Headlines & Highlights
Dietrich School Physicist Leads Team in Detecting Exciton in Metal
University of Pittsburgh researchers, under the leadership of Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Hrvoje Petek, have become the first to detect a fundamental particle of light-matter interaction in metals, the exciton. The team published its work online June 1 in Nature Physics.
Dietrich School Department Chair Featured in Solo Exhibit at Stan McCollum Gallery, June 6 - July 19
Delanie Jenkins, chair of the Department of Studio Arts, will be showing her most recent works with Stan McCollum Gallery in Atlanta. "Mixed Tape Transpositions" traces the lineage of her six-year investigations using tape from the radish wall installations to the Warhol portfolio where one year was spent researching the archival properties of various tapes before creating editioned works.
Professor, Mentor, Storyteller Chuck Kinder Retires
On May 30, Chuck Kinder will officially retire from the Dietrich School's Department of English, where he has taught for a little more than three decades and served as the director of the creative writing program.
Dietrich School Professors Make Beautiful Music Together
Phil Smith, associate professor in the Department of English, and Steve Weber, professor in the Department of Chemistry, made their debut as a duo in 2009 at Calliope's Emerging Legends Series at the University of Pittsburgh. Both Phil and Steve serve on the Board of Directors of Calliope and are lifelong supporters of acoustic blues and folk music.
Pitt Receives $1.5 Million HHMI Grant to Educate, Retain Science Students
Graham Hatfull--Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology in the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professor--is leading the charge to expand and develop course-based research experiences in his home department. The effort will build upon science educational activities funded by HHMI for the past eight years.
Dietrich School Physicist Receives $3 Million Grant to Study Fundamental Particle
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
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
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
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
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.