Dietrich School Student Awarded 2016 Truman Scholarship

Dietrich School junior Lia Petrose has been awarded a 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Next fall, Petrose will commence a full academic year of studying the natural sciences abroad at Jesus College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

Two Dietrich School Faculty Members Elected to AAAS

Dietrich School faculty members Terrance Hayes (A&S '97G) and James Woodward have been elected to the 236th class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Other new members include novelist Colm Tóibín, La Opinión Publisher and CEO Monica Lozano, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, former Botswanan President Festus Mogae, and autism author and spokesperson Temple Grandin.

Dietrich School Professor and Director of the Jazz Studies Program Among 2016 Heroes of Jazz

Geri Allen, Dietrich School Department of Music alum, professor, and Director of Jazz Studies, has been recognized by the Jazz Journalists Association as a 2016 Hero of Jazz. According to the JJA, "This year's heroes demonstrate the prominence of women and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds in support of jazz, the Congressionally designated "rare and valuable American national treasure."

Dietrich School Recognizes Teaching Excellence with Annual Bellet Awards

Lorraine Denman, Andrew Lotz, and Alan Sved were recognized as 2016 Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award winners at a dinner on April 6. The awards, which recognize outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the Dietrich School, were established by Dietrich School alumnus David Bellet and his wife, Tina, in 1998.

Dietrich School Students Among NSF Awardees

Ten University of Pittsburgh students and eight alumni were awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Fourteen Pitt students and 10 alumni received honorable mention.

Studio Arts Student Exhibit Features Works by Graduating Seniors, April 8-30

Works by graduating seniors in the Department of Studio Arts are featured in the Studio Arts Student Exhibition held in the University Art Gallery, April 8 - 30. The exhibition highlights exceptional works from majors and minors taking courses in Studio Arts and includes artworks in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, and video.

Dietrich School Students Named Goldwater Scholar, Honorable Mention Designee

Dietrich School junior molecular biology major Natalie R. Dall is one of three University of Pittsburgh students to be awarded 2016 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. Ethan A. Garcia-Baker, a junior neuroscience and history and philosophy of science major in the Dietrich School, has been recognized as a Goldwater Honorable Mention Designee.

Dietrich School Distinguished Professor Receives Honorary Doctorate from Stockholm University

Marcia Landy, Distinguished Professor Emerita of English/Film Studies, has been recognized as a 2016 Honorary Doctor for the Faculty of Humanities by Stockholm University. The award will be conferred in Stockholm this fall.

Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Presents Two-Day Event, March 20-21

On March 20 and 21, the Dietrich School's new center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) presents “Poetry and Race in America: How the Humanities Engage with Social Problems." The event will feature poetry readings and discussions with six of today’s most accomplished and groundbreaking Black poets.

Dietrich School Music Professor Wins AAAL Goddard Lieberson Fellowship

Amy Williams, an associate professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Music, is the recipient of a 2016 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The $15,000 fellowship, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, is given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.

Dietrich School Student, Alumna Play Key Roles in Presenting First U.S. Readings of Lina Prosa's Lampedusa Beach

Playwright Lina Prosa will visit Pitt March 14 and 15 for the first U.S. readings of her play Lampedusa Beach. Adia Augustin, a freshman in the Dietrich School's Department of Theatre Arts, will read at 7 p.m. March 15. Dietrich School alumna Ellen Connally (A&S ’15), is directing the productions. Both performances will be followed by a Q and A with Prosa.

Dietrich School History Professor Among Recipients of 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

G. Reid Andrews, a Distinguished Professor in the Dietrich School's Department of History, has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. This annual award honors University of Pittsburgh faculty members who demonstrate outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctorate degree. Andrews will be recognized at a reception in April.

Spring Events Explore August Wilson's Play FENCES

The Year of the Humanities is proud to present a unique opportunity for the entire University of Pittsburgh community to read, discuss, and explore one of August Wilson’s most famous plays set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. FENCES is a timeless story about the strengths and flaws of the human family, and what it means to live in an imperfect world.

Dietrich School Physics and Astronomy Professor Named 2016 Cottrell Scholar

Sergey Frolov, an assistant professor in the Dietrich School's Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The designation recognizes early career academic scientists and comes with a $100,000 award for each recipient for research and teaching.

Three Dietrich School Faculty Members Recognized with Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching, Research Awards

Lucy Fischer, Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies in the film studies program and Seth Horne, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, are recipients of 2016 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Awards, and Nancy Pfenning, senior lecturer in the Department of Statistics, is the recipient of a 2016 Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.