Dateline Pittsburgh for 01/19/14

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Associations & Organizations

Stephen Fienberg of Carnegie Mellon University was named to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology's newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.

Mr. Fienberg, the Maurice Falk university professor of statistics and social sciences, will be the commission's only statistician.

Master Interior Contractors Association elected its executive officers for 2014.

They are: president, Michael Nehnevajsa, Easley & Rivers Inc.; vice president, Fred Episcopo, Wyatt Inc.; treasurer, David Balmert, J.J. Morris & Sons Inc.; and secretary, Daryl Pitzer, RAM Acoustical Corp.

Peter Elish of Peter Elish Investments Securities, was elected to the FINRA District 9 District Committee.

CMU faculty members Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Raj Reddy and Subra Suresh, president, have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.


Greg Homrock joined Mars National Bank as retail banking manager of the Mars office.

Allegheny Valley Bank promoted Jeffrey A. Martin to chief lending officer.


CentiMark hired Alanna Sahene, customer service manager; Cole Williams, tech services and sustainability coordinator; and Eric Efaw, licensing and tax compliance.

Health care

HCI Group promoted Michael Ganovski to regional vice president for the eight-state mid-Atlantic region.

Gateway HealthSM named Patricia J. Darnley president and CEO of Gateway.


Allied Insurance Brokers is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff McGeary, Allied's executive vice president, as secretary on the Florida Crane Owners' Council.


ANH Refractories Co. named Stephen M. Delo as chairman and chief executive officer.

Kevin E. McDonald was appointed vice president, fiber glass at PPG Industries.


NPC Productions hired Suzanne Meyer as director of sales and marketing.


Thomas P. Kerr, vice president for PPG Industries, was named to the board of Pittsburgh Public Theater.


The Timken Co. appointed Pittsburgh native Scott C. Deemer to the position of account manager, Joy Global, for its U.S. original equipment business.

Awards and Honors

Martha F. Somers was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association with its 2014 Award for Excellence in Neurologic Education. She will receive the national award at the combined sections meeting of the APTA on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Las Vegas.

Ms. Somers is an assistant professor of physical therapy in Duquesne University's Rangos School of Health Sciences.

This award is presented by the APTA's neurology section to acknowledge and honor a member of the section whose clinical and/or academic neurologic educational contributions have been of exceptional value.

The American Psychological Association selected CMU's J. David Creswell to receive the 2014 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of health psychology.

The annual award honors career scientists for contributions made in the first nine years after receiving their doctoral degree.

Mr. Creswell, associate professor of psychology and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, focuses on how the mind and brain influence physical health and performance.

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