Accolades

Warren Ruder Receives Award to Develop ‘Smart Biomaterials’

Warren Ruder, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, is developing microparticles that carry engineered bacteria known as smart biomaterials, and the National Science Foundation has awarded him $338,414 through 2020 to continue the work. Ruder will use the biomaterials to reprogram mammalian cell signaling. The goal of the study is to use these biomaterials to better understand how cell signaling works and influence cell behavior when a problem occurs.

 

Pitt-Greensburg Dining Services Director Honored for Service

Richard McMahon, director of Dining Services for Chartwells Higher Education at Pitt-Greensburg, was the recognized with an Outstanding Performance Award from Compass Group, the parent company of Chartwells. The award recognized McMahon for his 33 years of service with the Chartwells Sector. McMahon's other awards include being the recipient of Pitt-Greensburg’s 2015 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

Pitt-Greensburg Named a 2017-18 College of Distinction

For the second consecutive year, Pitt-Greensburg has been named a College of Distinction for its innovative application of high-impact educational practices. This year, in addition to receiving accolades as a 2017-18 College of Distinction, Public College of Distinction and Pennsylvania College of Distinction, Pitt-Greensburg also received recognition for its education program.

Pitt-Greensburg Women's Basketball Ranks Third in Division for Academic Honors

The Pitt-Greensburg women’s basketball team placed third in the nation among NCAA division III women’s basketball teams on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Bobcats posted a 3.647 team GPA, only 0.0026 points out of first place.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.

Chandralekha Singh Co-leads International Conference on Women in Physics

Chandralekha Singh, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center (dB-SERC) was one of the two team leaders of the U.S. delegation to the 6th International Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP), which took place in Birmingham, U.K., in July 2017. She is also a co-editor of the American Institute of Physics Proceedings for this ICWIP 2017 conference to be published in 2018. Singh is pictured with Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel peace prize winner, who presented at the conference.

Pitt-Bradford and Pitt-Johnstown Make "Best Northeastern" Colleges List

Two University of Pittsburgh regional campuses have been named to The Princeton Review’s “Best Northeastern” colleges list — Bradford for the 14th and Johnstown for the 12th consecutive year.

Their inclusion, based on student survey data, places the schools among the 229 universities most “academically outstanding and well worth consideration” in the region, the nationally known education services company says.

Both campuses gained high student ratings for admissions selectivity, while Bradford scored well in financial aid offerings and Johnstown for campus life.

Pitt-Bradford also appears on The Princeton Review’s recent list of green colleges.

Ryan McDonough Named New Sports Information Director at Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Ryan McDonough as its new sports information director. McDonough, who grew up in Rochester, N.Y., graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2016 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. During college, he spent all four years interning in the St. Bonaventure sports information office and was then brought on as an office assistant following graduation. During the 2016-17 academic year, McDonough served as the primary media contact for six of St. Bonaventure’s sports, while assisting with game day operations for all others sports as well.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work with the talented staff, coaches and student-athletes at Pitt-Bradford,” McDonough said. “I am honored to join such a passionate and successful staff, and am looking forward to getting started.”

Pitt-Bradford boasts seven women and six men Division III sports in addition to club ice hockey and wrestling.

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Engineering's Bryan Brown Receives 5-year, $1.57 Million Grant From NIH

The National Institute on Aging, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded Bryan Brown, assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, a five-year, $1.57 million grant to examine how aging affects implantable medical devices. This is the second so-called "R01 grant" from the NIH that Brown has received this year to support his research of implantable materials.

His study, “Assessing the Impacts of Aging upon the Macrophage Response to Implantable Materials,” will specifically address reactions to implantable medical devices by the aged body, including deterioration of the immune system brought on by aging, dysregulation of white blood cell function and polarization, and delayed resolution of acute immune responses. Read more about this grant's work.


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Alum Carl Redwood is Thomas Merton Center's New Person of the Year

Carl Redwood (MSW ’87) has been named the Thomas Merton Center's New Person of the Year, an award which recognizes local social justice advocates who dedicate their lives to peace and justice in Pittsburgh. Redwood is the chair of the Hill District Consensus Group's board of directors and a lifelong community activist who fights for economic and social justice. He advocates for affordable housing in Pittsburgh and works to prevent the forces that are pushing some residents of color to less accessible outskirts of the city.

Two Students and One Alum Win Graduate Scholarships for Study from Germany

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Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Kevin Chen to Lead Study of Nuclear Sensors

Kevin Chen, the Paul E. Lego Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Pitt, will lead a collaborative study to develop radiation-hard, multi-functional, distributed fiber sensors and sensor-fused components that can be placed in a nuclear reactor core to improve safety and efficiency. The United States Department of Energy announced the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering will receive $1.275 million for collaborative research that includes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Reactor Laboratory, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Chen’s research into fiber optical sensing technology earned him a 2017 Carnegie Science Award.

