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Shelome Gooden Named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
Shelome Gooden was recently named as the University of Pittsburgh’s first-ever assistant vice chancellor for research for the humanities, arts, social sciences, and related fields, announced Senior Vice Chancellor for Research Rob Rutenbar. She will begin her position on Jan. 1, 2020.
Gooden will provide intellectual leadership across the humanities, arts, social sciences and related areas. She will work with and across leadership throughout the university to evolve new collaborations and research synergies that draw on strengths outside the laboratory and clinical areas. She will also participate in the University Research Council and will work to develop institutional-level funding to support research in the target areas.
“Our office (Pitt Research) needs to promote and engage with faculty working in all these knowledge domains, and creating this position helps us to do so,” said Rutenbar. “I know Shelome’s vision will help to advance the research conducted here at Pitt, and will enhance interdisciplinary opportunities.”
Rutenbar said that the new position was created because the University offers an incredible diversity of modes of research and creative endeavors, and corresponding ranges of research and creative products.
Read more about Gooden and her new position in @Pitt.
Shelome Gooden Named First Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research for the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Related Fields
Shelome Gooden was recently named as the University of Pittsburgh’s first-ever assistant vice chancellor for research for the humanities, arts, social sciences, and related fields. She will begin her position on Jan. 1, 2020.
Gooden will provide intellectual leadership across the humanities, arts, social sciences and related areas. She has served as associate professor in Pitt’s Department of Linguistics, researching language contact and sound structure in Creole languages. For the past 14 years, she has served on the executive committee for the Society for Pidgin & Creole Languages and currently serves on the advisory board for an international research group, Creative Multilingualism.
Pitt created this position because the University offers an incredible diversity of modes of research and creative endeavors, and corresponding ranges of research and creative products.
“Our office (“Pitt Research”) needs to promote and engage with faculty working in all these knowledge domains, and creating this position helps us to do so,” said Rob Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for research at Pitt. “I know Shelome’s vision will help to advance the research conducted here at Pitt, and will enhance interdisciplinary opportunities.”
Katz MBA Rises in Poets & Quants Rankings
For the sixth year in a row, Pitt’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business MBA program is ranked among the top 20 in U.S. public universities by Poets & Quants.
Katz was number 39 in the U.S. and number 17 among U.S. publics in the Poets & Quants 2019-20 MBA rankings. Pitt saw the largest rise among the top 40 schools, up five spots from last year’s ranking.
Katz is one of only 42 business schools across the country that placed in all major MBA rankings this year, an honor shared by just 5% of all Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited schools and less than 0.3% of schools worldwide that grant business degrees.
To learn more about Pitt’s highly ranked MBA programs, visit the Katz programs page.
Feng Xiong Receives CAREER Award for AI Energy Efficiency Project
Feng Xiong, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, received a $500,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his work developing the missing element in spiking neural networks (SNN), a dynamic synapse, that will dramatically improve energy efficiency, bandwidth and cognitive capabilities of SNNs.
A human brain—which today is still more proficient than CPUs at cognitive tasks like pattern recognition—needs only 20 watts of power to complete a task, while a supercomputer requires more than 50,000 times that amount of energy. The project aims to make computers complete cognitive tasks using less energy.
SAFE Peer Educators Honored for Work Preventing Sexual Misconduct
Sexual Assault Facilitation and Education (SAFE) peer educators were recently recognized during halftime at a Pitt women’s volleyball game for their work around preventing sexual misconduct and promoting healthy relationships on the Pittsburgh campus.
SAFE peer educators facilitate interactive workshops with student organizations and Greek Life, as well as in residence halls. The workshops range from topics about relationship violence, sexual violence, consent, interpersonal communication and bystander intervention. During fall 2019, SAFE peer educators facilitated 30 workshops and educated 60% of the University’s Greek community on bystander intervention.
The program is sponsored by the Title IX Office and Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education Office and codirected by Michele Welker, clinician with the Counseling Center, and Carrie Benson (EDUC ’12G), Title IX specialist.
SAFE is currently accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate educators. Students can also submit request for workshops. For more information, email SAFEStudentLeaders@pitt.edu or visit the SAFE website.
Library System Acquires Poet Jorge Luis Borges’ Papers
Manuscripts by Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges have been acquired by the University Library System (ULS). The new items include two poems and two essays—"El otro tigre (The Other Tiger)"; "La nadería de la personalidad (The Nothingness of Personality)"; "Poema conjetural (Conjectural Poem)"; and "Anotación al 23 de agosto de 1944 (Annotation to the 23rd of August of 1944)."
In March 2018, ULS acquired the Cuaderno Avon (Avon notebook) and several loose accompanying pages (Páginas sueltas), which included the story "La espera (The Wait)" and the notes for "El escritor argentine y la tradición (The Argentine Writer and Tradition)."
Borges, considered one of the foremost literary figures of the 20th century, was born on Aug. 24, 1899, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and died on June 14, 1986, in Geneva, Switzerland. He wrote essays, poems and short stories and was also a translator.
