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Science Journal Winter 2020

Finding Meaning

How Statistical Models Help Us Make Sense of Complex Data




Dear Friends of the College

Dean Douglas Cavener

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Cells of a human breast cancer tumor that contain DNA (blue) can be seen in this false-color fluorescent-light micrograph

Cells of a human breast cancer tumor that contain DNA (blue) can be seen in this false-color fluorescent-light micrograph—a photograph taken through a microscope— by Emily Bell, associate research professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

A Note from Our Guest Editor

Photo of Murali Haran.

Collaboration at its best

Francesca Chiaromonte.

Making a difference

Sarah Craig.

Data science opens doors

Danley Hsu.

Lab Bench to Commercialization

Two faculty members will receive $75,000 each toward commercializing intellectual property

Paul Cremer and Joseph Cotruvo.

Eberly faculty support enthusiastic teachers

Teachers Keith Saroka, Valerie Knaver, and Lenny Barsody show a Sloan Digital Sky Survey plug plate. It is a surplus aluminum plate from the Apache Point Observatory that was used to help gather spectra from a specific set of astronomical objects.

Development and Alumni Relations

Eberly College of Science welcomes Kim Neely as senior director of development.

Kim Neely
Osmond Building at the University Park campus.

It is our pleasure to welcome new members of our faculty to the Eberly College of Science.

Congratulations to our faculty members on their recent promotions and awards and honors.

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation has selected two projects led by Penn State researchers to receive New Initiatives grants.

Faculty Spotlight

Driven by demand

From its inception, Penn State's Data Sciences program has grown and evolved in tandem with the complex and ever-shifting needs surrounding big data

Left to right: Matthew Beckman and David Hunter. Credit: Nate Follmer.

[Re]mixing songs with statistics education

Dennis Pearl (left) and Bob Carey discuss the software students use to create statistics-related songs through SMILES. Credit: Nate Follmer.

Penn State Materials Research Institute Pioneers of Materials

Harry Allcock (left) and Thomas Mallouk pose with a new poster about Allcock’s pioneering research that will be permanently exhibited in the Millennium Science Complex. Credit: Maria Landschoot.
Science LionPride, an organization made up of undergraduate students who serve as ambassadors for the Eberly College of Science, recently celebrated 10 years of service to the college and the local community.

Eberly College of Science summer 2019 student marshal.

Celebrating 10 years of Science LionPride.

CURE first-year research initiative.

Graduate student Claire Kelling is using statistics to solve societal problems by helping communities see the power in their data

On Sunday, August 25, 2019, the Eberly College of Science welcomed incoming freshman to Penn State.

Student News
Because of you, I was able to focus on my studies and work hard toward my goal of becoming a great astrophysicist.

Isiah Holt '20 Physics, and Astronomy and Astrophysics
M. Dean and Jean L. Underwood Scholarship in Physics
Bunton-Waller Undergraduate Fellowship
Isiah Holt.
Old Main during the fall semester 2012.

Your gift can support students like Isiah

Contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for more information.

Giving Tuesday campaign supports study abroad in Tanzania

Biology of Eco-Health in Tanzania students presenting their research to their peers while studying abroad.

Forests and fellowships

Wilderness hiker alumnus supports graduate fellowships across the college.

Alumnus Stephen Brumbach takes in the view at the summit of Mt. Bangs in the Paiute Wilderness Area in Arizona.

University names Louis A. Martarano 2019 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year.

Louis A. Martarano.
The Nittany Lion Shrine at the University Park campus.

The Penn State Eberly College of Science honored two alumni with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award for 2019.

The college’s Alumni Society Board of Directors 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.

The 2019 awardees are Bruce Booth and Judd Moul.

Outstanding Alumni

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Science Journal Winter 2020 PDF

Cover of the Winter 2020 Science Journal.

Science Journal Photo Contest

Science Journal photo contest graphic.