Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Alumna Named 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow
Laura Ruttig, a 2001 graduate with a dual degree in English literature and chemical engineering, has been named a Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellow. The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship recruits top-quality candidates to teach math and science in high-need Ohio schools.
Dietrich School Professor's Study Links Relationship Health to Heart Health
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Thomas Kamarck, professor of psychology and Biological and Health Program Chair in the Dietrich School is an author of a new study that correlates unhappy marital interaction with thicker carotid arteries and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dietrich School Alumna Presents Exhibit at Second Sight Studio
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An exhibit by Julia Betts (A&S '14), artist in residence at Second Sight Studio, opens June 21. Betts received her undergraduate degree from the Department of Studio Arts and her show, Processing Self, will explore physical definitions of self through sculpture, installation, and experimental use of digital self-images.
Dietrich School Undergraduates Invited to Join Formula SAE Team
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The Pitt Formula SAE team is looking for members from all schools at the University, including drivers for the upcoming competition at Michigan International Speedway. Events include acceleration, skidpad, autocross, and endurance. Any student--especially those with prior driving experience--interested in driving this open wheeled race car is invited to apply.
Dietrich School Team Plumbs the Depths of the Creative Engineering Mind
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Psychology Professor Christian Schunn and graduate student Joel Chan recently published a paper online in the journal Cognitive Science that explores how engineers create.
Dietrich School Junior Awarded Goldwater Scholarship
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Dietrich School junior Alexandre Gauthier has been awarded a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for his outstanding undergraduate research in condensed matter physics.
Dietrich School Physicist Leads Team in Detecting Exciton in Metal
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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
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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
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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
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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.