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Alumni Fellow Award

Terence Dwyer

Terence Dwyer, ’70 M.A. Math, was among those honored with the Penn State Alumni Association ’s 2004 Alumni Fellow Award . The most prestigious awards given by the Alumni Association, the awards are administered in cooperation with the academic colleges and are presented to alumni who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen professions. The title “Alumni Fellow” is permanent and lifelong.

Dwyer is retired chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering at BEA Systems in San Jose, California. He led BEA’s Office of Technology and Engineering, the unit responsible for providing research and software development to the engineering groups within BEA’s product divisions.

He began his career designing and writing software and supervising software teams for Bell Laboratories . During his twenty years at Bell Labs, he invented the Tuxedo System, a best-selling software package now deployed worldwide in a variety of industries. In 1996, BEA Systems acquired the Tuxedo System. Dwyer became BEA’s first vice president of engineering and was appointed chief technology officer in 2000. He retired from BEA in 2002.

The Eberly College of Science honored him with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award in 2001.

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Distinguished Service Award

Joel Anderson, Barbara Garrison, and Peter Mészáros were named the recipients of the 2004 Eberly College of Science Distinguished Service Award. The award was established in 1979 to recognize individuals who have made exceptional leadership and service contributions to the college.

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson, professor of mathematics, joined the Penn State faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1978 and to professor in 1983. He has served in numerous administrative capacities within the Department of Mathematics through his service on the department’s personnel and promotion committees, as associate department head for graduate studies, and as associate head for computing. He also was responsible for completely revising the graduate curriculum in mathematics, including the development of a new system of qualifying examinations for incoming students.

Anderson received his doctorate from Indiana University in 1971 and taught at the California Institute of Technology prior to joining the Penn State faculty. His main research interests center on the theory of operator algebras. This subject has its roots in quantum theory and has strong connections with mathematical physics. In addition, he has made contributions to other fields including algebra, combinatorics, and matrix theory.

Barbara Garrison

Barbara Garrison is the Shapiro Professor of Chemistry . She has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry for more than 25 years and served as department head from 1989 through 1994. Since that time, she has been a member of the department and university promotion and tenure committees, has headed up the chemistry awards committee, and has assumed other service roles over the years. She is also committed to efforts to improve the networking resources for female faculty members in the college. The chair of the Department of Chemistry’s space committee, she steered the group through the process of the design and construction of the new Chemistry Building on the Penn State campus.

A physical chemist, she has pioneered the use of computer modeling to simulate and understand chemical reactions on material surfaces. She uses computer models to study the effects of fast energy deposition and the resulting chemical reactions at solid surfaces. Her studies of laser ablation are applicable to the optimization of lasers for surgery, the mass spectrometry of biological molecules, and the process of thin-film deposition. Her models of energetic-particle bombardment of solids have built a theoretical understanding of the complex events that lead to the ejection of molecules from surfaces.

Peter Meszaros

Peter Mészáros, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics, served as head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics from 1993 until 2003. His vision and energy for the department helped bring Penn State into the forefront of the astronomical community. Under his leadership, the department increased its ability to take advantage of two large observational facilities—the Hobby-Eberly Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory .

Mészáros also has made continuing and widely-recognized contributions to the scientific community through his research on the nature of gamma-ray bursts. His presence on the science team of the Swift-satellite proposal was an important factor in NASA’s decision to award this very prestigious mission, designed to investigate gamma-ray bursts, to a collaboration of institutions, of which Penn State is the primary academic contact.

He also has helped to build an ever-expanding departmental public-outreach program and a public lecture series, and established the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics’s Board of Visitors, a group of non-Penn State individuals who provide advice and financial support for the department.

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C.I. Noll Award

The C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to a faculty member and/or an instructor in the college who demonstrates a record of excellence in both teaching and interactions with students. The award is the college’s highest recognition for teaching.

