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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

July 2015
Mangoes, Sunsets and the Honors Fellows

Eight outstanding soon-to-be seniors are deep into researching their Senior Honors Program theses as part of the Dietrich College Honors Fellowship Program.


To give us an inside look, the honors fellows have been blogging about their experiences, ranging from finding the perfect place to work and how to set intentions and maintain endurance to finishing outlines and running their first pilot experiment. And, they have been creative with their topics, writing about Linguistic Yoga, The Jay-Z to my Beyoncé and Mangoes, Sunsets and Other Things You Can't Bring Through Customs.


Check out the full blog or each fellow's posts about their projects:


Eleanor Haglund: Big Bite


Geneva Jackson: From Hippies to Hipsters: A Study of American Popular Music Festivals as Youthful Rites of Passage


Kaylyn Kim: Using Security Priming to Reduce Jealousy in Romantic Relationships


Kaytie Nielsen: Two Documentaries on Afro-French Identity: Exploring Filmic Storytelling through Conventional and Experimental Methodologies


Sayre Olson: Memoir Through Fiction


Lucy Pei: Language Use and Code-Switching in Bilingual Immigrant Family Storytelling


Chloe Thompson: Part of the Establishment: Comparing the Provisional Irish Republican Army and Hezbollah's Dual Identities


Laurnie Wilson: Fiction and Photography: Narratives in the 21st Century


Learn more about the Honors Fellowship Program.

LearnLab Summer School

When Bill Buttlar, a professor and associate dean in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Engineering, and his colleagues were charged with revamping their graduate program, they decided to attend CMU's LearnLab Summer School.


Their reason was simple: They wanted to learn how to effectively implement cognitive tutors into their coursework, and CMU researchers have pioneered this work, a hallmark of the university's Simon Initiative.


LearnLab Director Ken Koedinger thought this year's session was the best yet.
Pittsburgh Celebrates "Caroline Acker Day"

Independence Day was extra special this year. The City of Pittsburgh declared July 4, 2015 "Dr. Caroline Acker Day" to recognize the longtime Carnegie Mellon University history professor for her outstanding scholarship and many contributions to the Pittsburgh community.


The proclamation was sponsored by CMU Alumnus and City Councilman Daniel Gilman (DC'04), who majored in ethics, history and public policy.

News Maker: Alumna Brittany McCandless

It's safe to say that Brittany McCandless (DC'08) knew she wanted to be a journalist at a young age. When most kids were playing house or school, McCandless and her brother would take anything that they could get their hands on - such as a TV manual or a book - and turn them into scripts to play news anchors.


To make her dream a reality, McCandless attended CMU to major in the Department of English's Professional Writing Program. She was selected for the Humanities Scholars Program, excelled in her courses and added a second major of creative writing.


After stints at CNN and ABC's Good Morning America, McCandless is making her mark as an associate producer for CBS This Morning.


Read more.

More Dietrich College News 

Obituary: Hilary Masters Was an Acclaimed Writer and Beloved Professor

Linda Babcock To Head Department of Social and Decision Sciences

The Mind-Body Connection: Psychology Graduate Student Emily Lindsay

Advancing Technology Education at CMU and Beyond

Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4) Summer Institute


English Alumna Wins Major Poetry Prize


AAC Director Gloria Hill To Retire


BrainHub Research Projects Receive ProSEED Funding


The CoAx Lab 


User Expedition: IS Alumna Rebecca Shore 


Scientists Work To Improve Research Integrity


Classroom Salon To Help Boost Capacity of Computer Science Course 


Conflicting Histories Harm Negotiations 


From Shakespeare to Torture Memos 


Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a Tablet 


Scientists Gain First Glimpse of New Concepts Developing in the Brain


Researchers Find Everyone Has a Bias Blind Spot 


Beverley Wheeler To Receive Alumni Distinguished Service Award


Mobile App Educates Teens On Risky Sexual Behavior 


Study Finds State Vehicle Safety Inspections Should Continue 


2015 Dietrich College Staff Appreciation Luncheon 


Spring 2015 Dean's List Announced 

Class Notes


Find out what's new with Emery Roth (DC'71, '72), Andrew McElwaine (DC'98), Jamie Edwards (DC'07), Laura Pacilio (DC'16) and others in Class Notes.    


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