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Chemist Jennifer Laaser
Dietrich School Faculty Member's Team Receives Funding to Accelerate Materials Research at Pitt

The U.S. Air Force will provide $313,000 to the University of Pittsburgh for a broadband dielectric spectrometer through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The acquisition was made by a five-faculty team led by Jennifer Laaser, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

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Dietrich School Faculty Member Recognized by Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

On January 26, the University's Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will recognize the Center on Race and Social Problems and Dietrich School faculty member and Department of Africana Studies chair, Yolanda Covington-Ward, for their outstanding efforts in creating more just, equitable, and inclusive communities. The program will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Elayne Arrington, the first African American woman to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the School of Engineering, and remarks from Chancellor Pat Gallagher, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement Kathy Humphrey, and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Clyde Pickett.

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College of General Studies December 2020 Graduates

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies celebrated December 2020 graduates with a virtual ceremony in early December. See the complete list of the College of General Studies' certified graduates. Congratulations to all of our graduates.

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Dietrich School December 2020 Graduates

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies celebrated December 2020 graduates with a virtual ceremony in early December. See the complete list of the Dietrich School's certified graduates. Congratulations to all of our graduates.

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Dietrich School Faculty Lead Effort to Erase Achievement Gaps in Science

Dietrich School faculty, including Bellet Teaching Excellence Award winners Chandralekha Singh and Erica McGreevy, lead the way with student belonging exercise aimed at erasing achievement gaps in biology and physics courses.

Hrvoje Petek
Dietrich School Professor's Paper Published in Nature

Hrvoje Petek, R. K. Mellon Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, is co-author of the article, "Plasmonic topological quasiparticle on the nanometre and femtosecond scales," featured in the December 23 issue of Nature. Petek is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the 2019 Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology, and winner of the University of Pittsburgh 2005 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award.

Madeline Fox
Dietrich School Undergraduate Wins Marshall Scholarship

Madeline Fox, a Dietrich School senior studying literature, classical civilization and philosophy, has been named a Marshall Scholar. The prestigious program supports postgraduate study at any university in the United Kingdom.

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2021 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum Scheduled for March 2

The University of Pittsburgh Community Engaged Scholarship Forum (CESF) elevates, celebrates, and reflects on collective approaches to community-engaged scholarship and practices that advance mutually beneficial, community-identified priorities. CESF defines community broadly to include partnerships with nonprofits, grassroots organizations, coalitions, neighborhoods, government agencies, and entrepreneurs/businesses.

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Mask Up Web Site from Pitt Student Affairs

Stay up to date with all of the latest announcements, departmental updates, and information regarding COVID-19 from the Division of Student Affairs.

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Call for Nominations for Chancellor's Distinguished Faculty Awards

The call for nominations for the annual Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching, Research and Public Service Awards is now open. The closing date for letters of nomination for all three awards is Friday, October 16. Awardees each receive $2,000 in cash, as well as a grant of $3,000 to further support their teaching, research or public service.

Yolanda Covington-Ward
Dietrich School Faculty Member Led Committee in Developing New Anti-Racism Course

As calls for racial justice echo across the country, the University of Pittsburgh has developed a new course to allow students to gain an understanding of the county’s long struggle with anti-Black racism. Yolanda Covington-Ward, chair of the Department of Africana Studies in the Dietrich School, led a committee of faculty and students to develop the course.

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Center for Teaching and Learning Introduces Flex@Pitt Playbook

During the Fall 2020 semester, instructors and students should be prepared to move between in-person and online modes of instruction, as opportunities for in-class meetings, social distancing recommendations, and public health concerns can change at any time. Flex@Pitt is an instructional model that accommodates in-person and remote instructors and students.

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Dietrich School Introduces Test-Optional Admissions Policy for Fall 2021 Applicants

Students applying for admission to any major in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences for the fall of 2021 will have the option to include or not include their SAT or ACT scores as part of the application submission.

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Pitt's Resilience Planning in Response to COVID-19

The University of Pittsburgh is coming together to meet the challenges ahead and build a more resilient community and campus. Learn about the steps we’re taking—and your critical role in keeping Pitt healthy.

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University Draws on Own Experts to Guide Health and Safety Decisions

The new Healthcare Advisory Group (HCAG) is dealing with the many questions that must be addressed as the University of Pittsburgh moves forward with resiliency planning to return to campus.