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Pamela Smithburger

Pamela Smithburger to Liaise on National Health Care Measurement Issues

Pharmacy’s Pamela Smithburger has been appointed liaison between the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the National Quality Forum (NQF). NQF serves as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress for recommendations on health care measurement issues.

Smithburger is a faculty member in the pharmacy and therapeutics department.

Richard Henker

Richard Henker Recognized for Contributions to International Education in Nursing

In recognition of his academic and professional contributions to furthering international education in the field of nursing, School of Nursing faculty member Richard Henker will be awarded the 2016-17 Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement next month.

Henker has devoted his career to the promotion of best practices for nurse anesthetists, both in the U.S. and overseas, providing academic and technical assistance to universities and governments around the world. He is experienced in the study of risk factors in pre- and post-operative situations as well as an expert in team performance. Henker has established a series of academic exchanges and professional activities to promote nurse anesthesia in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Henker’s research focuses on risk factors for the development of opioid-induced side effects in postoperative patients, with specific interest in genotypes that affect postoperative pain responses, development of persistent postoperative pain, opioid induced respiratory depression, opioid induced sedation and postoperative side effects.  His research also includes the evaluation of simulation teaching methods including team performance, and temperature measurement during the perioperative period.

The Sheth International Awards are a result of a gift from alumnus Jagdish N. and Madhuri Sheth. The awards are administered by the University Center for International Studies.

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Daniel Lambrecht Receives Cottrell Scholar Award

Chemistry faculty member Daniel Lambrecht has been selected to receive a Research Corporation for Science Advancement 2017 Cottrell Scholar Award based on his proposal entitled “Bridging Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Intuition to Characterize, Understand and Design New Chemical Sensor Materials.”

Deborah Hutcheson

Deborah Hutcheson Named Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietitian

Deborah Hutcheson, director and faculty member in the coordinated master in nutrition and dietetics program, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, won the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietitian Award for 2017. The award recognizes a Pennsylvania dietitian whose leadership and service is exemplary and whose contributions to the Pennsylvania Academy and the public have been longstanding and exceptional. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Katrina Loutzenhiser

Katrina Loutzenhiser Honored by Blackboard Inc.

Katrina Loutzenhiser, technology and media services director in the School of Education, has received Blackboard Inc.’s Exemplary Course Program Award. The award recognizes higher education officials who have best emphasized learning and technology through the design of engaging and innovative courses. Loutzenhiser was recognized for “Introduction to Online Instruction,” a three-week class that taught best practices and strategies for teaching online coursework.

Loutzenhiser oversees a team that manages the School of Education’s servers, web presence, help desk, data analysis and online education efforts.

Raman Venkataramanan

Raman Venkataramanan Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

School of Pharmacy faculty member Raman Venkataramanan received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Indian Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAiPS). Venkataramanan, of pharmaceutical sciences, was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field.

AAiPS’s mission is to provide a forum for discussion, continuing education and the exchange of ideas on advances in pharmaceutical science and technology.

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Maureen Kendall Joins Pitt HR as Director of Compensation

Maureen Kendall has joined the Office of Human Resources as director of compensation.

Kendall has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance and health care industries. She most recently was director of compensation for Highmark where she provided leadership, design and administrative oversight for a number of their compensation plans.

At Pitt, she will not only play a role in the day-to-day operations of the compensation department, but also will be key in designing and deploying University-wide initiatives.

Juan Manfredi

Juan Manfredi Elected to the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters

Juan J. Manfredi, vice provost for undergraduate studies and faculty member in mathematics, has been elected a foreign member of the Societies Academy (Class of Natural Sciences) of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters for his accomplishments in the field of mathematics.

This honor recognizes his collaborative ventures with researchers at the Norwegian Technical University of Trondheim, the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm, and with colleagues at other Scandinavian institutions. His research focuses on the partial differential equations that govern the nonlinear potential theory of quasi-regular mappings in higher dimensions, their sub-elliptic extensions and their game theoretic interpretations.

Manfredi has published extensively in the major peer-reviewed journals of his discipline and has had strong National Science Foundation (NSF) support for his research.

The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, the oldest learned academy in Norway, has promoted scientific scholarship since its founding in 1760.

Jay Sukits

Jay Sukits Honored by CFA Society Pittsburgh

Business administration faculty member Jay Sukits of the Katz Graduate School of Business is the inaugural recipient of the CFA Society Pittsburgh’s Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Award. The award recognizes educators who best demonstrate a commitment to financial literacy education in the spirit and tenets of the CFA designation.

Sukits was honored for his efforts to expand financial literacy among college students. Three years ago, he created a one-credit Personal Financial Planning course for undergraduates, in which students create a personal financial plan to outline their financial goals.

In addition, his work was instrumental in developing the organization’s annual Collegiate Personal Financial Planning Competition, launched in 2015. Sukits’ original format for a financial plan was adopted as the submission criteria for participating students. Read more about Sukits' honor at Katz's website.

 

John C. Weidman

John C. Weidman Honored with Exemplary Educator Award

John C. Weidman, a faculty member in higher and international development education in the School of Education’s Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, has received an Exemplary Educator Award from the government of Mongolia.

Weidman was nominated by colleagues at the National University of Mongolia in recognition of his contributions to the development of higher education in Mongolia through research, technical assistance and advising of Mongolian graduate students dating from 1992.  Two of Weidman’s Mongolian PhD students have received “Best Dissertation Awards” from the Comparative and International Education Society Higher Education special interest group.

Ming-Te Wang

Ming-Te Wang Wins Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Research Contributions in Educational Psychology

Ming-Te Wang, an associate professor in the School of Education, has been recognized for his early-career accomplishments by the American Psychological Association. The Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Research Contributions in Educational Psychology is among the most prestigious honors given to psychologists, who have been working in the field for less than ten years.

