The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) held its annual Wilson Awards Banquet, the college’s annual celebration of faculty and student accomplishments, on Sunday, April 17, 2016. This year’s banquet also honored Charles L. Hosler, EMS dean emeritus and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus, for his 75 years at Penn State.
Patty Satalia, senior producer and host for WPSU-TV and FM, conducted an interview with Hosler that will be aired on a future episode of "Take Note," a weekly community affairs radio program that features in-depth interviews with central Pennsylvania newsmakers.
During the conversation, Hosler recounted memories of his 75 years at Penn State. Hosler arrived at Penn State in 1942 and spent his entire professional career here, holding every academic position from instructor to professor to head of the Department of Meteorology, dean of EMS; senior vice president for research, dean of The Graduate School, acting executive vice president and provost before retiring in 1991.
He shared his perspective on some of the highlights he feels shaped and influenced Penn State’s place in the world today.
He was introduced by John Dutton, dean and professor of meteorology emeritus, who served as dean of the college for 16 years before his retirement in 2002.
After the conversation with Hosler, Dean William Easterling presented more than 50 awards to students and faculty.
This year’s recipients are listed below.
Celebrating Excellence in Research Awards
Wilson Award for Excellence in Research The Wilson Award for Excellence in Research is the college’s highest research honor. This award is given in recognition of scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. The contribution may be original basic research or may represent the application of knowledge in the creation of a process or device useful to society. This year’s recipients are:
- Jerry Harrington, professor of meteorology
- Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering
Wilson Research Initiation GrantThe Wilson Research Initiation Grant is intended to jump start the research of a new tenure track faculty member. This year’s recipients are:
- Anthony Didlake Jr., assistant professor of meteorology, selected for his proposal “Examining Radar Data Collected from Unmanned Aircraft to Analyze Hurricanes”
- Tess Russo, assistant professor of geosciences, selected for her proposal “Quantifying Nitrogen Transformations on Drought-impacted Floodplains”
E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Faculty FellowshipThe E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship was created to support faculty of exceptional creativity, who propose highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges in the earth, energy, and material sciences. This year’s recipient is:
- Chiara Lo Prete, assistant professor of energy economics, selected for her proposal “Complementarity-based Equilibrium Models for the Analysis of Market Power in Electric Distribution Networks”
George H. Deike, Jr. Research GrantThe George H. Deike, Jr. Research Grant is awarded in support of an innovative research project. This year’s recipient is:
- Timothy Bralower, professor of geosciences, selected for his proposal “Impact of Ocean Acidification on Pteropod Microstructures”
Celebrating Excellence in Teaching Awards
Wilson Award for Excellence in TeachingThis award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching represented by performance in a single course of instruction or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. The contribution may represent application of knowledge in a traditional classroom setting, field course or online education. This year’s recipient is:
- Elizabeth Hajek, assistant professor of geosciences
G. Montgomery and Marion Hall Mitchell Award for Innovative TeachingThis award was created in 1998 to recognize faculty members in the college who use innovative teaching techniques in their courses.
This year’s recipients are:
- Eugene Clothiaux, professor of meteorology
- Jon Nese, senior lecturer, associate head, Undergraduate Program in Meteorology
George H. K. Schenck Teaching Assistant AwardThis award was created to honor and to recognize a graduate student in the College who has performed their responsibility as a graduate teaching assistant in an exemplary manner. This year’s recipient is:
- Qian Sum, doctoral candidate in petroleum and natural gas engineering
Celebrating Excellence in Service Awards
Wilson Award for Outstanding Service
Created in 1999, the Wilson Service Award honors exceptional achievement in service and is given in recognition of meritorious service represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. This year’s recipient is:
- Brent Yarnal, professor of geography
Faculty Mentoring AwardThe Faculty Mentoring Award honors a faculty member who invests in the success of others, whether it is a new faculty member, a student or a staff member. This award recognizes the generous contribution of time and energy it takes to mentor in teaching, research and service. This year’s recipient is:
- Lorraine Dowler, associate professor of geography
Faculty Advising AwardCreated in 2013, the Faculty Advising Award honors exceptional achievement in the advising of undergraduate students; the contribution may represent any facet of strong academic advising, including educational planning, exposure to research opportunities, identification of internships and other aspects of advising. This year’s recipient is:
- Peter Heaney, professor of geosciences and associate head, Undergraduate Programs in Geosciences
25-Year Service Awards
- Michael Arthur, professor of geosciences
- Sarma Pisupati, professor energy and mineral engineering
- Alan Taylor, professor of geography
SPECIAL ACADEMIC RECOGNITION AWARDS