Accolades


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2017 Carnegie Science Awards Honorees

Seven Pitt faculty members are among the 2017 Carnegie Science Awards honorees:

  • Kevin P. Chen, the Paul E. Lego Professor in Electrical Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the winner in the Innovation in Energy category.
  • Alex Jones, faculty member in the Swanson school’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the computer engineering program, is the winner in the Innovation in Technology category.
  • John Kellum, faculty member and vice chair for research in the School of Medicine’s Department of Critical Care Medicine, director of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology and director of the Center for Assistance in Research Using eRecord, is the winner in the Life Sciences category.
  • Chandralekha Singh, faculty member in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center, is the winner in the University/Post Secondary Educator category.
  • Kara Bernstein, faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, received an honorable mention in the Emerging Female Scientist category.
  • Emily Elliott, faculty member in the Dietrich School’s Department of Geology and Environmental Science, received an honorable mention in the Environmental category.
  • Peyman Givi, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the James T. MacLeod Professor and co-director of the PhD program in computational modeling and simulation in the Swanson school’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, received an honorable mention in the University/Post-Secondary Educator category.

Carnegie Science Center established the awards program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Winners will be honored May 12 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.


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Pitt Professors Awarded for Groundbreaking Research Discoveries

Pitt School of Medicine professors Yuan Chang and Patrick S. Moore will receive the 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, one of medicine’s most prestigious prizes. The award is given annually to medical researchers who have made significant contributions in the fields of immunology, cancer research, microbiology, and chemotherapy.

The duo’s lab, currently located within the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is credited with discovering two of the seven known human viruses that directly cause cancer. Chang and Moore discovered the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus, or human herpesvirus 8 (KSHV/HHV8) in 1994. The virus causes Kaposi's sarcoma, the most common AIDS-related malignancy and one of the most frequently occurring cancers in Africa. Prior to this discovery, medical researchers had worked for nearly 15 years to find an infectious agent associated with Kaposi's sarcoma. The pair also identified Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV)—the cause of Merkel cell carcinoma, one of the world's most clinically aggressive skin cancers—in 2008.

The two have been widely recognized for their work, which has garnered some of the highest national and international honors in medicine, infectious disease and cancer. 


Kenyon R. Bonner

Kenyon Bonner Honored by Alma Mater for Leadership

Washington & Jefferson College will honor alumnus Kenyon R. Bonner, vice provost and dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh, with its 2017 Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award for Innovative Leadership. The award, named for an economics professor at W&J, recognizes outstanding alumni and students who attain a high level of achievement and exemplify spirit and leadership qualities.


Jean Truman

Jean Truman Named Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Pitt-Bradford

Jean Truman will become assistant dean of academic affairs at Pitt-Bradford at the end of the spring term. A faculty member in nursing, Truman is coordinator of the Associate of Science in Nursing program and teaches in the RN-BSN program.

In her new role, she will focus on academic assessment efforts while continuing to teach in the nursing program.

Truman holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Case Western and received the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.


Debora Miller

Debora Miller Honored by American Physical Therapy Association for Leadership

The Section on Health Policy and Administration of the American Physical Therapy Association has given Debora L. Miller its LAMPLighter Award for Leadership.

Miller is vice dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, vice chair of compliance and administration and a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy.


Rory Cooper

SHRS Names Rory Cooper Associate Dean for Inclusion

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences recently appointed Rory Cooper as its associate dean for inclusion. Cooper, distinguished professor and FISA/Paralyzed Veterans of America chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, also is director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories.

SHRS Dean Anthony Delitto said: “Dr. Cooper is a most appropriate choice to fill the role of associate dean for inclusion in our school. He has a personal and professional understanding of and appreciation for the needs of people with disabilities and has worked tirelessly to improve access to services, education, housing and transportation and is a strong, visible advocate for the disabilities community.”

Cooper has 20 patents awarded or pending, has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal publications, and has co-authored two books and co-edited three others including "Care of the Combat Amputee."


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Pitt's John Wallace and Hashaam Jamil Receive Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards

School of Social Work faculty member John Wallace and Pitt junior psychology and sociology major Hashaam Jamil were among the awardees in Coro Pittsburgh’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize those who have honored King’s legacy by demonstrating an inclusive approach to leadership.

Wallace received the Distinguished Individual Leadership Award and Jamil received the Distinguished Emerging Leadership Award in a Jan. 28 ceremony at the DoubleTree in Downtown Pittsburgh.


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Misti McKeehen, Kristen Maser Michaels Recognized for Community Activism

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Pamela Smithburger

Pamela Smithburger to Liaise on National Health Care Measurement Issues

Pharmacy’s Pamela Smithburger has been appointed liaison between the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the National Quality Forum (NQF). NQF serves as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress for recommendations on health care measurement issues.

Smithburger is a faculty member in the pharmacy and therapeutics department.


Richard Henker

Richard Henker Recognized for Contributions to International Education in Nursing

In recognition of his academic and professional contributions to furthering international education in the field of nursing, School of Nursing faculty member Richard Henker will be awarded the 2016-17 Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement next month.

