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January 25, 2007


Consuella Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Education, has received a Fulbright New Century Scholars (NCS) grant for the 2007-08 academic year to examine the topic “Higher Education in the 21st Century: Access and Equity.” The only junior faculty member to receive the honor, Lewis is one of 36 top scholars from 25 countries and regions to have been chosen.

Drawn from a variety of disciplines and selected by a peer review panel, NCS scholars work in cooperation to advance the state of human understanding on a chosen topic.

Lewis’s project will examine access and educational equity in Zanzibar by assessing the demand for higher education there as it pertains to social and human resources development. She will identify key areas for higher education expansion that will meet anticipated social and economic development, prepare a 10-year master plan for the State University of Zanzibar, examine policies that will foster access and educational equity for women and increase access through new models of resource allocation and policies for financing higher education.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, sponsors the NCS program.


Christine A. Chergi, manager of the William Pitt Union, won the 2006 Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 4 Service Award for outstanding service and leadership.

The award was presented at the ACUI Region 4 conference.

Chergi, who has worked at Pitt for 34 years, helped to lead the conversion of what was originally the Schenley Hotel into a full service student union. Union tenants include arts organizations; sports teams; ethnic and cultural alliances; fraternity and sorority offices; Pitt student radio, television, yearbook and newspaper staffs, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Chergi oversees a staff of six full-time employees, two graduate assistants and more than 25 student assistants.


John Mendeloff, professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has accepted the position of director of the Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace at the Rand Corp. He will continue at GSPIA on a half-time basis.

Mendeloff’s teaching and research areas include policy analysis, evaluation, government regulation of health and safety risks and health policy.

He has consulted for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on evaluation of enforcement policies, analysis of new health and safety standards and design of data systems.

Mendeloff also holds joint appointments in the Graduate School of Public Health and the School of Law.


Margie Snyder, community practice resident at the School of Pharmacy, has been invited to serve on the advisory board of the Pittsburgh Schweitzer fellows program or 2007. PSFP provides health professionals the opportunity to work with underserved Pittsburgh communities on a year-long project.


The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) this month announced that Susan Albrecht, associate professor of maternal-child health nursing and associate dean for student/alumni services and development in the School of Nursing, has been elected to serve on the 2007 AWHONN Board of Directors.

AWHONN serves and represents more than 22,000 health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. AWHONN members are committed to delivering superior health care to women and newborns in hospitals and in home health and ambulatory care settings.

Albrecht has served on the faculty at Pitt for 30 years and also is a staff nurse in the emergency department of the South Hills Health System in West Mifflin.

She also chairs the American Academy of Nursing’s adolescent and young adult expert panel.


Scott Mark, assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics, has been selected as the recipient of the National Capital Healthcare Executives (NCHE) 2006 Healthcare Mentorship Award. Mark received the honor in recognition of his dedication to mentoring pharmacy professionals.

NCHE is an organization of more than 350 health care executives who represent a wide variety of institutions including hospitals, health and governmental agencies, foundations and other organizations.


The American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) has invited Melissa Somma, assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy and director of the Rite Aid/University of Pittsburgh Patient Care Initiative, to serve as a member of the APhA/American Society of Consultant Pharmacists medication therapy management certificate program advisory board.

The certificate program is designed for pharmacists practicing in the community and ambulatory environments, corporate chain managers, consultant pharmacists and pharmacy educators to implement sustainable medication therapy management practices.

Somma also was invited to serve as a member-at-large for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy strategic planning committee.

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