Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Graduates Honored by Pitt Alumni Association
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Michael Bryson (A&S ’68), Tyler Gourley (A&S ’05), and Emil M. Spadafore, Jr., Esq. (A&S ’71), have been recognized by the Pitt Alumni Association for their service and leadership. They and other PAA award winners will be celebrated at a gala on May 16.
Invention by Dietrich School Chemists Could Improve Postoperative Patient Care
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Alexander Star, an associate professor of chemistry in the Dietrich School, has developed a microchip engineered to detect pH levels in the body. The chip will be able to alert doctors to encroaching bacterial infections, which are common complications in joint replacements and other surgical implants.
Dietrich School Undergraduate Awarded Beinecke Scholarship
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Simon Brown has been awarded a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship, a national award intended to enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Brown, a junior, is majoring in history, history and philosophy of science, and philosophy. He also is pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in history from the University Honors College.
Dietrich School Students, Faculty to Participate in ACC "Meeting of the Minds"
Pitt will host the 9th Annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference April 3-5, in which elite student researchers from the 15 member schools of the Atlantic Coast Conference will present their work. Eight Pitt student researchers will participate, making research presentations in neuroscience, biology, studio arts, psychology, nursing, and political science.
2014 Studio Arts Student Exhibition, April 2 - April 26
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Artwork by 13 University of Pittsburgh graduating seniors will be featured in the annual Department of Studio Arts Student Exhibition from April 2 through April 26 at Pitt’s University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building.
Department of Physics and Astronomy Hosts Sir Roger Penrose
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The Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy is honored to feature a talk by Sir Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31 in 343 Alumni Hall. All are welcome.
Dietrich School Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship
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Emily Crabb, a double major in computer engineering in the Swanson School and physics in the Dietrich School, has been named a 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner for her outstanding undergraduate research in engineering and her commitment to pursuing a career in science.
Three Dietrich School Faculty Members Recognized for Excellence in Mentoring
Dietrich School faculty members Marcia Landy, Stephen Manuck, and Allan Sampson have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The annual award recognizes commitment to mentoring and success working with doctoral students.
Dietrich School Professor Wins Kate Tufts Discovery Award
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Yona Harvey, assistant professor in the Department of English, has won the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for her book Hemming the Water (Four Way Books). The Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given annually for a first book by a poet of genuine promise.
Dietrich School Professor Part of Team Validating Turing’s Theory of Morphogenesis
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University Professor G. Bard Ermentrout is among the team of researchers from Pitt and Brandeis University to validate British mathematician Alan Turing’s theory in cell-like structures. The team published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on March 10.