Headlines & Highlights

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.
Dietrich School Professor Argues that Human Fossil Record is Not Well Categorized
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In the August 28 issue of the journal Science, Jeffrey Schwartz, professor of anthropology and the history and philosophy of science, argues that, “the boundaries of both the species and the genus remain as fuzzy as ever, new fossils having been haphazardly assigned to species of Homo, with minimal attention to morphology.”
Department of Studio Arts Presents Exhibition of Faculty Work, September 10-October 23
On Thursday, September 10, the Dietrich School's Department of Studio Arts will open "Reverberations," an exhibit of work by departmental faculty. The exhibition will be hosted in the University Art Gallery in the Frick Fine Arts Building.
Dietrich School Professor Receives $3 Million Grant to Create New Nanoelectronics
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Jeremy Levy, a Distinguished Professor of condensed matter physics in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Pittsburgh Quantum Institute, is one of seven distinguished university faculty scientists and engineers forming the next new class of National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF).
Chemistry Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award
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Sean Garrett-Roe, assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Chemistry, has been been awarded an NSF CAREER Award for his project, "Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy of chemical dynamics in ionic liquids."