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22 January 2007—Michael DeRosa, Amy Leddy, and John Roe were named the recipients of the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the Eberly College of Science. The award, sponsored by the college alumni society, was established in 1979 to recognize individuals who have made exceptional leadership and service contributions to the college.

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Michael DeRosa is professor of chemistry at Penn State’s Delaware County Campus. He joined Penn State as an associate professor in 1989 and was named full professor in 1994. Prior to joining Penn State, he was a faculty member at the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1975 to 1989, and was a member of the U.S. Peace Corps from 1973 to 1975. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1964 from the City College of the City University of New York. He completed his doctorate degree in 1974 from the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

DeRosa was honored with the Penn State Lion’s Paw Award in 2001 and received the Commonwealth College Outstanding Research Accomplishment Award in 2002. An innovative teacher in the classroom, he received a Project Empower grant in 1995 to introduce technology and collaborative learning in his chemistry classes and has collaborated in multidisciplinary undergraduate research projects with faculty in biology, engineering, and chemistry. He has been involved in efforts to obtain funding for a multidisciplinary science studio to enable the sharing of technology for the teaching of physics, chemistry, and biology laboratories. He is well known as a mentor who empowers his students. He has been involving undergraduate students in his research for more than 25 years, giving students the opportunity to experience first-hand the rigors and rewards of research. His professional affiliations include membership in the American Chemical Society, the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry, and the Council on Undergraduate Research.

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Amy Leddy is an advising program coordinator and premedicine advisor in the Eberly College of Science’s Advising Center. She came to Penn State in 1989, first working in Residence Life and then in the Career Services Office. In 1993, she joined the Eberly College of Science Advising Center as premedicine counselor and was promoted to advising program coordinator in 2002.

Leddy’s service to the Advising Center and college includes supervising a volunteer peer mentor program for first-year students, serving as cooperative education departmental coordinator, and advising the Penn State Pre-Dental Society. She also serves on several university committees, and has been the college’s representative to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for eight years. She was involved in the creation of the new position of college recruiter and also has served for the past twelve years as the College’s nomenclator for the spring graduation ceremony. At the University level, she is serving her second term on the University Advising Council, and she has been co-chair of the college’s United Way team since 2001. She has been recognized by Penn State with the 2006 Women in Science and Engineering Research Distinguished Service Award, the 1999 All University Excellence in Advising Award, and the 1993 Penn State Council of Alcohol and Drug Prevention for her role in creating LIFE House, a substance-free special living option for students.

Leddy received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 1986 and a master’s degree in college counselling in 1988 from Shippensburg University. She is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions and the Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.

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John Roe is professor of mathematics and head of the Department of Mathematics at the University Park campus. He joined the Penn State faculty in 1998 after beginning his career at Oxford University. He served as associate head of the Department of Mathematics from 2000 to 2003 and was named department head on July 1, 2006.

Roe designed and implemented a new induction, training, and oversight program for graduate teaching assistants which has positively transformed undergraduate instruction in the department. The Graduate Teaching Assistant Training Program is a multi-faceted program that includes a semester-long induction and teaching assistant training course, a committee of faculty who take individual responsibility for overseeing each teaching assistant, a more intensive peer-to-peer mentoring program for the first course taught by each new teaching assistant, new teaching awards, and a departmental teaching seminar attended by both teaching assistants and faculty members.

An active researcher, Roe’s research focuses on the interaction between large-scale mathematical structures and small-scale geometrical problems related to partial differential equations.

Roe was the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh in 2004 and was awarded the Junior Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society in 1996. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1980 and a certificate of advanced study in 1981 from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He received a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, in 1984.

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