Headlines & Highlights

Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music
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Geri Allen, associate professor and director of Jazz studies in the Department of Music, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music during the school's commencement celebration in early May. Other honorary degree recipients included fellow music legends Jimmy Page, Valerie Simpson, and Thara Memory.
Dietrich School Biologist Featured in New York Times
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Assistant Professor Jonathan Pruitt of the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences studies spiders to determine how individual differences in behavior shape task performance, division of labor, and long-term colony productivity/success in animal societies.
Dietrich School Alumnus Among 2014 Boren Award Winners
Zachary Patton, a recent graduate of the Dietrich School, has received a David L. Boren Scholarship to further develop his Portuguese language skills in Brazil. As part of the scholarship, he will participate in two programs that will investigate social, environmental policy, and energy security issues in Brazil.
Encounters: Art in the City Exhibition, May 9-23
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The new show at Pitt's University Art Gallery will feature installation artwork created by students from the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy. The show is the culmination of a collaborative classroom outreach program between the Dietrich School's Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students.
University Community Invited to Celebrate Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, May 12
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The University Senate and the Staff Association Council cordially invite all faculty and staff to join them on Monday, May 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room at a reception to celebrate the distinguished career of Mark A. Nordenberg as Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
Dietrich School Undergraduate and Fledgling Milliner Featured in Post-Gazette
Theresa Baughman, a junior in the Department of Studio Arts, is one of five Pittsburgh milliners featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
New Work by Dietrich School Department Chair Featured at Mattress Factory
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A new show by Delanie Jenkins, chair of the Department of Studio Arts, will premiere at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 2. The piece--The Letters of a Language Arranged in Their Customary Order--will run continuously during regular museum hours through May 22.
Dietrich School Alumnus Named 2014 National Teacher of the Year
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Sean McComb (A&S '05, '08G), a high school English teacher at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, a curriculum writer for the school system, and an adjunct instructor in education and writing at Towson University, has been named 2014 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
GPS Graduate Student Awarded 2014 PAEP Goddard Scholarship
Sarah Lavin, a graduate student in the Dietrich School's Department of Geology and Planetary Science, has been awarded a 2014 Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) Goddard Scholarship. This award recognizes outstanding students in Pennsylvania who are aspiring towards a career in environmental science.
Working Paper by Dietrich School Economists Cited in Washington Post
A working paper on "promise scholarship" programs for public high school students, written by economists Michael LeGower and Randall Walsh and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, was featured in the Washington Post's Wonkblog.