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August 28, 2008

What's New? People

The proliferation of roof-top car carriers. Closed streets. Laundry carts everywhere. All the signs that a busy new academic year is upon us once again.

But for many in the Pitt community, the hazy days of summer have been anything but lazy: facilities were renovated; faculty and staff were hired; new academic programs were established.

The University Times asked deans and other school officials to provide a brief look at “What’s New? People, Places and Things” in their areas. What follows is not all-encompassing, but rather an overview of school news based on material submitted.

Information previously published in the University Times was omitted.

What’s New? People

David Turnshek, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences, is the new director of Pitt’s Allegheny Observatory. He succeeds George D. Gatewood, who retired after 31 years there.

Sociology professor Suzanne Staggenborg comes to Pitt from McGill University, where she was a professor and chair of the Department of Sociology. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology and psychology from Miami University, a master’s degree in sociology from Washington University and her PhD in sociology from Northwestern. She works on the grassroots political and social movements that can influence politics, public opinion, government policy and law. Her focus is on issues of gender, leadership and culture in social movement organizations in the United States and Canada.

Daniel Balderston joined the Pitt faculty in January as the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Modern Languages in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. A literary scholar and critic of Latin American literature, Balderston is among the leading authorities on writer Jorge Luis Borges.

Balderston received his doctorate in comparative literature from Princeton. He most recently was a professor of Spanish at the University of Iowa with affiliations in cinema and comparative literature, sexuality studies, Latin American studies and international studies.

Randall Walsh, formerly an associate professor in economics at the University of Colorado, joins Pitt’s economics department as associate professor with tenure. Walsh is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and earned his doctorate in economics from Duke. An applied microeconomist, his research has focused on problems bridging environmental, urban and public economics.

A number of new assistant professors have joined the School of Arts and Sciences faculty:

John Boyle comes to the Department of Biological Sciences from Stanford, where he was a postdoctoral fellow. He earned a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Montana, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in veterinary science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research concentrates on the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Jamie Bianco comes to the English department from the faculty of Queens College-CUNY, where she also earned a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in women’s studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies at Sarah Lawrence.

Bianco’s research rethinks compositional, receptive, rhetorical and critical approaches to contemporary digital and analog media.

Former visiting assistant professor Pinar Emiralioglu has been named an assistant professor in the Department of History.

Emiralioglu received her bachelor’s degree in history from Bosphorus University and a master’s degree in history from Bilkent University. She completed a second master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Near East languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on geographical scholarship, map-making and visual depictions of space and power in the 16th-century Ottoman Empire.

Adriana Helbig joins Pitt’s music department from the University of Illinois-Urbana where she was a visiting assistant professor of musicology. Helbig earned her undergraduate degree in German and music from Drew University and her MA, MPhil and PhD degrees in ethnomusicology from Columbia. Her research in global popular music focuses on hip-hop music in Ukraine.

Brian D’Urso comes to Pitt’s Department of Physics and Astronomy from Oak Ridge Laboratory, where he was a Wigner fellow.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at the California Institute of Technology and his doctorate in physics at Harvard. His research involves the fabrication and properties of nanostructured surfaces and new research trapping extended molecules such as carbon nanotubes with atomic physics techniques.

Other new assistant professors include: Olga Kuchinskaya and Lynn Clarke, communication; KyoungSoo Park and Adam Lee, computer science; Gayle Rogers and Irina Reyn, English; Brent Doran, mathematics; Karl Schafer, philosophy; Michael Wood-Vasey, physics and astronomy; Daniela Donno, political science; Kathryn Roecklein and Kirk Ericson, psychology, and Melanie Hughes and Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum, sociology.

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business has named three new fulltime faculty members:

• Patricia Hughes, who has taught at Pitt since 2003 as a part-time faculty member, has been named clinical assistant professor of business administration. A certified public accountant with more than 16 years of private service industry experience in accounting, finance and human resources, Hughes earned her MBA at Rutgers.

