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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

May 2015
Congratulations, Class of 2015!

Commencement weekend was a time to reflect on everything achieved in the past few years. 


And, it is quite a long list of impressive accomplishments for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' graduating class of 221 undergraduates and 80 master's and doctoral degree recipients.


Perhaps most telling is that around 60 percent of the college's undergraduates graduated with either college or university honors - or both, leaving Dietrich College Dean Richard Scheines amazed.

Decisions That Matter

While there have been some recent ideas to try and prevent sexual assaults from happening, none have seemed to work.


That may just change with "Decisions That Matter" - a new interactive graphic novel created by students in a unique class offered the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Entertainment Technology Center (ETC).


"Morality Play: Laboratory for Interactive Media and Values Education" allows students from different majors and backgrounds to collaborate and solve a real-world problem, all in just 15 weeks.

Nature + Nurture

If you see a snake or spider, chances are it will scare you. Is your fear inherent or learned?


David Rakison believes it is both and that nature and nurture work together to help you develop fear for potentially threatening recurrent evolutionary threats. Rakison, associate professor of psychology, studies how infants learn about the world around them. 


He found that 5-month-old babies prefer to look at prototypical schematic images of snakes and spiders - rather than scrambled version of those things - but did not do so for rats or sharks.

"Mr. Everything" Dick Tucker Retires

It's no wonder he's been called "Mr. Everything."


Since arriving at Carnegie Mellon in 1992, G. Richard (Dick) Tucker has served as head of the Department of Modern Languages, interim dean of Student Affairs, associate vice provost for education for Carnegie Mellon Qatar, interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Qatar and Title IX Coordinator.


This summer, following a glittering career that has taken the beloved and respected Tucker to numerous countries around the world, he will retire and begin the next phase of his colorful life journey.

Working for Change

With a shared passion for making a difference, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni are making their mark in the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofit and community-organizing arena. 


And, their years at Carnegie Mellon helped pave the way.


"CMU was my microcosm," said Kamilah Woods (DC'02), a project manager and business advisory consultant to federal government clients and public sector entities.

More Dietrich College News 

Rebecca Nugent Wins Ryan Award For Meritorious Teaching

English Graduate Lands Job at Top Technology Company

Aspiring and Ambitious: Anna Vande Velde (DC'15)

Meeting of the Minds Turns 20

Digital Dreams: Circulo Juvenil Brings Digital Learning To Hispanic Children

Dietrich College Alumni Impacting Education

New $20M National Center for Forensic Science Launched

Bragging: Researchers Find Self-Promotion Often Backfires

Suicide Trends in School-Aged Children Reveal Racial Disparity

Researchers Find More Sex Doesn't Lead To Increased Happiness

Two Recent Grads Receive Fulbright Awards

New Grad Wins Inaugural G. Richard Tucker Award

Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Alpha Theta Inducts Nine History Students

16 Students Inducted into International English Honor Society

2015 Adamson Student Writing Awards Winners

Statistics and Physics Major Receives 2015 Judith A. Resnik Award

CMU Community Reflects On Dick Tucker's Legacy
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2015 Dietrich College Honors Ceremony


Department of English 2015 Diploma Ceremony


Department of History 2015 Diploma Ceremony


Spring 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Initiation 


Dick Tucker Retirement Celebration



CMU's 118th Commencement Ceremony 

Class Notes


Find out what's new with Gay Giordano (DC'82), Alexei Cohen (DC'92), Caroline Kessler (DC'11) and others in

Class Notes.    


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