An associate professor of physical science at Southern Utah University has been appointed to a National Science Foundation panel, a spokesman said Monday.

Desmond Penny was named to a panel charged with reviewing proposals submitted for the Instrumentation Laboratory Improvement program.The NSF said the appointment was made partly because of contributions Penny has made in the advancement of physics instruction.

Penny spent the 1989-1990 school year on sabbatical at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., where he worked to develop the school's physics program. He also presented a paper at the Conference on Computing in Advanced Undergraduate Physics.