Wang’s research focuses on the psychological and sociocultural factors that determine children’s study efforts and academic achievement. He is also director of the Developmental and Motivation Research Lab, holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology and is a research scientist in the Learning Research and Development Center. 

Paula Leslie

Paula Leslie Honored by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation honored Paula Leslie with its Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s November convention.  Leslie is professor in Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’s Department of Communication Science and Disorders, where she is program director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Leslie was nominated for her efforts related to speech-language services for UPMC patients enrolled in palliative care.

Janet Freburger

Janet Freburger Joins Department of Physical Therapy

Janet Freburger has joined the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. As a professor, she will conduct health services research and provide training experiences and mentorship for pre-doctoral and doctoral students. Freburger has expertise in musculoskeletal care and functional status measurement, and has been first or senior author on more than 75 peer-reviewed publications.

Richard Harsen

Richard Harsen Named Chief of Police at Pitt-Bradford

Richard Harsen has been named as chief of police at Pitt-Bradford. He succeeds Dan Songer, who retired Jan. 6 after 20 years as Pitt-Bradford’s police chief. Harsen will supervise eight full-time and eight part-time commissioned police officers and two communications room personnel.

Harsen served 32 years with the Bradford city police, many of those as a juvenile officer and school resource officer. He became a part-time officer with UPB campus police in 2005, joining the campus police force as a full-time officer in 2015. In addition to his work as a juvenile officer and a middle school resource officer, Harsen coached youth softball, baseball, football and basketball for 18 years. While with the city police, he helped to start the city’s drug abuse resistance education program. 

Harsen plans to work closely with the campus’s resident assistants, who are often the first point of contact for students who need help. He also has been trained in interviewing techniques for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Guangyong Li

Guangyong Li Named VP for IEEE NTC

Guangyong Li, faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering, has been named 2017-18 vice president for conferences for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) nanotechnology council (NTC), effective Jan. 1.

Li will establish and chair the council’s meetings committee, and will direct the council’s conference activities, including overseeing, coordinating and monitoring its annual conference. He has been a member of the IEEE NTC since 2002.

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2016 Pitt-Greensburg President’s Distinguished Service Awards for Staff Named

Valerie Kubenko, an administrative secretary, and Stacy Netzel, director of conferencing, are the recipients of the 2016 Pitt-Greensburg President’s Distinguished Service Awards for Staff.

The President’s Distinguished Service Award for Staff is the most prestigious honor that Pitt-Greensburg presents to regular staff members of any classification in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the campus.

Kubenko, who works with the faculty in the Natural Sciences Division, was held up as a role model for teamwork. Using details from the nomination submitted, UPG President Sharon Smith described Kubenko as “kind, compassionate and generous”; “incredibly considerate and impressively anticipating the needs of everyone she works with” and “an empathetic and optimistic problem solver.”

Smith also commended Kubenko for her ability to work with a variety of personalities both in her division and beyond, exhibiting a gracious, diplomatic and patient manner.

Kubenko started her career at Pitt-Greensburg in 2006 as an administrative secretary to faculty in the Humanities and the Behavioral Sciences divisions.

Smith described Netzel as “a vivid illustration of ‘Pitt to the Power of One’: an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit who actively seeks out change rather than waiting to adapt to it in order to advance the whole organization.” Smith noted that Netzel, who holds an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, has an eye for detail at all levels, a deep respect and professionalism in dealing with all constituents and an agility in handling all issues with calm and efficiency that keeps clients coming back year after year.

Stacy Netzel and Valerie Kubenko

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Pitt-Johnstown staff lauded for outstanding service

Two members of the Pitt-Johnstown staff have been recognized for outstanding service.

Dolores Berkey received the President’s Staff Award for excellence in service to Pitt-Johnstown.

Berkey, the executive director of budget management and purchasing, works closely with all departments to ensure efficiency in University operations, and takes the lead to improve budgeting processes on campus.

Mike Bodolosky received the President’s Staff Award for excellence in service to the community.

Bodolosky is executive director of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, which is celebrating its 25th year. He was a driving force behind the creation of The Arts Coalition of the Alleghenies, which brings awareness and appreciation of the arts in the community.

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Kellie Kane Promoted to Director of Admissions Position

Kellie Kane, director of operations and strategic planning in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA), has been promoted to director of admissions.

Her promotion is a more formal announcement of the areas she currently oversees: operations, data, projections, the admissions committee and the scholarship committee.

In her new capacity, Kane will sign all of Pitt’s admissions letters.

Marc Harding, chief enrollment officer, stated: “This promotion reflects the changing and important role she plays in the admission and enrollment of undergraduates. We will now have both a director of admissions and a director of financial aid (Randy McCready), which is the norm for an enrollment services office of Pitt’s size and complexity.”

Kane earned both her bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Pitt.

She began working full-time in OAFA in 1999. Since 2012, she has been helping OAFA become a leader in college and university enrollment management services by developing cutting-edge student-centered processes and practices. She is Pitt’s representative to the Association of Chief Admissions Officers at Public Universities, which is largely comprised of admissions directors.

Lauren Russell

Lauren Russell Wins 2017 Creative Writing Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

Lauren Russell, assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, has been awarded a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Through the fellowship — which carries a monetary award of $25,000 — Russell plans to further develop a book-length work, tentatively titled Descent. The book is a hybrid work of poems, lyrical essays, images, and documents based on her family history.

Jeremy Weber

Jeremy Weber to Serve on National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics

Assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Jeremy Weber has been selected to serve on a panel of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics.

The purpose of the ad hoc panel is to review, assess, and make recommendations for the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Economic Research Service, USDA, on effective methods for collecting data and reporting information.

Weber studies the intersection of economics and energy.