Michelle Zuckerman-Parker of Greensburg was selected as the fourth of 10 area individuals who will receive 2008 Duquesne University Mind Heart & Spirit Awards.
Mind, Heart & Spirit Awards recognize Duquesne alumni who exemplify the pillars of the University’s mission—academic excellence; moral and spiritual values; ecumenism and diversity; service; and world concerns. Zuckerman-Parker was honored for her contributions and accomplishments related to academic excellence.
A resident of Greensburg, Zuckerman-Parker earned a master’s degree in multimedia technology from Duquesne in 2002 and a doctorate in educational technology in 2007. She is an assistant professor in the Center for Genomic Sciences of the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute at Allegheny General Hospital, and she directs the institute’s education and workforce development initiatives. Among these programs is the Biotechnology Research Collaborative, which offers impoverished women an opportunity to receive college educations and advance into careers as skilled biotechnologists in the region’s health care and research facilities.
Duquesne’s Mind, Heart & Spirit honorees receive tickets to a Steelers game and congratulations on the Jumbotron scoreboard as well as in Steelers Radio Network gameday broadcasts. Zuckerman-Parker will be recognized during the Monday night game against Baltimore on Sept. 29 at Heinz Field.
Duquesne University and the Steelers organization have partnered to for several years to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of area students as well as the University’s graduates. The team’s founder, the late Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.; his son, Chairman Dan Rooney; and grandson and President Art Rooney II are all notable Duquesne alumni.