• Catherine (Cait) Poynor joins the Katz school and College of Business Administration as an assistant professor of business administration in the marketing interest group. She received her MBA and PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Prior to starting her doctoral program, Poynor was a market analyst with The LPA Group, an international transportation consulting firm, where she led market analysis for the African and Middle Eastern markets.

• Michael J. Donohoe has been named a clinical associate professor of business administration. As commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing Communications Squadron, Donohoe led the regional effort of the Air National Guard’s first Wide Area Network, standardizing on the Microsoft platform for desktop applications, Outlook email, file and print services and networking across eight locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and at the Air National Guard Readiness Center at Andrews Air Force Base. Donohoe earned a doctorate in information systems and communications at Robert Morris University and most recently was principal investigator for a $34 million federal contract at California University of Pennsylvania. He partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to develop robotics curriculum for the Department of Defense. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at Pitt-Greensburg and Penn State-Greater Allegheny.

At Pitt-Bradford, Susan Schenfield, former coach of the Bradford Area High School tennis teams, has been hired to coach the new NCAA III men’s and women’s tennis teams, which bring the number of women’s sports offered at UPB to eight and the number of men’s sports to seven. Schenfield also previously taught tennis at UPB and served as tennis pro at the St. Bonaventure Fitness Center and at the Chautauqua Institution.

New faculty members at UPB include:

• Vaughn L. Bicehouse, instructor of education, holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in special education from Slippery Rock University, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Grove City College. He has 20 years of teaching experience in public education.

• Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education, holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Duquesne, a master’s degree in theatre from Penn State and a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Point Park. A former faculty member at Duquesne, Brinda teaches and conducts research on adolescent literacy, theatre and Holocaust education. He is the founder/administrator of Theatre-in-Education at the Prime Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh.

• Ernest D. Kallenbach Jr., assistant professor of accounting, has an MBA from St. Bonaventure and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Dyke College. Previously, he ran his own auditing and tax practice, then joined the controller’s office at St. Bonaventure.

• William Marderness, assistant professor of English, holds doctoral and master’s degrees in English from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from Cal State. He had been a lecturer at Stony Brook since 1994, and was an English as a second language instructor at the FLS Language Center in Pasadena, Calif.

• Om V. Singh, assistant professor of biology, has a doctorate in microbial biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in zoology from Chaudhary Charan Singh University and a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Merrut University. A former post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Singh most recently was an adjunct professor of biology at Villa Julie College in Baltimore.

• Philippe Van Berten, assistant professor of business management, earned a master’s degree in management and strategic marketing and a bachelor’s degree in industrial marketing at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in France.

He has a doctorate in management science and information systems from l’Institut National des Télécommunications and taught classes in international marketing there for three years. He has experience in the beverage, banking, insurance and industrial trade industries in the United States and France.

• Ye Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology (CIST), will help launch UPB’s new CIST bachelor of science major this fall. Wang earned an MBA and a doctorate in business administration from Washington State. His bachelor’s degree in telecommunication engineering and intellectual properties laws is from Shanghai University, China.

His professional experiences involve managerial and technical roles in product development, project management, engineering and technical sales at Ericsson, China Unicom, Glenayre Electronics and Schmid Telecom.

K. Holly Shiflett has been hired as associate director for online programs in the Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education. She will facilitate the development of CIDDE’s new online professional master’s and certificate programs.

Before coming to Pitt, Shiflett held senior educational positions in several organizations, including Educational Management Corp., Spectrum Pacific Learning Co. and eCollege.

Karen T. Cuenco joins the School of Dental Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Biology. She was an assistant professor in the genetics program of Boston University’s Department of Medicine and in the Department of Preventative Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Her research focus is on using both statistical genetics and epidemiologic methods to assess the role of genetics in disease.

She earned her PhD at Emory University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in statistical genetics at Pitt.

New to the School of Education faculty this year is Michael Gunzenhauser, who conducts research on social justice issues related to professionalism, school reform and research methodology. With a team of doctoral students he will be studying normalization and resistance among Pennsylvania teachers and school leaders.

