Awards & More

Issue Date: 
November 7, 2011

Denise Chisholm, a professor in Pitt’s Department of Occupational Therapy, was awarded the Pitt School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 2010-11 Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award for her commitment to scholarship and her students’ well-being, as well as for practicing occupational therapy with compassion and dignity.

Pittsburgh City Council declared Oct. 21 My Tale of Two Cities Day, honoring the nationally recognized film directed by Pitt’s Carl Kurlander, a Visiting Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Pitt’s Film Studies program. My Tale of Two Cities tells Pittsburgh’s story as a city that has survived tough times to redefine its reputation. Kurlander is also a Hollywood screenwriter, television writer and producer, and author.

Amy Landis and Melissa Bilec, both assistant professors of engineering, were selected to join 65 of the nation’s brightest early-career faculty members for the National Academy of Engineer’s third Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, Nov. 13-16. The event, held in California, recognizes educators for developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in their curriculums. Both Pitt sustainability professors were nominated based on their inclusion of collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches in the classroom.

David H. Perlmutter, the Vira I. Heinz Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and scientific director and physician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, has received the 2011 Shwachman Award from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). The Shwachman Award is given annually to an individual who has made major, lifelong scientific or educational contributions to the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology or nutrition in North America. Perlmutter received the award during NASPGHAN’s annual meeting last month.