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

Lin receives William G. Hunter Award
Lin receives William G. Hunter Award 10 February 2015Dennis Lin, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the William G. Hunter Award from the Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality. Named in memory of the founding chair of the Statistics Division, the Hunter Award was established to promote and acknowledge outstanding career accomplishments in the broad field of applied statistics.
Andrew Read named Eberly Professor in Biotechnology
Andrew Read named Eberly Professor in Biotechnology 09 February 2015Andrew F. Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology, has been named the Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State. Read is the director of Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics. He perhaps is best known for his research on how natural selection shapes the virulence of malaria and how the "unnatural" selection imposed by medicine shapes the evolution of disease-causing organisms. This evolution causes drugs to fail and can create "super-bugs" that are resistant to pharmaceuticals. Because evolutionary responses to drugs, insecticides, and vaccines are the main causes of problems in preventing and treating infectious diseases, Read's research, which provides an improved understanding of pathogen evolution, can be used to inform public-health decisions.
Maroncelli honored with title of Distinguished Professor
Maroncelli honored with title of Distinguished Professor 03 February 2015Mark Maroncelli, associate head for Undergraduate Education and professor of chemistry at Penn State, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Maroncelli was honored with the title in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The honor is designated by the Office of the President of Penn State based on the recommendations of colleagues and the dean of the Eberly College of Science.
Albert honored with title of Distinguished Professor
Albert honored with title of Distinguished Professor 03 February 2015Reka Albert, a professor of physics and biology at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Physics and Biology. Albert was honored with the title in recognition of her exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The honor is designated by the Office of the President of Penn State based on the recommendations of colleagues and the dean of the Eberly College of Science.
Lin honored with title of Distinguished Professor
Lin honored with title of Distinguished Professor 03 February 2015Dennis Lin, professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Statistics. Lin was honored with the title in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community. The honor is designated by the Office of the President of Penn State based on the recommendations of colleagues and the dean of the Eberly College of Science.
Penn State and Geisinger Announce Establishment of Medical Bioinformatics and Genomics Research Collaborative
Penn State and Geisinger Announce Establishment of Medical Bioinformatics and Genomics Research Collaborative 16 January 2015Marylyn Ritchie, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of the Center for Systems Genomics in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State University, will lead a collaborative effort between Penn State and Geisinger Research to connect the genome data of 100,000 anonymous patients with their medical histories, in order to identify the genetic and environmental basis of human disease. This new program was developed to harness the data resources being generated through a large-scale DNA-sequencing project at Geisinger in collaboration with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where at least 100,000 Geisinger patients will be sequenced over the next five years. In recognition of Richie's key role in this groundbreaking effort, she was named the founding director of the new Biomedical and Translational Informatics Program of Geisinger Research.
Runze Li Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics
Runze Li Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics 13 January 2015Runze Li, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Penn State University, has been selected as the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics. The appointment, effective on December 1, 2014, is awarded by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the Dean of the Eberly College of Science, in recognition of Li's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
$15 million research grant awarded to Penn State Center for Nanoscience
$15 million research grant awarded to Penn State Center for Nanoscience 12 January 2015The Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), has been awarded a six-year, $15 million grant to continue its research and education program in the development and application of nanoscale materials.
Gilliland is Part of Team that Wins Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Gilliland is Part of Team that Wins Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics 16 December 2014Ronald L. Gilliland, professor of practice in astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, is a member of a team of scientists that is being recognized with the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Gilliland and other members of the High-z Supernova Project are being recognized along with members of the Supernova Cosmology Project for demonstrating that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had long been assumed. The award, which recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the universe, includes a $3 million prize that will be split among members of the teams.
Victor Cotton to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2014
Victor Cotton to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2014 11 December 2014Victor Cotton of Hershey, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 20 December 2014 on the University Park campus. Cotton's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be James Strauss, senior lecturer in biology.
Four Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award
Four Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award 03 December 2014The Penn State University Eberly College of Science has selected four alumni to be honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for the year 2014. 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. Receiving this award are: Eric Freed, '85 B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology Ann Hornschemeier, '99 M.S. Astronomy and Astrophysics; '02 Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics John W. Pierce, Jr., '76 B.S. Biochemistry Kathryn Roeder, '88 Ph.D. Statistics
Eight Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows
Eight Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows 24 November 2014Eight Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the organization announced today.
Penn State senior selected as Marshall Scholar
Penn State senior selected as Marshall Scholar 24 November 2014Ryan Henrici, a Penn State Schreyer Honors College scholar, has been selected to receive a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, a highly sought-after program that finances American college students to study in the United Kingdom.
Penn State Schreyer Scholar wins 2014 International Children's Peace Prize
Penn State Schreyer Scholar wins 2014 International Children's Peace Prize 19 November 2014Penn State student and first-year Schreyer Honors College scholar Neha Gupta today (Nov. 18) accepted the 2014 International Children’s Peace Prize Award for her exceptional work to raise money for underprivileged children around the world. She is a scholar in the Eberly College of Science and will be entering the pre-medicine program.
Penn State Dean Chosen as Chancellor of New Research University in Ecuador
 Penn State Dean Chosen as Chancellor of New Research University in Ecuador 23 October 2014Daniel Larson, Verne Willaman Dean of Penn State University's Eberly College of Science, will leave Penn State in January 2015 to become the founding chancellor of Yachay University, the first research university in Ecuador. Also known as Yachay Tech, the institution aspires to become a leading global research university in the basic and applied sciences and one that will stimulate knowledge-based business and address pressing societal needs in Ecuador and beyond. Yachay Tech is being built as the core of the new Yachay City, the first planned city of Latin America whose purpose is to become the engine powering science, technology, research, and innovation. As chancellor, Larson will be the chief academic officer. His responsibilities will include hiring the deans, department heads, and faculty members, as well as establishing the academic directions of the new university. Larson's formal introduction at Yachay Tech will occur during Convocation 2014, the celebration of the beginning of the university's first academic classes on October 28, 2014.
Song Tan Awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Song Tan Awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching 02 October 2014Song Tan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been honored with the 2014 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.
Daniel Costantino Awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
 Daniel Costantino Awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching 02 October 2014Daniel Costantino, lecturer in physics, has been honored with the 2014 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.
Meredith Defelice Receives George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching
02 October 2014Meredith Defelice, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State, 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. Defelice is one of six awardees for 2014. In March, Penn State’s then president, Rodney Erickson, presented Defelice with the award in a ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Krishna Kanti Dey Awarded First Prize at Postdoc Research Exhibition
Krishna Kanti Dey Awarded First Prize at Postdoc Research Exhibition 01 October 2014Krishna Kanti Dey, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry and member of the Sen group, won first place honors and a $500 prize at the seventh annual Penn State Postdoctoral Research Exhibition held at the Nittany Lion Inn on September 24.
Predicting the Future of Antarctic Ice
Predicting the Future of Antarctic Ice 30 September 2014The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences has awarded more than $500,000 to Penn State to develop new statistical methods needed for predicting the future of Antarctic ice sheets. Using information gleaned from geologic data from the past 20,000 years, the scientists also will apply their new methods to provide a better understanding of the past and current behavior of the ice sheets.

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