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Known for his innovative and enthusiastic teaching at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels, Donald M. Goldstein motivates students through his own passion for learning. Goldstein, professor of Public and International Affairs, is a 2002 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award winner and has received the Annual Teaching Achievement Award from the Student Cabinet of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in each of the last four decades. He was the recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award for 1999 from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Professor of Biological Sciences Linda Jen-Jacobson, 2002 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award winner, investigates sequence-specific DNA reactions—namely, how a protein recognizes a specific sequence of DNA amid a vast array of nonspecific sequences. Jen-Jacobson identifies such molecular recognition as the heart of all biological processes. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), she is among those who help the university fulfill our responsibility to advance the state of knowledge.

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) embodies the multidisciplinary teamwork that is a defining characteristic of scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. William I. Brustein, director and professor of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), notes that UCIS is a university-wide center that brings together scholars and students from across the university who are interested in the study of foreign cultures and global issues.

Edward M. Barksdale Jr., associate professor of Pediatric Surgery, is a dedicated physician and educator whose commitment to preventing youth violence and to supporting children and their families takes him far beyond classroom or hospital walls. The 2002 Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award winner is also a Pittsburgh Business Times 2001 Healthcare Hero and chair of the board of Every Child Inc. As Dr. Barkdale’s and others’ work shows, involvement in local communities and public agencies is a goal we take seriously.

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The Office of the Provost is committed to service and professionalism. Vice Provost George E. Klinzing, Linda Wykoff, and Montel Rudolph work together to find ways to assist the university community in reaching professional and academic goals.

University committees comprised of faculty, staff, and students work together on a variety of key issues affecting the university community. Here, the University Council on Graduate Study, chaired by Vice Provost Elizabeth Baranger, discusses a proposal for a new certificate program in Engineering and Technology Management in the School of Engineering.

The provost works with and through the Council of Deans to communicate on key issues. Here, Dean Carolyn Ban of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; Dean N. John Cooper of the Faculty and College of Arts and Sciences; and Jinx Walton, director of Computing Services and Systems Development, share ideas before an upcoming council meeting.

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