As a philosopher of education, Gunzenhauser is seeking ways in which philosophy and social theory can contribute to the preparation and continual development of responsible and creative educators. His research has included collaborative studies of large-scale, whole-school reform projects based on arts integration.

Gunzenhauser teaches courses in the philosophical foundations of education, the foundations of inquiry and qualitative research. He is also a member of the steering committee for the women’s studies program.

Before coming to Pitt, he was an assistant professor in the College of Education at Oklahoma State.

Douglas E. Kostewicz recently completed his doctoral work at Penn State in special education, which he will teach at Pitt. His research interests include fluency-based academic interventions and the effects of teacher-initiated classroom interactions on students with special needs. He plans to focus on students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

This summer, Chris Lemons completed his doctoral program in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt. He joins the Pitt faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning. His primary research interests are in developing and evaluating effective reading interventions for children who struggle with learning to read, including those considered nonresponsive and those with significant cognitive impairments.

Lemons worked as a research associate at the University of Texas-Austin and as a special education teacher in a self-contained middle school life skills class, a preschool autism unit and an elementary resource room.

New assistant professor Amy D. Otto is the assistant director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center. A registered and licensed dietitian, she earned her BS in clinical dietetics and nutrition and a doctorate in exercise physiology at Pitt. Otto’s primary responsibilities are related to the federally funded research projects that examine the role of exercise in the management of body weight, including the development of the intervention materials that are incorporated into clinical trials and supervising staff and graduate students.

Otto also has played a key role in the development and implementation of the lifestyle intervention within the multi-center NIH-funded diabetes prevention program. Recently, she received funding to help establish a research agenda to focus on prevention and treatment of obesity in children and minorities.

Sarah Scott will join the Department of Instruction and Learning as an assistant professor of reading in January. Scott’s research focuses on reading comprehension instruction, teacher knowledge and literacy coaching. A former elementary school teacher, Scott is engaged in research on teacher learning that is responsive to calls for more adequate forms of teacher preparation and development in the United States.

Scott is completing her PhD in literacy, language and culture at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation explores reading comprehension instruction in fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms and the specialized knowledge that teachers use as they teach children to comprehend text.

New assistant professor Tanner LeBaron Wallace recently received her doctorate in social research methodology from UCLA. She also completed the MEd program at Harvard, worked as a community-based adolescent mental health case manager and taught middle school language arts.

Her research interests focus on two aspects of applied developmental psychology: the effectiveness of prevention programming in addressing the multiple barriers to positive development that at-risk adolescents face in school and community settings, and the methods researchers use to assess program and policy effectiveness.

Michael R. Lovell has departed Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering to become dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He began his new position Aug. 1. Lovell, who was Pitt’s associate dean for research and a professor of industrial and bioengineering, oversaw the Institute for Advanced Energy Studies, the National Science Foundation Center for e-Design and the Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence and was coordinator of the Swanson School of Engineering’s renovation project.

Pitt-Greensburg is welcoming several new faculty and staff members this academic year:

• L. Todd Brown, former visiting assistant professor of physics at UPG, was named assistant professor of physics. He holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University.

• Christopher Bartley, who is studying choral conducting and is completing his doctoral program at the University of Arizona, is a new assistant professor of music.

• Pilar M. Herr, a former visiting assistant professor of Spanish, will be an assistant professor of history and Spanish and director of international studies. She earned her PhD in Latin American history at Indiana University.

• New assistant professor of psychology Jessica B. Long is completing her doctoral program at West Virginia University.

• Duane Ponko, assistant professor of management, comes to UPG from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was an assistant professor of accounting. He is a CPA and holds an MS in accounting from Duquesne.

• New laboratory instructor in chemistry Susan Adams comes to Greensburg from Excela Health where she was a medical lab technician. She holds an MBA from Pitt.

• Dorothy Zilik joins the UPG staff as assistant director of career services. She holds an MS in community and agency counseling and secondary school counseling from California University of Pennsylvania.

• Anthony Berich is the campus’s new athletics director. Berich, who holds a BA from Pitt, previously was assistant director of athletics at Philadelphia University.

