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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

February 2016
Joe Trotter and the Effects of CAUSE
When Joe William Trotter, Jr. joined CMU's Department of History in 1985, he saw an opportunity to solve real social problems through his specialties in 20th century U.S. and African American urban and labor history.

"It was an exciting moment to join the department because of Carnegie Mellon's commitment to research on human societies from the perspective of the most dispossessed of the world's people," said Trotter, the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice.
Part of Trotter's work creates links between the past and present - particularly in examining social problems like unemployment, underemployment, incarceration, homelessness, addiction and other issues that disproportionately affect black people.

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Mentoring Matters
Through the Dietrich Honors Fellowship Program, students develop lasting relationships with world-class faculty mentors that enhance their lives both academically and professionally.

But students aren't the only ones who benefit. Professors enjoy seeing students take ownership of their projects, which include both in-depth research studies and creative output like novels and films.

Read more and learn how apply to the program.
Mindfulness Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

New CMU research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation with health in stressed adults. Published in Biological Psychiatry, the study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to relaxation training, reduces Interleukin-6, an inflammatory health biomarker, in high-stress, unemployed adults.

"We've now seen that mindfulness meditation training can reduce inflammatory biomarkers in several initial studies, and this new work sheds light into what mindfulness training is doing to the brain to produce these inflammatory health benefits," said David Creswell, associate professor of psychology.
The Game Theorist's Guide To Parenting
For generations, parents have turned to experts for child-rearing advice. This spring, they can add game theorists to the list of parenting gurus.
Kevin Zollman, associate professor of philosophy, says game theory applies to almost all of our social lives, so it's only natural that it should work for one of the toughest aspects of our lives - dealing with our children. So Zollman teamed up with Paul Raeburn to write a book about it. "The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting: How the Science of Strategic Thinking Can Help You Deal with the Toughest Negotiators You Know - Your Kids" will be released on April 5.

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Meet The Wall Street Journal's Newest Copy Editor
While Braden Kelner (DC'15) was working towards his bachelor's degree in creative writing and professional writing, he had his heart set on one thing-working in journalism. That dream has become a reality.
"I was able to focus on journalism while I studied in CMU's professional writing program," Kelner said. "I found that I liked reporting, but what I really liked was copy editing. This job really allows me to do both of those."

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More Dietrich College News 
Two Statistics Professors Earn NSF CAREER Awards

Jeria Quesenberry co-authors "Kicking Butt in Computer Science: Women in Computing at Carnegie Mellon University"

LearnLab Experts Present Education Research Accomplishments at NSF Meeting

Faces of Conflict: CMU's International Film Festival Runs March 17-April 3

CMU Joins IARPA Project To Reverse-Engineer Brain Algorithms

Mariana Achugar Publishes Book on Remaking the Past

Marijuana: Past, Present, Future

Autopods: The Coolest Ride in Town

Junior Elizabeth Agyemang Designs Dietrich Day T-Shirt

Call for Applications: Senior Honors Program and Senior Honors Fellowship Program
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