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Dietrich School Policy on Closures and Cancellations

In anticipation of winter weather, the Dietrich School has issued a policy on closures and class cancellations.

Cameron Barnett
Dietrich School Alumnus Receives Creative Achievement Award

Dietrich School alumnus Cameron Barnett (A&S '16G), who teaches language arts and world history to elementary students at Pitt’s Falk Laboratory School, is the recipient of this year’s $15,000 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award for Emerging Artist.

Tao Han
Dietrich School Distinguished Professor Elected to AAAS

Tao Han, Distinguished Professor of High Energy Physics in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected to the rank AAAS Fellow by the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Han is being honored for "distinguished contributions to our understanding of Physics Beyond the Standard Model, particularly with regard to its study at high energy particle accelerators." Han will be recognized during a formal presentation in February 2020 during the AAAS Fellows Forum, part of the Association's annual meeting.

Dietrich School Professor Writes NYT Essay on Mister Rogers

Jeanne Marie Laskas, Distinguished Professor of English in the Dietrich School and founding director of Pitt’s Center for Creativity, published an essay in The New York Times Magazine about her friendship with Fred Rogers. Laskas first met Rogers after finishing graduate school and remained friends with him until his death in 2003.

Pitt Cares: Stronger Than Hate

The Pitt community honors the lives lost one year ago in the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings and stands in solidarity with our Jewish classmates, colleagues, teachers, neighbors, family members and friends.

Nicole Mitchell Gantt
Dietrich School Jazz Studies Director Honored by Jazz Institute of Chicago

Dietrich School Professor Nicole Mitchell Gantt, William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies, Director of Jazz Studies, and Director of the Creative Arts Ensemble, has been named the 2019 Women in the Arts Jazz Visionary Awardee by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The award will be presented at the end of October during the Institute's 50th anniversary gala.

Dietrich School History Faculty Members Recognized by American Historical Association

Kudos to Dietrich School Department of History faculty members Michel Gobat and Evelyn Rawski who were recognized by the American Historical Association with, respectively, the Friedrich Katz Prize in Latin American and Caribbean History, and the Award for Scholarly Distinction honoring lifetime achievements.

Holger Hoock
Dietrich School Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Transform Doctoral Education in the Humanities

The Dietrich School has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a transformation of doctoral education in the humanities. The four-year, $1.5 million grant will fund Humanities Engage, a comprehensive plan to prepare doctoral students to become scholar-leaders ready to pursue high-impact careers within and beyond a changing academy.

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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.