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Dietrich School Undergraduate Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Dietrich School undergraduate Mark Farino is one of two University of Pittsburgh students who have been named recipients of the 2021 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, which support outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the fields of engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences. Farino, who is majoring in physics and mathematics and minoring in French, plans to continue with graduate study in physics and aspires to academic career in teaching and researching particle physics.

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Mathematics Department Chair Elected to 2021 Class of SIAM Fellows

Jonathan Rubin, professor and chair of the Dietrich School's Department of Mathematics, was recently elected to the Class of 2021 Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Rubin, one of 28 new fellows, was recognized for his contributions to mathematical neuroscience, mathematical biology, and dynamical systems theory.

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Associate Dean and Chemistry Professor Recognized by ACS

Kay Brummond, associate dean for faculty in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and professor in the school’s Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of the 2021 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. In particular, ACS recognized Brummond, “for serving as a pathfinder, an agent of change, and mentor to women at all stages of their careers in the chemical sciences.”

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Pittsburgh Campus Moves to Elevated Risk Effective March 31 at 9pm

As a result of rising COVID-19 cases, at 9 p.m. the Pittsburgh campus will move to the Elevated Risk Posture and begin a shelter-in-place period. Students should only go out for classes, work if needed, safe exercise, takeout food and essentials.

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Chancellor Gallagher's Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

Throughout the past year in our COVID-19 pandemic state, and notably in the past few weeks, our country continues to witness and experience a rise in anti-Asian racism and violence, spurred on by baseless, irrational assumptions and biased leaps of logic that cannot and should not be validated. We condemn these acts of hate and stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian American communities against racism in all its forms, and we are committed to advancing antiracism to actively address racial inequities and injustices with an expansive coalition of institutional and community partners.

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Dietrich School Faculty Members Recognized by Provost for Mentoring

Dietrich School faculty members Tia-Lynn Ashman, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Robert Batterman, Distinguished Professor in Department of Philosophy, have been awarded the 2021 Provost's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.

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Dietrich School Faculty Among 2021 Chancellor's Award Winners

Four Dietrich School faculty members are among the honorees for the 2021 Chancellor's Awards for Teaching, Research, and Public Service.

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Dietrich School Professor Named Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

Michael Goodhart, professor of political science in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and director of Pitt’s Global Studies Center, has been named a fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study for 2021-22.

Rachel Bezanson, 2021 Cottrell Scholar
Dietrich School Faculty Member Named 2021 Cottrell Scholar

Rachel Bezanson, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a 2021 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Bezanson is among a class of 25 honorees recognized as outstanding teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy.

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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.

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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.