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Premiere of 'Managing Risk in a Changing Climate' to be held Tuesday, April 18


The documentary “Managing Risk in a Changing Climate” will premiere at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18 at The State Theatre in downtown State College. Admission is free. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion featuring panelists Richard Alley, Klaus Keller, Erica Smithwick, and filmmaker Kristian Berg.

Erica Smithwick featured in Penn State’s Women in Science Profiles


Erica Smithwick, ecologist and associate professor of geography, is among four women profiled who inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. WPSU Penn State’s Women in Science Profiles (WiSci Files) introduces viewers to local women with diverse careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields through a series of short video profiles.

Deep groundwater aquifers respond rapidly to climate variability


Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to Penn State and Columbia University hydrologists. The researchers found that responses to climate variations can be detected in deep groundwater aquifers faster than expected — in many cases within a year. The research, published in Nature Geoscience, sheds new light on groundwater budgets in the U.S. and better defines how water held in deep aquifers could change with the climate.

Campus natural gas power plants pose no radon risks


A two-year study on the radon concentrations associated with burning natural gas, commissioned by Penn State’s Office of the Physical Plant and conducted by University researchers, concluded that Penn State’s two power plants posed no radon-related health risks.

Chris Forest co-authors report assessing cost of climate change


Chris Forest, associate professor of climate dynamics at Penn State, was co-author of a National Academies report asessing new methods for estimating the social cost of carbon. Forest, an expert on the uncertainty and integration aspects of climate modeling, contributed his knowledge on modeling the long-term response in the Earth system to future emissions while also considering computational efficiency of the overall modeling system.