ALSO OF NOTE — Short takes on faculty and staff accomplishments

The University's many websites are usually bursting with news about faculty and staff. Each issue, we'll publish an aggregation of that content so you can see what your colleagues are doing.

Emily Elliott, an associate professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Geology and Environmental Science, is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union's 2018 Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring. Elliott joined the Dietrich School in 2007 as an Assistant Professor.

Kabirul Islam, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of a three-year, $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an integrated chemical biology research and educational program to answer a central question in mammalian biology: how identical DNA present in an organism creates diverse cell lineages.

Professor Peter Brusilovsky in the School of Computing and Information recently received more than $250,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project titled, “Collaborative Research: CSEdPad: Investigating and Scaffolding Students’ Mental Models during Computer Programming Tasks to Improve Learning, Engagement, and Retention.”  

Distinguished Professor of Law Vivian Curran has been elected to a six-year term as a vice president of the International Academy of Comparative Law. The IACL is composed of approximately 1,000 elected scholars, and the group held its 20th annual Congress in in July in Fukuoka, Japan. Curran also was recently elected to a two-year term as honorary president of the American Society of Comparative Law.

Daren A. Ellerbee, 36, director of Pitt’s Community Engagement Center in Homewood, and Dr. Matthew D. Neal, 38, assistant professor of surgery and attending surgeon for UPMC, have been named to Pittsburgh Magazine's 40 under 40 list, which honors people under 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. 

Jennifer A. Pruskowski, an assistant professor in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics department at PittPharmacy, recently received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2018 New Clinical Practitioner Award, which recognizes a member less than six years since completion of training who has made outstanding contributions to the health of patients and to the practice of clinical pharmacy.