Headlines & Highlights

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."
Dietrich School Professor Receives 2015 McKnight Scholar Award
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Marlene Cohen, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Neuroscience, is the recipient of a 2015 McKnight Scholar Award. The Award is granted to young scientists in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience.
Dietrich School Professor Honored for Distinguished Contributions to Bulgarian Studies
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David Birnbaum, professor and chair of the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, has been awarded the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences' "Marin Drinov" medal for distinguished contributions to Bulgarian studies.
Dietrich School Philosophy Program Ranked Second in the World
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After evaluating more than 3,500 universities in 36 individual disciplines, QS World University Rankings placed the Dietrich School's philosophy program second in the world, behind only New York University, and ahead of Oxford, Harvard, and Cambridge.
Eight Dietrich School Students Selected for Women's Global Leadership Program
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Eight Dietrich School women will travel abroad this summer with the assistance of the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. The program, developed and administered by Pitt, prepares women from PA universities and colleges for tomorrow’s global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development, and community service.
Dietrich School Biologists Explain How the Jumping Spider Sees the Spectrum
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They’re about a half-centimeter long and have superb visual acuity. They can also see in full color through the use of a red filter in their two primary eyes, says a new paper from Nathan Morehouse, assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, on the Habronattus pyrrithrix jumping spider.
Proposals Invited for Pitt Innovation Challenge 2015: Healthy Lives Matter Beginning to End
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Do you have an idea for how we can enhance health by bridging factors that impact different life stages? The 3rd Pitt Innovation Challenge invites solutions that span a broad spectrum of health. Innovative solutions could be interventions, provider or patient tools, community programs, or any other approach that should include a linkage between at least two life stages.