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Headlines & Highlights

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.
Studio Arts Student Exhibit Features Works by Graduating Seniors, April 8-30
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Works by graduating seniors in the Department of Studio Arts are featured in the Studio Arts Student Exhibition held in the University Art Gallery, April 8 - 30. The exhibition highlights exceptional works from majors and minors taking courses in Studio Arts and includes artworks in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, and video.
Dietrich School Students Named Goldwater Scholar, Honorable Mention Designee
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Dietrich School junior molecular biology major Natalie R. Dall is one of three University of Pittsburgh students to be awarded 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Ethan A. Garcia-Baker, a junior neuroscience and history and philosophy of science major in the Dietrich School, has been recognized as a Goldwater Honorable Mention Designee.
Dietrich School Distinguished Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Stockholm University
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Marcia Landy, Distinguished Professor Emerita of English/Film Studies, has been recognized as a 2016 Honorary Doctor for the Faculty of Humanities by Stockholm University. The award will be conferred in Stockholm this fall.
Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Presents Two-Day Event, March 20-21
On March 20 and 21, the Dietrich School's new center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) presents “Poetry and Race in America: How the Humanities Engage with Social Problems." The event will feature poetry readings and discussions with six of today’s most accomplished and groundbreaking Black poets.