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Nominate an Outstanding Academic Advisor for the Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize

From October 1 through October 31, 2019, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences will accept nominations for the Ampco-Pittsburgh Prize for Excellence in Advising. This annual award recognizes outstanding academic advising of Dietrich School undergraduate students. The recipient receives a one-time cash award of $4,000. Contact Z Taylor at for information.

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Nominations Invited for Bellet Teaching Awards

Recognize extraordinary achievement and innovation in undergraduate teaching by nominating a Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences faculty member for the 2020 Tina & David Bellet Teaching Excellence Awards. These awards honor faculty members who have had a profound influence on their students and who truly embody what it means to be a teacher. Faculty and students are invited to submit nomination letters from October 1 through October 31, 2009.

Lillian Chong
Dietrich School Professor Awarded $1.1 Million NIH Grant

Lillian Chong, associate professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Chemistry, has been awarded an NIH RO1 renewal for $1.1 million over four years to pursue efforts involving "High-Performance Weighted Ensemble Software for Simulation of Complex Bio-Events."

Toi Derricotte
Dietrich School Professor Emerita Recognized by Modern Language Association

Poet Toi Derricotte, Professor Emerita from the Dietrich School's Department of English--along with her colleague Cornelius Eady--has been recognized with the MLA's prestigious Phyllis Franklin Award for Public Advocacy of the Humanities. The Award celebrates Derricotte and Eady as cofounders of Cave Canem, a national poetry organization that supports the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

David Birnbaum
Dietrich School Professor Receives NEH Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities has awarded an Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant to David J. Birnbaum, professor and chair of the Dietrich School's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Anne Carlson
Dietrich School Professor Receives Cranefield Award

Anne Carlson, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, is the recipient of the Journal of General Physiology's Paul Cranefield Award. The award recognizes a publication of exceptional quality by a junior investigator.

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Dietrich School Seeks Senior Advisor to the Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Dietrich School is seeking to appoint a Senior Advisor to the Dean. The Senior Advisor will work collaboratively with the Dean, the School’s Faculty and Staff Diversity Committees, and the School’s Diversity Task Force to guide efforts to plan, implement, and assess strategies to advance the DEI goals that are of central importance to the School’s educational and scholarly excellence.

Pete Chambers
Dietrich School Director Wins Chancellor's Award for Research Support

Pete Chambers, the Dietrich School's Director of Shared Research Support Services, has been selected to receive the 2018-19 Chancellor's Staff Award in the Research Support category. The award recognizes a staff member who has worked to advance the University's research efforts, including, but not limited to conducting research and providing other forms of research support.

Caitlin Bruce
Dietrich School Faculty Member Receives Early Career Award

Caitlin Bruce, assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Communication, is the recipient of the National Communication Association Rhetorical and Communication Theory (RCT) Division's 2019 Early Career Award.

Julian Gill-Peterson
Dietrich School Faculty Member Wins Lambda Literary Award

Julian Gill-Peterson, as assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of English, is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction for their book Histories of the Transgender Child.

Robin Brooks
Dietrich School Professor Receives Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Robin Brooks, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Africana Studies, is the recipient of a 2019-20 Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The fellowship program seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Sam Ressin
Dietrich School Undergraduate Wins Udall Scholarship

Sam Ressin of Vienna, Virginia, is one of only 55 college students out of 443 nationwide candidates to receive a 2019 Udall Scholarship. Ressin is a rising senior studying economics and statistics in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and is completing a certificate in Global Studies out of the University Center for International Studies

Graham Hatfull
Dietrich School Faculty Member Leads Team in Lifesaving Research Effort

A team of researchers from the Dietrich School's Department of Biological Sciences, led by Graham Hatfull, Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology and HHMI Professor, is responsible for using phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, to fight an infection in a teenage lung transplant patient. The phages were discovered by undergraduate students in SEA-PHAGES, a program administered under Hatfull that teaches how to discover and analyze the viruses.

Keisha Blain
Dietrich School History Professor Recipient of Best Book Award

Keisha Blain, assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of History, received the 2019 Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The prestigious award, given annually for the “best book in African American women’s and gender history,” was presented to Blain for her recent publication, “Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom.”