Shelly Culbertson (A&S ’99), a policy analyst for the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, authored The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab-Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East (St. Martin’s Press), based on her own research and experiences living and traveling in the region.
John A. Swanson (ENGR '66G) was named a Legacy Laureate of the University in recognition of his outstanding professional and personal accomplishments and service to the Pitt community by an alumnus. Swanson, who received a Pitt PhD in engineering, is an innovator in finite-element methods, a mathematical technique that predicts how structures and materials will respond to environmental factors.
Bennet Omalu (GSPH ’04) is a physician, forensic pathologist, professor, and medical examiner. The Nigerian-born Pitt graduate is also a crusader. His research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, in NFL players sparked national awareness of how concussions can harm brain function over time. His work on CTE was chronicled by Pitt’s Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of the book Concussion, which led to the 2015 Hollywood film of the same name, in which Omalu is portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith.