Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Professor and Director of the Jazz Studies Program Among 2016 Heroes of Jazz
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Geri Allen, Dietrich School Department of Music alum, professor, and Director of Jazz Studies, has been recognized by the Jazz Journalists Association as a 2016 Hero of Jazz. According to the JJA, "This year's heroes demonstrate the prominence of women and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds in support of jazz, the Congressionally designated "rare and valuable American national treasure."
Dietrich School Recognizes Teaching Excellence with Annual Bellet Awards
Lorraine Denman, Andrew Lotz, and Alan Sved were recognized as 2016 Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award winners at a dinner on April 6. The awards, which recognize outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the Dietrich School, were established by Dietrich School alumnus David Bellet and his wife, Tina, in 1998.
Dietrich School Students Among NSF Awardees
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Ten University of Pittsburgh students and eight alumni were awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Fourteen Pitt students and 10 alumni received honorable mention.
Studio Arts Student Exhibit Features Works by Graduating Seniors, April 8-30
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Works by graduating seniors in the Department of Studio Arts are featured in the Studio Arts Student Exhibition held in the University Art Gallery, April 8 - 30. The exhibition highlights exceptional works from majors and minors taking courses in Studio Arts and includes artworks in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, and video.
Dietrich School Students Named Goldwater Scholar, Honorable Mention Designee
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Dietrich School junior molecular biology major Natalie R. Dall is one of three University of Pittsburgh students to be awarded 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Ethan A. Garcia-Baker, a junior neuroscience and history and philosophy of science major in the Dietrich School, has been recognized as a Goldwater Honorable Mention Designee.
Dietrich School Distinguished Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Stockholm University
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Marcia Landy, Distinguished Professor Emerita of English/Film Studies, has been recognized as a 2016 Honorary Doctor for the Faculty of Humanities by Stockholm University. The award will be conferred in Stockholm this fall.
Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Presents Two-Day Event, March 20-21
On March 20 and 21, the Dietrich School's new center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) presents “Poetry and Race in America: How the Humanities Engage with Social Problems." The event will feature poetry readings and discussions with six of today’s most accomplished and groundbreaking Black poets.
Dietrich School Music Professor Wins AAAL Goddard Lieberson Fellowship
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Amy Williams, an associate professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Music, is the recipient of a 2016 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $15,000 fellowship, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, is given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.
Dietrich School Student, Alumna Play Key Roles in Presenting First U.S. Readings of Lina Prosa's Lampedusa Beach
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Playwright Lina Prosa will visit Pitt March 14 and 15 for the first U.S. readings of her play Lampedusa Beach. Adia Augustin, a freshman in the Dietrich School's Department of Theatre Arts, will read at 7 p.m. March 15. Dietrich School alumna Ellen Connally (A&S ’15), is directing the productions. Both performances will be followed by a Q and A with Prosa.
Dietrich School History Professor Among Recipients of 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring
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G. Reid Andrews, a Distinguished Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of History, has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This annual award honors University of Pittsburgh faculty members who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Andrews will be recognized at a reception in April.