• Anthony Delitto, professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been named associate dean for research at SHRS.

He will continue to serve as director of research at the Comprehensive Spine Center and as vice president for education and research at UPMC’s Center for Rehab Services.

Pitt-Johnstown has announced three administrative promotions and several new faculty appointments.

A member of the UPJ staff for 30 years, J. Jeffrey Sernell, assistant vice president for information technology, has been promoted to associate vice president for information technology.

Katherine Stahl Kinsinger, academic support coordinator, has been appointed director of the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer S. Kist, assistant director of admissions since 1998, has been appointed director of international services.

A number of new assistant professors and other junior faculty have joined UPJ this fall:

• Daniel Allan Nail Jr., secondary education/English, comes to UPJ from Santa Fe Community College. He earned a PhD at the University of Florida.

• Roelof H. deVries, mechanical engineering technology, holds an MS from Cornell. He previously was employed in local industry.

• Cherri A. Randall, English, is completing a doctoral program at the University of Arkansas, where she was employed prior to accepting the position at UPJ.

• Kristen L. Majocha, communication, earned her PhD at Duquesne. She held a visiting position at UPJ this past academic year.

• Carrie E. Davis-Todd, geology and planetary science, earned her PhD at Purdue. She comes to UPJ from Worcester State College in Massachusetts.

• Tracy J. Fisanick, chemistry lab instructor, recently held a visiting appointment at UPJ. She has an MS from the University of California.

• Jennifer J.S. Manges, biology lab instructor, has been employed at Penn Highlands Community College and Mt. Aloysius College. A UPJ alumna, she has an MS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

• Xianzhi (Amanda) Song, chemistry, comes to UPJ from Western Carolina University. She earned her PhD at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

• Guo Kai, finance and economics, is working on doctoral studies at the University of Mississippi, where he previously was employed.

Grace F. Markum, marketing, previously worked in the local business community and taught part time at UPJ. A UPJ alumna, she holds an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew R. Sherwood, sociology, earned a PhD from York University in Toronto. He previously worked in private practice and taught part time at l’Université d’Ottawa.

James C. Teague Jr., finance, comes to UPJ from James Madison University. He holds an MS from Clemson University.

Bernadette Callery has joined the School of Information Sciences as a faculty member in the library and information science program. She will teach in the archives, preservation and records management specialization. Callery, who was a visiting assistant professor last year, was head of the museum library and archives at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Joelleen P. Brandt has joined the school as director of constituent relations. Brandt will manage the alumni relations program and coordinate development efforts. She previously served as both a major gift and principal gift associate in Pitt’s Office of Institutional Advancement, where she analyzed campaign data, coordinated stewardship activities and designed a series of off-campus events.

Emily Collins joins the School of Law this year as clinical assistant professor of law and supervising attorney of the Environmental Law Clinic.

Collins received her JD from Pace University School of Law and her BA from New York University. She most recently served as an attorney with the Office of Public Interest Council of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Mark T. Gladwin comes to the School of Medicine as a professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. He also will serve as director of the newly created Hemostasis and Vascular Biology Research Institute. Gladwin previously served as branch chief of vascular medicine and director of the functional genomics core at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. His research focuses on nitric oxide and its contributions to vascular biology.

Gladwin received his MD from the University of Miami.

David G. Binion joins Pitt as a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He also will serve as co-director of the UPMC Irritable Bowel Disease Center and director of the center’s new translational research program. He was a professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of the inflammatory bowel disease program, a joint effort of the medical college and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.

His research is focused on identifying cellular factors contributing to inflammatory bowel diseases and developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics. Binion received his MD from the SUNY-Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Ira J. Fox joins Pitt as a professor of surgery and director of the Center for Innovative Regenerative Therapies, a collaborative activity of Children’s Hospital, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM) and the Department of Surgery. He also will serve as a core faculty member at MIRM.

Fox was the Charles W. McLaughlin professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research focuses on developing novel therapeutics to restore liver function and regenerate damaged livers using methods such as stem cell transplantation. Fox received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Bennett Van Houten and Jean-Pierre Vilardaga are joining the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology.

