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Josh Melko receives NRC Research Associateship

Josh Melko, a graduate student in Dr. Will Castleman's lab, has been selected to receive a National Research Council Research Associateship.

Congratulations Josh on this well deserved honor.

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer promoted to Deputy Editor

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer promoted to Deputy Editor

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, a Professor of Chemistry and the Eberly Professor of Biotechnology, was recently promoted to deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry - B. This is a new position and will provide important leadership for the journal. Prior to the promotion, Hammes-Schiffer was a senior editor of JPC for over ten years.

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer receives NIH MERIT Award

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer receives NIH MERIT Award

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, a Professor of Chemistry and the Eberly Professor of Biotechnology at Penn State University, has been awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health "Method to Extend Research in Time" (MERIT) award, a 10-year research grant to support her work. Hammes-Schiffer is an acknowledged world leader in biophysics whose research spans the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, and computer science.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity in research endeavors by the highly selective award, the MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award. MERIT Awards provide long-term support to investigators with impressive records of scientific achievement in research areas of special importance or promise. Less than 5 percent of NIH-funded investigators are selected to receive MERIT Awards.

Gong Chen receives NSF Career Award

Gong Chen receives NSF Career Award

Gong Chen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been selected to receive a 2011 NSF CAREER Award.  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 the NSF directorates at different times during the year.

The Chen group is interested in synthetic methodology, synthesis of natural products, medicinal chemistry, and carbohydrates.

Ray Schaak promoted to Professor

Ray Schaak promoted to Professor

Ray Schaak has been promoted to the rank of professor. Promotion to this rank at Penn State "takes place only after a rigorous review of a faculty member's scholarship of teaching and learning; research and creative accomplishments; and service to the University, society, and the profession."

Schaak joined the Penn State faculty in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 from Penn State University.

Joseph Rudzinski receives Academic Computing Fellowship

Joseph Rudzinski, a graduate student in Dr. Will Noid's research group, has been selected to receive an Academic Computing Fellowship from the Graduate School.

The Academic Computing Fellowship program is for doctoral students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a background and strong interest in computing applications within their disciplines. Through their participation in the program and the utilization of computers, the Academic Computing Fellows help develop and disseminate new methods for problem solving within their disciplines.

Mary Jo Bojan promoted to Senior Lecturer I

Mary Jo Bojan promoted to Senior Lecturer I

Mary Jo Bojan has been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer I.

Mary joined the Penn State faculty in 1991.  She earned her Ph.D. in 1986 from Penn State University.

Steve Weinreb receives Priestley Prize

Steve Weinreb receives Priestley Prize

Steve Weinreb, Russell and Mildred Marker Professor of Naturals Products Chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2010 Priestley Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Chemistry.  The prize will be formally given at the Chemistry Department commencement reception on May 14th.

The Priestley Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Chemistry is awarded annually to a faculty member in the Chemistry Department for excellence in undergraduate chemistry instruction.

The Priestley Prize was established in 2002 to recognize the best undergraduate teachers in the Chemistry Department as measured by the increase in learning and enthusiasm for the subject by the students in chemistry courses.

Ben Smith receives Rustum and Della Roy Innovation Award

Benjamin Smith, a graduate student in Dr. Christine Keating's research group has been selected to receive the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award.

The Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research Award honors interdisciplinary materials research at Penn State which yields valuable, unexpected results and recognizes genuine innovation not previously achieved.

Liz Seibel awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Liz Seibel awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Liz Seibel, a junior chemistry major, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship in recognition of her commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to the field of chemistry. Seibel, a native of Hellertown Pennsylvania, has been working on a project looking at groundwater remediation techniques. Her research adviser is chemistry faculty member Tom Mallouk.

The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. Competition for the Scholarship is exceptionally intense. Universities are allowed to nominate only four undergraduate students per year to receive the final Scholarship. As a result, the Scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences.

Mary Jo Bojan receives C.I. Noll Award

Mary Jo Bojan receives C.I. Noll Award

Mary Jo Bojan has been selected to receive the 2010 ECOS C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching.  The C. I. Noll Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member within the Eberly College of Science.  The award is designed to recognize a faculty member who has taken a special interest in students, and who, through their interactions, has had a positive impact on them.