Leonid Berlyand

Leonid Berlyand, professor of mathematics, has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1992. He has taught undergraduate courses at both the elementary and advanced levels. The coordinator for sophomore multi-section courses of ordinary differential equations and ordinary and partial differential equations, he also has chaired the mid-term committee for 52 sections of freshman calculus. He has taught graduate courses on probability theory, classical mechanics and calculus of variations, and percolation theory and its applications.

Berlyand received his doctorate in 1984 from Kharkov State University, in the former USSR. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and is an elected member of the Penn State faculty Senate. His research interests include homogenization theory for effective properties of composite materials with deterministic and random microstructure, waves in complex media, percolation theory and applications to disordered materials, and nonlinear partial-differential equations (PDEs) in materials science.

Sharon Shriver

Sharon Shriver, instructor in biology, joined Penn State in 1999. She has taught numerous undergraduate courses, including human genetics, contemporary issues in science and medicine, genetics and evolution of the human species, and the biology of sex. Her teaching philosophy focuses on the need to balance scholarship and course materials with a creative and interactive learning environment that provides students with an enjoyable process that requires them to take responsibility for their own learning. She also participates in programs in the campus interest houses, spends time mentoring students, and has a strong interest in disseminating science information to the public. She has presented seminars on evolution and cloning to both adults and children in local public schools.

Shriver received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1986 from Indiana University and earned her doctorate in biology in 1991 from Case Western Reserve University . She is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics and the American Association for Cancer Research . She is presently chair of the Eberly College of Science Academic Integrity Committee and is a member of a committee whose task is to develop a new genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics major in the college.

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Outstanding Science Alumni Awards

Three Eberly College of Science alumni recently were honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Awards. These awards were established by the board of directors of the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society to recognize and reward outstanding alumni for their success as leaders in science and for the impact they have had, and will continue to have, on society and their professions.

Barbara Dalton

Barbara Dalton, ’74 B.S. Biol, is a general partner of EuclidSR Partners. Euclid is a venture capital partnership dedicated to investing in companies focused on the life sciences, information technology, and the convergence of technologies applied to pharmaceutical drug development.

Dalton received her doctorate in microbiology and immunology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1983. She conducted postdoctoral research at SmithKline and French Laboratories. Prior to her work in biotechnology investment, she worked in venture capital at S.R. One Limited, the venture-investing subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline, was a researcher in immunology at SmithKline Beecham for ten years, and was a research assistant at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

The author of more than 32 scientific publications and the inventor of a patented immunomodulatory compound, she has also served on the boards of a number of corporations and is currently a director of iJET Travel Risk Management, Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, and Sci Magix. She is a member of the advisory committee for the National Venture Capital Association ’s Corporate Venture Group.

Charles Grier

Charles Grier, ’84 M.S. Micrb, ’87 Ph.D. Micrb, began his career at GlaxoSmithKline in 1987. He is presently a director within GlaxoSmithKline Ventures, the venture-capital arm for GlakoSmithKline’s Research and Development Division. The Ventures fund is unique in that it consists of intellectual property or patents, versus cash, with GlaxoSmithKline Ventures typically investing this intellectual property into small- to mid-sized companies for an equity position. He has also served as director of scientific licensing within worldwide business development, director of outcomes research and pharmacoeconomics, and as senior clinical research scientist at GlaxoSmithKline.

Grier serves on the board of directors for Affinium Pharmaceuticals, a structure-guided drug-discovery company based in Toronto.

Along with his wife Vickie, Grier serves as vice chair of the Eberly College of Science Millennium Society . They also have established the Grier Undergraduate Student Research Fund in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology .

Chad Mirkin

Chad Mirkin, ’89 Ph.D. Chem, is the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and the director of the Institute for Nanotechnology and the Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly at Northwestern University . His research focuses on developing methods for controlling the architecture of molecules and materials on the 1-100 nm length scale, and utilizing such structures in the development of analytical tools that can be used in the areas of chemical and biological sensing, lithography, catalysis, and optics.

