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Physics and Astronomy Professors Return from Devastated Japan

Two Pitt faculty members had a spring break they won’t soon forget. Nancy Naples and Vittorio Paolone, associate professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, were in Japan working on a research project studying neutrino oscillation when last Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck.

History faculty member and sports historian piques national and international interest with newest book

Department of History faculty member and well-known sports historian Rob Ruck is receiving international interest and critical acclaim for his newest book, Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game (Beacon, 2011).

Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures to host conference of The American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)

Pitt to Host the American Association for Italian Studies 2011 Conference April 7-9 Pitt Professor Marcia Landy to give the plenary address; Simonetta Soldani, professor at the University of Florence, is the Women’s Studies Caucus plenary speaker

Glasco, Hatfull, Levy, Machery, Norton, and Star Recognized with Chancellor’s Awards

A selection committee, chaired by Juan J. Manfredi, vice provost for undergraduate studies, recommended the teaching award winners after reviewing supporting materials. Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg sent congratulatory letters to the winners, citing some of their accomplishments.

Shallenberger Recognized with Chancellor’s Award

Dorothy Shallenberger was praised for going the extra mile for faculty, staff and students in the Department of Music.

Nancy Condee Named Inaugural Director of Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

Nancy Condee, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been named the inaugural director of Pitt’s Global Studies Center, effective immediately. Condee served previously as the director of Pitt’s Cultural Studies Program, from 1995 to 2006.

Pitt Professor Eric Moe Receives 2010 Aaron Copland Award

Eric Moe, composer and professor of composition and theory at the University of Pittsburgh, is one of only 10 composers nationwide selected for a prestigious Aaron Copland Award residency at Copland House in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., the home of the late eminent American composer that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Pitt Communication Professor Awarded NCA 2010 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award

Lester C. Olson’s monograph is recognized as “a significant contribution to scholarship in visual rhetoric.”

History Department Professor Receives Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has named Tony Novosel, lecturer in the University of Pittsburgh Department of History, the recipient of the 2011 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising.

Pitt Researchers Find Adolescent Brains Over-Process Rewards, Suggesting Root of Risky Behavior, Psychological Disorders

The first recordings of individual neurons in adolescent brains during a reward-driven task show that teen brains react with erratic excitement well above adult levels, according to a Journal of Neuroscience report

Pitt Physicist Receives 2011 Einstein Prize for Lifetime Contributions To Understanding, Reshaping Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity

The American Physical Society has honored Ezra T. Newman, Pitt Professor Emeritus of physics and astronomy, for his 60-year career in general relativity, from working with Einstein’s closest colleagues to revitalize the field to producing one of the most influential reformulations of the original theory.

Pitt-led Project Clearing Carthaginians of Mass Baby Killing Makes List of Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2010

A study led by Pitt professor of anthropology Jeffrey H. Schwartz that refutes millennia-long claims of mass infant sacrifice in ancient Carthage featured inArchaeology magazine alongside 2010’s most notable finds, including the mapping of the Neanderthal genome and discovery of the oldest bipedal human ancestor.

ASTRONOMERS RELEASE THE LARGEST COLOR IMAGE OF THE SKY EVER MADE

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III (SDSS-III) released the largest and most comprehensive digital color image of the night sky ever made, and its free to all. T

Pitt Researcher Named One of Eight Outstanding New Environmental Scientists in U.S., Receives $2 Million Award to Investigate Nanotube Toxicity

Alex Star, a professor in Pitt’s Department of Chemistry, was recognized by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for his work to develop a technique for biodegrading durable nanotubes with natural enzymes.

Pitt a Top Producer of Fulbright Student Winners, Placing 12th Among U.S. Public Research Universities

Of Pitt’s 34 applicants, 12 Pitt students win Fulbrights, the most in Pitt’s history of competing for the award Pitt also among top three U.S. public research institutions in the percentage of winners, with 35 percent of applicants receiving awards.