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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

March 2012
Unlocking Autism's Mysteries
Schematic diagrams of a normal brain (left) and an autistic brain (right) highlight the white matter alterations in autism

New research from CMU's Marcel Just provides an explanation for some of autism's mysteries - from social and communication disorders to restricted interests - and gives scientists clear targets for developing intervention and treatment therapies.


Published in the journal "Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews," Just and his team used brain imaging and computer modeling to show how the brain's white matter tracts - the cabling that connects separated brain areas - are altered in autism and how these alterations can affect brain function and behavior. The deficiencies affect the tracts' bandwidth - the speed and rate at which information can travel along the pathways.


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Watch a video of Professor Just explaining the study and where he sees this research going in the immediate future. 

Two Dietrich College Students Selected As Public Policy & International Affairs Fellows

Nicole Hamilton and Christian Aponte 

Two students in CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences have received competitive Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowships.

Both juniors, Christian Aponte and Nicole Hamilton will attend summer institutes at a top-ranked university to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills.


The fellowship program is designed to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies and groom them for professional roles in public service. After completing the Junior Summer Institute, Aponte and Hamilton will be eligible to attend a top public policy graduate school with significant - oftentimes 100 percent - financial support.


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Stephen Fienberg Receives Research Grant From NSF and U.S. Census Bureau

Stephen Fienberg
The National Science Foundation (NSF)-Census Bureau Research Network has awarded eight interdisciplinary research grants aimed at finding new ways to interpret social, behavioral and economic data and new ways to use and disseminate the resulting statistics. 
Among the recipients is CMU's
Stephen Fienberg, who received a grant for a project on "Data Integration, Online Data Collection and Privacy Protection for the 2020 Census."

Fienberg, the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, and his research team will conduct research on three basic issues of interest related to collecting census data: privacy, costs and response rates.

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New Book Examines "Globalization and Global Justice" 
Globalization and Global Justice
Most Americans could not fathom living in an actual garbage dump. Yet about half of the world's population lives in extreme poverty and decrepit conditions. Surrounded by diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, they lack the resources or capabilities necessary to secure adequate food, water, shelter, education and health care. 
In her new book "Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations," CMU's Nicole Hassoun examines how the world becoming more interconnected changes international institutions' duties to the world's poor.

Hassoun, assistant professor of philosophy, argues that there are significant obligations that must be met to aid the impoverished.

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2012 Dietrich College Carnival Reception
Baker HallCMU's Spring Carnival 2012 is right around the corner!

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences will hold a reception for alumni, faculty, staff and students on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the Baker Hall Terrace.

This is your chance to visit with old friends and meet new ones.

Faculty members who will be in attendance include Caroline Acker, Gerald Costanzo, Chris Hallstein, Yasufumi Iwasaki, Peggy Knapp, John Lehoczky, Chris Neuwirth, David Raksion, Erik Thiessen and G. Richard Tucker.

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More Dietrich College News 

Evolution by the Numbers: New Book Examines How Biology Became Infused With Mathematical Arguments

Center for the Arts in Society To Host Acclaimed Filmmaker Tom Kalin

Out of Africa: Students Help "Kick-Start Economic Excellence" in Sierra Leone 


Senior Emily Baddock Reflects on Her Time at CMU 


Center for Arts in Society Holding Animation Symposium April 1-2 


Series of Events Focus on the "Drug War" in Mexico: Who is Who? (2 events remaining!) 

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Please note, due to the college's name change to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the indicia is now "DC."   


Find out what's going on with Dietrich College alumni, such as Bart Astor (DC'69), Tony Peffer (DC'89) and Mackenzie Evan Smith (DC'11).


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Personal Mention
Dietrich College Personal Mention shares accomplishments from the college's faculty and staff.  Included this month are Bonnie Youngs, Yona Harvey, James Wynn and more.

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"Shapira Challenge" To Benefit
Dietrich College
David Shapira, a Carnegie Mellon life trustee and former board chairman, along with his wife Cindy, and in collaboration with the Giant Eagle Foundation, are giving approximately $2.8 million to the Dietrich College via the Inspire Innovation Campaign.

Of this gift, $2 million will be used to endow the Humanities Scholars Program, and $800,000 will be used to provide a pool of matching funds as a means to encourage additional donors to the college.

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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.

Related: CMU Mourns Loss of "Great Friend," Bill Dietrich.

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