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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
C. R. Rao Receives 38th Honorary Doctoral Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology
18 August 2014Penn 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 Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He received the degree at the Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology on July 26 this year “for his contributions to the foundations of modern statistics through the introduction of concepts such as Cramer-Rao-Inequality, Rao-Blackwellization, Rao-Distance, Rao-Measure and for introducing the idea of Orthogonal Arrays for the industry to design high quality products.”
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.
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.
Miriam Freedman Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
20 August 2014Miriam Freedman, 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). 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 NSF directorates at different times during the year.
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.
Mark Maroncelli Receives Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids
28 August 2014Mark Maroncelli, professor of chemistry at Penn State, has won the American Chemical Society’s Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. Maroncelli will receive this award in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids in a ceremony during 2015 at the 249th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver. The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
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.
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.

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