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July 10, 2008

4 named distinguished professors

Four senior faculty members have been named as distinguished professors, the highest honor Pitt accords members of its faculty.

Ellen Frank has been named Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, effective June 1; Randy Juhl, Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy, effective July 1, and, effective Sept. 1, George Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor of History, and Naomi P. Zigmond, Distinguished Professor of Education.

The rank of distinguished professor recognizes extraordinary and internationally renowned scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field. The title distinguished service professor is given in recognition of distinctive contributions and outstanding service to the University community in support of its mission, as well as performance excellence in the faculty member’s department or school and national stature in his or her field.

Frank, who earned her doctorate in psychology at Pitt, is professor of psychiatry and psychology in the School of Medicine and director of the depression and manic depression prevention program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

An expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Frank was chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) psychopharmacologic drugs advisory panel. She also is a former member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council.

An honorary fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Frank currently serves on the mood disorders workgroup of the association’s task force on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V. In 1999, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

Juhl, vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance since 2002, came to the University in 1979 as chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. In 1986, he was named dean of the School of Pharmacy, a position he held for 16 years.

Juhl’s responsibilities as vice chancellor include overseeing the Institutional Review Board, the institutional animal care and use committee, the radiation safety program, the Recombinant DNA Office and components of the University’s conflict-of-interest reporting and monitoring functions.

Juhl served as president of the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science from 1992 to 1993. In 1992, he chaired the FDA’s newly created advisory committee on nonprescription drugs that advises the FDA on over-the-counter medications; he served as that committee’s chair until 1996.

In 1998, he was appointed chair of the FDA’s pharmacy compounding advisory committee, which serves as a public forum for the resolution of regulatory issues.

Andrews, professor in the Department of History, is a scholar whose interests focus on Latin America, comparative history and race. At Pitt since 1981, he served as chair of the history department from 1998 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2007. In addition, Andrews has been a research professor of history in the University Center for International Studies since 1991.

Author of numerous books and a 1996 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, Andrews received a 2001 Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship for research; a 1996-97 John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a Fellowship for University Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1995.

Andrews is the senior editor of Hispanic American Historical Review. He also is a member of the American Historical Association, the Conference on Latin American History and the Latin American Studies Association.

Zigmond is a professor of special education in the School of Education Department of Instruction and Learning. At Pitt since 1970, she served as department chair from 1994 through 2000.

Her primary focus is the education of school-age students with cognitive, behavioral and physical disabilities. Zigmond’s current projects include the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment Project to design, validate and implement an alternate system of statewide assessment for Pennsylvania students with the most severe cognitive disabilities.

Zigmond has served as chair of the Pennsylvania special education advisory panel and is founder of the Pacific Coast research conference.

She received the Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children in recognition of contributions to the body of knowledge about the education of exceptional children and youth.

Zigmond serves on the executive committee of the Division for Children With Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children and is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the Learning Disabilities Association.

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