Issue Date: 
February 2, 2009

Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh professor of history and chair of the Department of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2008 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History for his award-winning book, The Slave Ship: A Human History (Viking Penguin, 2007). The award was presented at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in New York City in January.

Rediker has received other honors for The Slave Ship. Last March, he was selected the 2008 Merle Curti Award winner by the Organization of American Historians. In May, he received the fourth annual $50,000 George Washington Book Prize at Mt. Vernon.

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC) has won a national award for its Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program for Children and Adolescents. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration selected the program for its 2008 Treatment of Mental Illness and Recovery Support Services Award, which recognizes exemplary interventions that have been shown to prevent and/or treat mental illnesses and substance abuse. WPIC launched the Intensive Outpatient Program for kids with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in 2005, making it one of only a few intensive OCD outpatient programs in the country.

Three professors from Pitt’s School of Information Sciences faculty were honored by the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) consortium. The consortium, which includes students and faculty from 15 colleges and universities in the United States, England, and Canada, seeks to provide a collaborative distance education model that will increase the quality, access, and diversity of online education opportunities in library and information science. Pitt School of Information Sciences professors Mary K. Biagini and Ellen Gay Detlefsen, and assistant professor Bernadette Callery were nominated for the 2008 awards in the category of  Excellence in Online Teaching, Best Practices. The awards are given to faculty nominated by WISE students from institutions other than the faculty member’s home institution. The awards were presented during the annual conference of the Association of Library and Information Science Education held in January in Denver.

Fiore Pugliano (A&S ‘70G, ‘77G), senior adviser and lecturer in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of English in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the 2009 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. The award, which carries a $4,000 cash prize, recognizes Arts and Sciences undergraduate advisers for their outstanding achievements. Pugliano has advised writing, literature, and film studies students since 1974.