Bevilacqua awarded the C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching

Philip C. Bevilacqua, professor of chemistry at Penn State University, has been honored with the 2012 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society. Instituted in 1972 and named in honor of Clarence I. Noll, dean of the college from 1965 to 1971, the award is the highest honor for undergraduate teaching in the college. Students, faculty members, and alumni nominate outstanding faculty members who best exemplify the key characteristics of a Penn State educator, and a committee of students and faculty members select among nominees.

Bevilacqua focuses his research on ribonucleic acid (RNA) -- a macromolecule which is essential for all known forms of life -- and its interactions with proteins. Bevilacqua's laboratory focuses on biologically important systems including viral replication of RNA and the human viral response, as well as how RNA mediates responses to abiotic stresses in plants.

Bevilacqua's other awards and honors include being named a Distinguished Honors Faculty Fellow in 2010. In that same year, he earned a Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences. He was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2009. In 2001, he was honored as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. The National Science Foundation honored him with a Career Award in 2000. Bevilacqua has published numerous scientific papers in journals such as Biochemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Science.

Before joining the Penn State faculty in 1997, Bevilacqua was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He earned a doctoral degree at the University of Rochester in 1993 and a bachelor's degree at John Carroll University in 1987.

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Last Updated May 08, 2012