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Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Graduate Students Invited to Submit Abstracts for March 2015 Grad Expo
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 15th annual Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo, a celebration and showcase of the rich and varied graduate student research happening within the Dietrich School.
Three Minute Thesis Competition Invites Participants
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The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is hosting a "three minute thesis" competition for PhD students on February 12, 2015. Participating Dietrich School PhD students will have three minutes to present a compelling oration on the dissertation and its significance. Participants must be admitted to candidacy.
Dietrich School Senior Wins 2014 ACP Diversity Story of the Year Award
Natalie Daher, a Dietrich School senior studying communication and writing, is the winner of the 2014 Associated Collegiate Press Diversity Story of the Year Award. Daher, editor-in-chief of The Pitt News, was recognized for her story on the emergence of LGBTQ members and traditions within the Greek community at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dietrich School Professor, Grad Students, Among Pitt Innovation Challenge Winners
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Alexander Star, associate professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Chemistry, and graduate students from his research group, are part of Team Nanoketo, $100K winners in this year's Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh), a competition designed to generate innovative solutions to challenging health problems.
Jewish Studies Program Celebrates Rauh Archives with Open House Event, Nov 23
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The Rauh Jewish Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, the Rodef Shalom Congregation Archives, and the Dietrich School's Jewish Studies Program will host an open house event on November 23 at the Heinz History Center to celebrate Dietrich School alumnus, Richard E. Rauh (A&S '62, '64G).
Dietrich School Chemistry Professors Receive 2014 Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences Award
Dietrich School faculty members Geoffrey Hutchison and Daniel Lambrecht received a 2014 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences award for their effort on "Creating an Open Quantum Chemistry Repository." Their work aims to create an open mobile-ready, web-based database of accurate, quantum calculations of molecules.
Dietrich School Faculty Member, Undergraduate Honored for Contributions to Social Justice and Democracy
Irene Frieze, professor of psychology and women’s studies, and Joseph Thomas, a senior majoring in biology and political science, were honored with the 2014 Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement. The award recognizes contributions to social justice and democracy by Pitt alumni, faculty, staff, or students. The awardees were celebrated at a November 6 reception.
Dietrich School Students Developed and Installed a New Exhibit Coming to University Art Gallery, Nov 11
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Undergraduates in the Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar in the Dietrich School's Department of History of Art and Architecture designed, planned, and installed a new exhibit on artist Gertrude Quastler. "Restrike: Uncovering the Life and Work of Gertrude Quastler" runs Nov 11--Dec 5 at the University Art Gallery. The students will host a free public reception at the gallery at 6:30 p.m. Nov 10.
Dietrich School Biologist Studies the Blind Ambition of the Tiger Beetle
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Speed is an asset for a predator. Except when that predator runs so fast that it essentially blinds itself. Daniel Zurek, a postdoctoral researcher in Nathan Morehouse’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, explores the speed-related vision issues of the tiger beetle in a new paper published November 5 in Biology Letters.
Iris Marion Young Award Ceremony on November 6 to Feature Panel on Race and Education in Pittsburgh
Join us November 6 at 4 p.m. at The Twentieth Century Club for the annual Iris Marion Young Award Ceremony, honoring those in the Pitt community who are politically engaged inside and outside of academia. This year's event includes a panel discussion on Race and Education in Pittsburgh, featuring Curtiss Porter, Chief Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer, City of Pittsburgh.