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Penn State promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2018

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.
Berks Trimatis team working on their project

Trimatis selected for The Great Social Enterprise Pitch

A team from Penn State Berks has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the Great Social Enterprise Pitch, an idea incubator and business plan competition for concepts that use a business model and revenues to have a positive social or environmental impact. The student-faculty team, Trimatis, recycles plastic waste for use in 3-D printing. Working with the Langan LaunchBox, they were able to develop their business plans
Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak

Kulturel-Konak and Konak honored with ASEE Best Paper Award

Two Penn State Berks faculty members were recently honored by the American Society for Engineering Education. Their paper titled, "Assessment of Progressive Learning of Ethics in Engineering Students Based on the Model of Domain Learning," co-authored by Sadan Kulturel-Konak and Abdullah Konak, among others, was recognized as the ASEE Best Zone I Paper for 2017.

Penn State Berks to host Martin Luther King Jr. banquet on Jan. 15

Penn State Berks will host a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2018. This event is free for the campus community but seating is limited and attendees must have a ticket in advance.
Dr. Azar Eslam Panah

Eslam Panah awarded NSF Grant for Tomo PIV

Azar Eslam Panah, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Berks, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $289,785 toward the purchase of a Tomographic Particle Image Velocimetry (Tomo PIV) System for Multi-Disciplinary Research.
Dr. Cheryl L. Nicholas

NCA honors Nicholas as an exemplary teacher

Cheryl L. Nicholas, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and global studies at Penn State Berks, will receive one of only two Teachers on Teaching honors being presented at the National Communication Association 103rd annual “Our Legacy, Our Relevance” convention at Dallas, Texas from Nov. 16–19.
Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak

Kulturel-Konak receives INFORMS Volunteer Service Award

Sadan Kulturel-Konak, professor of management information systems at Penn State Berks, will be honored with the INFORMS 2017 Volunteer Service Award during the annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Houston Americas-Hilton Hotel.
Thomas Jay Lynn and his book “Chinua Achebe and The Politics of Narration: Envisioning Language”

Lynn publishes book on Chinua Achebe and politics of narration

Thomas Jay Lynn, associate professor of English at Penn State Berks, has published his first book — “Chinua Achebe and The Politics of Narration: Envisioning Language”.
Dr. E. Michele Ramsey

Ramsey receives Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award

The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender has presented its 2017 Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award to E. Michele Ramsey, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and women's studies at Penn State Berks.
Dr. Grobman with student

Service Learning Book Wins ISU Teaching Literature Book

The Idaho State University Department of English and Philosophy has announced “Service Learning and Literary Studies in English,” edited by Laurie Grobman (Penn State Berks) and Roberta Rosenberg (Christopher Newport University) as the winner of the 2017 Teaching Literature Book Award.