Van Houten, a senior investigator in molecular genetics and branch chief for program analysis in the Division of Extramural Research and Training of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will join Pitt as a professor of pharmacology and chemical biology in September.

His research focuses on molecular aspects of nucleotide and base excision repair in E.coli, yeast, C. elegans and mammalian cells.

Van Houten received his PhD in biomedical sciences and genetics from the University of Tennessee.

Vilardaga, assistant professor of pharmacology and chemical biology, was recruited from Harvard Medical School. His research examines the molecular basis underlying functional properties of G-protein coupled receptors, which are key initiators of biological signaling in cells. Vilardaga received his PhD in biological chemistry from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

Among the clinical assistant professors joining the Department of Pathology at UPMC Mercy are Sharon Steinman, who completed a fellowship in 2006 in cytopathology at the Methodist Hospital in Texas, and Rita Windisch, deputy chief of endocrinology, clinical chemistry and hematology at Mercy, who recently completed her PhD at Duquesne.

New assistant professors in pathology include Simon Chiosea in the Division of Head and Neck Pathology and Jing Yu at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Chiosea completed his fellowship in June after a residency in anatomic pathology at UPMC. Yu will finish her cytopathology fellowship at UPMC this year.

Other new assistant professors in pathology include:

• Agnes Liman, who comes to the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System from the VAMC in Memphis. She primarily will contribute to the cytopathology service.

• Sara Monaco, UPMC Shadyside. She transferred to a residency at UPMC from Columbia then completed her cytopathology fellowship at UPMC in 2007.

• Octavia Peck Palmer, who has been named medical director of the Automated Testing Laboratory for UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside. She earned her PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina then completed a clinical chemistry fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

• Aleksandr M. Perepletchikov, who is at UPMC Mercy. He did his residency at Tufts New England Medical Center then completed a fellowship in genito-urinary pathology at UPMC Shadyside.

• Clinical instructor Scott Dufresne has joined the Division of Hematopathology. He recently completed training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Christa E. Bartos joins the School of Nursing as an assistant professor of health and community systems. She previously served as a nursing informatics specialist/clinical instructor/nursing liaison and clinical systems analyst for UPMC.

Bartos’s research areas include the use of electronic health records, electronic health record decision support and evaluation, and interoperability of electronic health records across health care organizations.

She earned her master’s and PhD degrees in biomedical informatics at Pitt.

Heeyoung Lee joins the nursing faculty as an assistant professor of health and community systems. She was a research assistant and data manager for the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Her research involves mental health outcomes, including psychiatric symptoms, psychosocial functioning and family functioning in adolescents with schizophrenia. Lee earned her PhD in psychiatric nursing at the University of Washington.

New nursing instructor Nicole Olshanski previously taught at Carlow, Butler County Community College and Community College of Allegheny County. She joins the Department of Acute and Tertiary Care.

She earned her DNP at Waynesburg University and her MSN at Pitt.

Four other instructors have been hired by the nursing school: Jaime Burkhart, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Pitt, Dawn Chambers and Robin Tate join the Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, and Patricia McHenry, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees here, comes to the Department of Health Promotion and Development.

Thomas Nolin joins the School of Pharmacy faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

After receiving an MS in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he earned a PharmD and a PhD in clinical pharmaceutical sciences at Pitt with a concentration in the area of drug metabolism/pharmacokinetics.

From 2003 to 2008, Nolin was a clinical pharmacologist at Maine Medical Center in Portland and principal investigator at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

At Pitt, he will continue his clinical translational research, which includes evaluating and characterizing the activity of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters in humans, clinical pharmacokinetics and the development of novel analytical techniques.

Also in the pharmacy school, Lauren Jonkman has come on board as an instructor in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics. She previously served as a pharmacist at UPMC St. Margaret.

Jonkman received her PharmD from Pitt.

David Miller, former interim dean of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has been appointed as the director of the Innovation Clinic, one of the school’s five centers of excellence.

