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Carnegie Mellon University

September 2011
Bill Dietrich Announces Plan To Give CMU Record-Breaking Gift

Bill DietrichBusinessman, scholar, philanthropist and longtime Carnegie Mellon University trustee William S. Dietrich II has announced a plan to provide a record-breaking gift of a $265 million fund to support CMU.


It is the largest gift in CMU's history and one of the 10 largest by an individual to a private higher education institution in the United States.




H&SS Renamed After Dietrich's Inspirational Mother

Marianna Brown DietrichIn recognition of William S. Dietrich II's gift, the university's College of Humanities and Social Sciences has been named the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences after Dietrich's late mother, a homemaker who inspired and supported Dietrich throughout his life.


"My mother would be thrilled to have her name associated with this wonderful school, and it is my hope that in naming this college for her you will remember some of the values that made her life so meaningful," Dietrich said during the ceremonial announcement.

Message from Dean John Lehoczky
John LehoczkyBy now, many of you have heard the incredible news of William S. Dietrich II's intent to make an historic gift of a $265 million fund to support Carnegie Mellon. You have also heard that the university is naming of H&SS the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Bill chose to honor his mother, Marianna Brown Dietrich, in naming our college. He credits her with challenging him to explore the world and new ideas - both through his extensive travels and great enjoyment of reading and writing. She encouraged him to then apply that knowledge by dedicating his life to scholarship, entrepreneurship, collaboration and a deep commitment to the community.


More Coverage of Bill Dietrich's Historic Gift 

Dean John Lehoczky's Remarks Thanking Bill Dietrich

Video of Announcement

Photos from the Day

Photos from the Dietrich College Celebration

Photos of the Marianna Brown Dietrich Plaque Installation

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Bayes' Rule: The Theory That Would Not Die
Sharon McGrayneFrom spam filters and machine translation to the drones over bin Laden's compound, Bayes' Rule pervades modern life.  Thomas Bayes and Pierre-Simon Laplace discovered the rule roughly 250 years ago but, for most of the 20th century, it was deeply controversial, almost taboo among academics and theoreticians.

Sharon McGrayne, author of "The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines & Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy," will give a talk on the history of the theorem on Monday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in PH 100 (Gregg Hall). 

Ahead of her visit to campus, McGrayne spoke with Dietrich College News about her book and what she learned during the research and writing process.

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MSCF Ranked #1 Financial Engineering Program 

QuantNet, a leading online news outlet in the field of financial engineering, has recognized the Master in Computational Finance (MSCF) program at Carnegie Mellon University as #1 in its 2011 ranking of financial engineering programs.

The program is a joint academic venture between the Tepper School of Business, the Mathematical Sciences Department in the Mellon College of Sciences, Department of Statistics in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Heinz College.

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Memorial Conference for Horacio Arló-Costa
Horacio Arlo-Costa
The Department of Philosophy will host a memorial conference for Horacio Arló-Costa on November 19 and 20, 2011 in BH A53.

Details will be posted on this web page as they become available.

Read about the life and career of Arlo-Costa.
Dietrich College Pride Day
Dietrich College:
A Great Choice!

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a day of fun, food, games, prizes and entertainment.

T-shirts will be given out in front of the CFA Lawn during the event.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
CFA Lawn

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