Mirkin has won numerous awards for his research, including the American Chemical Society Nobel Signature Award, the Feynman Prize, a Discover magazine Innovation of the Year Award, the Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, and the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dickinson College and was recently elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . He has authored more than 190 publications, holds 50 patents, is an active consultant, and is the founder of two companies, Nanosphere and NanoInk .

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Mahles Give $250,000 for Trustee Scholarship

Stephen Mahle, ’69 M.S. Phys, and his wife, Katherine Austin Mahle, have given $250,000 to create a Trustee Scholarship in the Eberly College of Science .

Trustee Scholarships are designed to help keep a Penn State education accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their financial means. The Mahles are longtime supporters of the college, and the scholarship will be named in their honor.

Stephen Mahle is senior vice president at Medtronic, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies specializing in implantable and interventional therapies. He has been with Medtronic since 1972. In his current position, he is responsible for a division of 10,000 employees worldwide that develops pacemakers and other products to treat heart arrhythmias. Medtronic, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serves physicians, clinicians, and patients in more than 120 countries, with facilities in the United States and six other countries.

A member of the dean’s advisory board of the Eberly College of Science, he also serves on the board of trustees of Beloit College, and the board of ATMI, which makes equipment for the semiconductor industry worldwide. In 1998 the Penn State Alumni Association named him an Alumni Fellow in recognition of his professional achievements.

Katherine Austin Mahle is the Metro West district superintendent of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, a district that serves 58 churches with over 25,000 members. She also has been a minister at several Minnesota churches. She is a 1967 graduate of Beloit College and a 1978 graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where she also worked as an adjunct professor. She is a trustee of Hamline University in St. Paul.

Penn State’s Trustee Scholarship program aims to raise $100 million in private support for new undergraduate scholarships across the University by 30 June 2007. To underscore its commitment to this effort, the Board of Trustees agreed to match 5 percent of the gift with University funds, and to make these matching funds available to assist students as soon as the donor completes scholarship pledge forms and guidelines. The matching funds continue in perpetuity and are combined with income from the endowment to increase the financial impact of the scholarship.

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College Hosts Alumni Fellow Reunion

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Credit: Richard Ackley, Campus Photography

Attendees of Alumni Fellow reunion: (l-to-r, back row) Dean Daniel Larson, Alan Bedrick, Vernon Barger, Theodore Steinman, Gino Mori, President Graham Spanier; (front row) J. Lloyd Huck, Terence Dwyer, Eugene Apple, Robert Chapman. Not pictured: Anthony Silvestri and Nicholas Pelick.

The Eberly College of Science hosted Penn State’s first-ever Alumni Fellow Reunion Program on October 14 and 15, 2004. The reunion was held in conjunction with the 2004 Alumni Fellow recognition event. Reunion attendees attended a tea and a recognition dinner hosted by President Spanier. Other events included faculty presentations and tours of the Eberly College of Science, all designed to reacquaint the Alumni Fellows with the college.

The Alumni Fellow Award, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association in cooperation with the academic colleges, recognizes alumni who are leaders in their professional fields. Alumni Fellows return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. Since the award’s inception by the Alumni Association in 1973, 51 science alumni have been named Alumni Fellows.

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Volunteers Serve Eberly College of Science

The Eberly College of Science Alumni Society was established to promote better acquaintance and fellowship among alumni, faculty, students, and friends, and to promote the interests of science education and research. The board of directors is the governing board of the alumni society. The board enhances the quality of science education at Penn State and also provides advice and support to administrators, faculty, students, and alumni.
The 2004-2005 members are:

