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December 4, 2014

People of the Times

Don O. Franklin, professor of music emeritus, has been named an honorary member of the American Bach Society.

Don Franklin

The citation announcing the award recognized Franklin for his many years of service and for his contributions to the society’s aims of preserving and propagating the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

In addition to serving as a member of the society’s advisory and editorial boards, he held the offices of vice president and president. During his tenure as president, 1992-96, the society initiated the publication Bach Perspectives, an endowed research fellowship and book award.


James J. Schlesselman, professor emeritus of the Graduate School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

Schlesselman, who retired from the Department of Biostatistics, remains active in the field of biostatistics and epidemiology.

As part of the AAAS Section of Statistics, Schlesselman was elected as an AAAS fellow for his body of work in statistical methods and leadership; key studies of vaccines, nutrition and reproductive health, and expert advice to international and U.S. governmental agencies.

Schlesselman received his PhD in statistics from Princeton in 1971 while working as a biostatistician at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in studies of human reproduction, vaccine field trials, nutrition and disabilities. He served at NIH until 1981, rising to the rank of chief of the biometry branch in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

He served on the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Pitt’s School of Medicine and the University of Miami before returning to Pitt in 2004 to lead the biostatistics facility at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.


nordenberg 2Chancellor Emeritus Mark A. Nordenberg has been appointed to Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition steering committee.


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