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School of Arts & Sciences Snapshot
ISSUE 3, JUNE 2008


Scent Sensations: Pitt Alum Nathan Urban Makes Headlines with Revealing Olfactory Research  >

Photo of Nathan UrbanYou’re approaching your house, and a smell hits you before you even open the front door—dinner’s cooking. A second later, you’re in the entry, and the smell is stronger here. In another moment, you realize what it is. Fried chicken is on the menu tonight, and it smells tasty.

In Focus

Where Art and Science Meet: Pitt Student Cory Tamler Mingles Physics Facts with Theatrical Flair >

Photo of Cory TamlerThe clock starts ticking at 8 p.m., Friday night, March 21, 2008. A group of 80 or so Pitt students have gathered in the Cathedral basement to accept a heady challenge—they will write, edit, cast, rehearse, and perform eight 10-minute plays in the space of just 24 hours.

Close Up

The Write Way: Pitt Creative Writing Professor Fiona Cheong Champions a Fresh Approach >

Photo of Fiona CheongA group of Pitt creative writing grad students have signed up for a creative writing course. But today, they're not meeting in a Cathedral classroom, critiquing each other's work. Instead, they’re on a boat in the middle of the Allegheny River with an eclectic group of participants—a few MFA alumni, an English department staff member, residents from city neighborhoods like the Hill District, and representatives of the urban nonprofit, Find the Rivers!

Wide Angle

Undergraduates Increasingly Pursuing Research Opportunities >

As recently as a decade ago, most undergraduate students had to learn about research practices in their fields by reading about the experiences of others, not by gaining hands-on experience of their own. That changed for the School of Arts and Sciences in 2004 with the introduction of the First Experiences in Research program. The goal of First Experiences, which is managed by the Office of Experiential Learning, is to provide undergraduates with an initial experience of engagement in faculty research within the context of a one-on-one faculty mentorship.


Philosophy Professor Elected to AAAS

Nuel D. Belnap Jr., University of Pittsburgh Alan Ross Anderson Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in Pitt’s Department of Philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been elected as one of the 2008 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). This is the third consecutive year a University of Pittsburgh philosophy professor has received this honor. Belnap also is a professor of the history and philosophy of science and a fellow of Pitt’s Center for Philosophy of Science. Belnap is among 212 scholars, scientists, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders from 20 states and 15 countries to be elected this year.

Graduate Student Symposium Explores Life on Mars

The Department of History of Art and Architecture of the University of Pittsburgh—in collaboration with Carnegie Museum of Art and Pitt’s Film Studies Program—is pleased to announce its 2008 graduate student symposium: “Storytelling: Playful Interactions and Spaces of Imagination in Contemporary Visual Culture.” The symposium, scheduled for October 10-12, 2008, will tie in with Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International (CI08), a world-renowned exhibition of contemporary art, organized by Carnegie Museum of Art since 1896. CI08 runs through January 11, 2009.

For more information on the symposium refer to the Web site.

For more information on CI08, visit the CI08 Blog.

University of Pittsburgh Homecoming October 23-26, 2008

Mark your calendars for this year’s celebration.  Visit the Pitt Alumni Association Web site regularly for the most up-to-date information about events and activities.

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