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C.R. Rao Receives the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal Award in Gold
05 January 2011Penn State's C.R. Rao, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics and one of the world's top statisticians, has been honored with the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal Award in Gold for his fundamental and innovative contributions to statistical theory and methodology. The Medal, which will be awarded at a ceremony on 29 June 2011, is the highest award given to a statistician by the United Kingdom.
Penn State Science is Among the Best in the United States, National Research Council Study Shows
07 January 2011Research and education programs in the basic sciences at Penn State are among the top programs in the United States, according to a comprehensive new National Research Council study titled "A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States."
Six College of Science Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
10 January 2011Six faculty members from Penn State's Eberly College of Science have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The Fellows are Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology J. Martin Bollinger, Jr., Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Donald A. Bryant, Evan Pugh Professor of Life Sciences and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences Nina Fedoroff, Distinguished Professor of Biology Hong Ma, Professor of Statistics James L. Rosenberger, and Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Alexander Wolszczan.
"The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium" Held in James Anderson's Honor
12 January 201112 January 2011 -- James Anderson, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Penn State University, has been honored with an international conference -- The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium -- in recognition of his many contributions to the fields of chemistry and physics. The symposium is part of Pacifichem 2010 -- a series of conferences organized by the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies. The series was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in December 2010.
Wen Ching Li Awarded the 2010 Chern Prize in Mathematics
20 January 2011Wen Ching (Winnie) Li, a professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been awarded the 2010 Chern Prize in Mathematics by the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians for her outstanding contributions to the field. Established in 2001 in honor of Professor Shing-Shen Chern, one of the greatest geometers and Chinese mathematicians of the twentieth century, the Chern Prize in Mathematics is presented every three years to mathematicians of Chinese descent who have made exceptional contributions to mathematical research or to public service activities in support of mathematics.
Stephen Benkovic Awarded the 2011 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences
25 January 2011Stephen J. Benkovic, an Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State, has been awarded the 2011 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. He was chosen to receive the award for his groundbreaking contributions to understanding catalysis and complex biological machines -- the purinosome and DNA polymerases -- and for demonstrating the power of chemistry to solve biological problems. Supported by the Merck Company Foundation with a monetary prize, the award honors innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity.
C.R. Rao Receives Thirty-Third Honorary Doctoral Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University
18 February 2011Penn State's C.R. Rao, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics and one of the world's top statisticians, has been honored with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science at the first convocation of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University in Kakinada, India. This is the 33rd of the honorary degrees he has received from universities in 18 countries spanning 6 continents. Rao delivered the university's convocation address, "The role of statistics as the key technology of the future."
Hammes-Schiffer Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
01 March 2011Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, the Eberly Professor of Biotechnology and a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been elected a 2010 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Hammes-Schiffer, an acknowledged world leader in biophysics whose research spans the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, and computer science, has received this honor for her work in developing and applying new and insightful theories in the field of chemistry.
Boehr Receives National Science Foundation Career Award
01 March 2011David Boehr, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a 2011 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award is the most prestigious award in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research. The CAREER award provides five years of funding and is given to assistant professors by the NSF directorates at different times during the year.
William Noid Receives National Science Foundation Career Award
08 March 2011William Noid, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a 2011 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award is the most prestigious award given by the NSF in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research. The CAREER award provides five years of funding and is given to assistant professors by the NSF directorates at different times during the year.
Steen and Tucker to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshals at Spring Commencement 2011
11 March 2011Kalila Anne Steen of Danville, Pennsylvania, and Steven Tucker of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshals for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State's spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 14 May 2011 at the University Park campus. Faculty escorts for Steen and Tucker will be Kimberlyn Nelson of the Department of Biology and David Proctor of the Department of Kinesiology, respectively. Steen and Tucker have been close friends and classmates since their freshman year at Penn State.
Stephenson Receives the Distinguished Professor Title
14 March 2011Andrew Stephenson, a professor of biology at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor of Biology. Stephenson is recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in the evolutionary biology of plants. His contributions to the understanding of Darwin's theories of sexual selection and the evolution of mating systems are recognized internationally and his work also affects broad areas of plant biology, including plant physiology and breeding. He has demonstrated that, regardless of the haphazard nature of pollen deposition, plants can exercise a great deal of control over which of the deposited pollen grains actually fertilize the ovules, which of the immature seeds mature, and which abort during development.
Hedges Awarded the Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Life and Health Sciences
17 March 2011Blair Hedges, a professor of biology at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2011 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Life and Health Sciences. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers reviews nominations and selects candidates.
Robinett Receives President's Award for Engagement with Students
17 March 2011Richard Robinett, a professor of physics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the President's Award for Engagement with Students. Robinett also is one of the associate heads, director of undergraduate studies, and director of graduate studies for the Department of Physics. Since assuming duties as director of undergraduate studies for the department in 1996, Robinett has taken responsibility for and played a central role in every aspect of the undergraduate program, including personally overseeing department interaction with prospective and declared physics majors and physics minors.
William Noid Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship
17 March 2011William Noid, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a Sloan Research Fellowship in recognition of his cutting-edge, independent research accomplishments. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awards 118 fellowships annually to faculty in the United States and Canada who are in the early stages of their research careers and who have exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.
Bojowald Awarded the Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Science
17 March 2011Martin Bojowald, a Penn State associate professor of physics, has been selected to receive the 2011 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Science. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers reviews nominations and selects candidates.
Mary Jo Bojan Awarded the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
22 March 2011Mary Jo Bojan, a lecturer and coordinator of general chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2010 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching, sponsored by the Alumni Society of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. 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 and faculty members select among nominees.
David Gilmour Awarded the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
22 March 2011David Gilmour, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2010 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching, sponsored by the Alumni Society of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. 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 and faculty members select among nominees.
Jeffries Receives the Alumni Achievement Award
22 March 2011Penn State University alumna Maggie Jeffries, who holds an M.D. degree and works as an anesthesiologist in northeast Florida, has been honored with the Alumni Achievement Award, which is given by the Penn State Alumni Association to outstanding alumni under the age of 35. Jeffries lives with her husband, Shawn Williams, and three rescue dogs in Amelia Island, Florida.
Sara Rockwell Receives the Distinguished Alumni Award
22 March 2011Sara Rockwell, an alumna of Penn State University, has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by Penn State upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater." The award, given by the Penn State Board of Trustees, includes an engraved bronze medallion, matching pendant, and framed inscribed certificate.

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