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Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Snapshot

Issue 19, June 2016


Jane Valenta’s Formula for Success is Equal Parts Passion and Risk Taking

Jane Valenta

Jane Valenta cannot look at a coated surface without thinking about the chemistry
behind it. Her mind immediately begins to assess color, appearance, and functionality.
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In Focus

Iyanna Boatwright-Buffaloe Hits All the Right Notes While Finding Her Own Sound

Iyanna Boatwright-Buffaloe

The 11-year-old girl stepped onto the school stage, her heart thumping. Why did she have to be picked out of all these fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders as the first one to try a new instrument?
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Close Up

From Singapore to the South Side—Michael Glass Goes the Distance for His Students

Michael Glass

The bright Malaysian sun already burns hot as a group of Pitt Urban Studies students gathers — armed with backpacks and water bottles, mobile phones, iPads, and notepads. It is the first day of their study-abroad trip, and they are anxious to begin the day’s walking tour of the Brickfields, a historic Kuala Lumpur neighborhood just outside the heart of this young, bustling city of 6.5 million residents.
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Wide Angle

Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center Offers Students a World of Options

If you want to study Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas, you could travel to a mountain town in the heart of the Andes, or you could just saunter over to Posvar Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
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Recent Dietrich School graduate Mehrgol Tiv (A&S ’16), has been awarded a 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship. Tiv, who double-majored in psychology and French and minored in neuroscience, will conduct social science and humanitarian-based research in Amsterdam this summer.

Including Tiv, Pitt students have now won 16 Humanity in Action Fellowships since 2006.

Dietrich School junior Ying Chen “Bailey” Lien, a neuroscience major, has been awarded a 2016 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.  An aspiring physician, Lien plans to focus her career pursuits on issues related to public health and environmental affairs. In addition to her medical practice, she would like to devote her scholarly research to either neurodevelopmental disorders caused by air pollutants or chronic allergy and respiratory illnesses.

This April, Bert A. Rockman, PhD (A&S ‘65) was honored by the Dietrich School Department of Political Science with a Distinguished Professional Achievement Award.

With an illustrious career spanning four decades, Professor Rockman is one of the most influential scholars of the American Presidency and American political institutions. He has authored or co-authored more than two dozen books and published more than 100 articles.

Homecoming 2016 will be held during the week of October 3–8. The Welcome Back Reception in the Cathedral of Learning will be on Friday, October 7. Festivities will culminate with the Pitt vs. Georgia Tech football game on Saturday, October 8. Be sure to check the Alumni Association Web site for more details.

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