Alex John London has been appointed the Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy. A prominent ethicist who is frequently called upon to address critical problems nationally and internationally, London researches foundational ethical issues in human-subjects research, issues of social justice, the ethics of autonomous technologies and methodological questions in theoretical and applied ethics. Learn more.
Madeleine Kelly recently spent two weeks at the University of Manchester in England, where she collaborated with some of the world’s top scientists in materials science and engineering, learned about a powerful electron microscope, and taught researchers new techniques to process three-dimensional data. Kelly earned bachelor’s degrees in materials science and engineering and engineering and public policy, and received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering last May. She won the Joseph Goldstein Scholar Award, sponsored by the Meteoritical Society and the publisher Springer, which along with a grant through Kelly’s adviser, Materials Science and Engineering MSE Professor and Department Head Greg Rohrer, provided funds for the trip. The Joseph Goldstein Scholar Award promotes career advancement for early career members of the Microanalysis Society, increases interactions of junior and established microanalysts, and advances the state-of-the-art in microanalysis measurements. Find out more.
The Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences is honoring Brian MacWhinney as a scientist who has made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain and behavior. MacWhinney, professor of psychology, is a significant force in psycholinguistics, both theoretically and methodologically. He has served the linguistic community by creating and curating numerous language databases. Learn more.
Jill Simmons will sing the national anthem at PNC Park tomorrow (Friday, July 14) before the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Simmons, a director of development for university initiatives, is a singer for theCAUSE, a five-piece rock ’n‘ roll cover band that plays hits from the Grateful Dead, the Beatles and Phish, and original tunes. Prior to singing the national anthem, Simmons will be performing with theCAUSE during the first Grateful Dead Night at PNC Park. It will be her 15th time singing the “Star Spangled Banner” before a Pirates game. Find out more.