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Headlines & Highlights

Recent Dietrich School Graduate Awarded 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship
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Recent Pitt graduate Mehrgol Tiv has been awarded a 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship. She will conduct social-science and humanitarian-based research in Amsterdam during the summer of 2016. Including Tiv, Pitt students have now won 16 Humanity in Action Fellowships since 2006.
New Dietrich School Graduate Named 2016 Emma Locke Award Winner
Emily J. Crabb, who graduated on May 1, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in physics from the Dietrich School, is this year's recipient of Pitt’s Emma Locke Award.
Dietrich School Junior Receives Prestigious Josephine de Karman Fellowship
Leenie Baker, Dietrich School junior triple majoring in political science, theater arts, and English writing, has been awarded a prestigious Josephine de Karman Fellowship for 2016-17. Baker will receive $14,000 in undergraduate support for her independent work in using theater arts and acting to engage in social justice causes.
Dietrich School Junior Receives 2016 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
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In recognition of her devotion to environmental activism, Dietrich School neuroscience major Ying Chen “Bailey” Lien has been awarded a 2016 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. The award is bestowed by the Udall Foundation, which was established by the U.S. Congress and named for the late-Congressmen Morris King Udall and Stewart Lee Udall, both of Arizona, in 1992.
Dietrich School Alumnus Receives 2016 Distinguished Professional Achievement Award
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Bert A. Rockman, Ph.D. (A&S ‘65) was honored by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Political Science with a Distinguished Professional Achievement Award on Friday, April 22.
Dietrich School Student Awarded 2016 Truman Scholarship
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Dietrich School junior Lia Petrose has been awarded a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Next fall, Petrose will commence a full academic year of studying the natural sciences abroad at Jesus College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.
Two Dietrich School Faculty Members Elected to AAAS
Dietrich School faculty members Terrance Hayes (A&S '97G) and James Woodward have been elected to the 236th class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Other new members include novelist Colm Tóibín, La Opinión Publisher and CEO Monica Lozano, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, former Botswanan President Festus Mogae, and autism author and spokesperson Temple Grandin.
Dietrich School Professor and Director of the Jazz Studies Program Among 2016 Heroes of Jazz
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Geri Allen, Dietrich School Department of Music alum, professor, and Director of Jazz Studies, has been recognized by the Jazz Journalists Association as a 2016 Hero of Jazz. According to the JJA, "This year's heroes demonstrate the prominence of women and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds in support of jazz, the Congressionally designated "rare and valuable American national treasure."
Dietrich School Recognizes Teaching Excellence with Annual Bellet Awards
Lorraine Denman, Andrew Lotz, and Alan Sved were recognized as 2016 Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award winners at a dinner on April 6. The awards, which recognize outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the Dietrich School, were established by Dietrich School alumnus David Bellet and his wife, Tina, in 1998.
Dietrich School Students Among NSF Awardees
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Ten University of Pittsburgh students and eight alumni were awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Fourteen Pitt students and 10 alumni received honorable mention.