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Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Invites Nominations for Ampco-Pittsburgh Advising Prize, October 1-31
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The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences will accept nominations for the Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising from October 1-31. This annual award recognizes outstanding faculty academic advising of Dietrich School undergraduate students.
Dietrich School Open Door Project Presents, "How to Be a Muslim Ally," October 12
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The Dietrich School Open Door Project invites the entire Pitt community to attend "How to Be a Muslim Ally," presented by The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh on Wednesday, October 12, from 3 - 5 p.m. in the University Club, Ballroom B.
Dietrich School Professor Awarded Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
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English Professor Lynn Emanuel has been awarded the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. The honor recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year and carries a $25,000 award. The prize was awarded for Emanuel’s most recent book of poetry The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected.
Nominations Invited for Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards
This year, the University 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. Nomination guidelines and deadlines are available on the Provost's Office Web site.
Dietrich School Kicks Off New Initiative with September 15 Panel Discussion on Election Year Rhetoric
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Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman joins a panel of Dietrich School faculty experts to discuss “Election Year Rhetoric: Vitriol, Violence, and Voter Anxiety," on Thursday, September 15. The event is the first "Third Thursday" presentation sponsored by the Dietrich School's new diversity and inclusion initiative, the Open Door Project.
Dietrich School Professor Named Co-editor of AJS Review
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Adam Shear, director of the Dietrich School's Jewish Studies Program and associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, has been named one of two editors of the Association for Jewish Studies’ AJS Review, published by Cambridge University Press.
Dietrich School Professor Recognized by American Council for Polish Culture
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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
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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
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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
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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.