Dr. Assad Panah, who has been teaching geology and petroleum technology
at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for 30 years, has a new award to
add to his long list of recognitions and accolades.
Panah, who directs the university’s petroleum
technology, environmental science and geology programs, was recognized by the
American Junior Academy of Science for his support and development of superior
pre-college scientific talent. Panah received the award during the annual
convention of the National Association of Academies of Science and the American
Junior Academy of Science, held concurrently with the American Association for the
Advancement of Science annual meeting in Chicago from Feb. 12-16. At the
convention, 250 junior scientists from 27 states presented oral and poster
research presentations, which were evaluated by AAAS Scientists and members of
Panah is currently the president of
the NAAS, which oversees the senior and junior academy of sciences in the
United States. He had served a previous
term as NAAS president in 2003-04.
This is not his first time being
recognized by the NAAS/AJAS. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Service
Award for his contributions to the NAAS’s mission and goals. He also received a
Distinguished Service Award in 2000 from the Pennsylvania Academy of Science,
for which he served as president from 1998 to 2000.
Panah is a fellow of two
international science organizations: the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS), which bestows fellowships upon members for their
meritorious efforts to advance science; and the Geological Society of America,
which grants fellowships to recognize those scientists who have made
distinguished contributions to the geosciences. He is a senior fellow of the
American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
He holds a doctorate in geology from
the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts degree in geology from the
University of Texas, a Master of Science degree in geology from the University
of Tehran, and a Bachelor of Science degree in natural sciences from the
University of Tehran.