These new materials will contribute to the enrichment of the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection at the ULS and will be housed in Archives and Special Collections. Other pieces of Borges’ original work are held at the University of Virginia Library, the New York Public Library, Michigan State University, the National Library of Spain, the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Geneva and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.
Pitt Business' Chris Driscoll Named 2019 Preservationist of the Year
The organization advocates for the preservation of historic sites and structures in the Greater Pittsburgh region. The annual award recognizes significant contribution in the area of historic preservation.
Driscoll is part owner and founder of the restaurant Revival on Lincoln, which is housed in a historic mansion in Bellevue. The previously dilapidated building required extensive restoration to be recognized as an historic landmark by Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Driscoll was presented the award in a Nov. 1 ceremony at Alphabet City in Pittsburgh.
Janice Pringle to Receive Excellence in Patient Care Award
Janice Pringle, founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Program Evaluation and Research Unit, will receive the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation’s Excellence in Patient Care Award.
Pringle will be recognized for her work, which has helped to make a difference in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Pringle’s research helped combat opioid abuse and improved individual and population health outcomes in the county.
Pringle is also a professor of pharmacy and therapeutics in Pitt’s School of Pharmacy. Her research has helped develop health care policy research and briefs that have been used to inform policy development at both the state and federal levels.
New Institute Will Improve Pediatric Health and Research
The Institute of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity in Children—i4Kids for short—is a new strategic research effort focused on improving pediatric health by combating infectious and inflammatory diseases through accelerating new multi-disciplinary collaborations across the health sciences, natural and physical sciences, and computer science.
Infection is the leading cause of death in children under 5-years-old worldwide, and infectious and inflammatory diseases are the leading causes of child hospitalization in the US. i4Kids aims to become the epicenter of research, discovery, prevention and treatment of these diseases in children as the foundation of improving the health of future generations.
The institute will host a launch symposium on Feb. 11, 2020, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Rangos Research Auditorium at Children’s Hospital. The institute is working with the Children’s Hospital Foundation to invite leaders of foundations and philanthropists across the nation.
For more information on i4Kids, visit their website.
Pitt School of Dentistry First to Create Opioid Guidelines
The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is the first dental school in the nation to establish opioid-free pain management guidelines for the vast majority of procedures performed in all of its clinics. The guidelines advocate that clinicians prescribe non-opioid pain-relievers first whenever possible.
The Appalachian corridor, which includes Western Pennsylvania, is a hot zone for opioid addiction. With deaths occurring every day from opioid abuse, and costs of rehabilitation care approaching $90,000 per hospitalization, deliberate strategies to minimize dental pain after treatment and eliminate the need for opioid pain relievers are now available to combat this public health crisis in the Appalachian region.
“Pitt Dental Medicine is leading the way with the adoption of this new protocol by teaching our students and residents the best way to manage pain effectively without the unnecessary risk of opioid dependence,” said Bernard J. Costello dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “When these trainees move on to other practices, they’ll take these opioid-free guidelines with them.
Barry Mitnick Wins ‘Ideas Worth Teaching Award’
Pitt Business professor Barry Mitnick’s course Market Manipulations: Crises, Bubbles, Robber Barons and Corporate Saints has been recognized with a 2019 Ideas Worth Teaching Award—one of only 10 courses worldwide to be selected.
The award honors “faculty who are redefining business education—providing learning experiences that equip managers of tomorrow with the context, skills and decision-making capabilities needed to lead in an increasingly complex business environment—and world.”
It’s not the first time the prestigious international organization has recognized Mitnick’s work; in 2014, he was a finalist in the Faculty Pioneer Awards.
Focused on U.S. business history from 1835-1935, Mitnick’s course aims to help students understand the major kinds of market manipulations, their historical contexts and consequences and what insights they can provide for modern business behavior.
Read more about Mitnick’s award-winning course in Pittwire.
Two Pitt Researchers Named Fellows for National Academy of Inventors
Rob Rutenbar, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at Pitt, and William Federspiel, the John A. Swanson Professor of Bioengineering, were recently named fellows for the National Academy of Inventors’ 2019 fellowship class.
The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.
Rutenbar and Federspiel have a combined 26 patents to their names, respectively, and have over 300 peer-reviewed journals and papers published.
The complete list of NAI Fellows is available on the NAI website.
SHRS Names David Beck Chair of Physician Assistant Studies Department
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences announced in November that David Beck, assistant professor, is the chair of the newly designated Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Beck played an integral role in the development of the program since its inception a decade ago. As interim program director, he was instrumental in the program receiving its department status and managing its relocation from the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center in Harmar Township to Oakland's Murdoch Building on Forbes Avenue earlier this fall.
Beck is an American Academy of Physician Assistants Distinguished Fellow; a member of Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants; and was named the 2017 Physician Assistant Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.
