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IUP Chemistry Program Receives Continued Approval from American Chemical Society

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Chemistry undergraduate programs in the IUP Madia Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Engineering have received American Chemical Society continued approval for its undergraduate chemistry program.

IUP Hosting Planetarium Shows, Free and Open to the Community

IUP will continue the 2022–23 planetarium shows during the spring semester with “Winter Wonders” on February 28. The program, exploring the winter constellations of Orion and Taurus, also will include information about the Orion nebula and the fact that a supernova remnant is up in the sky every winter evening.

IUP Hosting Professor of Physics and Astronomy for Lectures on Physics of Musical Instruments and Changing Climate of Women in Science

Laurie McNeil, a nationally recognized condensed matter-materials physicist, will be at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on February 9 and 10 to present three programs as the spring 2023 IUP Sigma Xi distinguished speaker.

Hovan Selected as Dean for Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Steven Hovan has been selected to serve as the dean of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

IUP Selects Five Graduates for Fall 2022 Young Alumni Award

Five graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania have been selected for the 2022 IUP Young Alumni Award. This award was created to recognize recent IUP graduates identified as being outstanding in their professions.

IUP Receives Funding from USDA to Develop Biosafety/Biorisk Management Certificate Program

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received more than $460,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a specialized Biosafety/Biorisk Management Certificate program at IUP.

Students’ Summer Research—In Their Words (U-SOAR 2022)

Want a preview of the research you can hear about Friday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room during the Undergraduate Summer Opportunities for Applying Research (U-SOAR) program symposium? Watch as four students explain their projects.

Biology Major Selected for Kopchick Summer Internship at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Scott Semelsberger, a junior biology pre-medicine major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from Northern Cambria, has been selected for IUP’s 2022 Kopchick Summer Fellowship. As the fellowship recipient, he will spend 10 weeks during the summer (from June 6 to August 12) engaged in research at the internationally known MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Kopchick College Fund to Honor Retired Dean

When Dr. Deanne Snavely announced her retirement as dean of the John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics on June 4, 2021, her friends and colleagues knew they needed to come together to honor Dr. Snavely’s work and tenure at the university.

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IUP Council of Trustees Honor Alumni with Naming of Tutoring Room in John J. and Char Kopchick Hall

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved a resolution to honor and recognize the contributions of Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient retired Rear Admiral CJ Jaynes with the naming of a room in John J. and Char Kopchick Hall. The tutoring room will be named “The Admiral’s Study” in her honor.

IUP Council of Trustees Presents Resolution of Appreciation to Narayanaswamy Bharathan

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today presented a resolution of appreciation to to Narayanaswamy Bharathan, chair of IUP’s Department of Biology, for his work in the fight against COVID-19 and for his ongoing commitment to IUP.

Director of Space Enabled Research Group Speaks on “Sustainability in Space and on Earth”

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Danielle Wood, assistant professor of media arts and sciences and the Aeronautics and Astronautics Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a guest lecture via Zoom titled, “Sustainability in Space and on Earth: Research Initiatives of the Space Enabled Research Group” as part of the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Series in coordination with the Science Inspires Lecture Series. 

Don't Miss the Fifth Annual IUP Cyber Security Seminar

On November 5, 2020, national cybersecurity experts will gather virtually for a daylong conference on topics that will engage general business owners, business executives, and those with both beginner and advance technical skills. Industry security experts will educate attendees on current and future trends in cybersecurity and what they can do to secure and defend critical information.

National Science Foundation Workshop August 4; Registration Deadline July 28

Faculty from IUP and two additional National Science Foundation-funded programs will host a workshop (via Zoom) on August 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.—“Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workforce: Cross-disciplinary, Team- and Project-based Experiences.”

Organic Chemistry, Anyone?

Justin Fair, a professor in the Madia Department of Chemistry in the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, had previous experience teaching a graduate course online. Now that he’s delivering all of his courses remotely, including chemistry labs, his perspective on face-to-face learning hasn’t changed.

IUP Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Featured in Pittsburgh News for Autism Research Discovery

Skip Kingston ’73 M ’75, professor of analytical chemistry at Duquesne University, originally from Harrisburg, a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, was featured on KDKA-TV on February 20 and February 21 for his research on biomarkers linked to autism.

Intermediate Unit 8 and Indiana Area School District STEM Educators Tour Kopchick College

On January 23, 20 regional STEM educators continued their STEM Showcase Day with a tour of IUP’s Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.