Dr. Assad Panah, professor of geology, was inducted as president of the National Association of Academies ofScience at the organization’s meeting in Boston.
Panah was elected president-elect at
the organization’s meeting in 2011. He will serve a total of six years: two as
president-elect, two as president and two as past president. It was the first
time that anyone has been elected to a second term as president. Panah also
served as president of the NAAS from 2003-04.
The NAAS is a nonprofit organization
that oversees a network of 47 state and regional academies of science
affiliated with the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of
Science, of which Panah is a fellow.
In 2000, he received a Distinguished
Service Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, and in 2004, he
received the same award from the NAAS.
In addition, Panah worked to bring
the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science to Pitt-Bradford in
early April. Hundreds of scientists from around the state met on campus for
Panah is the director of
Pitt-Bradford’s petroleum technology program, which he developed and launched
He developed and taught a K-12
Teacher Enhancement program for NASA under a six-year grant from the Mission to
Planet Earth and NASA Earth Science Enterprise from 1997-2002.
Panah has twice been named a
Fulbright Scholar in addition to other awards.