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Penn State Honors Four Eberly College of Science Faculty Members with the Title of Distinguished Professor
24 January 2013Four professors in the Eberly College of Science have been selected to receive the title of Distinguished Professor. They are Teh-hui Kao, Dmitri Burago, Mark Strikman, and Runze Li.
Phillips Receives the Eli Lilly and Company Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry
04 February 2013Scott Phillips, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University and holder of the Martarano Career Development Professorship, has been selected to receive the Eli Lilly and Company Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry. The award, which includes a monetary prize, is based upon Phillips's outstanding research, publication record, and the impact he is making in the field of analytical chemistry.
Baum Receives Honorary Doctorate from the Australian National University
07 February 2013Paul Frank Baum, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Australian National University. Baum received the degree during a December 2012 ceremony at which he gave an address about the value of perseverance. The Australian National University sponsored a concurrent three-day "Baum Fest" featuring lectures by mathematicians who are currently developing Baum's ideas.
Selected Works of George Andrews to Be Published
12 February 2013The Selected Works of George E. Andrews, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University, will be published this week by the World Scientific Publishing Company. The book compiles Andrews's most important papers and also provides his background commentary and comprehensive assessment of years of research and achievements.
Craig E. Cameron Appointed the Eberly Family Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
06 March 2013Craig E. Cameron, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been appointed Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Rachel Chang to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2013
05 April 2013Rachel W. Chang of Haverford, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 4 May 2013 on the University Park campus. Chang's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Aimin Liu, an associate professor of biology.
Claude dePamphilis Awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
09 April 2013Claude dePamphilis, a professor of biology at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2013 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.
C.R. Rao Receives 37th Honorary Doctoral Degree from the State University of New York
23 May 2013Penn State's C.R. Rao, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics, long recognized as one of the world's top statisticians, has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York. He received the degree at the 167th commencement of the University at Buffalo earlier this year.
Debashis Ghosh Honored with the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the American Public Health Association
31 May 2013Debashis Ghosh, a professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been honored with the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the American Public Health Association. The award will be presented at a meeting of the American Public Health Association later this year.
Kyoto Prize Awarded to Penn State's Masatoshi Nei
25 June 2013Masatoshi Nei, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and director of the Institute for Molecular Evolutionary Genetics at Penn State University, has been honored as the recipient of the 2013 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences. The international award is presented by the Inamori Foundation to individuals who have contributed significantly to the progress of science, the advancement of civilization, and the enrichment and elevation of the human spirit. The foundation honored Nei in recognition of his "research on the evolution of biological populations using quantitative analyses of genetic variation and evolutionary time."
Mercedes Richards Honored as Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society
16 July 2013Mercedes Richards, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, is being honored as the July 2013 Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society. Richards studies close pairs of stars, called interacting binaries, which are pairs of stars that were formed at the same time, like twins, but in which each star matures at different rates and affects the evolution of its companion. Richards was lauded for her research on the dynamic interactions between close binary stars by the society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.
Chen Receives Amgen Young Investigator's Award
24 July 2013Gong Chen, an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with a 2013 Amgen Young Investigator's Award. The annual award is given by Amgen to young investigators whose scientific contributions impact the field of drug discovery. Chen will receive an unrestricted cash award and will be recognized along with three other award recipients at a symposium in October.
Penn State Team Wins Department of Energy Poster Competition
25 July 2013A group of Penn State University scientists from the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation took first prize in a U.S. Department of Energy “Ten-Hundred and One Word Challenge” contest, in which scientists were challenged to explain their research using only images, cartoons, photos, and the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language. The Penn State team’s poster, titled “Powering Your Car with Sunlight,” was selected as overall winner out of 31 submissions.
Ciera L. Johnson to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2013
29 July 2013Ciera L. Johnson of Hughesville, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 10 August, 2013, on the University Park campus. Johnson's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Kimberlyn Nelson, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology.
Gibble Honored with the European Frequency and Time Award
01 August 2013Kurt Gibble, a professor of physics at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2013 European Frequency and Time Award for his research on the atomic clocks that keep international atomic time. The European Frequency and Time Forum awarded the prize to Gibble at a July 2013 conference in Prague, Czech Republic, citing "his fundamental contributions to the development of atomic fountain clocks and methods to improve their accuracy."
Wolszczan Honored with National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix Award
02 August 2013Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Grand Prix award, which is given annually for “overall achievement in travel, science or exploration along with the pursuit of a life-long passion.” Wolszczan was honored in May 2013 at a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland. He received the Traveler Grand Prix Award statuette as well as a tricolored flag, which symbolizes the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society’s founding that is being celebrated this year.
Lin Elected Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics
02 August 2013Dennis Lin, professor of statistics at Penn State University, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), which honored him "for his contributions to experimental design and response-surface methodology, and for service to the profession." This is Lin's fifth professional Fellow.
Gong Chen Selected as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences
07 August 2013Gong Chen, professor of biology at Penn State University, has been appointed as Holder of the Verne M. Willaman Chair in the Life Sciences. The appointment, effective on 1 July 2013, was made by the Office of the President of the University, based on the recommendation of the Dean, in recognition of Chen's national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
Thomas Mallouk Selected as Fellow of the American Chemical Society
16 August 2013Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the sciences and the profession, and for providing excellent volunteer service to the ACS community.
Marylyn Ritchie Honored as an Invited Kavli Fellow for the Third Year in a Row
12 September 2013Marylyn Ritchie, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and the director of the Center for Systems Genomics at Penn State University, has been selected as a 2013 Kavli fellow and has been invited to serve as a member of the organizing committee for the Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium. This is the third time Ritchie has received Kavli honors. In 2011 she was selected as a Kavli fellow and as a general participant for the Kavli Frontiers of Science Indonesian-American symposium. In 2012 and in 2013, she was selected as a Kavli fellow and was invited as a member of the organizing committee of the Indonesian-American symposium. The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium is jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and The Kavli Foundation. It brings together young scientists "to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields in a format that encourages informal collective, as well as one-on-one, discussions among participants."

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