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Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Alumnus Named 2014 National Teacher of the Year
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Sean McComb (A&S '05, '08G), a high school English teacher at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, a curriculum writer for the school system, and an adjunct instructor in education and writing at Towson University, has been named 2014 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
GPS Graduate Student Awarded 2014 PAEP Goddard Scholarship
Sarah Lavin, a graduate student in the Dietrich School's Department of Geology and Planetary Science, has been awarded a 2014 Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) Goddard Scholarship. This award recognizes outstanding students in Pennsylvania who are aspiring towards a career in environmental science.
Working Paper by Dietrich School Economists Cited in Washington Post
A working paper on "promise scholarship" programs for public high school students, written by economists Michael LeGower and Randall Walsh and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, was featured in the Washington Post's Wonkblog.
Study of Past Climate Change May Presage Future Drought
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Sorting through oxygen isotopes in muddy sediment at the bottom of 10 Pacific Northwest lakes has led a research team--including Mark Abbott, professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Planetary Science--to conclude that droughts in that region match natural regional warming for various periods over the past 2,000 years.
Read Dietrich School Associate Dean's CNN Opinion Piece, "Why Do Racists and Anti-Semites Kill?"
Kathleen Blee is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Dietrich School. She has published extensively on why people join racist groups, including the book "Inside Organized Racism."
GSK Discovery Partnership Seminar, April 21
Dietrich School faculty members are invited to attend the GlaxoSmithKline Discovery Partnership with Academia Seminar. GSK is looking for academic partners that have a specific and testable hypothesis that would deliver therapeutic benefit to patients; work in any disease area using any treatment modality; or, have projects in early screening to late lead optimization.
Studio Arts Exhibit: Conversations with the Artists, April 16 at Noon
The Department of Studio Arts presents Conversations with Artists in conjunction with the Studio Arts Student Exhibition, featuring: Julia Betts, Trevor Bublitz, Mandy Chesney, Emily Golden, Megan Kopke, and Kristi Werkheiser. Wednesday, April 16th at noon, lunch/reception to follow, University Art Gallery.
First Experiences in Research Symposium April 17
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Celebrate undergraduate research, creative work, and achievement in the arts and sciences at the First Experiences in Research Symposium, Thursday, April 17, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. This symposium provides First Experiences in Research students with the opportunity to exhibit, present, and promote their research to the University of Pittsburgh community.
Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert April 17, Special Guest Don Braden
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The sounds of big band jazz will fill the room when the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble presents its annual spring concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in the auditorium of Bellefield Hall.
Dietrich School Graduates Honored by Pitt Alumni Association
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Michael Bryson (A&S ’68), Tyler Gourley (A&S ’05), and Emil M. Spadafore, Jr., Esq. (A&S ’71), have been recognized by the Pitt Alumni Association for their service and leadership. They and other PAA award winners will be celebrated at a gala on May 16.