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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.
Five Alumni Honored with Penn State’s Outstanding Science Alumni Award
Five Alumni Honored with Penn State’s  Outstanding Science Alumni Award 21 October 2015The Penn State University Eberly College of Science has selected five alumni to be honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for the year 2015. The Board of Directors of the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society established this award to recognize alumni who have a record of significant professional achievements in their field and who are outstanding role models for students in the college.
Defelice awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Defelice awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching 20 October 2015Meredith Defelice, senior lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2015 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society. Instituted in 1972 and named in honor of Clarence I. Noll, dean of the college from 1965 to 1971, the award is the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. Students, faculty members, and alumni nominate outstanding faculty members who best exemplify the key characteristics of a Penn State educator, and a committee of students selects the award winners from the group of nominees.
Keiler awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Keiler awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching 20 October 2015Kenneth Keiler, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2015 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society. Instituted in 1972 and named in honor of Clarence I. Noll, dean of the college from 1965 to 1971, the award is the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. Students, faculty members, and alumni nominate outstanding faculty members who best exemplify the key characteristics of a Penn State educator, and a committee of students selects the award winners from the group of nominees.
Ades awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ades awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching 20 October 2015Sarah Ades, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2015 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society. Instituted in 1972 and named in honor of Clarence I. Noll, dean of the college from 1965 to 1971, the award is the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. Students, faculty members, and alumni nominate outstanding faculty members who best exemplify the key characteristics of a Penn State educator, and a committee of students selects the award winners from the group of nominees.
Jennelle Malcos Receives George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching
Jennelle Malcos Receives George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching 01 October 2015Jennelle L. Malcos, lecturer in biology at Penn State University, has received the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award honors excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level across all Penn State colleges and campuses. Malcos is one of six awardees for 2015.
Penn State receives two awards for materials research and education
Penn State receives two awards for materials research and education 14 September 2015The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced six Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) awards this year -- two of them involving Penn State University. The awards are designed to improve materials-science research by increasing diverse perspectives within the field.
David Weiss named chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society
David Weiss named chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society 10 September 2015David Weiss, professor and associate head of the Department of Physics at Penn State University, has been elected as chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) of the American Physical Society (APS). DAMOP is the oldest and third largest division of the APS, with over 3,000 members. The chair is an elected position with administrative responsibility for all the division's operations, including the 1,100-attendee annual meeting. "The distinguished history of the division's chairmanship started in 1943 with Nobel Laureate I.I. Rabi," said Nitin Samarth, George A. and Margaret M. Downsbrough Department Head and Professor of Physics, "and has included laureates Arthur Schawlow, Dave Wineland, and Carl Wieman." Previous chairs with Penn State affiliation include the late Erwin Mueller, professor of physics, and Daniel J. Larson, professor of physics and former dean of Penn State's Eberly College of Science.

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