Headlines & Highlights
Dietrich School Professor Recognized by American Council for Polish Culture
On August 13, the American Council for Polish Culture presented the Distinguished Service Award to Oscar E. Swan, professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and director of the Russian and East European Summer Language Institute.
Dietrich School Faculty Member Receives NEH Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities has awarded one of four Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grants to David J. Birnbaum, professor in and the chair of the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Dietrich School Faculty Member Appointed to National Advisory Committee on Physical Activity
Two Pitt faculty members, including the Dietrich School's Kirk I. Erickson, have been appointed to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The committee is charged with developing federal recommendations on the amount, intensity, and types of physical activity needed for Americans’ healthy lifestyles.
Dietrich School Researchers Discover Mechanism Behind Halogenation Process in New Enzyme
Building upon its earlier discovery of a new halogenation enzyme, WelO5, a Pitt-led team of researchers has uncovered the molecular basis for the biohalogenation, creating a new “toolbox” for biochemists working with protein biocatalysis for important applications in pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.
Dietrich School Students: Your Voices Matter. Complete the SERU Survey and Share Your Thoughts.
Dietrich School undergraduates are invited to share their thoughts and impressions about Pitt and their education through the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey. The survey closes June 15--complete it and be eligible for great prizes, including an iPad Mini.
Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Celebrates Cave Canem, June 19
Poets Duriel E. Harris, Tyehimba Jess, Camille Rankine, and Danez Smith are part of a June 19 celebration of 20 years of Cave Canem, which has served as a home for Black poetry since 1996. The event is hosted by Pitt’s Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) and will be held at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.
Dietrich School Professor Named Editor-in-Chief of the Science Family of Journals
Jeremy Berg, associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning in the health sciences at Pitt, has been named editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, beginning July 1, 2016. Berg, who also hold positions as professor of computational and systems biology, and professor of chemistry will serve a five-year term.
Dietrich School Distinguished Professor Recognized by Society of Biological Psychiatry
Anthony Grace, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2016 Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. This award, given at the Society’s annual meeting, is awarded “for an internationally distinguished career of outstanding research and advancing knowledge in the field of psychiatric neuroscience."
Dietrich School Neuroscience Faculty Member Elected to Council of ACNP
Bita Moghaddam, professor of neuroscience and psychiatry, has been elected to the Council of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).
Recent Dietrich School Graduate Awarded 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship
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.