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

Boal Named 2014 Searle Scholar
Boal Named 2014 Searle Scholar 22 July 2014Amie Boal, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and of chemistry, recently was named a Searle Scholar. The Searle Scholars Program was established at the Chicago Community Trust in 1980 and is funded from the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John G. and Frances C. Searle. Mr. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle & Company. The program annually recognizes fifteen exceptional young faculty members and supports independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences.
Alex Radosevich Receives Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award
Alex Radosevich Receives Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award 08 July 2014Alex Radosevich, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow award in recognition of his research accomplishments. Sloan Research Fellowships are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in seven fields of science: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.
Alex Radosevich Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Alex Radosevich Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award 03 July 2014Alex Radosevich, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Baums Receives Humboldt Research Fellowship
Baums Receives Humboldt Research Fellowship 24 June 2014Iliana Baums, associate professor of biology at Penn State University, has been awarded a 12-month Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Humboldt Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by the Federal Republic of Germany that promotes international research cooperation. Recipients receive support for extended research at a German research institution of their choice. The fellowship is awarded in a worldwide competition to highly qualified scholars who are not living in Germany. Baums has elected to conduct her research at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen. In Bremen, she plans to study the role of symbiotic bacteria in how the deep-sea corals they inhabit respond to oil exposure from human activity and natural sources.
NASA Ranks Swift Satellite Number One
NASA Ranks Swift Satellite Number One 28 May 2014NASA's top ranking among its astronomy satellites, not including the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, has been awarded to the Swift observatory, a project that involves Penn State scientists. Swift carries two telescopes whose lead scientists are Penn State astronomers and a third telescope led by a NASA scientist. Science and flight operations for Swift are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center at the University Park campus.
Harry Allcock Elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Harry Allcock Elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering 27 May 2014Harry Allcock, Penn State Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his pioneering research in phosphazene polymer chemistry and its use in the field of biomedical materials. Election to the NAE is an honor bestowed upon members by current NAE members, and is among the highest professional honors awarded to engineers and scientists.
Groh Receives Two Major Schreyer Honors College Awards
14 May 2014John Groh, a recent graduate in physics and mathematics and a Schreyer Honors Scholar, was awarded two of the major Schreyer Honors College awards presented to graduating seniors: the Paul Axt Prize and the Douglas G. and Regina C. Evans Research Award. Groh was presented with these awards during the Schreyer Honors College Medals Ceremony on May 9 in Eisenhower Auditorium.
Frank Pugh Honored as an Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State
Frank Pugh Honored as an Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State 09 May 2014B. Franklin Pugh, Willaman Professor in Molecular Biology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been honored by the University with the title of Evan Pugh Professor. The title is the highest honor that Penn State bestows on a faculty member.
Andrew Read Honored as an Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State
Andrew Read Honored as an Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State 09 May 2014Andrew F. Read, the Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences and a professor of entomology at Penn State University, has been named an Evan Pugh Professor. The title is the highest honor that Penn State bestows on a faculty member.
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.
Neutrino Detector at the South Pole Gets Breakthrough of the Year Award
Neutrino Detector at the South Pole Gets Breakthrough of the Year Award 12 December 2013A massive astronomy telescope buried in the Antarctic ice has been given the Breakthrough of the Year award for 2013 is given to by Physics World magazine. The telescope, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, is a project of an international team of researchers that includes Penn State scientists.
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.

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