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Cavener named new dean of the Eberly College of Science
Cavener named new dean of the Eberly College of Science 19 June 2015Penn State announced today (June 19) that Douglas R. Cavener will become the new dean of the Eberly College of Science, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 17 meeting.
Song Tan awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
Song Tan awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement 18 June 2015Song Tan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, has been selected to receive the 2015 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 selects candidates after reviewing nominations together with outside evaluations from peer institutions.
Marylyn Ritchie appointed Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Marylyn Ritchie appointed Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 18 June 2015Marylyn Ritchie, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and the director of the Center for Systems Genomics at Penn State University, has been named the Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The professorship was created in 1995 by an anonymous donor in honor of Paul Berg, a 1948 Penn State graduate who was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1974 and earned the Nobel Prize in 1980 for developing a method to map the structure and function of DNA.
John Badding awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
John Badding awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement 18 June 2015John Badding, professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State, has been selected to receive the 2015 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical 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 selects candidates after reviewing nominations together with outside evaluations from peer institutions.
Mercedes Richards elected Councilor of American Astronomical Society
Mercedes Richards elected Councilor of American Astronomical Society 04 June 2015Mercedes Richards, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been elected as a Councilor of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The AAS was founded in 1899 and is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America with over 7,000 members. Richards is one of three Councilors elected this year from among the membership of the AAS. She will serve a three-year term on the AAS Council, which is the governing body of the AAS and is responsible for the management of the affairs and property of the society.
Booker named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Booker named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute 22 May 2015Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been named an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. As one of 26 new HHMI investigators chosen from 894 applicants, Booker joins a group of scientists, including 17 Nobel laureates, widely recognized for their creativity and research accomplishment. The HHMI chooses investigators based on a "people, not projects" philosophy allowing its investigators the freedom to explore creative approaches to difficult biomedical problems. Booker will receive flexible support designed to enable him to move his research forward in creative new directions.
Andrew Read elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society
Andrew Read elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society 21 May 2015Andrew F. Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and Eberly Professor in Biotechnology at Penn State, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the leading academy of sciences of the United Kingdom. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists. The stated purpose of the society is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. Each year, the Fellows of the Royal Society elect up to 52 new fellows and up to ten new foreign members who have made substantial contributions to the improvement of knowledge in science, engineering, or medicine.
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar 11 May 2015Augustin Banyaga, professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been named a Distinguished Senior Scholar. The title is given by Penn State's Eberly College of Science in recognition of a sustained record of extraordinary achievement in research and education. Holders of this position have had a profound effect on their fields through creative innovation and internationally acclaimed scientific leadership, as well as exceptional accomplishments in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar 11 May 2015Charles Fisher, professor of biology and associate dean for graduate education in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University, has been named a Distinguished Senior Scholar. The title is given by Penn State's Eberly College of Science in recognition of a sustained record of extraordinary achievement in research and education. Holders of this position have had a profound effect on their fields through creative innovation and internationally acclaimed scientific leadership, as well as exceptional accomplishments in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
Physics major Jacob Wisser awarded a Goldwater Scholarship
Physics major Jacob Wisser awarded a Goldwater Scholarship 07 May 2015Penn State University science student Jacob Wisser is the recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The scholarship is the premier award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering. Wisser is a physics major and mathematics minor in Penn State's Eberly College of Science Integrated Undergraduate Graduate Program, in which he will complete both B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics in four years. Wisser also is a scholar in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College.
Mallouk elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences
Mallouk elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences 06 May 2015Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded to U.S. scientists or engineers by their peers.
Peter Hohman to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2015
Peter Hohman to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2015 30 April 2015Peter Hohman of Erie, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2015 on the University Park campus. Hohman's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Eric Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State.
Benkovic research featured as "Paper of the Week" by The Journal of Biological Chemistry
Benkovic research featured as "Paper of the Week" by The Journal of Biological Chemistry 23 March 2015The Journal of Biological Chemistry has featured as its "Paper of the Week" research led by Stephen J. Benkovic, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State University. A podcast interview with Benkovic, Postdoctoral Associate Hong Zhao, and Penn State Assistant Professor of Molecular Toxicology Andrew Patterson explaining the results of the research is available online. The paper, titled " Quantitative Analysis of Purine Nucleotides Indicates That Purinosomes Increase de Novo Purine Biosynthesis," demonstrates that the cellular synthesis of purines -- multifunctional organic compounds that are a building block of DNA, involved in cellular signaling, and a source of energy in cells -- is directly related to the presence of complexes known as purinisomes.
Jeong honored with Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Association of Korean Physicists in America
Jeong honored with Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Association of Korean Physicists in America 23 March 2015Donghui Jeong, assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has been honored with the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Association of Korean Physicists in America. Given annually since 1994, the award recognizes young Korean physicists working in North America who have the potential for making creative and substantive advances in their subfield of physics and achieving professional success as a physicist. The award was presented during the Forum on International Physics reception at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in March 2015.
McGinty honored with Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists
McGinty honored with Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists 19 March 2015Robert McGinty, a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Penn State Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Song Tan, has been presented with the Damon Runyon Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. McGinty is the first Penn State scientist to win this prestigious national career award. The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation selects for this award a group of its postdoctoral fellows who have greatly exceeded expectations and show promise to be leaders in the field of cancer research. The award provides additional funding for innovative cancer research while accelerating the transition of the recipients to an independent research career.
Lin honored with 2015 Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality
Lin honored with 2015 Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality 11 March 2015Dennis Lin, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 2015 Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality. Each year the Shewhart Medal committee selects a recipient who has demonstrated outstanding technical leadership in the field of modern quality control. Lin was selected for his leadership and innovation in the field of statistical quality improvement; for his collaborations with business, industry, government, and other disciplines; and for his technical contributions to data mining, experimental design, quality engineering, statistical process control, and reliability.
Katriona Shea Appointed Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences
Katriona Shea Appointed Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences 11 March 2015Katriona Shea, professor of biology at Penn State University, has been named the Alumni Professor in the Biological Sciences. Shea is an ecologist whose research in applied theoretical ecology involves the application of mathematical and computational methods to guide decision-making in population management, conservation efforts, control of invasive pests, and control of infectious diseases.
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.

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