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Katriona Shea Elected as Fellow of Ecological Society of America
30 August 2016Katriona Shea, Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences at Penn State University, has been elected as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Shea is being recognized for "developing important insights into pressing environmental problems, including reconciling conflicting empirical results about invader richness and disturbance-diversity relationships." Fellows of the ESA are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by the ESA and are elected for life. The ESA, founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth.
Ashtekar elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences
Ashtekar elected as a member of the  National Academy of Sciences 22 August 2016Penn State University Professor of Physics Abhay Ashtekar, Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Physics and Director of the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded to U.S. scientists or engineers by their peers.
John Lin to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2016
John Lin to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2016 08 August 2016John Lin of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 13, 2016, on the University Park campus. Lin's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Gong Chen, professor of biology and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences at Penn State.
Chad Hanna appointed as the Norman and Trygve Freed Early Career Professor in Physics
29 July 2016Chad Hanna, assistant professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with the inaugural Norman and Trygve Freed Early Career Professorship in Physics. Trygve Freed -- whose husband Norman Freed (1936 - 2014) joined the Penn State faculty in the Department of Physics in 1965, was named Associate Dean of Penn State's Eberly College of Science in 1979, and served in that position until he retired in 2011 -- established the professorship to support outstanding early-career faculty in physics in the Penn State Eberly College of Science. The professorship offers recognition for outstanding early accomplishments and provides financial support to promising young faculty members to encourage establishing a commitment to teaching and exploring new areas of research.
Albert elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Albert elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 02 June 2016Reka Albert, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Biology at Penn State University, has been elected as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Albert was elected to the Section of Biological Sciences of the Academy and is being honored for her work applying network models to complex biological systems. Founded in 1825, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the oldest scientific institution in Hungary. Its main functions are to cultivate and to promote scientific research in Hungary and by Hungarian scientists.
Penn State scientists share in Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Penn State scientists share in Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics 26 May 2016Penn State scientists are members of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team that has been recognized with a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. This special award, which can be given at any time in recognition of an extraordinary scientific achievement, recognizes the team's detection of gravitational waves 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted their existence. The award, which recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the universe, includes a $3 million prize that will be shared between two groups of laureates: the three founders of LIGO will equally share $1 million, and 1012 contributors to the experiment will equally share $2 million.
Quinnan Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Quinnan Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 18 May 2016Melissa Quinnan, who recently graduated from the Eberly College of Science with an undergraduate degree in physics, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
Wing and Bram to represent Penn State Eberly College of Science as student marshals
21 April 2016Anna Wing and Joshua Bram, both of State College, Pennsylvania, will be honored as student marshals during the Penn State Eberly College of Science spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, 2016, on the University Park campus. Wing's faculty escort will be Joseph Reese, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Bram's faculty escort will be Stephen Schaeffer, professor of biology.
Leigh Krompasky and Grace Lee Receive the John W. White Graduate Fellowship
Leigh Krompasky and Grace Lee Receive the John W. White Graduate Fellowship 21 April 2016The Penn State University Faculty Senate awarded Leigh Krompasky, a senior majoring in Science, and Grace Lee, a senior majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Genetics & Developmental Biology, and a Schreyer Scholar, with the John W. White Graduate Fellowship.
NASA selects Penn State to lead next-generation planet finder
NASA selects Penn State to lead next-generation planet finder 29 March 2016A Penn State-led research group has been selected by NASA's Astrophysics Division to build a $10-million, cutting-edge instrument to detect planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. The team, led by Suvrath Mahadevan, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, was selected after an intense national competition. When completed in 2019, the instrument will be the centerpiece of a partnership between NASA and the National Science Foundation called the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research program (NN-EXPLORE).
Student Neha Gupta, Children's Peace Prize winner, brings charity to Penn State
Student Neha Gupta, Children's Peace Prize winner, brings charity to Penn State 28 March 2016"Imagine throwing a pebble in a pond: the first ripple is small, but then you watch in awe as the ripples become larger and larger," said Neha Gupta, Penn State science student. "And just so is the impact of one person with an idea or mission that speaks to the heart." Gupta is one of the rarest kinds of students. Balancing a premedicine honors curriculum, she also runs an international charity and acts as a spokesperson for Microsoft.
Schaak honored with 2016 American Chemical Society Inorganic Nanoscience Award
Schaak honored with 2016 American Chemical Society Inorganic Nanoscience Award 11 March 2016Raymond E. Schaak, DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2016 Inorganic Nanoscience Award from the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry. The award recognizes "sustained excellence, dedication, and perseverance in research and service in the area of inorganic nanoscience."
NSF funds national user facility for $17.8 million to develop 2-D crystals
NSF funds national user facility for $17.8 million to develop 2-D crystals 04 March 2016The National Science Foundation announced today, March 4, the award of $17.8 million over 5 years to Penn State to fund one of only two Materials Innovation Platform national user facilities in the country. These MIP awards are the first of what will become a national infrastructure to support key scientific research areas.
Phillips honored with Stephen and Patricia Benkovic Early Career Professorship
Phillips honored with Stephen and Patricia Benkovic Early Career Professorship 03 March 2016Scott Phillips, an associate professor of chemistry at Penn State University and holder of the Lou Martarano Career Development Professorship, has been honored with the inaugural Stephen and Patricia Benkovic Early Career Professorship. Stephen J. Benkovic, an Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University, and Patricia Benkovic, a research associate in chemistry at Penn State, established the professorship to support outstanding early career faculty in the Penn State Eberly College of Science. The professorship offers early recognition for outstanding accomplishments and provides financial support to promising young faculty members to encourage establishing a commitment to teaching and explore new areas of research.
Mikael Rechtsman receives Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in physics
Mikael Rechtsman receives Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in physics 24 February 2016Mikael Rechtsman, an assistant professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in recognition of his research accomplishments. The Sloan Foundation states that "the fellowships honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders." Candidates for Sloan Research Fellowships are nominated by fellow scientists and the Fellows are selected by a panel of senior scholars for their "independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field."
Mastro to be awarded PA Breast Cancer Coalition grant at January 26 event
Mastro to be awarded PA Breast Cancer Coalition grant at January 26 event 20 January 2016Andrea Mastro, professor of microbiology and cell biology at Penn State University, will be presented with a grant from the statewide research grants program of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of N/S Frear Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Top high-energy astrophysics prize awarded to Niel Brandt
Top high-energy astrophysics prize awarded to Niel Brandt 15 January 2016The prestigious Bruno Rossi Prize has been awarded this year to W. Niel Brandt, the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State. The prize is the top award given each year by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society, the largest professional organization of astronomers in the United States.
Stephen Benkovic Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Stephen Benkovic Named a Fellow of the  National Academy of Inventors 15 December 2015Stephen J. Benkovic, an Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The award is considered to be a high honor "bestowed upon academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society." Benkovic is the only current Penn State faculty member who has been honored as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Lauren Ulsh to Represent Penn State’s Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2015
Lauren Ulsh to Represent Penn State’s Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2015 01 December 2015Lauren Ulsh of Rochester, Minnesota, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University’s fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 19, 2015, on the University Park campus. Ulsh’s faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be James A. Strauss, senior lecturer of biology at Penn State.
Penn State Scientists part of team that wins 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Penn State Scientists part of team that wins 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics 23 November 2015Doug Cowen, professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Gordana Tešić, a postdoctoral researcher in Cowen's group, are members of a team of scientists that has been recognized with the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The award, which recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the universe, includes a $3 million prize. This year's prize will be split among five separate teams that are being recognized “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics," according to the award citation.

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