Headlines & Highlights

Janice M. Holder Named 2015 Dietrich School Distinguished Alumna
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The Honorable Janice M. Holder (A&S '71) has been named the 2015 recipient of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. This award deservedly recognizes her exceptional professional accomplishments and dedication to the University of Pittsburgh and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
Dietrich School Undergraduate Receives Ambrosio Award
Joelle Smith, a Dietrich School junior double majoring in English and communication, is the winner of the 2015 Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Award. As the recipient of the Award, Smith will receive a stipend of $5,000 and a summer internship with CBS News in New York.
Dietrich School Professors Recognized for Excellence in Mentoring
Panos Chrysanthis, professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Peter Wipf, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemistry, are among the recipients of the 2015 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree.
Dietrich School Mathematics Professor Awarded Mathematical Neuroscience Prize
G. Bard Ermentrout, Distinguished University Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Mathematics, is the recipient of the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize. The award recognizes researchers worldwide who have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural mechanisms of perception, behavior, and thought through the application of mathematical analysis and theoretical modeling.
Dietrich School Senior Named 2015 Emma W. Locke Award Winner
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Audrey-Marie H. Winn, a Dietrich School senior triple majoring in Chinese, philosophy, and English, is the recipient of Pitt's 2015 Emma W. Locke Award in recognition of her "high scholarship, character, and devotion to the ideals of the University."
English Department Faculty Member Wins 2015 Whiting Award
Jenny Johnson, a lecturer in the Dietrich School's Department of English, is the recipient of a prestigious 2015 Whiting Award for her achievements in poetry. Johnson's poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012; Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics; New England Review; and, Waxwing. She has just completed her first collection, In Full Velvet.
Dietrich School Manager of Diversity Initiatives Receives Chancellor's Award
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Philippa Carter, manager of diversity initiatives in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of a 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University.
Dietrich School Faculty Members Recognized by Chancellor Gallagher for Teaching, Research Excellence
Kenneth F. Schaffner, Marlene Cohen, and Kirk Erikson are recipients of 2015 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Awards; and, Gretchen Bender is the recipient of a 2015 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dietrich School Chemistry Professor Honored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement
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Jill Millstone, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, has received a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Cottrell Scholar Awards honor early-career scientists as "outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills."
Dietrich School Undergraduates Invited to Lunch and Learn Event About Grad School
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Dietrich School undergraduates considering applying for grad school are invited to attend "Grad School 411," March 19 at noon in the Wm. Pitt Union, Room 548. The event, presented by current Dietrich School grad students at part of the 2015 Grad Expo, is an informal opportunity for undergraduates to learn first-hand about the graduate school experience. Lunch provided. Visit