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University of Pittsburgh Names 13 New Legacy Laureates

The University of Pittsburgh has named 13 new Legacy Laureates, alumni recognized for their outstanding personal and professional accomplishments. The laureates were honored during Pitt’s Oct. 28-31 Homecoming festivities.

Building Blocks of Creation: The Age of NanoScience and Technology

Hrvoje Petek (left) and Hong Koo Kim, codirectors of Pitt’s Petersen Institute for NanoScience and Engineering, are standing in the nanofabrication area of the lab’s “clean room.”

Academic Resource Center Receives Sankofa Award

n recognition of its commitment to the educational success of African American students, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Academic Resource Center (ARC) will receive the 2010 It Takes A Village Sankofa Award from the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council (AAAC).

Pitt Planet Hunters Track Long, Strange Voyage of Distant Planet as Part of International Collaboration

Pitt’s STEPUP exoplanet group was among nine teams to observe the rare 12-hour transit of HD 80606b in full and establish a new technique for recording planetary transits outside Earth’s solar system, researchers report in The Astrophysical Journal.

Student Support Services Program Receives More than $2 Million in Federal Funding

The University of Pittsburgh was awarded a grant of $2,039,960 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of the Student Support Services (SSS) Project. The SSS program is designed to address the needs of first generation college students and/or students who meet federally stipulated income guidelines.

Grace, Woodward named Distinguished Professors

School of Arts and Sciences faculty members Anthony A. Grace and James F. Woodward each has been named a Distinguished Professor, effective Sept. 1. Grace has been named Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Woodward has been named Distinguished Professor of History and Philosophy of Science.

Pitt Alumni Association Elects New Slate of Officers To Serve 2010-12 Term

Jack D. Smith, an orthopedic surgeon in Greensburg, Pa., elected president, and Jane Bilewicz Allred, a marketing firm president from Phoenix, Ariz., named president-elect.

Professors Kay Brummond and Peter Wipf have been elected to the 2010 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society

Professors Kay Brummond and Peter Wipf have been elected to the 2010 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society, thus bringing the number of ACS Fellows in the Department to four.

Award-Winning Pitt Faculty Member Named Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History

Marcus Rediker is author of the acclaimed book The Slave Ship: A Human History, winner of the 2008 George Washington Book Prize.

Pitt Astronomer Leads Search for Supernovae, Star-Gobbling Black Holes for International Telescope Project

Group led by Pitt professor Michael Wood-Vasey will use the world's largest digital camera to identify explosive deep-space events in latest of several international telescope projects involving Pitt researchers.

Department of Geology and Planetary Science Collaborates on First NGS CORS Base Station in Pennsylvania with Multi-Constellation Satellite Recording Capability

The Department of Geology and Planetary Science, in collaboration with the Photogrammetry and Survey division of PennDOT and the National Geodetic Survey, is the first in the state to upgrade their GPS CORS reference station, known as PAAP to record multiple satellite positioning systems.

Barbara Warnick Chosen as RSA Fellow

Barbara Warnick, chair of the Department of Communication in the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen as a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America.

Graham Hatfull Selected for Prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorship, Grants

Efforts within the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Biological Sciences to encourage aspiring scientists have been rewarded with two prestigious grants totaling $2 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), as well as the renewed appointment of department chair and Eberly Family Professor Graham Hatfull as one of 13 HHMI Professors nationwide.

Arts and Sciences Student Awarded German Room Scholarship

It felt fantastic to receive the scholarship from the Nationality Room Committee. It has helped me reach a lot of my goals while abroad, such as seeing a lot of the German country, as well as participating in a German university."

Pitt Art Historian Honored for His Book on the National Mall and the Transformation of Memorial Spaces

PITTSBURGH-The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the 2010 Charles C. Eldredge Prize to Kirk Savage, a professor and chair in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, for his book "Monument Wars: Washington D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape" (University of California Press, 2009).