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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

April 2013
Celebration of Education

Celebration of Education recognizes the accomplishments of faculty who exemplify Carnegie Mellon University's standards of excellence in education.


Dietrich College is well represented in this year's awards:


Dean John Lehoczky will receive the Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education.


Rebecca Nugent, associate teaching professor of statistics, will receive the Dietrich College Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service.


Julie Bowman, a Ph.D. candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies within the Department of English, won the Graduate Student Teaching Award.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rangos 1 and 2, University Center
4:30 p.m. Reception
5 p.m. Awards Presentation

These events are free and open to the public.


Event details.

IS Holds Most Innovative Carnival Booth Contest
During this year's Spring Carnival, the Dietrich College's Information Systems Program held a "Most Innovative Carnival Booth Contest."

Five students in Raja Sooriamurthi's Software Development Project course have created "Enteract" - a mobile polling system. Using QR codes or web links, anyone with a Facebook account was able to submit a vote for how innovative they thought each carnival booth was.

The winning booth, Sigep with UP, received the inaugural "Innovative Booth Award," which carried a cash prize that will be donated to the charity of the organization's choice.

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Alumna Writing for NBC's "Hannibal"
Kai Wu 

Ever since Kai Wu (DC'04) saw the movie "Casper" when she was 13 years old, Wu knew that she wanted to be a screenwriter.


Wu's dream came true when she was recently hired to be a writer on the new NBC show, "Hannibal." Starring Hugh Dancy, "Hannibal" is the latest from writer and executive producer Bryan Fuller, who was behind the hit shows "Pushing Daisies" and "Heroes."


The episode she co-wrote with Fuller, "Entrée," is scheduled to air on May 2.


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Inc. Magazine Names Alumna As One of 2013's 10 Women to Watch in Tech  

Vivienne Ming

For some people, co-founding and running the educational technology company Socos would be more than enough to keep them busy.


But, not for Vivienne Ming (DC'03, '06). Ming, who received her master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, is also a theoretical neuroscientist at UC Berkley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience and chief scientist at the startup Gild.


 Ming has recently been recognized for her work. Inc. Magazine named her one of the year's "10 Women to Watch in Tech," and the San Francisco Business Times gave her a "Most Influential Women of the Bay Area" award.


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Scholarship, Plaque Honor Jeffrey L. Zaslow

Zaslow Plaque

To honor the memory of Jeffrey L. Zaslow (DC'80) - a best-selling author and longtime Wall Street Journal columnist, Carnegie Mellon University unveiled a new plaque and announced a scholarship program in his name.


Zaslow, who majored in creative writing within the Dietrich College's Department of English, may be best remembered at Carnegie Mellon for co-authoring "The Last Lecture" with the late CMU Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch.


The plaque, revealed at a private ceremony during Spring Carnival, fittingly faces a plaque for Pausch on "The Pausch Bridge." The "Jeffrey L. Zaslow Scholarship for Writing Students," made possible by gifts from several of Zaslow's friends and admirers, was also announced.



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Class Notes

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


Deborah Lafky (DC'77), Dana S. Dunn (DC'82), Jeffrey Miecznikowski (DC'02, '06) and others in Class Notes.  


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"Shapira Challenge" To Benefit
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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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