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Penn State hosts 19 National Science Foundation graduate researchers
Penn State hosts 19 National Science Foundation graduate researchers 31 August 2015Penn State is hosting 19 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The students join 62 prior recipients continuing in the University’s graduate degree programs in the Eberly College of Science and the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Liberal Arts, as well as the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs.
Graduate students develop sustainability solutions to change the world
Graduate students develop sustainability solutions to change the world 31 August 2015Five interdisciplinary teams, made up of Penn State graduate students, presented their sustainability-related solutions to world challenges at the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards (SISCA). These students highlighted the connection to their homes and their research, showing why their work matters not just to them, but to those around the world.
Millennium Scholars Program connects diversity and STEM degrees
Millennium Scholars Program connects diversity and STEM degrees 31 August 2015They looked exactly like the other underclassmen trudging up the stairs to the dining commons at Pollock Halls. They dressed and spoke alike, and until their group reached a set of doors, they acted alike, too.
Gerald Mahan honored with 2015 International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Achievement in Thermoelectrics Award
Gerald Mahan honored with 2015 International Thermoelectric Society Outstanding Achievement in Thermoelectrics Award 24 August 2015Gerald D. Mahan, distinguished professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Thermoelectrics Award from the International Thermoelectric Society (ITS). The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a senior scientist for contributions to the field of thermoelectricity. Mahan is being recognized for his seminal contributions to the theoretical understanding of electronic and thermal transport in thermoelectric materials. The ITS award citation noted that Mahan's "numerous journal articles, conference proceedings papers, and books and book chapters have served as continuing inspiration for generations of researchers working in the field." The award was presented at the banquet of the 2015 International Conference on Thermoelectrics in Dresden, Germany, where Mahan presented a plenary lecture.
WPSU Penn State garners seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations
WPSU Penn State garners seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations 17 August 2015WPSU Penn State has earned seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The regional awards recognize local productions for excellence in television programming and individual achievement.
Five Schreyer Scholars selected for Summer Exposure M.D./Ph.D. program Ten-week program combines biomedical research, clinical experience
Five Schreyer Scholars selected for Summer Exposure M.D./Ph.D. program Ten-week program combines biomedical research, clinical experience 10 August 2015Five Schreyer Honors College students were selected for the Penn State College of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. Summer Exposure Program that prepares individuals for career paths combining clinical medicine and research. Kaleb Bogale, Erik Grinn, Jenna Mandel, Rhea Sullivan and Andrew Tucker were accepted into the program and began their studies in May in Hershey with the opportunity to interact with biomedical researchers, medical professionals and patients during the 10-week program. They will also attend a research forum at the end of the summer program.
NSF funds Industry/University Center for Atomically Thin Coatings
NSF funds Industry/University Center for Atomically Thin Coatings 10 August 2015The study and development of atomically thin coatings will be the focus of a one of a kind National Science Foundation funded university/industry center.
Meichen Bian to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2015
Meichen Bian to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2015 10 August 2015Meichen Bian of Hefei City, Anhui Province, China will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 15, 2015 on the University Park campus. Bian's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Russell Cooper, professor of economics at Penn State.
Jane Charlton selected as Penn State Teaching Fellow
Jane Charlton selected as Penn State Teaching Fellow 20 July 2015Jane Charlton, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive one of three Penn State Teaching Fellows Awards for 2015/2016. The Teaching Fellow Award was established jointly in 1986 by the Penn State Alumni Association, the Undergraduate Student Government, and the Graduate Student Association with the purpose of honoring distinguished teaching and providing incentive for teaching excellence at Penn State.
Kin Fai Mak to receive Department of Energy Early Career Research Program funding
Kin Fai Mak to receive Department of Energy Early Career Research Program funding 01 July 2015Kin Fai Mak, assistant professor of physics, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science to receive funding for his research as part of the DOE's Early Career Research Program. With this funding, Mak will study a new method for transmitting information by controlling a parameter of electrons known as the "valley degree of freedom" in two-dimensional crystals. The research has potential application in next-generation electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as spin and valley transistors and polarization-sensitive LEDs. The DOE program, in its sixth year, is designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years of their careers, when many scientists do their most formative work. Awardees are chosen based on peer review by outside scientific experts and receive five years of research funding.
Charlton honored with President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration
Charlton honored with President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration 30 June 2015Jane Charlton, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2015 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration. The award is given to faculty members who excel at integrating teaching, research, and service to the University. The award is presented by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendations of the President's Council and academic deans.
Cavener named new dean of the Eberly College of Science
Cavener named new dean of the Eberly College of Science 19 June 2015Penn State announced today (June 19) that Douglas R. Cavener will become the new dean of the Eberly College of Science, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 17 meeting.
Song Tan awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
Song Tan awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement 18 June 2015Song Tan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been selected to receive the 2015 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Life and Health Sciences. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers selects candidates after reviewing nominations together with outside evaluations from peer institutions.
Marylyn Ritchie appointed Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Marylyn Ritchie appointed Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 18 June 2015Marylyn Ritchie, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and the director of the Center for Systems Genomics at Penn State University, has been named the Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The professorship was created in 1995 by an anonymous donor in honor of Paul Berg, a 1948 Penn State graduate who was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1974 and earned the Nobel Prize in 1980 for developing a method to map the structure and function of DNA.
John Badding awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
John Badding awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement 18 June 2015John Badding, professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State, has been selected to receive the 2015 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers selects candidates after reviewing nominations together with outside evaluations from peer institutions.
Mercedes Richards elected Councilor of American Astronomical Society
Mercedes Richards elected Councilor of American Astronomical Society 04 June 2015Mercedes Richards, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been elected as a Councilor of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The AAS was founded in 1899 and is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America with over 7,000 members. Richards is one of three Councilors elected this year from among the membership of the AAS. She will serve a three-year term on the AAS Council, which is the governing body of the AAS and is responsible for the management of the affairs and property of the society.
Booker named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Booker named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute 22 May 2015Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. As one of 26 new HHMI investigators chosen from 894 applicants, Booker joins a group of scientists, including 17 Nobel laureates, widely recognized for their creativity and research accomplishment. The HHMI chooses investigators based on a "people, not projects" philosophy allowing its investigators the freedom to explore creative approaches to difficult biomedical problems. Booker will receive flexible support designed to enable him to move his research forward in creative new directions.
Andrew Read elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society
Andrew Read elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society 21 May 2015Andrew F. Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the leading academy of sciences of the United Kingdom. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists. The stated purpose of the society is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Each year, the Fellows of the Royal Society elect up to 52 new fellows and up to ten new foreign members who have made substantial contributions to the improvement of knowledge in science, engineering, or medicine.
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar 11 May 2015Augustin Banyaga, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been named a Distinguished Senior Scholar. The title is given by Penn State's Eberly College of Science in recognition of a sustained record of extraordinary achievement in research and education. Holders of this position have had a profound effect on their fields through creative innovation and internationally acclaimed scientific leadership, as well as exceptional accomplishments in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar 11 May 2015Charles Fisher, professor of biology and associate dean for graduate education in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University, has been named a Distinguished Senior Scholar. The title is given by Penn State's Eberly College of Science in recognition of a sustained record of extraordinary achievement in research and education. Holders of this position have had a profound effect on their fields through creative innovation and internationally acclaimed scientific leadership, as well as exceptional accomplishments in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

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