University of Pittsburgh
June 26, 2013

News of Note From Pitt

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PITTSBURGH—Behind the larger stories about the University of Pittsburgh are other stories of faculty, staff, and student achievement as well as information on Pitt programs reaching new levels of success. The following is a compilation of some of those stories.


Law Professor Lawrence A. Frolik Presents at Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Pitt Professor of Law Lawrence A. Frolik, a national expert on legal issues facing older Americans, made two presentations at the 35th annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization committed to social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts. 

A founder of the association's newly formed "Aging, Law and Society" Collaborative Research Network, Frolik presented a paper on "Reforming the 401(k) – Reducing the Management Burden for Retirees" as part of the session Constructing Age: How Legal Structures Shape the Aging Experience, which he chaired. He also presented on "Rethinking the Theories of Guardianship Decision Making" in the Beyond Elder Law session.

Frolik has achieved a national reputation as a trailblazer in the field of elder law. He coauthored the treatise, Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client (Warren, Gorham and Lamont, 2d ed. 1999 with annual supplements) and Elder Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis, 5th ed. 2011), the first casebook on the legal problems of the elderly, among many other publications.


School of Information Sciences Professor Hassan Karimi Serves as Editor of Advanced Location-Based Technologies and Service

Hassan Karimi, associate professor and director of the Geoinformatics Laboratory within Pitt’s School of Information Sciences, has edited Advanced Location-Based Technologies and Services, published by CRC Press of the Taylor and Francis Group on May 24. The book includes in-depth information about technologies, trends, and services related to location-based technology services, which are now in higher demand owing to the increased number of mobile device users. More information about the book can be found here.


Qrono, Inc., Led by Engineering Professor Steven Little, Receives National Institute of General Medical Sciences Grant

A small business technology transfer grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences has been awarded to Qrono, Inc.—a company led by equity holder Steven Little, professor and chair in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering within Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. Little will use the grant to work toward improving treatment options for age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among older adults. Because current treatments require monthly eye injections, patients do not often adhere to recommended medications. Little’s research in developing predictive modeling technology for long-acting injectable drugs will require patients to receive injections only a few times a year, enabling better treatment outcomes.



Written by Melissa Carlson

Lawrence A. Frolik

Hassan Karimi

Steven Little