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September 29, 2016

People of the Times

Allison Saras, 32, director of development in the Swanson School of Engineering, and Emiola Jay Oriola, 27, associate director for the Investing Now program, are among the honorees in this year’s 40 Under 40 Awards.

The awards, presented by Pittsburgh Magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, recognize 40 individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region.

Shinjini Kundu, 25, a student in the joint Pitt-Carnegie Mellon medical scientist training program, also is among the honorees.

Winners will be recognized Oct. 21 in an event at the Rivers Casino.

Dawn Lundy Martin, faculty member in English in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, won a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in the lesbian poetry category for her book, “Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life.”

Awards are presented based on literary merit and content relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer lives.

BagleyRebecca O. Bagley, vice chancellor for economic partnerships, is among 30 private-sector, nonprofit and academic leaders appointed to serve two-year terms on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

Selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants, the council members will focus on making recommendations for policies and programs aimed at helping U.S. communities, businesses and the workforce to be more globally competitive.

NACIE operates as an independent entity managed through the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is housed in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

In announcing the appointments, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker stated: “The members of NACIE provide important counsel to the Department of Commerce on the types of federal policies that will support entrepreneurship, innovation and job-driven workforce training, all of which are critical to American competitiveness.

“As ‘America’s innovation agency,’ we value the expertise of our private sector partners and appreciate the opportunity to incorporate their views into our policymaking process.”

The council will convene four times a year; its first meeting is in October.

For more information on NACIE, visit

Pitt-Bradford’s student newspaper, The Source, advised by public relations faculty member Tim Ziaukas, has won a first-place award for excellence from the Scholastic Press Association in its annual contest for scholastic yearbooks, magazines and newspapers for 2016.

The judges wrote, “You have an excellent student newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, writers, photographers, layout/graphic designers and adviser.”

Ziaukas, director of UPB’s public relations program in the Division of Communication and the Arts, said, “This recognition represents the work of editors Delaney Held and Lauren Ball and managing editor Jerry Davis. They led the team through a challenging year. Congratulations to them and to the writing, design and distribution staff as well.”

The newspaper appears six times during the fall and spring terms. Staffed by the Department of Communication and the Arts, the paper is funded by Student Government Association.

Mariah Dickert is the new Staff Association Council administrator. Dickert, a Pitt-Johnstown alumna.

She replaces Marcie Johnson, who has accepted a position in Alumni Relations.

—Compiled by K. Barlow

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