Academic Accolades

Chair of Religious Studies Receives AAJR Grant

Adam Shear, associate professor of history and associate professor and chair of religious studies, is part of a team of scholars who received a Special Initiatives Grant from the American Academy for Jewish Research.

Mpourmpakis Earns Prestigious Grecian Award

Giannis Mpourmpakis, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering, was honored with the Bodossaki Award in the Applied Chemical Sciences.

Rogers Inducted as Fellow of the ACSM

Renee J. Rogers, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity in the School of Education, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kinloch Elected Vice President of NCTE

Valerie Kinloch, the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education, has been elected vice president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Pinsky Becomes Society Fellow

Michael Pinsky, professor of critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, has been elevated to the rank of APS Fellow by the American Physiological Society.

13 Pitt Alumni Receive Fulbright Scholarships

A record-breaking 13 Pitt alumni won Fulbright scholarships in 2019, shattering the University’s historical record of 11 recipients that was set in 2015.

Jakicic Wins Prestigious ACSM Citation Award

John Jakicic, chair of the Department of Health and Physical Activity in the School of Education, received the Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Hornyak Recognized as Geriatrics Teacher of the Year

Victoria Hornyak, assistant professor of physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, recently received the 2019 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society — Western Division.

Gaskew Appointed to NCAA Committee

Tony Gaskew, professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has been appointed to a three-year term on the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.

Cooper Joins Hall of Inventors

Rory A. Cooper, director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, was recently honored with his U.S. Patent and Trademark Office inventor trading card and portrait.

Ressin Receives Udall Scholarship

Sam Ressin, rising senior in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, is one of only 55 college students out of 443 nationwide candidates to receive a 2019 Udall Scholarship.

Runyan Wins Searle Scholarship

Caroline Runyan, assistant professor of neuroscience, has been named a 2019 Searle Scholar—one of 15 young scientists selected for recognition this year.

Chaves-Gnecco Named 2019 Pediatrician of the Year

Diego Chaves-Gnecco, associate professor at the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, has been named Pediatrician of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania Chapter.

Iordanova Funded for Research Gender in Alzheimer's Disease

Bistra Iordanova, assistant professor of bioengineering, received a $25,000 award from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to examine gender in onset and progression of AD.

Staggenborg Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Suzanne Staggenborg, chair of the Department of Sociology, has been honored with the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior from the University of Notre Dame Center for the Study of Social Movements.

Four Earn 2019 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

Four Pitt students have been named recipients of the 2019 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which support outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and the natural sciences.

Smith Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Peg (Margaret) Smith, a professor emerita of mathematics education and a senior scientist in the LRDC, has been awarded a 2019 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award.

Blain Awarded Best Book in African American Women’s and Gender History

Keisha N. Blain, assistant professor in the Department of History, received the 2019 Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians.

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