Penn Staters
Penn State Intercom......June 6, 2002

Syed Saad Andaleeb, professor of marketing at Penn State Erie, recently returned from Bangladesh, where he designed and conducted a research methodology workshop with faculty members from six private and public universities.  

Gerald "Chip" Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration in the School of Business and Computer Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology, received an Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the 13th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, Fla. He also was honored for his research paper, "Debunking the Myths of Online Education," which was designated an Award-Winning Conference Paper.  

James G. Beierlein, professor of agricultural economics, has been appointed case study editor of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. The journal is published by the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, the largest international association of business, government and academics devoted to improving the efficiency of the world's food and fiber system.  

Patricia A. Book, associate vice president for outreach and executive director of Continuing Education, has been elected chair-elect of the board of directors for Global Associates, a knowledge network of the University Continuing Education Association.  

Elsworth R. Buskirk, Marie Ungerhill Noll professor emeritus of human performance and director emeritus of the Laboratory for Human Performance Research, received the Ray G. Daggs Award. This award was given in recognition for Buskirk's service to the American Physiological Society.  

Marvin Goldberg, professor of marketing and chair of the Department of Marketing, was the keynote speaker at an international conference devoted to marketing efforts aimed at children. Goldberg's presentation, "Children and Materialism in the New Era," was given at the Ninth Annual Kid Power Spring Conference at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Orlando, Fla.  

Virginia Imadojemu, assistant professor of medicine in the College of Medicine, was recognized with a Technology All Star Award at the 2002 Women of Color Health, Science and Technology Awards Conference in Nashville.  

Reza Kamali, associate professor of computer science in the School of Business and Computer Technologies at Penn College, has been elected as an officer and vice chair for education for the newly formed Society for Information Technology Education. Kamali received the honor at a society conference in Savannah, Ga. Kamali also was recognized for his conference presentation and his efforts as chairman of the curriculum and accreditation committee formed last fall at an information-technology conference held by Brigham Young University. Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer science, contributed to curriculum-proposal efforts.

Iam-Choon Khoo, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, presented a seminar on "Nonlinear Photonics of Liquid Crystals" at the Physics Department at Chalmers Institute of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden, where he also was recently appointed an external doctoral thesis examiner.  

Sridhar Komarneni, professor of clay mineralogy in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Materials Research Institute, gave a plenary lecture, "Nanophase Materials by Novel Microwave-hydrothermal Process," at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists Workshop on Nanostructured Advanced Materials in Bangalore, India.  

John Lamancusa, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Learning Factory, was elected to the American Society of Engineering Education's board of directors. He will serve a two-year term as chair of Professional Interest Council I. 

Raj Mittra, professor in electrical engineering, was an invited speaker and session organizer at the International Symposium CEM02 meeting in Bournemouth, England. The theme of the meeting was "Computational Electromagnetics," and it was sponsored by the Institute of Electrical Engineers in England.  

Robert E. Newnham, professor emeritus of solid state science and Materials Research Institute, has been named an honorary member of the Ceramic Society of Japan. The award was given in recognition of his many contributions to the field of electroceramics. Newnham recently returned from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon where he served as chair professor of solid state science in the Department of Applied Physics.  

Andre Prevos, associate professor of French at Penn State Worthington Scranton, was co-chair and co-organizer of a session, "Transatlantic Hybridities: American Popular Music in Europe," at the European Association for American Studies meeting in Bordeaux, France. Prevos also read a paper titled, "Gospel Music in France: Adoption and Adaptation."  

Adam Rome, assistant professor of history, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award presented by the Organization of American Historians at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The award honors an author's first book that deals with a significant phase of American history. Rome's book is The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, published by Cambridge University Press in 2001.  

The University Ambulance Service was one of seven nationwide to be recognized by the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation this year with its Striving for Excellence in Campus EMS designation. The University was recognized during the ninth annual conference of the group, held in Stony Brook, N.Y.  

Steven Sawyer, associate professor of information sciences and technology and associate professor of management science and information systems, made presentations at two universities in the United Kingdom. Sawyer covered "Socio-technical Structures in Enterprise Systems Implementation: Evidence from a Five-Year Study" at Brunel University in London and at Bath University in Bath.  

Elizabeth J. Susman, Jean Phillips Shibley professor of biobehavioral health, has been elected president-elect of the Society for Research on Adolescence. She will begin her two-year term as president in 2004.  

Mirna Urquidi-Macdonald, professor of engineering science and mechanics, and Digby Macdonald, professor of materials science, presented "Modeling the Impact of Feedwater Oxygen and Water Radiolysis on Primary Circuit ECP in PWRs" at the International Conference on Water Chemistry in Nuclear Reactors in Avignon, France. The presentation was part of a workshop on state-of-the-art developments in radiation chemistry and radiolysis effects on electrochemistry and corrosion.  

Vasundara V. Varadan, distinguished professor of engineering science and mechanics, has been appointed division director for electrical and communication systems at the National Science Foundation through Feb. 10, 2004. The appointment is part of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program, which promotes mutually beneficial sharing of personnel among government, academia and eligible nonprofit organizations.  

Keith Verner, professor in the College of Medicine, has been honored by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania for an educational program he created to get schoolchildren interested and engaged in learning about science. The program, Penn State LabLion, won the Best Application of Technology Award at the council's 10th Annual Technology Awards. In addition, Verner was one of three nominees for the TCCP's Technology Educator of the Year Award.  

Paul S. Weiss, professor of chemistry, gave an invited talk at the Nanotech 2002 meeting on Japanese business applications of and investments in nanotechnology, which was held in the International Exhibition Hall and International Conference Hall of the Nippon Convention Center near Tokyo. His lecture was titled "Single-Molecule Electronics and Measurements."  

Eric R. White, executive director in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the Virginia N. Gordon Award for Excellence in the Field of Advising as part of the 2002 National Academic Advising Association's National Awards Program. This award is presented to a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) member who has made significant contributions to the field of academic advising. The more than 6,500 NACADA members consist of faculty, professional advisers, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA represents academic advisers and serves as an advocate for academic advising.  

Alexander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has received the Humboldt Research Award for senior U.S. scientists from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany. The award includes a grant and support for research at German universities of the recipient's choice for a period of one year.  

Christopher Wronski, professor of electrical engineering, presented an invited paper at Rio '02 World Climate and Energy Event, a conference sponsored by the government of Brazil. Titled "Progress in Amorphous Silicon Solar Cell Technology," the paper reviewed the progress in and the challenges facing thin film solar cell technology for terrestrial power applications.  

Xumu Zhang, associate professor of chemistry, has been selected to receive the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society. He is one of four selected worldwide in 2002 to receive the award, which is given in recognition of excellence in the field of organic chemistry. The award is accompanied by an unrestricted research grant.