Message from the Bull Penn
Being successful in an academic department like PPEM is more than a walk in the field. It takes a variety of skills (technical, communication, and interpersonal that we have or are developing), hard work, tenacity, balance and patience (for ourselves and others). We are challenged with meeting, and often exceeding, the high expectations rooted by our past and present peers. As Dr. Leon Kneebone celebrated his 99th birthday recently, I reviewed his life’s work and was reminded again that we stand on the shoulders of giants.
But scientific giants are not a thing of the past. Step by step, members of our department are laying down the foundations for their bodies of work which will, in turn, be the giant’s shoulders that support those who come after. This spring, we help many celebrate the recognition and awards received for the fruits of their labor. We are delighted that each of the four faculty members in our department who went up for promotion this year was successfully promoted. We also celebrate the success of several of our students who continue the tradition of winning high stakes national awards, top university honors and fellowships.
As a department, we hope that you are also being recognized for the great work you are doing. If you are alumni, former staff member or emeritus faculty member and have news you would like to share, please contact me or share your information here, post something on Twitter and use our handle @psuPPEM, or tag us on Facebook to notify us. We enjoy celebrating your success.
Have a healthy and productive summer all.