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September 15, 2016

University names 13 distinguished professors

The University has honored 13 faculty members with distinguished professorships.

Thomas E. Starzl was appointed Distinguished University Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine.
The designation recognizes eminence in several fields of study, transcending accomplishments in and contributions to a single discipline. National and, where appropriate, international recognition in at least one field is required.

Prior to the appointment, Starzl held the rank of Distinguished Service Professor.


Robert M. Arnold, chair of patient care in the Department of Medicine; Gerald Holder, dean of the Swanson School of Engineering; and Steven Reis, associate vice chancellor for clinical research, Health Sciences, director of the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Institute and professor of medicine and emergency medicine, all were appointed Distinguished Service Professor.

The designation recognizes distinctive contributions and outstanding service to the University community in support of its multifaceted teaching/research/service mission, as well as performance excellence in the faculty member’s department or school and national stature in his or her discipline or field.


Nine faculty members were appointed Distinguished Professor: Tia-Lynn Ashman, Department of Biological Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; Jane Cauley, Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health; Vivian Curran, School of Law; John Jakicic, Department of Health and Physical Activity in the School of Education; David A. Lewis, Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine; Edouard Machery, Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the Dietrich school; Charles F. Reynolds, Department of Psychiatry in the medical school; Daniel Shaw, Department of Psychology in the Dietrich school; and Jennifer Whiting, Department of Philosophy in the Dietrich school.

The Distinguished Professor designation honors extraordinary internationally recognized scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field. By nature of their appointment, distinguished professors are expected to make special contributions to the intellectual advancement of their home departments and schools as well as to the institution as a whole.  n

Filed under: Feature,Volume 49 Issue 2

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