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June 25, 1998


Chemistry professor Sanford A. Asher has been named as the 1999 recipient of the Bomem-Michelson Award. The Bomem-Michelson Award is dedicated to the memory of A. E. Michelson, developer of the Michelson interferometer.

Bomem, Inc., a maker of spectroscopic instrumentation, sponsors the award to honor active scientists who have advanced the techniques of vibrational, molecular, Raman or electronic spectroscopy through experimental or theoretical work.

Asher is internationally recognized for the development of UV-Raman spectroscopy for analytical, physical and biophysical applications and for his development of mesoscopically periodic materials for applications in optics and chemical sensing.

The award consists of a crystal statue symbolic of the discipline of spectroscopy and a $2,500 honorarium. The presentation will be made during an award symposium to be held at the Pittsburgh Conference in Orlando next March.


Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg has been elected to the boards of directors of Mellon Bank Corp. and Mellon Bank, N.A.


Diane T. Marsh, professor of psychology at the Greensburg campus, has been elected public interest board chair of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA). Her two-year term begins today at the PPA convention, where she also will receive the 1998 PPA Public Service Award.

The position of public interest board chair was created this year and involves responsibility for the statewide PPA ethics, social responsibility and impaired professional committees. The award for public service recognizes a professional in the psychology field who demonstrates exceptional advocacy in the service of human welfare.

Marsh, who has taught at UPG since 1970, also serves as a member of the American Psychological Association task force on serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, and is vice president for research for the family psychology division of the APA. She is the author of "Families and Mental Illness: New Directions in Professional Practice," and is co-author of "Troubled Journey: Coming to Terms With the Mental Illness of a Sibling or Parent." She received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996.

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