Department of Neuroscience Celebrates 25 Years

On October 20, 2011, the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Neuroscience celebrated 25 years of commitment to excellence in teaching, training, and research.

Pitt Alumnus, Trustee, and Former Board Chair William S. Dietrich II, Who Gave the University the Single-Largest Gift in Its History, Dies

University of Pittsburgh alumnus, trustee, and former Board chair William S. Dietrich II—a well-known and highly respected business leader, investor, author, and philanthropist who recently gave the largest single gift to Pitt in its 225-year history, a $125 million fund—died yesterday in Pittsburgh after an extended illness. He was 73.

University of Pittsburgh to Receive Historic Gift From Alumnus, Trustee, and Former Board Chair William S. Dietrich II

$125 million fund is the single-largest gift in Pitt history; University to name its largest school the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences in honor of Mr. Dietrich’s father Public recognition to occur at Saturday’s Pitt vs. Notre Dame football game.

Rosenblum Awarded Barlow Endowment Commission

Mathew Rosenblum, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, was recently awarded a prestigious Barlow Endowment commission. In considering 106 applications, the endowment granted commissions to eleven composers.

Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Award Nominations Due in October

This year, the University of Pittsburgh will once again present the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching, Research, and Public Service Awards to accomplished members of the University’s faculty.

Eighteenth-Century Studies at Pitt Presents Seminar by Francesca Savoia

Francesca Savoia, Associate Professor of Italian, Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, presents, “Eighteenth-Century … ‘Blogging’? Notes on Common-Placing and Giuseppe Baretti’s zibaldone.” Monday, September 26, 4 p.m., Humanities Center, CL 602

Litman Named to the Inaugural Class of Senior Members of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Diane J. Litman, professor in the Department of Computer Science, co-director of Pitt’s Intelligent Systems Program, and a senior scientist in Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) has been granted senior member status in the inaugural class of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Pitt to Host International Conference on Japan and World War II

On September 30 through October 1, 2011, an international conference titled, “Japan’s World War II in Asia: 70 Years On,” will take place at the University of Pittsburgh.

Research Team from Computer Science and Physics and Astronomy Receives NSF Funds

Pitt Researchers Tackle Flood of Space Data With $1.6 Million Project A team from Pitt’s Departments of Computer Science and Physics and Astronomy receives NSF funds to harmonize the unorganized patchwork of astronomical data into a single, interactive, community-driven Web site

Spotlight on Research: Probing the Brain Power of Pitt Neuroscience

Although it is a three-pound lightweight, the brain is the human body’s uncontested heavy hitter. Its 100 billion neurons control the seat of all knowledge, power the central nervous system, and cradle the soul of our individuality.

Advising Center Assistant Director Receives Award

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) selected Patrick Mullen, assistant director of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Advising Center, as an Administrators Institute Award recipient for his dedication and leadership to the advising program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Arts and Sciences Students Win Humanity in Action Fellowships

Pitt Honors College Juniors Receive 2011 Humanity in Action Fellowships This is the sixth-consecutive year that Pitt has competed successfully in the HIA Fellowship program.

Geology and Planetary Science Faculty and Alumni Lead Team to 2,300-Year Climate Record

A sediment core from a South American lake revealed a steady, sharp drop in crucial monsoon rainfall since 1900, leading to the driest conditions in 1,000 years as of 2007 and threatening tropical populations with water shortages, a team from Pitt, Union College, and SUNY-Albany reports in PNAS

Neuroscience Major Wen Xu Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Pitt Neuroscience Student From Pennsylvania Awarded Goldwater Scholarship Another Pitt student from Pennsylvania receives Honorable Mention

John McDowell Earns Distinguished Achievement Award from Mellon Foundation

John McDowell, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, received the prestigious award for his work explaining how fellow philosophers can consider human nature and the natural sciences when thinking about the natural world