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April 3, 2014

People of the Times

The School of Information Sciences’ Leanne Bowler and Eleanor Mattern received the Lee Dirks Best Paper Award at iConference 2014.

The paper, “Developing Design Interventions for Cyberbullying: A Narrative-Based Participatory Approach,” was co-authored by Cory Knobel of the University of California-Irvine.

Bowler is a faculty member in the Department of Library and Information Science. Mattern is a doctoral student in the department.


R. James Woolsey, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be the 2014 commencement speaker for Pitt-Greensburg. The ceremony will take place April 26 at 11 a.m. on Ridilla Field or in Chambers Gymnasium in the case of inclement weather.


Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and Carnegie Mellon University President Emeritus Jared L. Cohon will be honored April 8 with the Elsie Hilliard Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service.

The award was created in 2012 by Pitt’s Institute of Politics to recognize Hillman’s lifetime of public service to the Pittsburgh community and beyond. Hillman, a civic and political leader who has worked on issues such as civil rights, employment and women’s rights, was the first recipient.

The two departing university leaders — Nordenberg is set to step down Aug. 1; Cohon stepped down in 2013 — were selected for their record of cooperation and joint achievement.

The award is given to those whose leadership and achievements have advanced the quality of life enjoyed by citizens of western Pennsylvania.


BanCarolyn Ban, a faculty  member in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has been selected for the annual Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Scholarship for her book, “Management and Culture in an Enlarged European Commission: From Diversity to Unity?”


Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences faculty members Marcia Landy, Stephen Manuck and Allan Sampson have been named winners of the 2014 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.  The award recognizes commitment to mentoring and success in working with doctoral students.

Landy is a faculty member in English/film studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures.

Manuck is a faculty member in health psychology and behavioral medicine, director of the Behavioral Physiology Laboratory and director of the Initiative for Neurobehavioral Genetics.

Sampson is a faculty member in the Department of Statistics.


Laura Roop has been hired as director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project (WPWP), a teacher-centered professional development program hosted in the School of Education.

She will develop and promote core Writing Project programs, offer outreach and professional learning opportunities to Writing Project fellows and other educators, raise funds on behalf of the Writing Project and develop and promote partnerships with local, state and national organizations.

Roop directed the Oakland Writing Project, a Michigan-based National Writing Project site.

She recently worked at the University of Michigan School of Education as coordinator of school-research relations.


Anna C. Balazs, a faculty member in chemical and petroleum engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering, has been named a winner of the 2014 Langmuir Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Balazs, recognized for her research in the computational design of chemo-responsive gels and nanocomposites, will deliver a plenary lecture in a special session of the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry at the annual conference Aug. 10-14.

The award is named for Irving Langmuir, who received the 1932 Nobel Prize for his research in surface chemistry.

—Compiled by Alex Oltmanns


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