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Headlines & Highlights

Nominations Invited for Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards
Recognize extraordinary achievement and innovation in undergraduate teaching by nominating a Dietrich School faculty member for a 2015 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award. Nomination deadline is October 31.
Nominations Invited for Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Advising
Celebrate excellence in academic advising by nominating a Dietrich School faculty academic advisor for the 2015 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. Nomination deadline is October 31.
Dietrich School Students in the Spotlight as Theatre Arts Kicks Off Season on October 2 with Stop Kiss
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Stop Kiss is directed by senior theatre arts major Brittany Coyne and features a cast of six undergraduates, including sophomore theatre arts and political science double major Leenie Baker, and senior theatre arts major Lucy Clabby.
Technology Developed by Dietrich School Professor to be Aboard NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
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Sanford Asher, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry in the Dietrich School, is a co-investigator on the SHERLOC instrument being built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is also leading the Mars 2020 Rover project.
Terrance Hayes, Dietrich School Alumnus and Faculty Member, Among 2014 MacArthur Genius Awardees
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Poet Terrance Hayes (A&S '97G), Dietrich School alumnus and faculty member in the Department of English, has been named a 2014 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Dietrich School Faculty Member Finds New Halogenation Enzyme
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The discovery--made by Xinyu Liu, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Chemistry and published online in Nature Chemical Biology--is expected to broadly impact the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.
Architectural Studies Co-Sponsors Sustainability Seminar Focusing on Finnish Log Construction
The Finns, who introduced the log cabin in the New Sweden Colony along the banks of the Delaware River in 1638, would transform a traditional Nordic structure into a distinctive American icon. “The Art of Finnish Log Construction,” a free seminar by historian and preservationist Frank W. Eld, will be held in the Auditorium of the Frick Fine Arts Building on Friday, September 19 at 1 p.m.
Nominations Invited for Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Office of the Provost will confer its 10th annual Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring, acknowledging graduate faculty members for excellence in the mentoring of doctoral students.
Nominations Invited for Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards
This year, the University of Pittsburgh will once again present the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards to accomplished members of the University’s faculty. These awards are designed to highlight exemplary teaching, research, and public service achievements.
Department of Physics and Astronomy to Implement Innovative Helium Recovery System
By early winter, the new helium recovery system will pipe used helium from physics labs in Old Engineering Hall, the Nuclear Physics Laboratory, and Allen Hall to a balloon-like container that repressurizes and thus reliquefies it.