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October 14, 2010

People of the Times

Parmanto_Bambang_parmantoBambang Parmanto, a faculty member in the Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, recently received a Research Award from the American Health Information Management Association. The award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to health information management research.

Parmanto’s research interests include data mining, visualizing, managing complex data sets, web accessibility, Internet technologies and personal health records.

He is the principal investigator for a project that develops technologies to mitigate barriers to computer and Internet use by people with disabilities.

carlinMadeleine J. Carlin, a  faculty member in the College of Business Administration and faculty adviser to the Pitt chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, received Beta Alpha Psi’s 2010 award for outstanding faculty adviser.

Carlin also serves as vice president of the undergraduate division of Beta Gamma Sigma; coordinator of undergraduate scholarships in the area of accounting, and faculty adviser for internships.

john_odonnellJohn M. O’Donnell, a faculty member and director of the nurse anesthesia program at the School of Nursing, was named Pitt’s 2010 Cameos of Caring nurse educator awardee.

O’Donnell’s scholarly and research interests include use of structured and supported debriefing methods in simulation; hierarchical task analysis methods in simulation; multidisciplinary simulation interventions supported by web-based curriculum; case-based educational programs for anesthesia providers and nurses, and epidemiology related to patient and provider safety.

He also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology, School of Dental Medicine.

O’Donnell will be recognized along with 60 other regional nursing professionals at the 12th annual Cameos of Caring awards gala Nov. 6.

Pitt’s nursing school created the Cameos of Caring program in 1999.

Jill BallardPitt-Bradford has named Jill Ballard executive director of institutional advancement and managing director of the Bradford Educational Foundation.

Ballard comes to UPB from the Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College Foundation, where she had been the director of development for six years.

Prior to that, she served as the director of scholarships and endowments for St. Bonaventure University, where she had also been the associate director of annual giving.

Ballard began her position Sept. 13. She will be a member of the president’s cabinet.

Ballard holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure. She serves as secretary of the Olean (N.Y.) YMCA board of managers.

The Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association earlier this month honored Stephen Robar with the Teaching Excellence Award.

Robar, a faculty member in political science, chairs the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He was nominated for the teaching award by several former students who said he was a knowledgeable, motivating and inspiring professor and made political science interesting.

Robar’s teaching is focused in the areas of environmental policy and politics, U.S. political and policy processes and the judicial system.


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