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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.

Pitt Presents 45th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert, November 2-7

The 45th Annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar and Concert—one of the region's premier jazz events—will run November 2 through 7 and feature free lunchtime concerts, a jazz film screening, free on-campus seminars, and an outreach event in the Hill District, culminating November 7 with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Dietrich School Faculty Member, Student Among Recipients of Iris Marion Young Awards

Robin Clarke, a lecturer in the Dietrich School's Department of English, and Marko Gudic, a senior majoring in economics as well as politics and philosophy, are two of the honorees who will be recognized for their dedication to social activism in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Dietrich School Professor Receives Society for Neuroscience Award

Yan Dong, an associate professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Neuroscience, is the recipient of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Jacob P. Waletzky Award. Established in 2003, the $25,000 award is given to a scientist who has conducted research or plans to conduct research in the area of substance abuse and the brain and nervous system.

Film by Dietrich School Professor Honored by American Historical Association

Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, a film by Distinguished Professor of History Marcus Rediker, has been awarded the 2015 Richard E. O’Connor prize by the American Historical Association for the best historical documentary of the year. Rediker will accept the award in January during the annual meeting of the AHA, during which there will be a special screening of the film.

Dietrich School Sophomore and Jazz Trombonist Recipient of 2015 Pitt-BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship

Iyanna Boatwright-Buffaloe, a Dietrich School sophomore majoring in computer science and minoring in music, is the recipient of the 2015 Pitt-BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship. Boatwright-Buffaloe, 18, from Darby, PA, won the $5,000 scholarship based on a recording of jazz standards she submitted to a judging panel comprised of members of the Pitt Jazz Studies Program faculty.

Nominations Invited for the Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards

From October 1 through October 31, 2015, the Dietrich School will accept nominations for the 2016 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards. These annual awards recognize extraordinary achievement and innovation in undergraduate teaching. Winners receive a onetime stipend of $6,000

Nominations Invited for the Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising

From October 1 through October 31, 2015 nominations are invited for this year’s Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. Established in 2006 through a generous contribution from the Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation, this $4,000 cash award provides the Dietrich School with the opportunity to recognize outstanding faculty achievements in undergraduate academic advising.

Dietrich School Faculty Members Explore Dark Energy as Part of a New Department of Energy Project

Two hundred physicists and astronomers, including Jeffrey Newman and Andrew Zentner from the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, are one step closer to a deeper understanding of “dark energy,” the unknown phenomenon causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate rather than slow down because of gravity.

Dietrich School Professor Part of Research Team Exploring How Humans and Animals Localize Odors

Bard Ermentrout, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics, is co-principal investigator of a multi-center team that has been awarded a $6.4 million, three-year federal grant to figure out how the animal nose knows how to localize the smell of mates, food, and other significant scents.

University Community Invited to Information Session on Strategic Planning

The University community is invited to attend a program, 3-4 p.m. September 17 in Alumni Hall’s Connolly Ballroom, featuring an update on progress since the Spring Senate Plenary on strategic planning, along with a description of the implementation stage of the planning process, including plans for continuing engagement with the Pitt community.

Pitt's Year of Humanities Includes Lectures, Readings, Performances, and More

Provost Patricia E. Beeson has designated 2015-16 the Year of the Humanities at Pitt in order to highlight the importance of humanistic thinking not only in the humanities departments, but in research and education University-wide. Visit the Year of Humanities Web site to learn more about the many exciting events scheduled throughout the University.