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Dietrich School Professor Receives NIH Grant to Investigate Role of Other Organs in Alzheimer's Disease Development

Department of Chemistry professor Renã Robinson has received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore novel ways of efficiently and powerfully measuring the effects of amyloid-beta protein production in organs outside the central nervous system, the focus of most Alzheimer’s disease research.

Female Undergraduate and Graduate Students Invited to Register for She Innovates Hackathon

The Dietrich School's Department of Computer Science invites all female Pitt students to register for She Innovates, a weekend-long event filled with hacking, tech talks, mentorships, prizes and more. The kick-off party on January 29, at 6 p.m. in Sennott Square, features speakers, team formation, idea pitching, and a Q&A session for first-time hackers. No computer experience required.

Dietrich School Professor Nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award

Dietrich School Professor Terrance Hayes (A&S '97G) has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for his new poetry collection, HOW TO BE DRAWN. Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards will be announced on Thursday, March 17.

Dietrich School English Department Faculty Member Named 2016-17 Hodder Fellow

Jenny Johnson, a lecturer in the Dietrich School's Writing Program and a faculty consultant in the Writing Center, has been named a 2016-17 Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellow by The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Johnson is the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, and her first collection of poems, In Full Velvet, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in 2017.

Dietrich School Associate Dean Blee Receives 2016 McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathleen Blee, Dietrich School Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame's 2016 McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. The award ceremony will be held on May 7 on the Notre Dame campus.

Dietrich School Graduate Students Invited to Submit Abstracts for Grad Expo

From January 11 to February 1, abstracts will be accepted for the 16th annual Dietrich School Grad Expo, a showcase of graduate student research happening within the Dietrich School. During the day-long event, scheduled for March 24 at the William Pitt Student Union, students will present papers and posters to be judged by a panel of faculty and graduate students.

Studio Arts Exhibit Features Work of Students Who Participated in Wyoming Field Study

The seventh annual Department of Studio Arts Summer 2015 Creative Research Exhibition will run January 15 through February 5, and will open with a reception on Thursday, January 14, 4-6 p.m. The exhibition features the work of students participating in the Summer 2015 Studio Arts Field Study in Wyoming.

Dietrich School Professor Receives $1.42 Million Grant to Explore Condensed Matter and Atomic-Optical Physics

Wensheng Vincent Liu, a professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received a five-year $1.42 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to predict and understand topological phases of quantum atomic matter under novel conditions.

Dietrich School Professor Named 2015 ACL Fellow

Janyce Wiebe, a professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Computer Science and director of the Intelligent Systems Program, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics.

Dietrich School Associate Dean Prepares to Retire After 45 Years of Dedicated Service

W. Richard Howe, the Dietrich School's Associate Dean for Administration and Planning, will retire from the University on January 6, 2016 after more than 45 years of outstanding service to our students, faculty, and staff.

Dietrich School Professor Named AAAS Fellow

Sandra Mitchell, professor and chair of the Dietrich School's Department of History and Philosophy of Science, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by the association’s members, who are internationally distinguished scientists, engineers, and innovators.

Dietrich School Alumnus Receives Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

Lawrence J. Simpson (A&S ’74G, ’78G) was honored at the 45th annual Jazz Seminar with a Kenneth P. Dietrich Distinguished Professional Achievement Award. Simpson is Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Dietrich School Faculty Invited to Shire Kick Off Event, November 18

The University of Pittsburgh has entered into a new translational research collaboration with Shire Pharmaceuticals to co-develop new therapies for orphan and rare diseases. To kick off this new partnership, faculty members of the Dietrich School are invited to a lunch event on November 18 in the O'Hara Student Center.

Dietrich School Political Science Professor Named Editor of Latin American Research Review

Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, a professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Political Science, has been named editor-in-chief of Latin American Research Review, an interdisciplinary journal that publishes original research and surveys of current research on Latin America and the Caribbean. His position is effective January 1, 2016.

Dietrich School Chemistry Department Chair Wins 2015 ACS Pittsburgh Award

Kay Brummond, chair of the Dietrich School's Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of the 2015 ACS Pittsburgh Award. The Award was established in 1932 to recognize outstanding leadership in chemical affairs in the local and larger professional community.