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A list of all academic appointment and retirement stories about Eberly College of Science faculty since 1997
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.
Will the 18th President of Penn State Be Named on Monday?
16 February 2014The Penn State Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 12 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, to consider the appointment of the University's next president. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in Dean's Hall of the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel and will be streamed live online at http://wpsu.org/live for the entire University community to watch, as well as the general public. On social media, the hashtag #PSUnewprez will be used to track comments and activities.
Schaak Named DuPont Professor in Materials Chemistry
17 January 2014Raymond E. Schaak, professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been appointed as the DuPont Professor in Materials Chemistry in recognition of his distinguished contributions in research and education.
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.
Philip Mohr, Affiliate Professor of Microbiology, Retires
17 January 2012Philip Mohr, a Penn State University affiliate professor of microbiology and director of undergraduate programs in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has retired after 35 years of service to Penn State. He joined Penn State in 1976 as a lecturer in microbiology, became an affiliate assistant professor in 1982, was promoted to affiliate associate professor in 1990, and was promoted to affiliate professor in 1998.
Samarth Appointed Head of the Department of Physics
25 August 2011Nitin Samarth, a professor of physics at Penn State University, has been appointed as the George A. and Margaret M. Downsbrough Head of the Department of Physics. He had served as associate head of the department since 2007. He succeeds Jayanth Banavar, who served as head of the department since 1998.
Donald Schneider Appointed as Head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
01 August 2011Donald P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, has been appointed as head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Penn State's Eberly College of Science. Schneider succeeds Lawrence W. Ramsey, who has served as head of the department since 2003.
Norman Freed Retires After 46 Years of Service to Penn State
07 June 2011Norman Freed, professor of physics and associate dean of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University, will retire after 46 years of service to the University. In addition to initiating many of the college's most innovative academic programs, Freed is known for his extensive research in theoretical nuclear physics, high-energy electromagnetic interactions in pion physics, and nuclear systems.
Gordon Garmire, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Retires
08 October 2010Gordon P. Garmire, Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics, has retired after 30 years of service to Penn State. He is the co-discoverer of high-energy gamma rays and is responsible for developing many of the data-analysis algorithms used today in high-energy astrophysics. He also is credited with the discovery of the first nonpulsating neutron star in a supernova remnant and the construction of the first X-ray telescope to use diamond-turned mirrors — high-quality, nested X-ray mirrors with precise shapes.
Bob Shaler, Founding Director of the Penn State Forensic Science Program, Retires
13 August 2010Robert C. Shaler, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has retired after having served as the founding director of the Penn State Forensic Science Program since 2005. Shaler is well known for supervising the massive DNA-testing effort to identify thousands of victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, and he is the author of Who They Were: Inside the World Trade Center DNA Story: The Unprecedented Effort to Identify the Missing.

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