Academic Accolades AY 2020-2021

Wallace Named Interim Director of the CRSP

John Wallace, vice provost for faculty diversity and development and David E. Epperson Chair and Professor, has agreed to step in to be the interim director of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP). 

Kinloch Named Trustee of Undergraduate Alma Mater

Valerie Kinloch, the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education, has been appointed to the board of trustees of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

Pitt Nuclear Engineering Awarded $1.6M from DOE

Interdisciplinary researchers at the Swanson School of Engineering received $1.6 million in advanced nuclear energy research and development funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Hergenroeder to Direct PIC Health Careers

Andrea Hergenroeder, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in SHRS, has been appointed as the new director of the Pitt Interprofessional Center for Health Careers.

Bajaj Receives Nuclear Regulatory Commission Grant

Engineering Assistant Professor Nikhil Bajaj has been awarded $450,000 from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop a nationally recognized nuclear research program and grow the overall nuclear program at Pitt.

Kerr Receives EPLC Alumni Award

Mary Margaret Kerr, professor in the School of Education, was named a winner of the Education Policy and Leadership Center’s 2020 Leadership Program Alumni Award.

McDermott Receives NEH Award

Associate Professor of English Ryan McDermott and colleagues received a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities award to support the Genealogies of Modernity Project.

Wagner, Woo Inducted to IAMBE

Two Pitt faculty members were elected fellows of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. William R. Wagner and Savio L-Y. Woo were selected for this competitive election alongside 24 other internationally recognized leaders in the field. 

Balazs elected to National Academy of Sciences

Anna C. Balazs, Distinguished Professor in the Swanson School of Engineering, is among the National Academy of Sciences' 120 newly elected members, recognizing distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Two Students Win Boren Awards

The National Security Education Program has recognized Pitt students Simon Kioko and Dijana Mujkanovic with David L. Boren study abroad awards.

Means Earns Outstanding Publication Award

Darris Means, associate professor in educational foundations, organizations and policy, has received the Outstanding Publication Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Liu Elected to Physics and Astronomy Organization Leadership

W. Vincent Liu, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected to serve the U.S.-based International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers on the six-year track of secretary to vice president to president.

Leland Receives NIH Grant for Medicare Payment Research

Natalie Leland, associate professor of occupational therapy, is a recipient of a four-year, $2.86 million grant from the National Institute on Aging is for her project, "The Impact of Post-Acute Care Payment Changes on Access and Outcomes." 

Temple Wins College Language Association Book Award

Christel N. Temple, a professor with Pitt’s Department of Africana Studies, has received the 2021 College Language Association's Book Award for “Black Cultural Mythology.”

Kinloch and Feingold Earn ACE Fellowships

Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Valerie Kinloch and Executive Associate Dean of Pitt Public Health Eleanor Feingold were named fellows in the American Council on Education’s 2021-22 class.

Rubio Receives Diversity and Inclusion Award

Doris Rubio has received the 2021 Association for Clinical and Translational Science Award for Contributing to the Diversity and Inclusiveness of the Translational Workforce. 

Pitt 2021 Goldwater Scholarships Winners

Mark Farino and Asher Hancock are Pitt's newest 2021 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships awardees; the program supports outstanding students pursuing careers in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences.

Brummond Honored for Encouraging Women into Chemical Sciences

Kay Brummond, associate dean for faculty in the Dietrich School and professor in the Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of the 2021 ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.

Ming-Te Wang Garners Two Research Excellence Awards

Ming-Te Wang, assistant professor of psychology, professor of education and research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, has been recognized with awards from the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Social Work and Research

Schuster Receives Research Award for Campus Study

Maximilian Schuster, assistant professor of practice in the School of Education, was selected for the 2021 Excellence in Research Award by the NASPA Orientation, Retention and Transition Knowledge Community.

Kovashka’s Receives NSF CAREER Award

Adriana Kovashka, assistant professor of computer science, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to "teach" computers object detection.

Levy Awarded Grant to Develop New Quantum Computer

The Office of Naval Research has awarded $7.5 million to a multidisciplinary research team led by Jeremy Levy, Distinguished Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, and four other universities to develop more effective quantum computers.

​Carvunis Earns Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship

Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis, assistant professor of computational and systems biology in the School of Medicine, is among 128 early career researchers receiving a 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

NSF Grant for Project on Public Access to Justice

Professors Kevin Ashley, School of Law and Diane Litman, Department of Computer Science, were awarded a National Science Foundation award for FAI: Using AI to Increase Fairness by Improving Access to Justice. 

Goodhart Named SCAS Fellow

Michael Goodhart, professor of political science and director of Pitt’s Global Studies Center, has been named a fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study for 2021-22. 

Stover Named AOTA President

Alyson Stover, assistant professor of occupational therapy in SHRS, was recently elected the newest president of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Three Named to NAI Senior Members Class

The National Academy of Inventors announced it has selected three University of Pittsburgh professors among 61 academic inventors for the 2021 class of NAI senior members.

Diana Khoi Nguyen Wins 2021 NEA Literature Fellowship

Diana Khoi Nguyen, assistant professor in the Department of English Writing Program has earned a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry.

Ohodnicki Receives $1 Million Grant to ‘Innervate’ Pipelines

Research led by Paul Ohodnicki, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, has received $1 million in funding to utilize Pitt-developed optical fiber sensor technology as the “nerves” of critical infrastructure.

Page Named National Influential Scholar

Lindsay Page, associate professor in the School of Education and research scientist the LRDC, has been named a national scholar of influence in the 11th annual 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, released by Education Week. 

Liu Named 2021 MSI Young Scholar

Pitt business faculty member Peggy Liu has been selected as a 2021 Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Young Scholar.

