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October 27, 2016

People of the Times

Jennifer Murtazashvili, a faculty member in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has been elected to the executive board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, effective in November.

Murtazashvili also is an affiliated faculty member of Pitt’s Center for Russian and East European Studies.


Outreach coordinator Mackenzie Ball was awarded the 2016 Chair’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Department of Computer Science in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

The departmental award is presented to a staff member whose performance not only exceeds the standard and expectations of their position, but who also makes a significant impact on the department through their commitment and performance.

UPMC Senior Services has honored Neil Resnick, Thomas Detre Professor and chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, as its 2016 Grand Champion for demonstrating exceptional leadership in improving the lives of seniors locally and nationally. It is the highest honor awarded by UPMC Senior Services.

Resnick founded the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services at the University, which is one of the country’s top-funded aging research programs. His research led to a discovery of a new cause of incontinence, a syndrome that leads to significant disability, and helped develop new approaches to its diagnosis and treatment.

Additionally, Resnick has made major research contributions to other geriatric conditions, including osteoporosis, falls and delirium. Lessons from his research also enabled him to develop geriatric modules for primary care providers and help national urological and gynecological organizations develop training programs in geriatrics.

—Compiled by K. Barlow


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