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University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Academic Achievements

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14, 2010 – The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) often is recognized by academic and scientific organizations for the significant achievements and exceptional leadership of its faculty, staff, students and alumni. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

  • Linda Frank, Ph.D., M.S.N., principal investigator and project director of the Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, has been designated a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). As a nursing professional who combines clinical practice with leadership in policy, education, professional services and scholarly activities, Dr. Frank was recognized for her outstanding contributions and achievements. Dr. Frank, also associate professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, will be honored at the ANN’s Annual Awards Ceremony & Induction on Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C.
  • Bernard Goldstein, M.D., professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Assess the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. The committee will address the effects of the spill on both the short- and long-term health of individuals—including workers, volunteers, residents and visitors, to improve understanding of the crisis and determine what actions should be taken to protect public health in the future.
  • GSPH alumnus Coleen Boyle, Ph.D., was recently appointed acting director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Boyle, who received degrees in biostatistics and epidemiology from GSPH, has played a key role in the center’s global work in China and Vietnam.
  • Ronald O. Valdiserri, M.D., GSPH alumnus, was named the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In this capacity, Dr. Valdiserri works closely with the Assistant Secretary for Health to develop scientific and policy advice to ensure coordinated approaches within and across DHHS agencies to address infectious diseases of national public health significance.

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), founded in 1948 and one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, conducts research on public health and medical care that improves the lives of millions of people around the world. GSPH is a leader in devising new methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other important public health issues. For more information about GSPH, visit the school’s Web site at  

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