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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

February 2014

Richard Scheines has built his career on crossing academic disciplines.


He'll bring that same approach to the Office of the Dean of Carnegie Mellon University's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences on July 1.


Scheines, the current head of the Department of Philosophy, will succeed John Lehoczky, who has served as dean since 2000 and will return to the Department of Statistics faculty.


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International Film Festival Opens March 20

CMU's 2014 International Film Festival will bring 12 award-winning independent films with ties to 20 countries to various locations throughout Pittsburgh, March 20 through April 5.


This year's festival theme, "Faces of Work," reflects the late CMU professor and filmmaker Paul Goodman's focus on the challenges and achievements of diverse groups of workers worldwide.


The festival opens with the 2013 Polish film "Walesa: Man of Hope," The film is a biopic of Lech Walesa, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former leader of Poland who was instrumental in the collapse of communism. Walesa's wife and former first lady of Poland, Danuta Walesa, will attend the screening.


Read the full article, view the entire schedule and reserve tickets.

Sheila Liming Wins Graduate Student Teaching Award 

If you think courses like "Punk and the Politics of Subculture" and "Living Social in the Age of Social Media" would be interesting to take to satisfy CMU's undergraduate writing requirement, you can thank Shelia Liming for creating them.


For those creative innovations and many other examples of excellence and dedication to teaching, Liming, who is finishing the Department of English's Ph.D. program in Literary and Cultural Studies, has received the 2014 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Students, Alumni Attend Under Construction

Nearly 60 Dietrich College alumni returned to CMU to support 150 current students and help them build their careers.


The second annual "Under Construction: Building Your Future" event encouraged students and alumni to explore the diverse fields available after graduation.


"The alumni are extremely inspirational," said Juan Acosta (DC'15), a student organizer. "The students are very excited that Dietrich College is actively pursing events like this to help them with their future career paths."


Alexandria Hernandez (DC'15) agreed, and said, "I think it's wonderful. Dietrich College is really expanding the network."


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Alumna's Path To Public Radio

Since graduating from the Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program (MAPW), Liz Danzico (DC'98) has trod her own path.


Named NPR's inaugural creative director of digital media, Danzico will be looking for new ways to visualize public radio.


Danzico has been thinking about pathways for years. She's even stopped to photograph paths that people cut through fields.


Later, she'd use the images in a speech to the Department of English, telling students that when they design information to look for metaphorical paths from their users with the idea that content will reach users more easily if it uses routes they prefer.


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More Dietrich College News 

Marlene Behrmann To Receive Cowan Professorship in Cognitive Neuroscience

Michael F. Scheier Recognized For Two Top-Cited Psychology Papers

"Shipbreakers" Film Documents Dangerous Scrapping Work; Film To Screen at International Film Festival

Fall 2013 Dietrich College Dean's List (pdf)
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