GSPIA also welcomes assistant professor Isao Kamata, who is an international trade specialist and micro-economist. Kamata earned his PhD in economics at the University of Michigan.

Taylor Seybolt, who holds a PhD in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named assistant professor of international affairs.

GSPIA also welcomes two new staff members: Amy Hasan, research account manager, and Harold Aughton, director of communications.

Rachel L. Garfield joins the Graduate School of Public Health as an assistant professor of health policy and management. She was a research assistant at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy and was a lecturer and teaching fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Public Health, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard College.

Garfield’s research interests include health services research and policy, politics and health policy, and the organization and financing of health care in the United States. Garfield received her MHS at Johns Hopkins and is completing her PhD in health policy at Harvard.

New School of Social Work professor Amy L. Ai works in the area of interdisciplinary research on the relationships among spirituality, health and mental health, in part related to gerontology.

Ai has been funded for several studies by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Psychological Association.

Ai most recently was a John A. Hartford Scholar and associate professor at the University of Washington. She has a PhD from the University of Michigan.

William Elliott III joins social work from Washington University in St. Louis where he was an instructor in social, economic and political environment. Elliott earned his PhD and MSW at Washington University in St. Louis.

His work is in the areas of economic and academic disparities within racial and ethnic subgroups, as well as child development and how the two relate to race.

Maryrose McCarthy has been named director of the School of Social Work’s Mechanicsburg-based Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program. McCarthy has an extensive background in Pennsylvania’s human service systems.

In addition to experience in the public child welfare system, she has worked in public and private mental health and mental retardation organizations. She also has served as an adjunct professor at Luzerne County Community College and as a trainer and consultant for the Child Welfare Training Program.

Among the new faculty members in the classrooms at Pitt-Titusville this fall are:

• Cyril Ignatius Kendrick, who has been named assistant professor of sociology. Kendrick earned his PhD in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he specialized in social welfare policy and social stratification. He also holds a master’s degree in sociology from Mankato State University and a BS from Northland College.

Prior to joining UPT, Kendrick was assistant professor of sociology at Georgetown College of Kentucky and St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va.

• Gary Marzolf, who has been named assistant instructor of yoga. Marzolf is a Pitt graduate with a BS in education. A German teacher in the Oil City Area School District, Marzolf has been a yoga practitioner since 1996. He teaches yoga locally, has a private reiki practice and is a reiki master teacher.

• Patrick Hall of Titusville has been named director of Haskell Memorial Library. Hall earned a BA in anthropology, with a minor in education, and a master’s degree in religious studies education at Canisius College. In 1983, Hall earned an MLS at the University of Washington.

Hall most recently was director of the Drain-Jordan Library at West Virginia State University and is the former director of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library at Lincoln University. He has 28 years of library experience.

Former head of the University Library System Digital Research Library Ed Galloway has been named head of the Archives Service Center. Galloway continues to coordinate digitization projects within DRL and plans to continue digitizing archival material.

New reference/instruction librarian Danielle Colbert-Lewis comes to ULS from Pitt’s Division of Student Affairs, where she most recently was the program coordinator and adviser for the Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development. She earned her MLIS at Pitt and holds a master’s degree in education from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia.

Heidi Card joined ULS in July as assistant to director Rush Miller for research and special projects. She earned a BA in English/creative writing and an MA in literature at Hunter College-CUNY. She earned an MLIS in April at Pitt.

John Fudrow has joined ULS as an assessment librarian. A Pitt alumnus, he earned an MLIS from the School of Information Sciences in 2007. He also has a BFA in painting from Lock Haven University. Fudrow had been Carnegie Mellon’s administrative and reference coordinator for science libraries.

At ULS, Fudrow identifies assessment requirements for the libraries and suggests new procedures to gather, analyze and report on this data. He also is involved in the libraries’ participation in Pitt’s information literacy program.

Fudrow keeps a library science themed blog, “The Extensible Librarian,” at, through which he reports on new developments in library-related technology and assessment means.

—Kimberly K. Barlow & Peter Hart

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