Brian Bayer Named SHRS Communications Specialist
Brian Bayer has been named communications specialist in the internal and external relations (I&ER) area of the dean's office in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). His responsibilities include video production, updating and maintaining the school's social media accounts and website, designing print and electronic messaging and managing SHRS' digital signage and digital asset management system.
Bayer first joined SHRS in April 2017 as the I&ER administrative assistant. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and theatre arts from John Carroll University and is pursuing his Master of International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Healthy Lifestyle Institute Hosts Second Annual Summit, Announces New Initiative
The Healthy Lifestyle Institute (HLI) hosted its second annual summit on Friday, Dec. 6 on the Pittsburgh campus. The summit consisted of presentations and updates from researchers across campus on their work to transform lifestyle research into health and wellbeing for people in all stages of life.
Housed within the School of Education, HLI was founded in 2017 with a mission “to develop, translate and implement health and wellness programs” for the Pitt community and around the Pittsburgh region.
At the summit, HLI’s founding director John Jakicic (EDUC ’95G), introduced HLI’s Schools on the Move initiative, which will provide grants to support innovative physical activity programming at 43 K-12 schools in the Pittsburgh area.
“We’re asking teachers to get creative. We’re not just providing schools with basketballs and nets,” said Jakicic, who also serves as chair of the Department of Health, Physical Activity, and Exercise in the School of Education. “We’re really interested in seeing how these projects unfold.”
Bridget Devine, Rebecca Roadman Join Human Resources
This month, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) is pleased to welcome two new members to the team.
Bridget Devine, human resources assistant, will provide customer support for HR systems and offer administrative support for the talent acquisition and compensation departments.
Rebecca Roadman, senior HR project manager, will support Vice Chancellor of Human Resources David DeJong and the OHR project team to assist with the implementation, coordination and development of current and future OHR projects.
OHR welcomes its new colleagues and is eager for the next chapter of their careers!
Pitt Nursing Faculty Stand Out in Statewide Awards
Three University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing faculty members were recognized in November at the 30th annual gala and celebration of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. Each faculty member who was nominated for her category received the award.
Brenda Cassidy (NURS ’86G, ’97G, ’11G), assistant professor, won the Doctorate of Nursing Practice award; Jennifer Lingler (NURS ’98G, ’04G; A&S ’03G), professor, won the Nursing Research award; and Patricia Tuite (NURS ’85, ’92G), assistant professor, won the Nursing Education-Academia award.
The Nightingale Awards are a statewide program designed to recognize excellence in nursing. Over the past 30 years, more than 100 nursing professionals who best exemplify compassionate care, clinical expertise, education and leadership have been celebrated at the awards ceremony.
Grace Campbell Selected for Inaugural National Recognition
Nurse researcher and faculty member Grace Campbell (SOC WK ’85G, NURS ’94,’13G) is among an elite group of nurses included in the inaugural cohort of fellows of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN).
Campbell is one of fewer than 20 nurses from across the United States who were selected for this inaugural cohort of fellows. Nurses were selected based on their leadership in rehabilitation nursing, as well as contributions, service and commitment to the specialty and the ARN.
Campbell’s research focuses on the impact of chronic disorders on physical function and developing behavioral interventions to improve physical function. She is specifically interested in fall risk and fall prevention in individuals who are chronically ill, including those who are stroke and cancer patients.
Inmaculada Hernandez Earns Emerging Leader Award
Inmaculada Hernandez, assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics in Pitt’s School of Pharmacy, was recently presented the 2019 Seema S. Sonnad Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award by the American Journal of Managed Care.
This award recognizes an individual whose early achievements in managed care demonstrate the potential for making an exceptional long-term contribution as a leader in the field.
With over 40 published peer-reviewed manuscripts, Hernandez has contributed to 25 as a first author and eight as a senior author. These articles have been published in various medical journals and their findings have been featured on NPR, Forbes, ABC, CNBC, BBC, Fox News and Bloomberg. Hernandez was also recently included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list as a young leader in health care research.
Eight Receive Mascaro Faculty Program in Sustainability Awards
The University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation named eight faculty awardees for the 2020 John C. Mascaro Faculty Program in Sustainability.
The one-year awards, created to enhance the University’s mission of interdisciplinary excellence in sustainability research and education, go to faculty members from all disciplines, who may apply as faculty fellows, scholars or lecturers.
This year’s honorees are:
John C. Mascaro Faculty Fellow in Sustainability
- David Finegold, professor of human genetics, Graduate School of Public Health
John C. Mascaro Faculty Scholars in Sustainability
- Tony Kerzmann, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, Swanson School of Engineering
- Sara Kuebbing, assistant professor of invasion ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
John C. Mascaro Faculty Lecturers in Sustainability
- Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music, Division of Communication and the Arts, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
- Katherine Hornbostel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, Swanson School of Engineering
- Robert Kerestes, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Swanson School of Engineering
- Pamela Stewart, senior research associate, Department of Anthropology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
- Andrew Strathern, Andrew Mellon Professor, Department of Anthropology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences