Dateline Pittsburgh for 11/18/12

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Chemel Kornick & Co. LLC hired Jessica L. Mirowitz as a tax consultant.


PNC Financial Services hired Michelle Gaudino and Janelle McGrath as mortgage loan officers.


Ralph J. Martin, CEO of Trib Total Media, and Michael J. Smith, president and CEO of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, have been appointed to the board of trustees at Robert Morris University.


MetLife said William E. Thomas was named market leader for the greater Pittsburgh area.


United States Steel Corp. announced changes in its public affairs department. Erin DiPietro was named manager, executive communications; Courtney Boone was named manager, media relations; and Sarah Cassella was named public affairs representative II.


The American Red Cross hired: Kevin D. Brown, executive director; Dominique Buccina, communications specialist; Anna Drenning, youth volunteer specialist; Betsy Myers, disaster response specialist; Kaitlin Norris, disaster response specialists; and Jamie Phillips, volunteer specialist.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh said Leah Hardaway was named the executive director of the Hazelwood Y.

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, a program of Family Services of Western PA, hired Karen Berry as program coordinator. Ms. Berry replaced Rachel Steigerwalt, who took a new position with the Options Care Management program at Family Services.

Six new directors were elected to serve a three-year term on the Concordia Lutheran Ministries board. They are: Rande Casaday, first vice president of investments and branch manager, Stifel, Nicolaus; Peter Fisher, retired engineer; Tom Kibel accountant; Russell Lucas, attorney in private practice for Maiello Brungo & Maiello LLP; Ruth Redenbaugh, retired nursing administrator; and the Rev. Michael Scheer, pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church, Slippery Rock.

Awards and Honors

A multicenter and multidisciplinary team that includes Joel S. Schuman -- Eye & Ear Foundation professor and chair, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director of the UPMC Eye Center, was awarded the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award from the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, for its invention and validation of a revolutionary imaging system that reveals vivid details of eye anatomy.

Three faculty members at Duquesne University have been honored for their outstanding work with the President's Distinguished Awards.

Excellence in Scholarship: Monica Sorescu, an associate professor in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, has established and constructed a state-of-the-art laboratory in Condensed Matter Physics, dedicated to both synthesis and characterization of nanostructured magnetic materials. Ms. Sorescu also has received more than $1.2 million in grant money for her research over the past eight years, many of those grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Sorescu has published 128 research papers, 100 while at Duquesne.

Excellence in Teaching: Nancy Trun, associate professor in the Bayer School and designated National Academies teaching fellow from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has distinguished herself in her teaching expertise and commitment. Ms. Trun has taught a diversity of courses, ranging from freshman lecture classes to small elective courses to specialized graduate courses.

Excellence in Service to the Mission: Vincent Giannetti, professor in the Mylan School of Pharmacy, has served on numerous committees that require long hours and total commitment. He has chaired the Outcomes Assessment Committee for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Self-Study for the School of Pharmacy, as well as the University Grievance Committee, served as co-chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for the Middle States accreditation and has participated on the University Curriculum Committee.


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