Lobel Honored with Teaching Award

The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) has honored Pitt Professor of Law Jules Lobel with its SALT Great Teacher Award at its virtual annual awards celebration.

Law Professors Named to Civil Rights Advisory Committee

Associate Professor Jessie Allen and Professor Mary Crossley have been appointed to the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for a four-year term. 

CBA Faculty in Poets & Quants Top 50

Anthony Rodi, clinical associate professor of business administration, and Peggy Liu, assistant professor of business administration and Ben L. Fryrear Faculty Fellow, are among the Poets & Quants 2020 Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors.

Beckman Named NAI Fellow

Eric Beckman, distinguished service professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors 2020 cohort.

Literary Interests Earn Her Marshall Scholarship

Senior undergraduate student Madeline Fox has been named a 2021 Marshall Scholarship winner.

Hare Named PA Educator of the Year

Jason Hare, assistant professor of physician assistant studies in SHRS, has won the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistant 2020 Pennsylvania Educator of the Year award.

Lewicka Named Fellow of the AMS

Marta Lewicka, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, has been named to the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society Class of 2021.

Murrell Interviewed on Food Insecurity

Audrey J. Murrell, acting dean of the University Honors College, was interviewed by WQED Multimedia for a new documentary on the topic of food insecurity.

Allen Named AAAS Fellow

Colin Allen, a distinguished professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Alikhani Wins Grant to Support Underrepresented Students

Malihe Alikhani, assistant professor of computer science, received a Google ExploreCSR grant to support students from URGs to pursue graduate studies and research careers in computing.

LRDC Scientists Receive $900,000 Grant

Erin Walker, associate professor in SCI and LRDC research scientist has been named PI for an NSF grant to study the use of robots in middle school math classrooms.

Rosenzweig Wins Nursing Award

Margaret Rosenzweig, Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Nursing, is the 2020 recipient of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research’s President’s Award.

Cape Awarded Grant to Study Immigration and Job Market

Joshua Cape, assistant professor of statistics, with collaborators at Johns Hopkins University, has received a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the proposal “Methods and Applications for Massive One-mode and Bipartite Social Networks.”

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Receives Grant for Nerve Cell Research

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center recently received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, which will continue a lab-computer collaboration that accurately simulates communications between nerve cells and muscle cells.

Cudd Delivers Presidential Address for AMINTAPHIL

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd delivered the presidential address at the October 2020 biannual conference of the American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

Godley Recognized with Teacher Development Award

Amanda Godley, vice provost for graduate studies, received the 2020 Richard A. Meade Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for “outstanding research in English and language arts teacher development.”

Chong Joins Open Science Fellows Program

Lillian Chong, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been chosen as one of five members of the 2020 Silicon Therapeutics Open Science Fellows Program.

NSF Grant Funds Madison's Research Efforts

Michael Madison, professor of law, is co-leading The Governing Knowledge Commons Project research collaborative, which received a National Science Foundation award to support efforts to build a research coordination network.

Whitfield Receives NIMH Health Grant

Assistant Professor Darren Whitfield received a $443,533 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the relationship between psychosocial factors and adherence and persistence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among young Black gay, bisexual and other men.

Shroff Inducted as IAMBE Fellow

Sanjeev Shroff, distinguished professor and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair of Bioengineering, was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Audrey Murrell to Serve on PWSA Board

Acting Dean of the Pitt Honors College and professor of business administration Audrey J. Murrell was nominated by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to serve on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board of directors.

Hatridge Part of Grant Supporting Quantum Computing Center

Michael Hatridge, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a co-investigator in a $115 million DOE Office of Science initiative to advance quantum computing research.

Jackie Smith Receives Fulbright for Her Research

Jackie Smith, professor in the Department of Sociology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Canada.

Goldberg Named to RESNA Board

Mary Goldberg, an associate professor in SHRS, was elected to the national board of directors for the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.

Hornbostel Named Fellow at RCSA

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named Katherine Hornbostel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, as a fellow for Scialog: Negative Emissions Science.

Murrell Appointed Editor of Study Abroad Journal

Audrey J. Murrell, acting dean of the University Honors College, will serve as incoming editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.

Mendez Earns National Recognition

Dara Mendez, assistant professor of epidemiology, has been honored with the 2020 Award for Effective Practice at the Community Level.

NIH Awards Bondi $1.4 Million to Study TBI

Corina Bondi, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Newman Wins Heart Association Prize

Anne B. Newman, Graduate School of Public Health, was awarded the American Heart Association's 2020 Clinical Research Prize.

Bayles Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Taryn Bayles, vice chair for undergraduate education and professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, has been honored with the ASEE 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Morsi Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Badie Morsi, professor and director of the Petroleum Engineering Program, was awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.

Page Achieves AERA Early Career Award

Lindsay Page, associate professor in the School of Education and research scientist in the LRDC,  received the 2020 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Kemerer Wins Best New Author Award

Pitt Business professor Chris F. Kemerer has received the Best New Author Award from business case publisher Ivey Publishing.

Harper to Co-Chair AOM Racial Justice Committee

Pitt Business faculty member Paul T. Harper has been named co-chair of the Racial Justice Committee of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Bedewy Earns NSF’s EAGER Award

Mostafa Bedewy, assistant professor of industrial engineering, received a nearly $245,000 EAGER award to study a new scalable laser patterning process for directly growing tailored nanocarbons on flexible polymers.

Swanson School Receives $1.9 Million From US DOE

Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering received a total of $1,868,500 in faculty and student awards from the DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program in support of three projects.

Researchers Study Efficient Data Storage

Pitt engineering researchers Feng Xiong and Nathan Youngblood secured a $500,000 NSF award to study how to store data more efficiently using optical and electrical techniques on 2D materials.