Headlines & Highlights

Free Screening of Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, Scheduled for February 9
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A screening of Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, produced by Tony Buba and based on The Amistad Rebellion: At Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin, 2012) by Pitt Distinguished Professor of History Marcus Rediker, will take place on February 9 at 8:30 p.m. in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Professor Rediker will introduce the film and take questions afterwards.
Three-Part Lecture Series on Evolution Begins January 26
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A three-part lecture series, “Race, Sex and Human Evolution,” sponsored by Pitt’s Humanities Center, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, the Department of Anthropology, the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, and others will examine the biases underlying our commonly held ideas.
Dietrich School Biologists Link Flower Pigmentation to Climate Disruption
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In their paper in the inaugural issue of Nature Plants, Department of Biological Sciences Professor Tia-Lynn Ashman and PhD student Matthew Koski, explore 19th-century zoologist Constantin Wilhelm Lambert Gloger's ecological rule for animals and how it applies to flowers.
Studio Arts Summer 2014 Creative Research Exhibition Runs January 15 – February 6
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The Department of Studio Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of work from students participating in the Summer 2014 Studio Arts Field Study in Wyoming, and from Studio Arts Research Fellows conducting independent research through the Dietrich School's Office of Undergraduate Research and the ACCIAC Fellows Program in Creativity and Innovation.
Dietrich School Professor Elected to Lead Conference on Latin American History
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Lara Putnam, professor and chair of the Department of History, has been elected Vice President/President Elect of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) of the American Historical Association. CLAH has over 700 members and is the largest of the disciplinary associations affiliated with the AHA. After a two-year term as vice president, Putnam will become president in 2017-19.
Dietrich School Professor Elected President of the Philosophy of Science Association
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Sandra Mitchell, professor and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, has been elected President of the Philosophy of Science Association. She will serve as Vice-President and President-Elect until December 2016, and her two year term as President will run from January 2017 to December 2018.
New Study by Dietrich School Professor Cites Nine Mile Run Restoration Project as National Model
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In a paper published this month in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Dan Bain, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Geology and Planetary Science, says the Nine Mile Run project has made a difference and sets an example for other cities to follow.
Dietrich School Political Science Professors Explore Gender Gap in U.S. Elections
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An interest in the gender gap between representations of female candidates in U.S. elections compared to their male counterparts led two Dietrich School professors to take the issue into the laboratory for three years of research. Associate Professors Kristin Kanthak and Jonathan Woon have published the first phase of their research findings online in the American Journal of Political Science.
Mark Collins Wins 2015 Ampco-Pittsburgh Award for Excellence in Advising
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Mark Collins, Lecturer and Environmental Science Coordinator in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Ampco-Pittsburgh Award for Excellence in Advising. This annual award recognizes Dietrich School faculty members for outstanding academic advising of undergraduate students.
Dietrich School Graduate Students Invited to Submit Abstracts for March 2015 Grad Expo
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 15th annual Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo, a celebration and showcase of the rich and varied graduate student research happening within the Dietrich School.