an era when the Cathedral of Learning is little more than a twinkle in
Chancellor Bowman's eye (he won't even announce his plans for the
towering building until November); when Pittsburgh is still the
undisputed world capital of iron and steel; and when racial segregation
is the norm, not the exception. Read More.
Ghilani can't believe her luck. She's just found the perfect quote. It
encapsulates everything she wants to argue in her doctoral
dissertation. She looks around the quiet room in the Smithsonian
Institution Library to make sure she hasn't exclaimed out loud and
disturbed anyone. She grins widely and inks a series of exclamation
points and asterisks around the quote in her notebook. Read More.
the day before 20 world leaders will converge on Pittsburgh. A packed
crowd gathers in Posvar Hall at the University of Pittsburgh to gain
some perspective, not only on what to expect at the G-20 summit, but
also on social movements and protests in general. Panelists cum-Pitt
sociology professors Suzanne Staggenborg, Mohammed Bamyeh, and Rachel
Kutz-Flamenbaum file into the auditorium ready for a lively discussion.
Today—and in the coming days—Pitt's Department of Sociology gets to put its scholarly expertise into play on the global stage. Read More.
fall, incoming freshmen enrolled in Arts and Sciences Freshman Programs
courses at the University of Pittsburgh were invited to take part in a
shared academic reading program. The Common Reading Program was created
to welcome students into the University community through a shared
intellectual experience; encourage the growth of an intellectual
community through reading, discussion, and activities; develop a sense
of community among students, faculty, and staff; and, reinforce the
importance of reading as an integral part of a liberal arts education. Read More.
Arts and Sciences faculty members—Michael Grabe, Department of
Biological Sciences, Lillian Chong and Megan Spence, Department of
Chemistry, and Gurudev Dutt, Department of Physics and
Astronomy—received 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER
Awards. Arts and Sciences now has an all-time high of seven active
CAREER Awards (the others are Shigeru Amemiya in the Department of
Chemistry, and Rebecca Hwa and Alexandros Labrinidis in the Department
of Computer Science).
According to the NSF, the Faculty
Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers, “the National Science
Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of the early
career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most
effectively integrate research and education within the context of the
mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm
foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and
Ott, a University Honors College graduate who received a BA degree in
history and French and a BS degree in chemistry from the School of Arts
and Sciences in April 2009, has been named a 2010 Rhodes Scholarship
winner. The University of Pittsburgh is the only public institution in
Pennsylvania with a 2010 Rhodes Scholar.
Ott is the sixth Pitt
undergraduate-degree recipient to win the prestigious Rhodes
Scholarship. A former Pitt Chancellor's Scholar, the Lawrence, Kansas,
native was a 2008 Truman Scholarship winner. Ott’s interests are in
human rights, refugee issues, and evidence-based policy. At the
University of Oxford, she will study forced migration and
evidence-based social intervention, refugee and migration studies, and
social science research methods.
U.S. Senate confirmed School of Arts and Sciences alumnus Patrick
Gallagher as the 14th director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Gallagher will
direct the agency that supplies and oversees the nation’s standards of
measurement, including the official time. The agency has an annual
budget of approximately $800 million; and employs around 2,900 people,
including scientists and engineers.
Gallagher earned his master's and PhD
degrees in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and 1991,
respectively. He has been with NIST since 1993 and was named the
agency’s deputy director in 2008 before President Barack Obama
nominated him as director. Prior to that, he served for four years as
the director of the NIST Center for Neutron Research in Gaithersburg,
Maryland. In recognition of his work, Gallagher was awarded a
Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the department's highest award, in
2006. Find out more.
Department of Studio Arts will present an exhibition of student
artworks from this summer’s University Honors College Field Study trip
to Wyoming. The exhibition will be held in the University Art Gallery
of the Frick Fine Arts Building and will run January 14–29. An opening
reception will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 4-6 p.m., and
Gallery Talks will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at noon.
Participating artists from the
department include Benjy Blanco, Marika DeLozier, Nancy Egger, and
Jason Georgiades, who will show works created during their two weeks in
Wyoming as well as other works that were inspired by their experiences
For more information, visit www.studioarts.pitt.edu
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