Will Noid receives Prestigious Awards

Will Noid receives Prestigious Awards

Will Noid, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently received two prestigious awards.  Noid received the 2011 Sloan Foundation Fellow and was named a 2011 ICS Faculty Fellow for his project entitled "Computational, Experimental, and Theoretical Investigation of the Structure and Function of Disordered Protein Ensembles."

Each year the Sloan Foundation awards two-year fellowships to researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) Faculty Fellows Program is designed to support ICS faculty in their development of interdisciplinary collaborations for cyber-enabled discovery and innovation. Competitive proposals will seek advances at the core of cyberscience (for example, in algorithms, systems, informatics, design), targeting challenges related to the life sciences, energy, environment, education, health, materials, etc.

The Noid research group combines powerful theories from statistical mechanics with modern computational methods to investigate protein structure, dynamics, and interactions. This highly interdisciplinary work evolves at the exciting interface of chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, and applied mathematics. Moreover, our work promises fruitful collaboration with experimentalists in physical and biological chemistry.

Steve Benkovic receives NAS Award

Steve Benkovic receives NAS Award

Steve Benkovic, Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Chair in Chemistry, has been awarded the 2011 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences for groundbreaking contributions to understanding catalysis and complex biological machines: the purinosome and DNA polymerases.

"The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium" held in James Anderson's Honor

"The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium" held in James Anderson's Honor

James Anderson, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Penn State University, has been honored with an international conference -- The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium -- in recognition of his many contributions to the fields of chemistry and physics.

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Marty Bollinger Named AAAS Fellow

Marty Bollinger Named AAAS Fellow

Marty Bollinger, Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.  Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.

Bollinger was cited for establishing new and unprecedented paradigms of dioxygen and C-H activation at biological metal centers, particularly dinuclear and mononuclear iron sites and mixed iron-manganese sites.

David Boehr receives NSF Career Award

David Boehr receives NSF Career Award

David Boehr, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been chosen to receive a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. CAREER is a Foundation-wide activity that "offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

Boehr uses biochemical and biophysical techniques to study the role of protein dynamics in enzyme function, coordination, and regulation. In particular, he uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) — a structural technique that takes advantage of the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei to reveal information about molecules in order to analyze enzyme dynamics.

Will Noid receives NSF Career Award

Will Noid receives NSF Career Award

Will Noid, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been chosen to receive a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. CAREER is a Foundation-wide activity that "offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

The Noid group combines powerful theories from statistical mechanics with modern computational methods to investigate protein structure, dynamics, and interactions. This highly interdisciplinary work evolves at the exciting interface of chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, and applied mathematics. Moreover, our work promises fruitful collaboration with experimentalists in physical and biological chemistry.

Chris Wostenberg receives Paul Berg Prize

Chris Wostenberg receives Paul Berg Prize

Chris Wostenberg, a graduate student in Scott Showalter’s group, has been selected to receive the 2010 Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology. This prize is awarded annually to an outstanding student in molecular biology who has completed his or her second or third year of graduate study.  The exceptional achievements of Paul Berg in the field of molecular biology bestow considerable prestige to this prize.

Wostenberg is from Cypress, CA and received his undergraduate degree from the California State University at Long Beach. His research investigating protein-RNA interactions involved in the miRNA processing pathway utilizes biophysical techniques such as NMR spin relaxation, molecular dynamic simulations and electrophoretic mobility shift assays.

Philip Stemple receives George Gilbert Pond Award

Philip Stemple receives George Gilbert Pond Award

Philip Stemple, Lecture Demonstration Specialist in the chemistry department, received the 2010 George Gilbert Pond Award for Excellence in Support of Undergraduate Education. This award was created by a donor who wished to recognize outstanding achievement by a chemistry staff member in support of undergraduate instruction. Stemple received his award at the 2010 chemistry department awards reception that was held on the Verne A. Willaman Gateway to the Sciences.

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer named APS Fellow

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer named APS Fellow

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Professor of Chemistry, has been selected by The American Physical Society (APS) as a member of the 2010 class of APS Fellows.  APS Fellows is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.

The citation for the Hammes-Schiffer nomination stated:  For the development and application of a theory for proton-coupled electron transfer; clarifying the roles of hydrogen tunneling and protein motion in enzymes; and fundamental insight into electron-proton correlation in nuclear-electronic orbital methods and multicomponent density functional theory.

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