Headlines & Highlights

Professor, Mentor, Storyteller Chuck Kinder Retires
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On May 30, Chuck Kinder will officially retire from the Dietrich School's Department of English, where he has taught for a little more than three decades and served as the director of the creative writing program.
Dietrich School Professors Make Beautiful Music Together
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Phil Smith, associate professor in the Department of English, and Steve Weber, professor in the Department of Chemistry, made their debut as a duo in 2009 at Calliope's Emerging Legends Series at the University of Pittsburgh. Both Phil and Steve serve on the Board of Directors of Calliope and are lifelong supporters of acoustic blues and folk music.
Pitt Receives $1.5 Million HHMI Grant to Educate, Retain Science Students
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Graham Hatfull--Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology in the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professor--is leading the charge to expand and develop course-based research experiences in his home department. The effort will build upon science educational activities funded by HHMI for the past eight years.
Dietrich School Physicist Receives $3 Million Grant to Study Fundamental Particle
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Assistant Professor Sergey Frolov has received a $3 million Office of Naval Research Basic Research Challenge grant to explore ways of transforming quantum computing through the use of an unusual particle. Frolov will be the primary investigator for the study on the Majorana fermion, an elementary particle that Frolov and colleagues discovered in 2012.
Derricotte, Hayes Featured in NYT Article on the Dark Room Collective
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The contributions of Department of English Professor Terrance Hayes and Professor Emerita Toi Derricotte are featured in a New York Times article about the history of the Dark Room Collective and the group's impact on African American literature.
Environmental Studies Alumna Awarded 2014 Fulbright Grant
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Katherine "Nikki" Luke (A&S '14), an environmental studies and economics major, has been awarded a Fulbright grant for 2014. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding US students who are committed to research and study in other countries.
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.