  • Catherine Beath, ’70 B.S. Micrb, Worldwide Vice President, Ethicon, Inc., Yardley, Pennsylvania;
  • Paul Bialas, ’70 B.S. PM, Physician, Warren, Pennsylvania;
  • Wayne Bonsell, ’58 B.S. Chem, Retired Director at Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, Pennsylvania;
  • Bruce Booth, ’96 B.S. Bioch, Principal at Caxton Health Holdings, LLC, New York, New York;
  • Derek Buzasi, ’89 Ph.D. Astro, Educator at U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
  • Christopher Cabell, 90 B.S. MCB, Physician and Educator, Duke University School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina;
  • Anita Collins, ’69 B.S. Zool, Research Geneticist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenbelt, Maryland;
  • Kenneth Costa, ’75 B.S. Biol, Dentist, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey;
  • Michael Freedman, ’65 B.S. Sc, Educator, Fordham University Graduate School of Education, Richboro, Pennsylvania;
  • Marc Gamerman, ’80 B.S. Biol, Chiropractor, Hagerstown, Maryland;
  • Michael Goodman, ’73 B.S. PM, Physician, Potomac, Maryland;
  • Thomas Griffith, ’87 B.S. Math, Principal, Mitre Corporation, Centreville, Virginia;
  • Robert Houston, ’69 B.S. Zool, Group Manager, GAI Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
  • Maggie Ann Jeffries, ’99 B.S. Biol, Resident Physician, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland;
  • Joseph Kielman, ’68 B.S. Biophys, ’73 M.S. Biophys, ’78 Ph.D. Biophys, Scientist, Federal Bureau of Investigation, University Park, Maryland;
  • Mark Milford, ’72 B.S. CmpSc, Vice President Worldwide Sales and Services, Symantec Corporation, Orem, Utah;
  • Edward Nelson, ’65 B.S. Bioch, Retired Vice President, McNeil Consumer Products Company, Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania;
  • Heather Rayle, ’89 B.S. Chem, Manager, Rohm & Haas, Avondale, Pennsylvania;
  • David Rugaber, ’78 B.S. Phys, Vice President, Oberg Industries, Prospect, Pennsylvania;
  • Roger Uhler, ’55 B.S. Chem, Retired Manager, DuPont Company; Malvern, Pennsylvania;
  • Patrick Walsh, ’68 B.S. Math, ’69 M.S. Math, Project Executive, IBM, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.


The Eberly College of Science Dean’s Advisory Board is an external advisory group established to provide insight and advice to the dean of the Eberly College of Science. It provides an institutional presence within the college, providing advice and acting as a conduit of issues and concerns that might not otherwise be voiced. The 2004-05 members are:
  • Kenneth Adelberg, ’74 B.S. Bphys, ’74 B.S. Psych, President and CEO, High Fidelity House, Inc., Broomall, Pennsylvania;
  • Catherine Beath, ’70 B.S. Micrb, Worldwide Vice President, Ethicon, Inc., Yardley, Pennsylvania;
  • Theodore Bednarski, ’66 Ph.D. Chem, Retired Consultant, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania;
  • Stephen DiBiase, ’78 Ph.D. Chem, Vice President, Lubrizol Corporation, Lakewood, Ohio;
  • William Elliott, ’72 M.S. CmpSc, ’76 Ph.D. CmpSc, Principal, Elliott & Associates, Chicago, Illinois;
  • Edward Frymoyer, ’59 B.S. Eng, ’67 Ph.D. Phys, Chairman, Infinity I/O, Half Moon Bay, California;
  • James Gardner, Vice President, Pfizer, Inc., Goldens Bridge, New York;
  • Richard Grazzini, ’75 B.S. Biol, ’93 Ph.D. Genet; President, Exygen Research, State College, Pennsylvania;
  • Stephen H. Mahle, ’69 M.S. Phys, Vice President and President, Medtronic, Inc., Golden Valley, Minnesota;
  • Louis Martarano, ’76 B.S. Chem, Director, Martarano Enterprises, New York, New York;
  • Joseph Miller, Jr., ’66 Ph.D. Chem; Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Corning, Inc., Corning, New York;
  • James Plonka, ’70 Ph.D. Chem, Vice President, Dow Chemical USA, Midland, Michigan;
  • Vicki Spagnol, ’76 B.A. GNAS, President, Management Insights, New York, New York.

