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A list of all award stories about Eberly College of Science faculty since 1997

Gallery Documenting 65-Year Career of C.R. Rao Opens in India
Gallery Documenting 65-Year Career of C.R. Rao Opens in India 16 April 2014A gallery that honors the life in statistics of Penn State's C.R. Rao, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics, has been opened at the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at Hyderabad, India. Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan inaugurated the C.R. Rao Gallery, covering Rao’s 65-year career in statistics, in a ceremony held on 22 December 2013.
Bjørnstad Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Bjørnstad Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 16 January 2014Ottar N. Bjørnstad, professor of entomology, biology, and statistics at Penn State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Booker Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Booker Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 16 January 2014Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Book on Statistics in Astronomy Wins PROSE Award for Cosmology and Astronomy
Book on Statistics in Astronomy Wins PROSE Award for Cosmology and Astronomy 16 January 2014Penn State University scientists Eric Feigelson and G. Jogesh Babu have been awarded the American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in cosmology and astronomy for their book Modern Statistical Methods for Astronomy with R Applications. The book is published by Cambridge University Press. The PROSE award was established in 1976 to recognize the best in scholarly publishing as judged by publishers, librarians, and academics. The award was announced in an event held in Washington D.C. during 2013.
A Course in Metric Geometry Wins Prize for Mathematical Exposition
A Course in Metric Geometry Wins Prize  for Mathematical Exposition 16 January 2014Dimitri (Dima) Burago, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, and two co-authors, Yuri Burago and Sergei Ivanov, have been awarded the Leroy P. Steel Prize for Mathematical Exposition by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for their book A Course in Metric Geometry. The AMS recognized the book for making available a novel approach to differential geometry. It makes a significant contribution to modern geometry by offering a description-based, intuitive method as an alternative to traditional, computation-heavy techniques. The book was published by the AMS in 2001.
Andrew Hanlon to Represent Penn State’s Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2013
05 December 2013Andrew Hanlon of McMurray, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 21 December, 2013 on the University Park campus. Hanlon’s faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Bratoljub Milosavljevic, a lecturer in chemistry.
Sarah Ades Wins GlaxoSmithKline's Fast Track Competition to Develop New Antibiotics
Sarah Ades Wins GlaxoSmithKline's Fast Track Competition to Develop New Antibiotics 06 November 2013Sarah Ades, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, today was announced by GlaxoSmithKline PLC GSK) as a winner of its Discovery Fast Track competition, which is designed to accelerate the translation of academic research into novel medical therapies.
Einstein Professorship Awarded to Péter Mészáros by the Chinese Academy
Einstein Professorship Awarded to Péter Mészáros by the Chinese Academy 30 October 2013The Chinese Academy of Sciences has honored Péter Mészáros, of Penn State University, by awarding him the 2013 Einstein Professorship. Mészáros, who is the Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics and a professor of physics at Penn State, was honored for his contributions to science during ceremonies from 17 to 27 October in China, where he gave a series of lectures at conferences in Shanghai and Nanjing.
Makova Honored as Penn State's Francis R. Pentz and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science
07 October 2013Kateryna Makova, a professor of biology at Penn State University, has been honored by the University's Eberly College of Science by being appointed the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science. The Pentz professorship was established in 1989 to provide outstanding faculty members with the resources necessary to further their teaching, research, and public service.
Seven Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award
03 October 2013In its tradition of honoring high-achieving science alumni, the Penn State University Eberly College of Science will honor seven alumni with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for the year 2013.
Renee Diehl Honored with the American Physical Society Woman Physicist of the Month Award
Renee Diehl Honored with the American Physical Society Woman Physicist of the Month Award 23 September 2013Renee Diehl, a professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with the Woman Physicist of the Month award by the American Physical Society. The award recognizes "female physicists who have positively impacted other individuals' lives and careers."
Marylyn Ritchie Honored as an Invited Kavli Fellow for the Third Year in a Row
Marylyn Ritchie Honored as an Invited Kavli Fellow for the Third Year in a Row 12 September 2013Marylyn Ritchie, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and the director of the Center for Systems Genomics at Penn State University, has been selected as a 2013 Kavli fellow and has been invited to serve as a member of the organizing committee for the Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium. This is the third time Ritchie has received Kavli honors. In 2011 she was selected as a Kavli fellow and as a general participant for the Kavli Frontiers of Science Indonesian-American symposium. In 2012 and in 2013, she was selected as a Kavli fellow and was invited as a member of the organizing committee of the Indonesian-American symposium. The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium is jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation. It brings together young scientists "to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields in a format that encourages informal collective, as well as one-on-one, discussions among participants."
Thomas Mallouk Selected as Fellow of the American Chemical Society
Thomas Mallouk Selected as Fellow of the American Chemical Society 16 August 2013Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the sciences and the profession, and for providing excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.
Gong Chen Selected as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences
Gong Chen Selected as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences 07 August 2013Gong Chen, professor of biology at Penn State University, has been appointed as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences. The appointment, effective on 1 July 2013, was made by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the Dean, in recognition of Chen's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
Lin Elected Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Lin Elected Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics 02 August 2013Dennis Lin, professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), which honored him "for his contributions to experimental design and response-surface methodology, and for service to the profession." This is Lin's fifth professional Fellow.
Wolszczan Honored with National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix Award
Wolszczan Honored with National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix Award 02 August 2013Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix award, which is given annually for “overall achievement in travel, science or exploration along with the pursuit of a life-long passion.” Wolszczan was honored in May 2013 at a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland. He received the Traveler Grand Prix Award statuette as well as a tricolored flag, which symbolizes the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society’s founding that is being celebrated this year.
Gibble Honored with the European Frequency and Time Award
Gibble Honored with the European Frequency and Time Award 01 August 2013Kurt Gibble, a professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2013 European Frequency and Time Award for his research on the atomic clocks that keep international atomic time. The European Frequency and Time Forum awarded the prize to Gibble at a July 2013 conference in Prague, Czech Republic, citing "his fundamental contributions to the development of atomic fountain clocks and methods to improve their accuracy."
Ciera L. Johnson to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2013
Ciera L. Johnson to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2013 29 July 2013Ciera L. Johnson of Hughesville, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 10 August, 2013, on the University Park campus. Johnson's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Kimberlyn Nelson, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology.
Penn State Team Wins Department of Energy Poster Competition
Penn State Team Wins Department of Energy Poster Competition 25 July 2013A group of Penn State University scientists from the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation took first prize in a U.S. Department of Energy “Ten-Hundred and One Word Challenge” contest, in which scientists were challenged to explain their research using only images, cartoons, photos, and the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language. The Penn State team’s poster, titled “Powering Your Car with Sunlight,” was selected as overall winner out of 31 submissions.
Chen Receives Amgen Young Investigator's Award
Chen Receives Amgen Young Investigator's Award 24 July 2013Gong Chen, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a 2013 Amgen Young Investigator's Award. The annual award is given by Amgen to young investigators whose scientific contributions impact the field of drug discovery. Chen will receive an unrestricted cash award and will be recognized along with three other award recipients at a symposium in October.

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