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12/1/2017 - Staff from all across Eberly College of Science were invited to the Nittany Lion Inn to take part in the annual Staff Excellence Award Ceremony.  The event was organized by the Staff Advisory Committee for Eberly College of Science.  Staff were recognized for their years of service as well as with Staff Excellence Awards.  The BMB Department honored Amanda Lynch and Lindsey Orchard with Staff Excellence Awards for the their hard work and dedication to the department.  The department also recognized Emil Bouvier, Maria Long, Robert Boor and Linda Kunes with their years of service awards.


Staff Excellence Award Recipients


Amanda LynchAmanda Lynch:

If you have ever stopped by the BMB Administrative Offices in 107 Althouse Lab there's a good chance you had the pleasure of meeting Amanda.  No matter the issue Amanda is always willing to help, and she always manages to do it with a smile on her face. Karen Mullen, front desk administrative assistant, stated "As a newcomer to the BMB Department, I quickly learned how kind and generous Amanda Lynch is to everyone.  She has helped me from day one and is always so willing to answer any question I ask her.  Our office is definitely fortunate to have Amanda.  Her light shines wherever she goes."

Amanda started in BMB in September 2011 as the Administrative Assistant. In December 2013 she was promoted to the position of Undergraduate Program Administrative Assistant.  In this role, Amanda is responsible for coordinating all departmental undergraduate and graduate course scheduling, the scheduling of final and evening exams via Lionpath, and meets with students to assist them with course scheduling issues.

Amanda's additional responsibilities are: coordinating undergraduate student events, maintaining the undergraduate pages on the website, coordinating undergraduate student scholarships and endowments, generating Lionpath reports for the BMB Associate Head, and supervising BMB's works study employees as well as a newly hired undergraduate administrative assistant.

It is with great pleasure that the BMB Department presents Amanda Lynch with the 2017 Staff Excellence Award.


Lindsey Orchard:Lindsey Orchard

Lindsey Orchard joined the Llinás lab in 2010 after earning a Master’s degree from Iowa State University and she currently holds the position of Lab Manager. Since joining the lab, Lindsey has grown and matured as a scientist and has developed into a natural team leader. Using her expertise, she has trained numerous undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows that have joined the lab.  Lindsey always strives for positive interactions with fellow lab members, maintaining a high level of scientific excellence in the research being conducted while also contributing to the overall morale of the lab.  In addition, Lindsey has directly contributed experimentally to numerous collaborative research projects with the broader malaria community.  In fact, she has contributed results to the largest number of publications of anyone in Llinás lab, with over 14 citations to date.

Beyond research, Lindsey strives to ensure that the Llinás lab meets, and in some cases exceeds, the organizational and safety standards set by the University.  This attention to detail and protocol has allowed the Llinás lab to operate virtually seamlessly for many years.  Lindsey has also given her time and organizational skills to the Green Team at the Huck Institute working toward decreasing the carbon footprint that a research institute of Penn State's size can have on the environment.

"Lindsey is a prime example of a committed, hard working and organized staff member that we can all be proud of.  Her contributions are manifold and reach far beyond just the confines of the lab", stated Dr. Manuel Llinás.

It is with great pleasure that the BMB Department presents Lindsey Orchard with the 2017 Staff Excellence Award.


Years of Service recognition:


Emil Bouvier:  Emil Bouvier

Emil is a programmer/analyst in Dr. Nekrutenko's lab and is celebrating 5 years at Penn State.







Maria Long:Maria Long

Maria is the Administrative Coordinator for the Forensic Science Program and is celebrating 5 years at Penn State.







Robert Boor:Bob Boor

Bob is the Facilities Coordinator for the BMB Department and has been with Penn State for 20 years.




Linda Kunes

Linda Kunes:

Linda is the Graduate Programs & Recruitment Coordinator and is celebratingher 25th year at Penn State.