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Headlines & Highlights

Physics Professors Win Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Grant
Sergey M. Frolov, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and W. Vincent Liu, associate professor of physics and astronomy, have received a two-year, $242,310 research grant from The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation for their proposal titled “Topological Quantum Wire Emulators.”
Philosophy, Political Science Receive High Marks in New Rankings
A number of University of Pittsburgh schools and programs have excelled in the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013,” a ranking of the world’s top 200 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds, a global company that provides educational and career information and networking opportunities.
Psychology Professor Leads Pitt Team in Seasonal Affective Disorder Research
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Kathryn Roecklein, primary investigator and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, investigated why individuals with seasonal affective disorder incorrectly reported that they slept four more hours a night in the winter.
Dietrich School Junior Wins Fulbright Award
Sara Clark, a junior majoring in anthropology and classics and minoring in religious studies, has been selected to attend the Fulbright Commission Durham University Summer Institute from June 30 to July 27, 2013. This is the third year a Pitt student has a received a competitive UK Summer Fulbright Institute award.
Pitt Research Paves Way Towards Addressing Student Engagement
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“Enhancing student engagement has been identified as the key to addressing problems of low achievement, high levels of student misbehavior, alienation, and high dropout rates,” said Ming-Te Wang, assistant professor of psychology in education in the School of Education and of psychology in the Dietrich School, who coauthored the study.
Two Dietrich School Alumni Nominated as Pitt Trustee Candidates
Douglas M. Browning (A&S ’72), global customs counsel for General Motors Company in Washington, D.C. and Deborah J. Gillotti (A&S ’77) vice president and general manager of health care for speech-recognition software developer nVoq in Boulder, CO, are among the new candidates for membership on the board.
‘Chemical Architects’ Build Family of Materials with Potential Applications in Drug Delivery and Gas Storage
Researchers in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences have designed a family of materials that could make drug delivery, gas storage, and gas transport more efficient and at a lower cost. The findings were reported in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).
Geology and Planetary Science Team Discovers Lead Pollution Dating Back 8,000 Years
A team of researchers from the Department of Geology and Planetary Science detected the oldest-discovered remains of human-derived lead pollution in the world in the northernmost region of Michigan, suggesting metal pollution from mining and other human activities appeared far earlier in North America than in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Mathematicians Devise Formula that Analyzes Epilepsy and Other Conditions
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A 350-year-old mathematical mystery could lead toward a better understanding of medical conditions like epilepsy or even the behavior of predator-prey systems in the wild, Dietrich School researchers report.
Chemists Demonstrate "Breathalyzer" Technology for Diabetes Detection, Management
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Dietrich School chemists, led by Alexander Star, have demonstrated a sensor technology that could simplify the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes through breath analysis alone. Their findings were published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).