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July 26, 2012

People of the Times

LawrenceJeffrey Lawrence, a faculty member in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biological Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Microbiology.

Fellows are elected annually through a selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. There are more than 2,000 fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology.

Eighty microbiologists were elected to fellowship in the academy this year.


Christopher D. Harner, one of the founding doctors for the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, has been installed as the 41st president of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.

Harner is the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine medical director and the Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the School of Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment in physical therapy, health and physical activity. He oversees the academic elements at the Center for Sports Medicine and serves as program director of its fellowship program. He also continues to perform surgery.

Harner has received several international awards and grants for his surgical treatments and clinical research. He also has served as team physician for Pitt, Duquesne University, Central Catholic and Woodland Hills high schools.

Last week Harner was named head team physician of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Also joining the Penguins’ medical team will be Tanya Hagen as associate team physician and Dharmesh Vyas as assistant team physician. Both Hagen and Vyas are faculty members in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and have clinical appointments at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.

One of the three doctors will travel to all of the Penguins road games, in addition to the traditional coverage provided at home games.


Stephen Tonsor of the Department of Biological Sciences has received a Heinz Endowment and Pittsburgh Foundation Award to support an artist-in-residence in his laboratory, Natalie Settles. Settles will develop exhibitions, public lectures and essays in the area of plant evolutionary genetics.


covington-wardYolanda Covington-Ward, a faculty member in Africana studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, has won a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship.

Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, in order to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


Management Essentials Online, offered by the Katz Graduate School of Business, has been awarded Blackboard’s Catalyst Award for exemplary course program. This award honors course creators who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the best in technology and learning.

The Katz school and Pitt Online launched the online program last August. The 11-week program focuses on business ethics, financial accounting, marketing, leadership and communication. The creation of an online option reflected the need to accommodate the schedules of business professionals.

Holly Shiflett, associate director of Pitt online programs, said: “The Management Essentials Online certificate is unique in that it is the collaborative work of 10 Katz Graduate School of Business faculty members, the Center for Executive Education and Pitt Online.”

Those contributing to the program included Rick Berg, John Camillus, Rabikar Chatterjee, Jim Craft, Cary Efaw, GG Hegde, Raymond Jones, Audrey J. Murrell, Karen Shastri and Jared Simmer, all from the Katz school, and Erik Arroyo, Rosemarie Lyons, John Shaw, Dean Croll and Lorna Kearns from Pitt Online.

This is the second year that a Pitt Online course has been recognized by Blackboard. In 2011, Gail Wolf of the School of Nursing and Pitt Online received the Exemplary Course Program Award for nursing’s Organizational and Management Theory course.


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