The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation’s External Advisory Board wanted to honor the memory of Leonard Petersand with a small tribute this year. Since their first meeting in 2004 they could always count on him to go above and beyond reviewing far more proposals then asked and always providing us with an articulate, fair and thoughtful review. .
The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation’s External Advisory Board have named two Faculty Fellowships in his memory. Their Fellowships are designed to engage outstanding faculty throughout the university who have a deep commitment to advancing sustainability research and education at Pitt. After discussion and careful consideration, the Leonard Peters Fellows for this academic year will be Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown and Dr. Michael Blackhurst.
Dr. Danielle Andrews Brown received her PhD (Soil Science) in 2011 at The Pennsylvania State University. She remained at Penn State as post-doctoral scholar and research associate. Dr. Andrews came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 as a lecturer and the advisor and coordinator of the Environmental Studies program. For over 14 years, she has conducted lab and field scale research as it pertains to water and soil quality. Presently, her research is focused on carbon, nitrogen and emerging in contaminants mainly estrogens and antibiotics. She has conducted research at two nationally known research sites – The Susquehanna Shale Hill Critical Zone Observatory and The Living Filter. More recently, research interests are also centered on informal and formal science education. Dr. Andrews-Brown is a member of the University Faculty Sustainability Task Force and leads the committee aimed at incorporating sustainability education more broadly into the Pitt curriculum.