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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

April 2015
National Academy of Sciences Honor

Psychology Professor Marlene Behrmann has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). She is the first female scientist from CMU to be elected to the NAS.


Behrmann joined the CMU faculty in 1993 and is widely considered to be one of the foremost experts in the cognitive neuroscience of visual perception.


"Very few researchers make a clear and vivid connection between the brain and the mind. Marlene is one of them. Her pioneering work on how the brains of normal and autistic subjects differ has changed our view of the disease. This is a well deserved honor for Marlene - we are extremely fortunate to have her on our faculty," said Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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Leave a note of congratulations for Professor Behrmann, and find out what other historical information about her NAS election staff member Brighid Lynch uncovered on the college's Facebook Page.

Eight Juniors Named Honors Fellows

Eight exceptional juniors have been selected to be 2015-16 Dietrich College Honors Fellows. 


The Honors Fellowship Program - in its second year - is part of the college's Senior Honors Program and is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development.


"I'm both thrilled and humbled to have been selected as a fellow for this year's program," said Laurnie Wilson, a creative writing and history double major who will be working with English Professor Jane Bernstein to create a series of narratives that examine themes of growth and self-discovery from the perspective of a young woman.


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The Myth of Seneca Falls Named 2015
Most Original Book in U.S. Women's History

The Organization of American Historians has named "The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898" by History Professor Lisa Tetrault as the winner of its inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's History.


The award is given for the previous calendar year's most original book - one that is path-breaking work or challenges and changes widely accepted scholarly interpretations in the field.


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Students: Gain An Early Edge in Research

A great way for freshman and sophomores to get real research experience is through the Dietrich College's Research Training Program.


Kayla Lee (DC'17), a global studies and Hispanic Studies double major, worked with Modern Languages Department Head Susan Polansky on "The History of Chocolate in Spain and the Americas." Lee said that the course, which will be offered again in Fall 2015, opened her eyes to the many possibilities of incorporating research into her education.


"It was a perfect introduction for me to research. In addition, the one-on-one interaction with the professor was extremely helpful, because it allowed me to learn in a more individualized environment," Lee shared. 


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Big Data, Humanities & the Social Sciences

Katie Bergman-Bock (DC'09, HNZ'10) and Mario Nuñez (DC'10) both credit their experience in classes at Carnegie Mellon University with their jobs today in the Big Data field. 

Bergman-Bock, a senior consultant at Deloitte, and Nuñez, a senior data scientist at Glassdoor, praise CMU's emphasis on quantitative skills, statistical rigor, and structured curriculum for giving them the skills they needed to rise in their job market. 


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More Dietrich College News 

Distinguished Teaching Award Goes To Yasufumi Iwasaki

Born To Teach: Dan Walter Wins Graduate Student Teaching Award

Passion For Teaching: EHPP Major Marie Avilez Wins The Gretchen Lankford Prize

CMU To Create New Institute for Politics and Strategy

CMU Scientists Appear in "Fastball"

Revisiting Geoffrey Chaucer During National Poetry Month with Professor Peggy Knapp

CMU Scientists Question Representation of Women in International Journal

IS Conference Room Dedicated to Archit Kumar (DC'12) and Family

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Taps CMU Statistician For Leadership Role

Eighteen Dietrich College Students Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi

Carnegie Corporation of New York Grant Supports Technology-Enhanced Learning

American Society for Environmental History Honors Joel Tarr with Distinguished Service Award

Earth Tapestry: Sending a Message to the Future

Dietrich College Students Shine at Putnam Mathematics Competition

Autism: Carnegie Mellon Researchers Are Making Progress

Inaugural Ireland Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced

President Suresh Addresses University Challenges and Opportunities; Announces New Endowed Funds in the Arts and Humanities
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IS Conference Room Dedicated to Archit Kumar (DC'12) and Family 



Psychology Department Head Michael J. Tarr and Professor Timothy Verstynen Appear in "Fastball" Film

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