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Kasting receives the Evan Pugh Professorship


The Evan Pugh Professorships, named for Penn State's first president, are awarded to faculty members who are nationally or internationally acknowledged leaders in their fields of research or creative activity; have demonstrated significant leadership in raising the standards of the University with respect to teaching, research or creativity, and service; and demonstrate excellent teaching skills with undergraduate and graduate students who have subsequently achieved distinction in their field.

James Kasting joined the Penn State faculty in 1988. He specializes in the evolution of Earth's climate and atmosphere. Another area of interest is the study of habitable zones around other star systems, a field that is critical to the search for extraterrestrial life. Kasting received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In addition to being a member of the American Academy of Sciences, he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, the American Geophysical Union and the Geochemical Society. He also serves on the editorial boards for Astrobiology and Geobiology. Kasting won the Oparin Medal from the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life in 2008.

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