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Marcellus Matters: Engaging Adults in Science and Energy (EASE)

Funding - National Science Foundation grant #: DRL1114670. STEM grant funded in 2012 for 3 years with a one-year no-cost extension granted through September 2015.

Overview - Marcellus Matters: EASE is a multidisciplinary initiative that is providing adults in rural Pennsylvania with opportunities to increase their knowledge of science and energy systems and engage in scientific inquiry and investigation through the lens of natural gas development.  Although resource extraction is not new in Pennsylvania, the magnitude of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry is. Its rapid growth has created the need for science-based information and understanding as individuals and communities make decisions about leasing land for drilling or pipelines and planning for the impacts from energy development on their communities.

The EASE project addresses that need with four complementary activities:  Marcellus Community Science Volunteers, Marcellus Community-Based Performances, Marcellus Environmental Planning Workshops and the Marcellus Community Network.  Faculty and staff from the colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Agricultural Sciences and Arts and Architecture at Penn State University collaborate to deliver the programming.

The project’s target audience is adult citizens living in rural PA communities where shale gas development is occurring. 

For Additional information contact Terry Noll, Project Coordinator at 814-865-6598 or

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