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October 28, 2010

People of the Times

franklLinda Frank, a faculty member in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), has been designated as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).

Frank is principal investigator and project director of the Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center. As a nursing professional who combines clinical practice with leadership in policy, education, professional services and scholarly activities, Frank was recognized for her outstanding contributions and achievements. She will be honored at the AAN’s annual awards ceremony and induction on Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C.

Also at GSPH, former dean Bernard Goldstein, a faculty member in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s committee to assess the health effects associated with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The committee will address the effects of the spill on both the short- and long-term health of individuals — including workers, volunteers, residents and visitors — to improve understanding of the crisis and determine what actions should be taken to protect public health in the future.

AlexanderLivingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

The center is the second oldest state-level rural research policy center in the nation. It is a bipartisan legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The center works with government groups and organizations to maximize resources for Pennsylvania’s 3.4 million rural residents. In part, it sponsors research projects, collects data on trends in rural Pennsylvania and publishes information and research results about diverse people and communities in rural Pennsylvania.

Delia Kreiling, recently retired staff member in the Office of Veterans Services, was elected president of the American Veterans (AMVETS) National Ladies Auxiliary for 2010-11.

A 44-year Pitt employee, Kreiling served as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying official who evaluated veterans for benefits eligibility.

Kreiling has served in many roles for AMVETS, including:

President of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 60, where she oversaw a drive resulting in a 10-fold increase in membership.

Sergeant-at-arms of the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary.

Past department president and legislative liaison for the Pennsylvania chapter of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.

Member of the National AMVETS committee for homeless veterans in Pennsylvania.

Fundraising leader for the local AMVETS “Sharing and Caring” program to benefit hospitalized veterans.

Organizer for the local AMVETS boat ride for disabled veterans.

iannacchioneaAnthony Iannacchione, a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the mining engineering program at the Swanson School of Engineering, is the 2010 recipient of the Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award.

The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated technical and scientific excellence in advancing the understanding of ground control technologies or approaches by either publication or direct applications in the mining industry.

Iannacchione is the principal investigator on a two-year state contract to examine land disruptions, structural damage and water source impairments in areas where mining has occurred.

Iannacchione has participated on numerous scientific advisory committees. Most recently, he has served on several National Science Foundation committees associated with the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory.


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