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Headlines & Highlights

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.
Studio Arts Exhibit Features Work of Students Who Participated in Wyoming Field Study
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The seventh annual Department of Studio Arts Summer 2015 Creative Research Exhibition will run January 15 through February 5, and will open with a reception on Thursday, January 14, 4-6 p.m. The exhibition features the work of students participating in the Summer 2015 Studio Arts Field Study in Wyoming.
Dietrich School Professor Receives $1.42 Million Grant to Explore Condensed Matter and Atomic-Optical Physics
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Wensheng Vincent Liu, a professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received a five-year $1.42 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to predict and understand topological phases of quantum atomic matter under novel conditions.
Dietrich School Professor Named 2015 ACL Fellow
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Janyce Wiebe, a professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Computer Science and director of the Intelligent Systems Program, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
Dietrich School Associate Dean Prepares to Retire After 45 Years of Dedicated Service
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W. Richard Howe, the Dietrich School's Associate Dean for Administration and Planning, will retire from the University on January 6, 2016 after more than 45 years of outstanding service to our students, faculty, and staff.
Dietrich School Professor Named AAAS Fellow
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Sandra Mitchell, professor and chair of the Dietrich School's Department of History and Philosophy of Science, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by the association’s members, who are internationally distinguished scientists, engineers, and innovators.
Dietrich School Alumnus Receives Distinguished Professional Achievement Award
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Lawrence J. Simpson (A&S ’74G, ’78G) was honored at the 45th annual Jazz Seminar with a Kenneth P. Dietrich Distinguished Professional Achievement Award. Simpson is Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Dietrich School Faculty Invited to Shire Kick Off Event, November 18
The University of Pittsburgh has entered into a new translational research collaboration with Shire Pharmaceuticals to co-develop new therapies for orphan and rare diseases. To kick off this new partnership, faculty members of the Dietrich School are invited to a lunch event on November 18 in the O'Hara Student Center.