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Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Professor Receives 2015 McKnight Scholar Award
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Marlene Cohen, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Neuroscience, is the recipient of a 2015 McKnight Scholar Award. The Award is granted to young scientists in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.
Dietrich School Professor Honored for Distinguished Contributions to Bulgarian Studies
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David Birnbaum, professor and chair of the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, has been awarded the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences' "Marin Drinov" medal for distinguished contributions to Bulgarian studies.
Dietrich School Philosophy Program Ranked Second in the World
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After evaluating more than 3,500 universities in 36 individual disciplines, QS World University Rankings placed the Dietrich School's philosophy program second in the world, behind only New York University, and ahead of Oxford, Harvard, and Cambridge.
Eight Dietrich School Students Selected for Women's Global Leadership Program
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Eight Dietrich School women will travel abroad this summer with the assistance of the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. The program, developed and administered by Pitt, prepares women from PA universities and colleges for tomorrow’s global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development, and community service.
Dietrich School Biologists Explain How the Jumping Spider Sees the Spectrum
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They’re about a half-centimeter long and have superb visual acuity. They can also see in full color through the use of a red filter in their two primary eyes, says a new paper from Nathan Morehouse, assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, on the Habronattus pyrrithrix jumping spider.
Proposals Invited for Pitt Innovation Challenge 2015: Healthy Lives Matter Beginning to End
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Do you have an idea for how we can enhance health by bridging factors that impact different life stages? The 3rd Pitt Innovation Challenge invites solutions that span a broad spectrum of health. Innovative solutions could be interventions, provider or patient tools, community programs, or any other approach that should include a linkage between at least two life stages.
Dietrich School Physics and Astronomy Professor Leads Team in Discovering "Swing Dancing" Electrons
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A research team led by the Dietrich School’s Jeremy Levy has discovered electrons that can “swing dance.” This unique electronic behavior can potentially lead to new families of quantum devices.
Dietrich School Chemist Leads Team in Creating Light Tool for Gene Editing
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Scientists have been manipulating genes for a while. The Dietrich School's Alexander Deiters just found a way to control the process with higher precision. By using light. Deiters and his group are the first to achieve this. The resulting paper was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Neuroscience Professor Receives William K. Warren Research Award
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Anthony Grace, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, is the recipient of the William K. Warren Research Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to our understanding of schizophrenia.
Proposals Invited for 2015-16 Year of the Humanities
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As part of Pitt's celebration of The Year of the Humanities, Provost Patricia Beeson invites Pitt faculty, staff, and students to submit proposals for events and programs that reflect on how their work as scholars, teachers, and learners addresses what it is to be human.