…

Rock Ethics Institute to host panel discussion on genetically modified organisms


The panel discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) on the University Park campus.Registration to attend the event in-person is recommended. However, if you are unable to attend in person, a live stream of the event will be available. We will also take questions and send out real time updates through our Twitter page during the event. This event is free and open to the public. Rock Ethics Institute to host panel discussion on genetically modified organisms - Read More…

Registration now open for the Fall 2014 RISE UP Graduate Ethics Course


This course introduces a broad concept of research ethics that includes training in the responsible conduct of research as well as the wider impacts of ethics as embedded in and through scientific and engineering research and practice. Registration now open for the Fall 2014 RISE UP Graduate Ethics Course - Read More…

Nancy Tuana to speak at the United Frameworks Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC Conference of the Parties Side Event


The United Frameworks Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP 20) takes place from December 1 to December 12, 2014 in Lima, Peru. Nancy Tuana, Nancy Tuana Directorship in the Rock Ethics Institute andDuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, will be speaking on the challenges for robust decision making on climate change science during a Side Event at the Conference. Joining her from Penn State will be Dr. Petra Tscharkert Nancy Tuana to speak at the United Frameworks Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC Conference of the Parties Side Event - Read More…