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Adkins, Hershman Receive Natural Science and Mathematics Service Awards

Posted on 5/1/2009 2:49:05 PM

Dr. Rick Adkins, professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Ken Hershman, professor emeritus of Physics, received the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Achievement Award for Service from Dean John Eck.

Dr. Adkins has served as a member of most of the important committees in the Mathematics Department and has been chair of many, including the Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Service Courses Committee. He also serves as the graduate coordinator of the Applied Mathematics M.S. program and, since arriving at IUP, has contributed greatly to the direction and development of that program.

Within the college, he has served as chair of the NSM Technology Committee, developed the on-line Science Festival Registration website, and is a member of the Visiting Scientist Program. He also plays a key role in Sigma Xi, serving as secretary-treasurer and vice president.

At the university level, he served on a Middle States Review subcommittee and as chairperson of the Liberal Studies Subcommittee on Science of the Natural World.

He has shared his expertise with the community through presentations at the Annual Science Festival, at workshops on computer controlled robotics for secondary school students, and through his active participation in the ARIN-IUP Mentorship Program. Dr. Adkins has provided extensive service to the PASSHE by utilizing his extensive knowledge of technology to help develop the Keystone University Network.

Dr. Hershman served as the director of the Teacher Education Program, as a member of the NSM Pre-Professional Committee, as a fund raiser for the Physics M.S. graduate program and was a member and often chair of almost every Physics Department committee. He served as chair of the Department prior to his retirement in 2007.

He led many curriculum development projects, including the Kids and Computers videotapes, which were sold to Vernier Software, the Physical Science for Fine Arts course, and the development of the Liberal Studies 499 course Exploring Science with the Computer.

Dr. Hershman was especially effective in outreach to regional physics teachers and served as the director of the IUP Alliance of Physics. He received an ExCEL grant for $150,000 for support of the Science Education Program, a $100,000 grant for supporting second certification in Physics for high school teachers,and was a co-PI on the Electro-Optics PA DCED 2+2+2 EO program, which has provided over $500,000.

Dr. Hershman’s extensive dedication to serving the success of IUP students is best demonstrated by his continuing to regularly tutor students in Physics during his retirement years. His selfless contribution in helping students understand physics is greatly appreciated by the students being served as well as by his faculty colleagues.