Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Undergraduate Named 2015 Goldwater Scholar
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Joseph P. Johnston, a Dietrich School student majoring in physics and mathematics, is among an elite group of 260 undergraduates nationwide who have been named 2015 Goldwater Scholars. Two other Dietrich School students earned honorable mentions in the scholarship award competition.
Studio Arts Student Exhibition Opens April 1, Runs Through April 25
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The 2015 Studio Arts Student Exhibition will open with a reception on Wednesday, April 1st, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts Building. The work of graduating studio arts majors will be featured along with exceptional works by majors and non-majors from the range of studio arts courses.
Janice M. Holder Named 2015 Dietrich School Distinguished Alumna
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The Honorable Janice M. Holder (A&S '71) has been named the 2015 recipient of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. This award deservedly recognizes her exceptional professional accomplishments and dedication to the University of Pittsburgh and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
Dietrich School Undergraduate Receives Ambrosio Award
Joelle Smith, a Dietrich School junior double majoring in English and communication, is the winner of the 2015 Anthony and Concetta Ambrosio Award. As the recipient of the Award, Smith will receive a stipend of $5,000 and a summer internship with CBS News in New York.
Dietrich School Professors Recognized for Excellence in Mentoring
Panos Chrysanthis, professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Peter Wipf, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemistry, are among the recipients of the 2015 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree.
Dietrich School Mathematics Professor Awarded Mathematical Neuroscience Prize
G. Bard Ermentrout, Distinguished University Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Mathematics, is the recipient of the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize. The award recognizes researchers worldwide who have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural mechanisms of perception, behavior, and thought through the application of mathematical analysis and theoretical modeling.
Dietrich School Senior Named 2015 Emma W. Locke Award Winner
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Audrey-Marie H. Winn, a Dietrich School senior triple majoring in Chinese, philosophy, and English, is the recipient of Pitt's 2015 Emma W. Locke Award in recognition of her "high scholarship, character, and devotion to the ideals of the University."
English Department Faculty Member Wins 2015 Whiting Award
Jenny Johnson, a lecturer in the Dietrich School's Department of English, is the recipient of a prestigious 2015 Whiting Award for her achievements in poetry. Johnson's poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012; Troubling the Line: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics; New England Review; and, Waxwing. She has just completed her first collection, In Full Velvet.
Dietrich School Manager of Diversity Initiatives Receives Chancellor's Award
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Philippa Carter, manager of diversity initiatives in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of a 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University.
Dietrich School Faculty Members Recognized by Chancellor Gallagher for Teaching, Research Excellence
Kenneth F. Schaffner, Marlene Cohen, and Kirk Erikson are recipients of 2015 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Awards; and, Gretchen Bender is the recipient of a 2015 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.