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Headlines & Highlights

Three Dietrich School Faculty Members Recognized for Excellence in Mentoring
Dietrich School faculty members Marcia Landy, Stephen Manuck, and Allan Sampson have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The annual award recognizes commitment to mentoring and success working with doctoral students.
Dietrich School Professor Wins Kate Tufts Discovery Award
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Yona Harvey, assistant professor in the Department of English, has won the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her book Hemming the Water (Four Way Books). The Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given annually for a first book by a poet of genuine promise.
Dietrich School Professor Part of Team Validating Turing’s Theory of Morphogenesis
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University Professor G. Bard Ermentrout is among the team of researchers from Pitt and Brandeis University to validate British mathematician Alan Turing’s theory in cell-like structures. The team published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on March 10.
Allred Named Inaugural Recipient of Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award
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Jane Bilewicz Allred (A&S ’71) is the inaugural recipient of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes her exceptional professional accomplishments and dedication to the University of Pittsburgh and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
Dietrich School Professor Studies the Impact of Excessive Deer Populations on Plant Biodiversity
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A research team led by Susan Kalisz, professor of evolutionary ecology in the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that examines how excessive deer populations hurt native plant biodiversity.
Dietrich School Students Among Winners of Thrill Mill's "Business Bout"
Dietrich School undergraduates are among the Pitt entrepreneurs honored by Pittsburgh-based start-up incubator, Thrill Mill.
Computer Science Professor Awarded 2014 Google Faculty Research Award
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Congratulations to Diane Litman, professor in the Department of Computer Science and director of the Intelligent Systems Program, who is the recipient of a 2014 Google Faculty Research Award for her work in natural language processing.
2014 Bellet Awards Recognize Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Charles E. Jones, lecturer in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science, and Rick A. Relyea, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, are winners of 2014 Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards.
Dietrich School Graduate Among Distinguished Alumni Fellows
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University of Pittsburgh Trustee Robert M. Hernandez (A&S ’66), retired vice chair and chief financial officer, USX Corporation, has been named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow by the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association.
National Cyber Symposium to Feature Dietrich School Faculty Member, March 12
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Pittsburgh jazz legend Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) will be the focus of a March 12 cyber symposium which will use Internet2 and PittNet to engage musicians and scholars around the country. The national symposium was conceived by Geri Allen, associate professor of music and director of Pitt’s Jazz Studies Program.