Headlines & Highlights

Dietrich School Professor Named AAAS Fellow
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.