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Meet the Dietrich School's Newest Faculty Colleagues

Meet the newest members of our Dietrich School community of learners--faculty members new to the school as well as some faculty colleagues who have recently taken on new roles.

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Dean Blee Serving on Steering Committee for, Participating in Eradicate Hate Summit

The first Eradicate Hate Global Summit, scheduled for October 18 - 20, will have a strong Pitt presence, including its co-chair, chancellor emeritus Mark Nordenberg, along with some big-name speakers, like former President George W. Bush. The event’s steering committee also includes Dietrich School and CGS Dean, Kathleen Blee, who serves as co-director of the Pitt-Carnegie Mellon joint Collaboratory Against Hate.

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Dietrich School Biological Sciences Professor Heads Up Institute to Study Nature's Resilience

Corinne Richards-Zawacki, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of Pitt's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, is heading up a new institute that will focus on how nature bounces back after being disturbed by human activity. RIBBiTR (Resilience Institute Bridging Biological Training and Research) is backed by a $12.5 million National Science Foundation grant.

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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.

chef Stephanie Cmar and Brett Bankson
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.

Katie Kefalos with owl
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.