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Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Physicist Receives $3 Million Grant to Study Fundamental Particle
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Assistant Professor Sergey Frolov has received a $3 million Office of Naval Research Basic Research Challenge grant to explore ways of transforming quantum computing through the use of an unusual particle. Frolov will be the primary investigator for the study on the Majorana fermion, an elementary particle that Frolov and colleagues discovered in 2012.
Derricotte, Hayes Featured in NYT Article on the Dark Room Collective
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The contributions of Department of English Professor Terrance Hayes and Professor Emerita Toi Derricotte are featured in a New York Times article about the history of the Dark Room Collective and the group's impact on African American literature.
Environmental Studies Alumna Awarded 2014 Fulbright Grant
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Katherine "Nikki" Luke (A&S '14), an environmental studies and economics major, has been awarded a Fulbright grant for 2014. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding US students who are committed to research and study in other countries.
Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music
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Geri Allen, associate professor and director of Jazz studies in the Department of Music, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music during the school's commencement celebration in early May. Other honorary degree recipients included fellow music legends Jimmy Page, Valerie Simpson, and Thara Memory.
Dietrich School Biologist Featured in New York Times
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Assistant Professor Jonathan Pruitt of the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences studies spiders to determine how individual differences in behavior shape task performance, division of labor, and long-term colony productivity/success in animal societies.
Dietrich School Alumnus Among 2014 Boren Award Winners
Zachary Patton, a recent graduate of the Dietrich School, has received a David L. Boren Scholarship to further develop his Portuguese language skills in Brazil. As part of the scholarship, he will participate in two programs that will investigate social, environmental policy, and energy security issues in Brazil.
Encounters: Art in the City Exhibition, May 9-23
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The new show at Pitt's University Art Gallery will feature installation artwork created by students from the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy. The show is the culmination of a collaborative classroom outreach program between the Dietrich School's Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students.
University Community Invited to Celebrate Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, May 12
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The University Senate and the Staff Association Council cordially invite all faculty and staff to join them on Monday, May 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room at a reception to celebrate the distinguished career of Mark A. Nordenberg as Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
Dietrich School Undergraduate and Fledgling Milliner Featured in Post-Gazette
Theresa Baughman, a junior in the Department of Studio Arts, is one of five Pittsburgh milliners featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
New Work by Dietrich School Department Chair Featured at Mattress Factory
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A new show by Delanie Jenkins, chair of the Department of Studio Arts, will premiere at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 2. The piece--The Letters of a Language Arranged in Their Customary Order--will run continuously during regular museum hours through May 22.