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October 5 Science Revealed Program Examines Environmental Justice

How are water challenges in Pittsburgh neighborhoods connected to the larger global fight for environmental justice? Find out more at "Environmental Justice: Safe Water in Homewood and Throughout Pittsburgh" October 5, 2 p.m. Be a part of this important Dietrich School Science Revealed program featuring Emily Elliott, professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science and Director and co-founder of the Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach that bridges efforts in water research, governance, and action at the University of Pittsburgh; Alyssa Lyon (A&S '12), Director of the Black Environmental Collective; Zinna Scott, community activist and Ambassador with ReEnergize Pittsburgh; and, NaTisha Washington, environmental justice organizer at One Pennsylvania. This event is organized in partnership with the Black Environmental Collective.

Tia-Lynn Ashman
Nature Article on Saving Rare Plant Species Features Research of All-Dietrich School Team

Tia-Lynn Ashman, Distinguished Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, led the team of researchers on a five-year effort to address whether and how the interactions between plants and the animals that pollinate them could contribute to maintaining plant biodiversity.

KJ Gilmer
Black Lives in Focus Initiative Celebrates Black Lives Through Art, Community Engagement

KJ Gilmer's Say Her Name Memorial Gown, on display in the University Art Gallery through September 24, is one of the four inaugural projects in the University-wide Black Lives in Focus Initiative.

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Dietrich School Graduate Student Wins Top Chef Amateurs

Brett Bankson, a PhD student in the Dietrich School's Department of Psychology, showed off his cooking skills on Bravo's "Top Chef Amateurs,” where he won the September 2 competition with chef Stephanie Cmar and brought home $5,000.

Vincent Liu
Dietrich School Faculty Member Leads International Team of Physicists Published in Nature

Lasers, fiendishly complex calculations and some of the coldest temperatures on Earth led to physicist Vincent Liu’s recent superfluid discovery.

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Call for Nominations: Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring will annually recognize outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Up to four awards will be made each year. Each Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring will consist of a cash prize to the graduate faculty member of $2,500 to recognize excellence in mentoring. All persons selected for this award will be honored publicly.

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Call for Nominations: Chancellor's Distinguished 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, Oct. 15, 2021

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Dietrich School's Levy Leads Project to Develop New Type of Memory for Quantum Computers

A research team led by Jeremy Levy from the Dietrich School’s Department of Physics and Astronomy has received a five-year, $7.5 million grant to develop a new type of quantum memory for quantum computers.

Michele Reid-Vazquez
Africana Studies Faculty Member Receives NEH Grant

Michele Reid-Vazquez, associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Higher Education grant for her proposed institute, “Transnational Dialogues in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies.”

Andrew Mugler
Physics and Astronomy Faculty Member's Paper Earns Editors' Suggestion Distinction

Andrew Mugler, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has published a paper in Physical Review Letters that has been recognized as an Editors’ Suggestion.

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Dietrich School Alumna Helps Injured and Abandoned Animals Make It Back Home

Working with non-domesticated animals has been Katie Kefalos's ambition since she was 8 years old and first attended Zoo Camp at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. After viewing a shark feeding, the Dietrich School alumna remembers thinking, “This is it. This is so cool.”

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Pitt's Vaccination Center Offers More Than Just Shots

Are you aware of the resources available through the Pitt Vaccination Center at Nordenberg Hall? Not only do they have all three options (Pfizer, J&J and Moderna) available, they are also happy to answer questions or help if you’ve lost your card. The center is currently open Wednesdays from 1-4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The center, located at 4140 Fifth Ave. at the base of Nordenberg Hall, will expand hours as the fall term begins.

Sara Pettit
Partnership Between Dietrich School and Swanson School Helps High School Students Experience Architecture

When Sara Pettit heard that some of her students in the new “Experiencing Architecture” summer program were still working on their house-design projects at night, at their kitchen tables, she knew the program was having an impact. Pettit, who began in January as the summer program coordinator of Pitt’s Architectural Studies program, headed the first four-week “Experiencing Architecture” program this summer for local high-school students.

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Dietrich School Faculty Member Wins Charles Horton Cooley Book Award

Waverly Duck, an associate professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Sociology, has won the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction’s Charles Horton Cooley Book Award for “Tacit Racism.”

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Chancellor Gallagher's July 23 Message on Pitt's Virus Control Program

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh’s fundamental strategy has focused on minimizing the risk of infection related to the coronavirus while maximizing our ability to carry out our mission activities of teaching, research and service.