colorful, oversized banner hanging outside the new Pittsburgh Science
& Technology Academy invites students to, “Dream. Discover.
Design.” And when the Academy, part of the Pittsburgh Public School
District, opens its doors on September 3, 2009, the inaugural class of
250 will be able to do all that and much more, thanks, in part, to the
efforts of Stephen Pellathy (A&S ‘09G), the Academy’s Science Curriculum Coordinator. Read More.
the late-18th and early-19th centuries, nations around the world were
in a near constant state of revolution. From Sweden to Russia, from
Haiti to France, and from North America to China, countries old and
young were evolving as new leadership and new philosophies emerged.
Throughout this turbulent period, as allegiances and power shifted on
land, there was a different war being waged on the seas—a culture war.
And it is the maritime/naval activities of the Atlantic during that
volatile era that are the primary research focus of Niklas Frykman, a
doctoral candidate in the University of Pittsburgh Department of
History. Read More.
most people think of a lab, images of test tubes and microscopes come
to mind. But for Jana Iverson, associate professor in the University of
Pittsburgh Department of Psychology, the labs she works in are less
likely to involve chemical formulas and more likely to involve baby
formula. Iverson is a developmental psychologist and the director of
Pitt’s Infant Communication Lab, where she and her research team study
the progress of, and connections between, gestures and language in
infants and toddlers by visiting them in their homes. Read More.
all units within the University of Pittsburgh, the School of Arts and
Sciences is committed to using the expertise of our community of
scholars to serve others within and beyond the University. The most
recent edition of the University’s Community Impact Report provides
details on a number of the outstanding programs and activities that our
academic departments and programs support, some of which are featured
in the article. Read More.
Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, former chair of
Pitt’s philosophy department, and cochair of the Center for Philosophy
of Science, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences. AAAS is an international non-profit organization
dedicated to advancing science, engineering, and innovation around the
His election marks
the fourth consecutive year a Pitt philosophy department faculty member
has received the honor. Nuel D. Belnap Jr. was elected in 2008, Mark L.
Wilson in 2007, and Anil Gupta in 2006.
opportunities are always emerging in the field of computer science—and
the Department of Computer Science’s Technology Leadership Initiative
(TLI) encourages high school students to take advantage of them by
pursuing college study and careers in the field. Equitable Corporation
recently showed its support by making a $25,000 contribution to the
program. Equitable Corporation’s philanthropic efforts focus largely on
educational initiatives targeted to pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students, particularly those in underserved or disadvantaged areas.
Founded by Pitt
computer science student Tonya Groover, the summer institute offers
area high school students academic and career-success workshops
designed to inspire, excite, and encourage them to pursue computer
science and related degrees in college.
For more information on the Technology Leadership Initiative, visit www.cs.pitt.edu/tli.
Jane Feuer, professor in the Department of English, has received the Fulbright German Distinguished Chair in American Studies for 2009-10.
Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately 40 distinguished
lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research
awards. This is the only such award for Germany. Awards in the
Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most
prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Awardees
must be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and
Mark your calendars for this year’s Homecoming celebration. Visit the Alumni Association Web site for a complete schedule of events including the “Welcome Back Reception.”
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