Lindsay Hilton Retchless at Pitt-Bradford Receives Fitzgibbons Award

Lindsay Hilton Retchless, director of alumni relations at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, received this year’s Gloria Fitzgibbons Memorial Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Retchless earned her Master of Public Policy and Management degree from the school this spring.

The Fitzgibbons award is given in recognition of women who have achieved a strong academic performance and have demonstrated the potential for leadership in areas related to public administration or planning. Retchless, a 1998 graduate of Pitt-Bradford, has served as director of alumni relations since 2006 and teaches in Pitt-Bradford’s freshman seminar program.

Critical Language Scholarships Awarded to Record 12 Pitt Students and Alumni

Twelve current Pitt students and recent alumni have been awarded 2017 Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. The awards provide fully funded summer language and cultural immersion opportunities for American graduate and undergraduate students. The scholarship program is part of the U.S. government’s ongoing effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

While setting a new institutional record this year with 12 honorees, Pitt has now won 55 Critical Language Scholarships since the award’s founding in 2007. Pitt’s 2017 scholars are currently studying abroad in the nations of Azerbaijan, China, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia, Tanzania, and Tajikistan.

This year's winners are Jacky Chen, JoEllen Marsh, Ruba Idris, Isaac Joseph, Elaina Zachos, Cian Stryker, Alicia Houser, Sana Chowdhry, Alexander Stetser, Adam Shirer, Chisom Obasih and Karlee Williston.

Bradford’s Alan Hancock Receives Staff Recognition Award

Panther Shop online associate Alan Hancock has been chosen by his fellow University of Pittsburgh at Bradford staff members as the recipient of the annual Staff Recognition Award. He was nominated by conference services manager Lynette Campogiani, who said, “Alan is one of the most optimistic and positive people on our campus. He has been involved with Staff Association and is very creative when asked to complete a task. He is an all-around great individual.”

In 2015, Hancock received the Excellence in Service to Students Award from the campus’s National Society for Leadership and Success. Hancock can also be seen on campus filling in at the mail center and as a photographer for the University.

Engineering Professor Minking Chyu Appointed Distinguished Service Professor

In honor of Minking Chyu’s significant contributions to Pitt, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has named him a Distinguished Service Professor, effective Sept. 1. Chyu is currently the Leighton and Mary Orr Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, associate dean of international initiatives and the inaugural dean of the Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute in China. Chyu teaches Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the Swanson School of Engineering. His research focuses on thermal and heat transfer phenomena associated with energy and propulsion systems, such as gas turbines and power plants.

Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Calls John Keith an Emerging Investigator of 2017

An assistant professor at the Swanson School of Engineering was recently recognized for his research efforts on methods to convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals and fuels. John Keith, who is also the inaugural Richard King Mellon Faculty Fellow in Energy in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the school, was featured in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in its list, Emerging Investigators in 2017.

The journal’s themed issue highlighted “rising stars” of materials chemistry research recommended by experts in the field. Keith studies atomic-scale reaction mechanisms to understand how to design better catalysts, whether the goal is a commodity chemical made from CO2 or an anticorrosion coating for the US Navy.

Bradford's Tammy Haley Awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

Tammy Haley, associate professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford since 2003, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Haley is director of nursing and radiological sciences at Pitt–Bradford. The School of Public Health recognized Haley for her work using research as a means to engage students, enhance her teaching, add to the body of knowledge in her field and provide service to the global community.

Lindsay C. Page Awarded Education Postdoctoral Fellowship

Lindsay C. Page has been awarded a 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education. The program supports important research as well as career development opportunities for scholars with potential to make significant contributions to the field of education. One of only 30 postdoctoral fellows in 2017, Page was awarded $70,000 to support her research on improving postsecondary outcomes among college students who are from low-income backgrounds or who are first in their family to attend college. Page is an assistant professor of research methodology in Pitt’s School of Education and a research scientist in the University’s Learning Research and Development Center.

Engineering’s Wei Xiong Receives Office of Naval Research Award to Develop Next-generation Steel

A research project led by Wei Xiong, assistant professor in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, has received a three-year, $449,000 award from the Office of Naval Research. The project, titled “Integrated Computational Materials Design for Additive Manufacturing of High-Strength Steels Used in Naval Environments,” aims to find novel ways to develop next-generation metals, especially new ways to manufacture steel and other alloys that would further enhance additive manufacturing — a technology that builds 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. Xiong's team also includes Pitt's Esta Abelev and Susheng Tan.

Dean of Pharmacy Patricia Kroboth Receives Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania's 2017 Woman of Distinction Award

Patricia D. Kroboth, dean of the School of Pharmacy since 2002, was one of eight recipients of the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania's 2017 Woman of Distinction Award. The award each year honors eight women in various disciplines across the Pittsburgh area for their commitment and dedication to their field of work and community. Kroboth, who was given the award in the category of Health Care, said there is “no greater distinction” than being awarded by the Girl Scouts. “It’s wonderful,” Kroboth said. “They build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”