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Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Linguistics Professor Wins 2016 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising
Claude Mauk, a professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Linguistics and Director of the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center, is the recipient of the 2016 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. The award is an annual honor that recognizes outstanding faculty advising for undergraduate students.
Dietrich School Professor Recognized by American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
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Professor Nancy Condee, director of graduate studies in the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and director of the Global Studies Center in the University Center for International Studies, has been honored by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages with the 2015 AATSEEL Award for Distinguished Service.
Dietrich School Philosophy Professor to Receive the Helmholtz Medal in Recognition of Lifetime Achievements
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Nicholas Rescher, Distinguished University Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Philosophy, will receive the Helmholtz Medal at a ceremony in Berlin on June 11. The Helmholtz Medal is awarded by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities to recognize lifetime achievement and contributions.
Pitt Celebrates K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month with Lectures, Exhibits, Tours, and More
Pitt began its annual Black History Month Program in 2004 with the world premiere of the documentary K. Leroy Irvis: The Lion of Pennsylvania. In 2008, the University renamed the event the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program to honor the memory of the legendary Pennsylvania legislative leader and Pitt alumnus and emeritus trustee.
Dietrich School Professor Receives NIH Grant to Investigate Role of Other Organs in Alzheimer's Disease Development
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Department of Chemistry professor Renã Robinson has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore novel ways of efficiently and powerfully measuring the effects of amyloid-beta protein production in organs outside the central nervous system, the focus of most Alzheimer’s disease research.
Female Undergraduate and Graduate Students Invited to Register for She Innovates Hackathon
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The Dietrich School's Department of Computer Science invites all female Pitt students to register for She Innovates, a weekend-long event filled with hacking, tech talks, mentorships, prizes and more. The kick-off party on January 29, at 6 p.m. in Sennott Square, features speakers, team formation, idea pitching, and a Q&A session for first-time hackers. No computer experience required.
Dietrich School Professor Nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award
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Dietrich School Professor Terrance Hayes (A&S '97G) has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for his new poetry collection, HOW TO BE DRAWN. Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards will be announced on Thursday, March 17.
Dietrich School English Department Faculty Member Named 2016-17 Hodder Fellow
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Jenny Johnson, a lecturer in the Dietrich School's Writing Program and a faculty consultant in the Writing Center, has been named a 2016-17 Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellow by The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Johnson is the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, and her first collection of poems, In Full Velvet, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in 2017.
Dietrich School Associate Dean Blee Receives 2016 McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award
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Kathleen Blee, Dietrich School Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame's 2016 McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. The award ceremony will be held on May 7 on the Notre Dame campus.
Dietrich School Graduate Students Invited to Submit Abstracts for Grad Expo
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From January 11 to February 1, abstracts will be accepted for the 16th annual Dietrich School Grad Expo, a showcase of graduate student research happening within the Dietrich School. During the day-long event, scheduled for March 24 at the William Pitt Student Union, students will present papers and posters to be judged by a panel of faculty and graduate students.