Pitt People Changing the World
Stockholm University awarded an honorary doctorate to Distinguished Professor Emerita Marcia Landy in September in appreciation for her outstanding contributions to the humanities.
Jennifer Murtazashvili, an assistant professor in Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an affiliated faculty member of the University's Center for Russian and East European Studies, has been elected to the executive board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.
Lauren Perez, a PhD candidate in political science, has been offered a four-year post-doctoral position at the University of Chicago through the highly competitive Harper-Schmidt Fellowship Program. Jonathan Sherry, a PhD candidate in history, has won a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Council for European Studies, the most prestigious European Studies organization in the United States.
A team of Pitt law students won the fifth annual LLM International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, held April 7-8, 2016, at American University's Washington College of Law. The team included Gustavo Arrobo (Ecuador), Nevena Jevremovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Glory Ohaekwusi (Nigeria), and James Ochieng (Kenya). Team advisor Ronald Brand, academic director of Pitt's Center for International Legal Education, said the moot competition involved a sophisticated investor-state arbitration that required significant research, writing, and preparation for the oral argument.
One of two annual Milan Hodža Awards of Honor was presented in 2015 to Martin Votruba, head of Pitt's Slovak Studies Program, “for the advancement of knowledge of Slovak history and culture in the Slavic department at the University of Pittsburgh and for his support to the preservation of Slovak culture in the awareness of Slovak-Americans and public at large,” according to the award citation. Pitt is the only university in the United States where students can enroll in Slovak language and culture classes and receive a minor in Slovak studies.
Pitt economics professor Thomas G. Rawski has been named as one of the United States' Top 20 China Experts by the China Foreign Affairs University, the leading diplomatic school in the People's Republic of China (PRC). The university emphasizd Rawski's deep understanding of the PRC, gained through first-hand research there.
James Cook, associate director of Pitt's Asian Studies Center, has been named as a Distinguished Overseas Educator by China's Ministry of Education. His work brings together Chinese and U.S. researchers to solve critical environmental and public health issues in northwestern China. Cook has completed several grants sponsored by the United States' National Science Foundation and the China Medical Board in cooperation with the Center for Historical Environment and Socioeconomic Development of Northwest China and the Center for Experimental Economics Education at Shaanxi Normal University.