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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

October 2011
 How to Get (and Give) Better Advice

Biased AdviceProfessionals often give advice to many anonymous people.  


For example, financial analysts give public recommendations to buy, hold or sell stock, and medical experts formulate clinical guidelines that affect many patients.


New research from Carnegie Mellon University's George Loewenstein and Duke University's Sunita Sah demonstrates that advisers confronting a conflict of interest give more biased advice when there are multiple advice recipients as opposed to just one recipient, and in the case of just one recipient the advice is more biased when the adviser does not know the name of the recipient.


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McCandless Chairs Awarded to Two Young and Dynamic Researchers

McCandless ChairsCarnegie Mellon University has awarded the Anna Loomis McCandless Professorship to Amelia Haviland, associate professor in the Heinz College, and the Estella Loomis McCandless Professorship to Ann Lee, associate professor of statistics in the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.   


The professorships are given every three years to two junior faculty members who have shown great promise in their field.


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Three Alumni to be Honored During Inaugural Ceilidh Weekend

Alumni AwardsCèilidh Weekend, Oct. 27-30 2011, is a new fall event that combines the university's Homecoming, Family Weekend and International Festival into one celebration. The Scottish Gaelic word Cèilidh represents a traditional social gathering and pays tribute to the heritage of CMU founder Andrew Carnegie.


Part of the Cèilidh Weekend festivities will include honoring the winners of the annual Alumni Awards.   


Three Dietrich College alumni will receive awards this year: Timothy S.K. Liu, Suraj R. Baxi and Maricel Paz.


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And, be sure to "like" our Facebook page so you know when photos from the Dietrich College Cèilidh Reception are available!  

CMU Mourns Loss of "Great Friend," Bill Dietrich 

Bill DietrichLongtime trustee, university benefactor and Pittsburgh entrepreneur William S. Dietrich II died of complications from cancer on Oct. 6, 2011, 29 days after making the largest gift in Carnegie Mellon history and one of the largest gifts to higher education.  He was 73.


"Carnegie Mellon University will be forever grateful to Bill for his service and philanthropy.  Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh have lost a great friend," said President Jared L. Cohon.


On Sept. 7, the university announced and celebrated Dietrich's remarkable and historic $265 million gift.  An immediate impact of Dietrich's gift was the naming of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences in honor of his inspirational mother, Marianna Brown Dietrich.


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Read Dietrich College Dean John Lehoczky's remarks to the college. 


Read the September 2011 issue of Dietrich College News, which featured full-coverage of Bill Dietrich's generous gift.  

More Dietrich College News 

Obituary: Emeritus Professor of English David Demarest 


History Department's Amy Wells Wins Andy Award


Several Dietrich College Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Terrance Hayes: Life After "Lighthead"

Dietrich College Multimedia 

Video: Marcel Just's brain imaging research - in French!

Photos: Dietrich College Pride Day

Photos: Dietrich College Leadership Surprises Dean John Lehoczky
Class Notes

Find out what's going on with Dietrich College alumni, such as Judith Gibbons (HS'76), Susan Brillman Naftulin (HS'80), Honora Rockar (HS'83) and Frank Troise (HS'88).   


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Personal Mention
Dietrich College Personal Mention shares accomplishments from the college's faculty and staff.  Included this month are Richard Purcell, James Wynn, Jendayi Frazer and more.

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H&SS Renamed the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Marianna Brown Dietrich

Bill Dietrich's historic gift to Carnegie Mellon and the renaming of H&SS to the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
were featured in the
September 2011 issue of Dietrich College News.

Dietrich College Cèilidh Reception Photos
Photos from the Dietrich College Cèilidh Reception, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, will be posted to the college's Facebook page.

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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.
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