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Mystery of rare 5-hour space explosion explained with help from US/Russia and US/UK/Italy satellites
Mystery of rare 5-hour space explosion explained with help from US/Russia and US/UK/Italy satellites 17 September 2014 Next week in St. Petersburg, Russia, scientists on an international team that includes Penn State University astronomers will present a paper that provides a simple explanation for mysterious ultra-long gamma-ray bursts -- a very rare form of the most powerful explosions in the universe.

Niel Brandt Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Niel Brandt Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics 02 September 2014 Niel Brandt, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected as the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The appointment, effective on August 1, 2014, is awarded by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the Dean of the Eberly College of Science, in recognition of Brandt’s national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

Mark Maroncelli Receives Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids
Mark Maroncelli Receives Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids 28 August 2014 Mark Maroncelli, professor of chemistry at Penn State, has won the American Chemical Society’s Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. Maroncelli will receive this award in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids in a ceremony during 2015 at the 249th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.

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