The Eberly College of Science Development Committee was established to assist the college in its fundraising efforts by harnessing the energy and drive of alumni and friends as it fulfills its mission of teaching, research, and service. Through their own example, committee members inspire others to commit their time, skills, and financial resources to build a vibrant scientific and educational community that envisions the discoveries of tomorrow in each new day.

The 2004-05 members are:

  • Robert Emery, ’69 B.S. PM, Cardiac Surgeon, St. Paul, Minnesota;
  • Cada Grove, ’66 B.S. SECED, Retired Manager, AT& T, Onancock, Virginia; Susan Grove, ’66 B.S. Math, Retired Manager, AT& T, Onancock, Virginia;
  • Dennis Headings, ’64 B.S. PM, Physician, Baltimore, Maryland;
  • James Kadtke, ’79 B.S. Physics, ’79 B.S. Math, Advisor, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.;
  • John Lapinski, ’69 B.S. BiSci, Attorney, Beverly Hills, California;
  • Louis Martarano, ’76 B.S. Chem, Director, Martarano Enterprises, New York, New York;
  • Nicholas Pelick, ’60 B.S. ABCH, ’64 M.S. Bioch, Retired President, Supelco, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania;
  • Barbara Scheffler, ’72 B.A. Math, ’73 M.A. Stat, President, The Scheffler Group, Villanova, Pennsylvania.

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Gateway Named for Verne Willaman

Willaman Gateway

Credit: Albert Rozo, Penn State

The Gateway between the new Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings has been named in honor of Verne M. Willaman, ’51 B.S. AB Chem.

The Verne M. Willaman Gateway to the Sciences includes a glass-enclosed walkway and gathering area that will provide space for formal and informal meetings and exhibitions by students and faculty. The Willaman Gateway, along with the Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings, were officially dedicated on 17 September 2004.

Says Dean Larson, “the connection between the Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings makes a practical and symbolic statement about the growing connections among the sciences and provides Penn State with a striking gateway to the sciences.”

“Through his extraordinary philanthropy, Verne Willaman has already left an indelible imprint on the Eberly College of Science,” said Penn State President Graham B. Spanier . “Now he has given a tremendous boost to one of our most important interdisciplinary initiatives. We are deeply grateful for Verne’s support.”

Willaman is the former chairman and president of Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation and is one of Penn State’s largest individual donors. He joined Ortho in 1954 and rose through its executive ranks to become president in 1969 and chairman in 1976. A year later he became a member of Ortho’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson, where he served on the executive committee and board of directors until his retirement in 1988.

Willaman’s past giving has included endowment of the dean’s chair in the Eberly College of Science, faculty chairs in the life sciences and in molecular biology, professorships and graduate fellowships in the college, and the Prescott and Mary Willaman Scholarships, which he named for his parents. He also served as a volunteer leader in Penn State’s capital campaigns during the 1980s and 1990s.

Penn State named him a Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor it can bestow on its graduates, in 1993.

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Millennium Society Reception

Groves and Griers Greeting Guests

Credit: Erica Belser, Penn State

(L to R) Cada and Susan Grove and Vicki and Charles “Bucky” Grier display the 2004 Millennium Society Honor Roll.

The Millennium Society of the Eberly College of Science had its annual assembly on Friday, 18 September 2004 in the new Willaman Gateway to the Sciences, a glass-enclosed walkway linking the new Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings.

A clear view of the newly renovated Shortlidge Mall could be seen from the Gateway’s third story, providing the perfect setting for the reception. Over seventy-five Millennium Society members and their guests attended the event.

Greeting guests as they entered the reception were Millennium Society Co-Chairs Susan Grove ’66 Math, and Cada Grove, ’66 SecEd, and Vice Co-Chairs Vickie Grier and Charles “Bucky” Grier, ’84 M.S. Micrb, ’87 Ph.D. Micrb.

The Millennium Society aims to encourage excellence in the college through the annual financial support of scholarships, research funds, and other academic program enhancements. Annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the college entitle a donor to membership in the society.

