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A list of all academic appointment and retirement stories about Eberly College of Science faculty since 1997
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Eberly College of Science names Cavener interim dean
24 November 2014Douglas R. Cavener, professor and head of biology in the Eberly College of Science, will serve as interim dean for the college until a permanent hire is made.
Niel Brandt Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
02 September 2014Niel Brandt, distinguished professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, has been selected as the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The appointment, effective on August 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 Brandt’s national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
Frank Pugh Honored as an Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State
09 May 2014B. Franklin Pugh, Willaman Professor in Molecular Biology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, has been honored by the University with the title of Evan Pugh Professor. The title is the highest honor that Penn State bestows on a faculty member.

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