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Spring Events Explore August Wilson's Play FENCES
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The Year of the Humanities is proud to present a unique opportunity for the entire University of Pittsburgh community to read, discuss, and explore one of August Wilson’s most famous plays set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. FENCES is a timeless story about the strengths and flaws of the human family, and what it means to live in an imperfect world.
Dietrich School Physics and Astronomy Professor Named 2016 Cottrell Scholar
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Sergey Frolov, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The designation recognizes early career academic scientists and comes with a $100,000 award for each recipient for research and teaching.
Three Dietrich School Faculty Members Recognized with Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching, Research Awards
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Lucy Fischer, Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies in the film studies program and Seth Horne, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, are recipients of 2016 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Awards, and Nancy Pfenning, senior lecturer in the Department of Statistics, is the recipient of a 2016 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dietrich School Psychology Professors Named Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science
Melissa-Evelyn Libertus and Ming-Te Wang, faculty members in the Dietrich School's Department of Psychology, have been honored by the Association for Psychological Science with the group's Rising Star designation. The designation recognizes psychology researchers in the earliest stages of their careers, whose innovative work has advanced the field and signals potential for continued contributions.
Dietrich School Faculty Member Earns Grammy Nomination
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Dietrich School Department of Music professor and director of the Jazz Studies Program, Geri Allen, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Historical Album category for her role co-producing “The Complete Concert by the Sea,” a digitally remastered and expanded version of jazz pianist Erroll Garner’s 1956 live album “Concert by the Sea.”
Summer Sessions Registration Begins February 15
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Summer Sessions at Pitt allow you to take upper-level courses to complete your degree; enroll in classes that fill quickly during the school year; pick up credits online; wrap up general education requirements; explore new interest areas, and more. Find out how easy it can be to fit summer classes into your plans.
Dietrich School Linguistics Professor Wins 2016 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising
Claude Mauk, a professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Linguistics and Director of the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center, is the recipient of the 2016 Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. The award is an annual honor that recognizes outstanding faculty advising for undergraduate students.
Dietrich School Professor Recognized by American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
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Professor Nancy Condee, director of graduate studies in the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and director of the Global Studies Center in the University Center for International Studies, has been honored by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages with the 2015 AATSEEL Award for Distinguished Service.
Dietrich School Philosophy Professor to Receive the Helmholtz Medal in Recognition of Lifetime Achievements
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Nicholas Rescher, Distinguished University Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Philosophy, will receive the Helmholtz Medal at a ceremony in Berlin on June 11. The Helmholtz Medal is awarded by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities to recognize lifetime achievement and contributions.
Pitt Celebrates K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month with Lectures, Exhibits, Tours, and More
Pitt began its annual Black History Month Program in 2004 with the world premiere of the documentary K. Leroy Irvis: The Lion of Pennsylvania. In 2008, the University renamed the event the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program to honor the memory of the legendary Pennsylvania legislative leader and Pitt alumnus and emeritus trustee.