Faculty Snapshots

Pitt has a new place on the editorial board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Peter Strick, a PhD and University Distinguished Professor, has been appointed to the Systems Neuroscience board of the journal.  Strick is the Thomas Detre Professor and chair of neurobiology, scientific director of the University’s Brain Institute, as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Ronald Poropatich, an MD and retired colonel from the U.S. Army, has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering – an honor reserved for the top 2 percent of engineers in this specialty.  Poropatich received this honor for his contributions to mobile health and telemedicine in military and civilian settings.  In particular, Poropatich was integral to developing and deploying telemedicine for the army beginning in the early ‘90s and across several war-torn countries.  He also served as the U.S. Army medical informatics consultant.  Poropatich is now professor of medicine at Pitt, executive director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences, and senior advisor for telemedicine at UPMC.

This May, Rocky Tuan, a PhD, accepts the “Contributions to the Literature” Clemson Award at the 10th World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal.  The honor recognizes his extensive list of publications on musculoskeletal biology and tissue regeneration.  Tuan is a Distinguished Professor and executive vice chair of orthopaedic surgery, professor of bioengineering and of mechanical engineering and materials science, director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, and associate director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.