Newsmaker: Jennifer Aitken
Noteworthy: Aitken's research on semiconductor compounds won her a $431,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va.
Residence: Franklin Park
Family: Husband, Lykourgos Lordanidis, and sons John, 5, and Nicholas, 2
Occupation: Associate professor of chemistry at Duquesne University
Background: The research Aitken conducts on semiconductor compounds used in everything from solar cells to imaging equipment examines the arrangement of atoms. The grant, her second from the foundation, will help her and her team of researchers as they work to develop semiconductors that are faster, lighter and cheaper.
Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., 1996; doctorate in organic chemistry from Michigan State University in 2001; postdoctoral fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2001 to 2003
Quote: “I … always just had these questions about the world around me and how things work, and I could answer a lot of those questions through chemistry.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pittsburgh adjusting to new bicycle lane, ‘stop boxes’
- Brashear High ‘little libraries’ program rolls out
- Environmental teachers glean new ideas from networking
- Newsmaker: Cindy Marzock
- Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.
- Pittsburgh fraud case, Uganda-based counterfeiting racket linked
- Second African penguin chick hatches at National Aviary
- The Exchange offers reward for information that leads to the arrest of person who shot Ross clerk
- German firm Nextbike to provide first 500 bikes for Pittsburgh sharing program
- Fall from Hazelwood roof kills man
- Motivation in slaying of Penn Hills couple remains unclear