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Headlines & Highlights

Nominations Invited for the Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards
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From October 1 through October 31, 2015, the Dietrich School will accept nominations for the 2016 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards. These annual awards recognize extraordinary achievement and innovation in undergraduate teaching. Winners receive a onetime stipend of $6,000
Nominations Invited for the Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising
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From October 1 through October 31, 2015 nominations are invited for this year’s Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. Established in 2006 through a generous contribution from the Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation, this $4,000 cash award provides the Dietrich School with the opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty achievements in undergraduate academic advising.
Dietrich School Faculty Members Explore Dark Energy as Part of a New Department of Energy Project
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Two hundred physicists and astronomers, including Jeffrey Newman and Andrew Zentner from the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, are one step closer to a deeper understanding of “dark energy,” the unknown phenomenon causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate rather than slow down because of gravity.
Dietrich School Professor Part of Research Team Exploring How Humans and Animals Localize Odors
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Bard Ermentrout, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics, is co-principal investigator of a multi-center team that has been awarded a $6.4 million, three-year federal grant to figure out how the animal nose knows how to localize the smell of mates, food, and other significant scents.
University Community Invited to Information Session on Strategic Planning
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The University community is invited to attend a program, 3-4 p.m. September 17 in Alumni Hall’s Connolly Ballroom, featuring an update on progress since the Spring Senate Plenary on strategic planning, along with a description of the implementation stage of the planning process, including plans for continuing engagement with the Pitt community.
Pitt's Year of Humanities Includes Lectures, Readings, Performances, and More
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Provost Patricia E. Beeson has designated 2015-16 the Year of the Humanities at Pitt in order to highlight the importance of humanistic thinking not only in the humanities departments, but in research and education University-wide. Visit the Year of Humanities Web site to learn more about the many exciting events scheduled throughout the University.
Dietrich School Faculty Member Receives Milan Hodža Award of Honor
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One of two annual Milan Hodža Awards of Honor was presented to Martin Votruba, head of the Slovak Studies Program in the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. The Awards are named after the last prime minister of Czechoslovakia before Nazi German influence and recognize the sciences and work that links Slovakia and the rest of the world.
Creative Collaboration Between Dietrich School Faculty Among Highlights of "Reverberations"
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Visitors to the University Art Gallery this fall will experience the beauty and serenity of the summer solstice in Portal—a multimedia installation that will highlight the annual Studio Arts Faculty Exhibition. Portal, a collaboration between faculty in the Departments of Music and Studio Arts, is one part of the exhibition, “Reverberations,” which runs September 10 to October 23.
Web Site for Year of the Humanities in the University Has Launched
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A new Web site for the Year of the Humanities in the University has launched. The site provides information about events, ongoing programs, and funding opportunities related to this important year-long initiative.
Dietrich School Welcomes New Pymatuning Director
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Evolutionary biologist Corinne Richards-Zawacki is the new director of the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.