Awards & More

Issue Date: 
June 20, 2011

Two University of Pittsburgh assistant professors— Jane E. Clougherty in the Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Fengyan Tang in the School of Social Work— have been awarded Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards from Pitt’s University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR).

The annual awards, which recognize promising research and infrastructure projects on campus, honor the memory of Steven Manners, a sociologist who began working at UCSUR in 1974 and served as its assistant director from 1989 until his death in September 2000.

Clougherty’s project, “Adapting Geospatial Modeling Methods to Assess Individual-Level Variability in Urban Chronic Stress,” will employ a modeling method aimed at enabling researchers to better assess individuals’ chronic stress and the multitude of factors impacting that stress, including proximity to physical stressors associated with noise or air pollution.

Tang’s project, “Retirement Transition, Volunteer Engagement, and Physical Health,” will assess how older adults transition into retirement, including whether they stop working entirely or engage in part-time employment and volunteering, or any combination thereof. It will also look at which physical health changes are related to which type of retirement transition.


The Carnegie Science Center held its annual Carnegie Science Awards ceremony on May 5 at Carnegie Music Hall. The Pitt-related winners of this year’s awards were as follows.

• Advanced Materials Award: Alan Russell, University Distinguished Professor of Surgery, bioengineering, and chemical engineering and director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

• Catalyst Award: Marc Malandro, associate vice chancellor for technology management and commercialization and director of the Office of Technology Management.

• University/Post-Secondary Educator Award: Thad Zaleskiewicz, emeritus professor of physics at Pitt-Greensburg.

• Life Sciences Award: Massimo Trucco, Hillman Professor of Pediatric Immunology and head of the Division of Immunogenetics within the Pitt School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and director of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Histocompatibility Center.