Henker has devoted his career to the promotion of best practices for nurse anesthetists, both in the U.S. and overseas, providing academic and technical assistance to universities and governments around the world. He is experienced in the study of risk factors in pre- and post-operative situations as well as an expert in team performance. Henker has established a series of academic exchanges and professional activities to promote nurse anesthesia in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Henker’s research focuses on risk factors for the development of opioid-induced side effects in postoperative patients, with specific interest in genotypes that affect postoperative pain responses, development of persistent postoperative pain, opioid induced respiratory depression, opioid induced sedation and postoperative side effects.  His research also includes the evaluation of simulation teaching methods including team performance, and temperature measurement during the perioperative period.

The Sheth International Awards are a result of a gift from alumnus Jagdish N. and Madhuri Sheth. The awards are administered by the University Center for International Studies.


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Daniel Lambrecht Receives Cottrell Scholar Award

Chemistry faculty member Daniel Lambrecht has been selected to receive a Research Corporation for Science Advancement 2017 Cottrell Scholar Award based on his proposal entitled “Bridging Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Intuition to Characterize, Understand and Design New Chemical Sensor Materials.”


Deborah Hutcheson

Deborah Hutcheson Named Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietitian

Deborah Hutcheson, director and faculty member in the coordinated master in nutrition and dietetics program, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, won the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietitian Award for 2017. The award recognizes a Pennsylvania dietitian whose leadership and service is exemplary and whose contributions to the Pennsylvania Academy and the public have been longstanding and exceptional. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Katrina Loutzenhiser

Katrina Loutzenhiser Honored by Blackboard Inc.

Katrina Loutzenhiser, technology and media services director in the School of Education, has received Blackboard Inc.’s Exemplary Course Program Award. The award recognizes higher education officials who have best emphasized learning and technology through the design of engaging and innovative courses. Loutzenhiser was recognized for “Introduction to Online Instruction,” a three-week class that taught best practices and strategies for teaching online coursework.

Loutzenhiser oversees a team that manages the School of Education’s servers, web presence, help desk, data analysis and online education efforts.


Raman Venkataramanan

Raman Venkataramanan Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

School of Pharmacy faculty member Raman Venkataramanan received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Indian Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAiPS). Venkataramanan, of pharmaceutical sciences, was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field.

AAiPS’s mission is to provide a forum for discussion, continuing education and the exchange of ideas on advances in pharmaceutical science and technology.


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Maureen Kendall Joins Pitt HR as Director of Compensation

Maureen Kendall has joined the Office of Human Resources as director of compensation.

Kendall has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance and health care industries. She most recently was director of compensation for Highmark where she provided leadership, design and administrative oversight for a number of their compensation plans.

At Pitt, she will not only play a role in the day-to-day operations of the compensation department, but also will be key in designing and deploying University-wide initiatives.


Juan Manfredi

Juan Manfredi Elected to the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters

Juan J. Manfredi, vice provost for undergraduate studies and faculty member in mathematics, has been elected a foreign member of the Societies Academy (Class of Natural Sciences) of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters for his accomplishments in the field of mathematics.

This honor recognizes his collaborative ventures with researchers at the Norwegian Technical University of Trondheim, the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm, and with colleagues at other Scandinavian institutions. His research focuses on the partial differential equations that govern the nonlinear potential theory of quasi-regular mappings in higher dimensions, their sub-elliptic extensions and their game theoretic interpretations.

Manfredi has published extensively in the major peer-reviewed journals of his discipline and has had strong National Science Foundation (NSF) support for his research.

The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, the oldest learned academy in Norway, has promoted scientific scholarship since its founding in 1760.


Jay Sukits

Jay Sukits Honored by CFA Society Pittsburgh

Business administration faculty member Jay Sukits of the Katz Graduate School of Business is the inaugural recipient of the CFA Society Pittsburgh’s Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Award. The award recognizes educators who best demonstrate a commitment to financial literacy education in the spirit and tenets of the CFA designation.

Sukits was honored for his efforts to expand financial literacy among college students. Three years ago, he created a one-credit Personal Financial Planning course for undergraduates, in which students create a personal financial plan to outline their financial goals.

In addition, his work was instrumental in developing the organization’s annual Collegiate Personal Financial Planning Competition, launched in 2015. Sukits’ original format for a financial plan was adopted as the submission criteria for participating students. Read more about Sukits' honor at Katz's website.

 


John C. Weidman

John C. Weidman Honored with Exemplary Educator Award

John C. Weidman, a faculty member in higher and international development education in the School of Education’s Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, has received an Exemplary Educator Award from the government of Mongolia.

Weidman was nominated by colleagues at the National University of Mongolia in recognition of his contributions to the development of higher education in Mongolia through research, technical assistance and advising of Mongolian graduate students dating from 1992.  Two of Weidman’s Mongolian PhD students have received “Best Dissertation Awards” from the Comparative and International Education Society Higher Education special interest group.


Ming-Te Wang

Ming-Te Wang Wins Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Research Contributions in Educational Psychology

Ming-Te Wang, an associate professor in the School of Education, has been recognized for his early-career accomplishments by the American Psychological Association. The Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Research Contributions in Educational Psychology is among the most prestigious honors given to psychologists, who have been working in the field for less than ten years.

Wang’s research focuses on the psychological and sociocultural factors that determine children’s study efforts and academic achievement. He is also director of the Developmental and Motivation Research Lab, holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology and is a research scientist in the Learning Research and Development Center. 


Paula Leslie

Paula Leslie Honored by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation honored Paula Leslie with its Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s November convention.  Leslie is professor in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’s Department of Communication Science and Disorders, where she is program director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Leslie was nominated for her efforts related to speech-language services for UPMC patients enrolled in palliative care.