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Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2017

The following is a list of Penn State fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1.
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Office for General Education announces Integrative Studies Seed Grant awards

The Integrative Studies Seed Grant Program, offered through the Penn State Office for General Education, will support 71 different course development projects this summer. In response to the large volume of highly qualified proposals, the budget was generously increased by more than 50 percent by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Libraries' Gilley to receive highest career award in women and gender studies

Jennifer Gilley, head librarian at Penn State University Libraries’ Elisabeth S. Blissell Library at Penn State New Kensington, has been selected as the 2017 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant longstanding contributions to women’s studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.
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New Kensington’s Donald Bruckner charter member of General Ed Faculty Fellows

Donald Bruckner, associate professor of philosophy at Penn State New Kensington was named a General Education Faculty Fellow recently by the Penn State Office of General Education.
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New Kensington faculty feted for awards, publications, promotions

'Tis the season of giving, and Jennifer Gilley, head librarian at Penn State New Kensington, gave faculty their annual holiday gift -- a special reception to honor their accomplishments throughout the year.
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Sixteen faculty members named first General Education Faculty Fellows

Sixteen faculty members representing various campuses, colleges, and General Education areas at Penn State, have been named General Education Faculty Fellows. The General Education Faculty Fellows Program is a new initiative of the recently created Office for General Education.
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New Kensington communications professor earns teaching accolades

Even a sabbatical cannot slow down a Penn State New Kensington communications faculty’s penchant for winning statewide teaching awards. Jennifer Wood, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, recently received the 2016 Harvey Kelly Excellence in Teaching Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association.
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New Kensington’s ‘State of the Campus’ focused on student-centered projects

The availability of more than $60,000 in new grants for projects that complement the campus’ strategic plan was the cornerstone of Penn State New Kensington Chancellor Kevin Snider’s “State of the Campus” address Aug. 18. The chancellor annually gives updates to faculty and staff prior to the start of the fall semester.
Studying molecular structures of conducting polymers

Engineers receive $1.2M to examine conjugated polymers for flexible electronics

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.2M in funding to three Penn State chemical engineering researchers for a proposal which aims to identify the key polymeric properties of conjugated polymers used to develop flexible electronics.
Studying molecular structures of conducting polymers to develop applications for flexible electronics

Studying molecular structures of conducting polymers

Enrique Gomez, Ralph Colby and Scott Milner are working to design the molecular structures of conducting polymers for applications in flexible electronics. The work is focused on predicting fundamental polymeric properties, such as the stiffness of the polymer chain and other physical and chemical properties.