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LionLink Matches Alumni and Students

LionLink is a professional networking program sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association. LionLink matches Penn State students with alumni volunteers based on the students’ occupational and geographic preferences. Students talk with alumni volunteers about jobs, career planning, resume preparation, and interviewing tips. LionLink is not a job placement service and students are not allowed to ask volunteers for jobs. Volunteers set the parameters of their involvement: contact can range from a brief telephone conversation to an on-site visit.

One of LionLink’s long-range goals is to link alumni volunteers with other alumni for networking purposes. You may enroll as a volunteer through LionLink’s Web site at https://psualum.com/career . Volunteer enrollment forms also are available by mail. For more information, contact the LionLink Coordinator at lionlinkinfo@psu.edu or 814-865-LINK (5465).

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Alumni Notes


Ernest Gale, B.S. Math, retired on April 30, 2004, as the executive director of the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association. Ernie and his wife, Carolyn, ’66 B.S. IFS, live in Lee, New Hampshire.


Jacob M. Schorr, M.S. Bioch, ’72 Ph.D. Bioch, is chairman and chief executive officer of Spirit Airlines. He joined Spirit in 1997 as chief information officer after spending 20 years in medical-related fields.


Carol W. Moore, M.S. Genet, ’70 Ph.D. Genet, medical professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City University of New York, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.


James H. Stith, D.Ed. Phys, vice president of the Physics Resources Center at the American Institute of Physics, was selected as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science” for 2004 by the editors of Science Spectrum magazine and U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine. Honorees are selected based on their work in making science part of global society. Honorees are presented to young people as role models, and their accomplishments are upheld as examples of the important contributions made on a daily basis by the small but growing cadre of African Americans in the field.


Sally Ann Cunningham Johnson, B.S. Sc, retired on July 1, 2004 as a forensic psychiatrist from the U.S. Public Health and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She was recently honored by the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top 25 Women in Business for 2004 in the Triangle, North Carolina region. She has begun a private practice in forensic psychiatry.


Thomas A. Weidman, B.S. Math, has been appointed group chief actuary at Alea Group Holdings [Bermuda] Ltd., based in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. He is a Fellow in the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


Michael D. Brehm, B.S. Biol, B.S. ERM, has advanced to the position of chair of the Science Advisory Council of the State of Utah. Council members are appointed by the Governor of the state.


Parimal R. Desai, Ph.D. Bioch, is vice president of analytical and quality sciences, chemical and pharmaceutical development, at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Pearl River, New York. He was recently honored by the American Chemical Society as a “Hero of Chemistry.” The ACS designates scientists as Heroes of Chemistry for their work in improving health and well-being by creating new drugs, vaccines, nutritional supplements, and other biotechnology products based on chemistry or biochemistry.


Frank Cheng, Ph.D. Chem, was promoted to associate professor of chemistry at the University of Idaho in 2002. His research areas concern antioxidants, green oxidations, batteries, and fuel cells.


Vicki Afflerbach Pruskowski, B.S. CmpSc, and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of a daughter, Erika Lynne, on November 12, 2004. Erika joins four-year-old Zachary James. Vicki is a part-time consultant for E Tech Solutions, Inc.


Robert Timpko, B.S. CmpSc, is the co-developer of a computer game, “History Channel’s Civil War: The Battle of Bull Run.” The game has been published by Activision. Bob is married to Penn Stater Mary Lou Cellini, ’91 B.S. LE ST.


Heather (Hokenbrough) McElroy, B.S. Biology, received her doctorate in May 2005 from Drexel University College of Medicine. She will pursue a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.


H. Jacob Hanchar, B.S. Biol, is a co-author of an article entitled “Alcohol-Induced Motor Impairment Caused by Increased Extrasynaptic GABAA Receptor Activity” that was published in Nature Neuroscience.

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Stanley J. Shepherd, a member of the faculty in the Department of Physics from 1961 until his retirement in 1991, died on September 6, 2004 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Andrew J. Smith, of Ellicott City, Maryland, died on September 2, 2004. He earned undergraduate degrees in microbiology and chemistry in 1940. He was a former microbiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


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