Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Snapshot

December 2011, Issue 10


William S. Dietrich II: Changing the Face of Philanthropy in Pittsburgh

“Bill Dietrich was tireless in his efforts to contribute to the betterment of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region,” says Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.  “The impact of his extraordinary generosity will be felt by faculty and students throughout this University for countless generations to come.”

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In Focus

Krissy Hopkins: Going with the Flow

Krissy Hopkins darts through the woods behind her parents’ house. She is on a mission. Today, she is all about catching minnows in the stream. But, on another day, it might be building a fort out of fallen logs with her sister, poking around the forest floor with sticks, or, simply, thinking.

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Close Up

Randall Halle: Transcending Boundaries to See the World in New Ways

Milwaukee high school exchange student Randall Halle was convinced he had just walked into a postcard. Nestled into the majestic hills at the southern tip of Germany’s Black Forest, the town of St. Blasien appeared nearly untouched by the modern world. This would be his home for the next semester as he studied at Kolleg St. Blasien, a private prep and boarding school considered one of the most prestigious schools in Germany.

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Wide Angle

iTunes U Offers Portal for Lifelong Learning

In July 2011, the University of Pittsburgh joined Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Oxford, and more than 800 other universities in distributing content publicly via iTunes U.

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In 2012, the University of Pittsburgh will celebrate its 225th anniversary by launching an awareness campaign designed to highlight Pitt’s transformational journey from a regional, “streetcar school” to an international research powerhouse.  The campaign, built around the theme, "225 Years of Building Better Lives," will officially kick off in February 2012 at the annual Honors Convocation.  Check the Dietrich School Web site regularly for more details on how Pitt plans to mark this exciting milestone.

The Department of Computer Science has been selected as a 2011-12 Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) Teaching Center by NVIDIA, a leader in visual and high-performance computing.  The award recognizes institutions that have integrated and shown a commitment to teaching parallel computing, an architectural concept that allows computers to run very large programs simultaneously as well as multiple applications on multiple processing units. Computer science faculty member Sangyeun Cho was the author of the CUDA proposal. As a recognized CUDA Teaching Center, the University will receive more than $25,000 worth of CUDA-enabled graphics processing units, a commonly used device for creating strong visuals on mobile phones, computers, and game consoles.

Five brand new plays by University of Pittsburgh students and alumni will be featured during the Department of Theatre Arts’ New Play Festival, January 25—February 5, 2012.  Playwrights include Anna Gilchrist, Fred Pelzer, and Moira Quigley.  For tickets call 412-624-PLAY (7529).

The 12th annual Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo will take place on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the William Pitt Union.  The purpose of this day-long event is to showcase the research of graduate students from programs and departments throughout the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.  As part of the expo, graduate students will present their papers and posters to an audience of peers and a panel of faculty judges.  Find out more by visiting the Grad Expo Web site.

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