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Awards and Accolades: Pitt Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy Announce Faculty, Staff and Student Achievements

PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2011 – The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy often are recognized by academic and scientific societies and other organizations for their achievements and leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

  • Michael Beach, D.N.P., A.N.C.P.-B.C., P.N.P., assistant professor, School of Nursing, received a $100,000 award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide ten, $10,000 scholarships for the second degree students for next fall and spring.
  • Lora E. Burke, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N., professor, School of Nursing, received a $699,897 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a 4-year project called, “Advancing Real Time Data Collection: Adaptive Sampling and Innovative Technology."
  • Marilyn Davies, Ph.D., M.S.N., assistant professor, School of Nursing, received funding from the University of Pittsburgh Central Research Development Fund for her project titled “Providing Health Information to Households with Preschoolers at Risk for Obesity.”
  • Levent Kirisci, Ph.D., professor; Ralph Tarter, Ph.D., professor; and Ty Ridenour, Ph.D., research associate professor, all School of Pharmacy, presented their findings related to the determinants of individuality in person-centered medicine at the annual meeting of International Network of Person-Centered Medicine sponsored by World Health Organization and University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Paul A. Moore, D.M.D, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor, School of Dental Medicine, was invited to represent the dental profession on the U.S. Surgeon General’s Expert Panel on “Prescription Drug Abuse in Youth”, held in Washington, D.C. He discussed abuse issues in the health care setting.
  • John M. O’Donnell, C.R.N.A., M.S.N., Dr.P.H., director, nurse anesthesia program, School of Nursing, received a $32,628 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support nurse anesthesia students.
  • Kathryn Puskar, M.N., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., F.A.A.N., professor, School of Nursing, received the 2010 Ellen Rudy Clore Excellence in Research Writing Award from the Journal of Pediatric Health Care for an article she co-authored entitled, “Identification of Suicide Risk Among Rural Youth: Implications for the Use of HEADSS (Home, Education, Activities, Drug use and abuse, Sexual behavior, and Suicidality)."
  • Christine M. Ruby, PharmD., assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics, School of Pharmacy, was an invited symposium speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Spring Conference. With more than 270 participants in attendance, Dr. Ruby’s presentation focused on “The Appropriate Use of Pharmacotherapy in Alzheimer’s Disease.”
  • Mohammad S. Shawaqfeh, Ph.D. candidate, School of Pharmacy, received the 2011 Patient Safety Fellowship awarded by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. The Fellowship program will take place in June and July 2011 with the focus on fundamentals of patient safety and patient-centered care.
  • Alexandre Vieira, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Dental Medicine, was appointed to the board of directors of the Society for Clinical and Translational Science.
  • Karen Wickersham, senior, School of Nursing, was awarded the American Cancer Society Doctoral Nursing Scholarship for July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

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