Awards & More

Issue Date: 
January 18, 2011

For the second-consecutive year, Pitt has been named one of the top military-friendly colleges and universities by Military Advanced Education magazine. In its 4th Annual Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities published in December, the magazine recognized Pitt’s recently expanded Office of Veterans Services, including its guidance in academic matters, financial aid, tuition-benefit assistance, careers, and long-term goals. The office also offers orientation sessions specifically designed for veterans.

Pitt professor of computer science Panos K. Chrysanthis was selected as a 2010 Distinguished Scientist of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Chrysanthis is the first Pitt faculty member to receive this distinction. He was recognized for his contributions to the fields of computing and information technology.

John T. S. Keeler, dean of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), has been elected president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). The 34 institutional members of APSIA are the top policy schools in North America, Asia, and Europe dedicated to the promotion of excellence in professional international affairs education worldwide. Keeler, a widely recognized scholar of European politics, comparative public policy, and transatlantic relations, was appointed dean of GSPIA in July 2007.

Clayton A. Smith, an internationally renowned hematology and oncology expert, has been named director of the Hematologic Malignancies Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and director of Leukemia and Stem Cell Transplant Clinical Services with UPMC Cancer Centers. Previously, Smith served as the director of the Leukemia/Stem Cell Transplantation Program at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and as a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

George Zimmerman, a professor of vision studies in the Pitt School of Education’s General Special Education Program, was one of 11 alumni inducted into the Outstanding Alumni Academy of the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services.