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Awards and Accolades: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 9, 2013 – The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences often are recognized by academic and scientific societies and other prestigious organizations for their significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:
  • Rory Cooper, Ph.D., director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army for his extraordinary contributions to veterans by leveraging science, clinical research and advanced engineering technology to improve the mobility of wounded and disabled veterans. The award was presented in July by the commander of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
  • Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean, School of Nursing, was named Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing by Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg effective Aug. 1, 2013. The appointment of a faculty member to a Distinguished Professorship at the University of Pittsburgh constitutes the highest honor that the University can accord a member of the professorate. Designation as a Distinguished Service Professor recognizes distinctive contributions and outstanding service to the University community in support of its multi-faceted teaching/research/service mission, as well as performance excellence in the faculty member's department or school, and national stature in his or her discipline or field.
  • Linda Dudjak, Ph.D., M.S.N., associate professor, School of Nursing, received the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which annually recognizes outstanding development of community best practices through course design. Dr. Dudjak was honored during BbWorld, Blackboard’s annual user conference held in July in Las Vegas.
  • Judith A. Erlen, M.S.N., Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Health and Community Systems, Pitt School of Nursing, was named as one of 20 Sustained Influential Members of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) at the 2013 conference. The selection was based upon sustained contributions to ENRS through leadership, mentoring, scholarship and programs of research that advanced the discipline and the advancement of nursing knowledge.
  • Pitt School of Nursing’s Ann M. Mitchell, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., associate professor and vice-chair for administration, and Kathy Puskar, Dr.P.H., F.A.A.N., professor and coordinator of the psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist area of concentration, both of the Department of Health and Community Systems, with Helen K. Burns, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at Excela Health, were selected for the 2013 Sigma Theta Tau International Evidence Based Practice Award for their work on SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment), a universal prevention model for those dependent on substances or those at risk for developing a substance dependency.
  • Lewis Kuller, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor emeritus, Graduate School of Public Health, has been selected to receive the 2013 Population Prize by the American Heart Association. This annual prize is awarded to a recipient in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science. Dr. Kuller will receive the award at the 2013 Scientific Sessions in Dallas in November.
  • Caterina Rosano, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, was recently appointed to the Aging Systems and Geriatric Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Effective immediately and ending June 2017, Dr. Rosano will advance the national biomedical research effort by reviewing grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in the geriatric field.
  • Mark J. Shlomchik, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Immunology, School of Medicine, was selected as the first recipient of the Lupus Insight Prize, which provides $200,000 for use in innovative research on lupus, an autoimmune disorder affecting 1.5 million Americans. The award honors the achievements of an outstanding investigator in the field, whose research efforts have a high likelihood of generating further advances in understanding the causes, biology, treatments or cure of lupus. Dr. Shlomchik received the award in June during a formal ceremony at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies in Boston.
  • Donald M. Yealy, M.D., and Richard J. Wadas, M.D., chair and clinical associate professor respectively, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, were recognized by the Pennsylvania Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians (PaACEP) for their professional contributions to emergency medicine. Dr. Yealy received the 2013 PaACEP Meritorious Service Award, and Dr. Wadas received the 2013 PaACEP Emergency Physician of the Year Award in April.
  • Douglas B. White, M.D., M.A.S., associate professor, Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, and director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness, Pitt’s Center for Bioethics and Health Law, recently was selected to serve as a member of the Societal and Ethical Issues in Research Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Appointment to an NIH Study Section demonstrates competence and achievement in ethical disciplines as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, as well as other scientific achievements and honors received. Dr. White will serve in this role until June 30, 2017.
  • Shanta M. Zimmer, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, School of Medicine, recently was selected for the 2013-2014 class of fellows for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) program of Drexel University’s College of Medicine. This year-long program is dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions.

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