The recipients of the 1998 Outstanding Science Alumni Awards are Joseph H. Eberly, Andrew Carnegie professor of physics and professor of optics at the University of Rochester; Louis A. Martarano, director of project finance at Merrill Lynch International; James H. Plonka, vice president for advanced materials and venture capital at The Dow Chemical Co.; and Barbara J. Scheffler, senior vice president for corporate and scientific affairs at U.S. Bioscience Inc.
The award, established in 1997 by the Board of Directors of the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society, recognizes outstanding science alumni for their leadership in science and for the impact they have had and will continue to have on society and on their professions.
* Eberly, a 1957 graduate with a bachelor of science degree in physics, conducts research in the area of quantum optics and laser science and is director of the Rochester Theory Center for Optical Science and Engineering. Eberly is a fellow various societies and has received several awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of West Germany. He has served as a visiting research fellow at a number of institutions and a visiting professor at universities in countries all over the world. Eberly has published more than 250 research articles and has written or edited five books.
* Martarano, a 1976 graduate with a B.S. in chemistry, heads the London Project Finance Group for Merrill Lynch. In 1995, Martarano created the Louis A. Martarano Endowment for Cooperative Education Abroad, a fund designed to provide financial assistance to outstanding Penn State students enrolled in the Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program. He currently serves on the Eberly College of Science B.S./M.B.A. Program Advisory Panel and the Science Campaign Committee. Martarano also is a volunteer and fund raiser for Covenant House, a sponsor of the Merrill Lynch Student/Sponsor Partnership, and a Merrill Lynch employment recruiter, heading the Penn State recruiting team.
* Plonka, who earned a Ph.D in chemistry in 1970, began his career with Dow Chemical in 1970 as a research chemist. He has held many research management positions for Dow and its subsidiaries in the United States and Japan. Under his direction, the advanced materials unit, which includes electronic materials, electronic components, venture capital and ceramic materials, was established as a global business at Dow.
* Scheffler, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1972 and an M.S. in statistics in 1973 from Penn State, has been with U.S. Bioscience Inc., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development and commercialization of drugs for cancer and allied diseases, since 1987. During her time at U.S. Bioscience, she has held several management positions, including senior vice president for corporate and scientific affairs. In her current position, she is responsible for coordinating the activities of several departments, including clinical research and development, pharmaceutical operations, regulatory affairs and marketing and sales. Before joining U.S. Bioscience, Scheffler worked for SmithKline Beecham in Worldwide Clinical Research and Development.
Mary McCammon, professor of mathematics, is the winner of the 1998 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Sponsored by the Eberly College of Science Student Council and Alumni Society, the award is the college's highest honor for undergraduate teaching.
McCammon has been teaching mathematics at Penn State since 1954. She is currently director of undergraduate programs and the scheduling officer for the Department of Mathematics. She retired on Sept. 30, but continues to work with students in an advisory capacity.
McCammon has played a key role in the development of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum at Penn State.
She created the mathematics placement test given to every entering freshman and has continually revised this test since its inception more than 25 years ago.
McCammon has won numerous awards over the past 40 years. The Allied Signal Corp. recently donated funds for the establishment of two scholarships in McCammon's name. She has been an active member of the Mathematical Association of America.
McCammon, who joined the faculty as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1960 and to professor in 1992. She served as director of undergraduate programs from 1963 to 1975 and then took on the position again in 1988.
McCammon was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1953 to 1954.
She earned three degrees from the University of London, including a bachelor of science in 1949, a master of science in 1950 and a doctorate in 1953.
Two Penn State New Kensington faculty members have been honored for their teaching excellence. Each year the campus presents the New Kensington Campus Excellence in Teaching Award to one full-time and one part-time faculty member.
This year's full-time Excellence in Teaching award recipient is Robert E. Carnahan, assistant professor of sociology. Carnahan has been at New Kensington for 30 years and served as director of academic affairs from 1987 to 1996. In their nominations students said, "He takes an interest in seeing that the material is covered indepth and that each student understands the concepts and ideas of socialism" and "He takes a personal interest in my studies."
The part-time faculty award was presented to Maria De Gomez, who has taught Spanish at the campus for several years. De Gomez was recognized for helping Penn State New Kensington meet the foreign language needs of the students by helping to place students at appropriate levels and by teaching individuals or small numbers of students in tutorials or independent study.
Ten Penn State Beaver faculty and staff members recently received the Vice President's Award for Outstanding Services from the Office of Student Affairs. The program award recognizes the campus for its efforts to integrate cultural diversity into the classroom during the 1997-98 academic year.
Established in 1991, the Outstanding Services Award recognizes student affairs staff at one of the University's Commonwealth College campuses for outstanding contributions to students and campuses. Penn State Beaver's award honors the campus for involving faculty and student affairs staff members in the planning of two programs which included speakers this spring: one during Black History Month in February and another celebrating Women's History Month in March.
The planning and interaction between the faculty and student affairs was so successful, in fact, that a new campus diversity programming committee was formed to continue bringing speakers to campus that faculty could incorporate into their course curriculum.
Named as part of the award are: Robert C. DeWitt, director of student affairs; Gary B. Keefer, campus executive officer; Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs; Shane S. Murray and Amy S. Gartley, assistant directors of student affairs; Caroline K. Hall, associate professor of English and women's studies; JoAnn Chirico, instructor in sociology; John-Paul Mulilis, assistant professor of psychology; Pat Corcoran, campus minister and instructor in religious studies; and Sid Elkin, instructor in political science.
Back to news index
Back to Intercom home page