Sharkey appointed associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Health and Human Development

June 26, 2007

Neil Sharkey, professor of kinesiology, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, has been appointed associate dean for research and graduate education in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development, effective August 1.

Sharkey also has served as director of research in the Department of Kinesiology since 2004 and is a member of the Huck Life Sciences Institute at Penn State. He served as acting director of the Center for Locomotion Studies in the College of Health and Human Development from 2002 to 2004. Sharkey's research is aimed at advancing orthopaedic medicine through improved understanding, better diagnosis and more efficacious surgical procedures.

“I am delighted that Dr. Sharkey will be continuing his record of service to the College as associate dean for research and graduate education,” said Nan Crouter, Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development. “Dr. Sharkey's commitment to collaborative approaches to research and his outstanding reputation as a scholar, teacher, and mentor make him particularly well-suited for this new role. I am confident that he will help the College identify new opportunities for extending our research and graduate education missions.”

Sharkey has served on numerous college and university committees in addition to national committees and panels pertaining to his areas of research. He is a member of the American Society of Biomechanics, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Sharkey received his B.S. in Physiology and his Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology, both from the University of California-Davis. He replaces Dr. Karl Newell, who has been appointed Marie Underhill Noll Chair in Human Performance and will be serving as interim head of the Department of Kinesiology.

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