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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

March 2016
Discover Dietrich
You've heard it before: Dietrich College is no ordinary liberal arts school.

This spring, a new event will spotlight the diverse departments that make the college special by showcasing student research, faculty publications, internship opportunities and more.

Discover Dietrich will run from  through April 14 and includes events such as Information Systems student project demonstrations, open advising hours, fun and games with Social and Decision Sciences, ice cream with the History Department and much more.

Additionally, Dietrich Day will be held at 1 p.m. on the CFA Lawn on Wednesday, March 30. CMU President Subra Suresh will throw the first pitch in the wiffle ball game at 2 p.m.

Read more.
Three Students Win Prestigious Awards
Junior Melanie Diaz, an English and global studies major, has been awarded a Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship for 2016. The fellowship program is designed to help students from diverse backgrounds attend graduate school, typically in the areas of public policy, public administration, international affairs and related fields. Read more.

Kaytie Nielsen
, a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) senior with concentrations in creative writing and directing, is one of 18 students and young professionals selected to participate in the Luce Scholars Program in Asia. Read more.

Sophomore Ian Asenjo has received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State. Asenjo will be traveling to Chandigarh, India this summer, where he hopes to gain proficiency in Punjabi and explore his passion for Bhangra - a folk dance with roots in the region. Read more.
First Tartan Data Science Cup Held
Computer programmers have hackathons. The machine learning world has Kaggle competitions. And now, CMU's budding statisticians have a competition to call their own.
In late February, the Department of Statistics hosted its first Tartan Data Science Cup (TDSC).
Professors Sam Ventura and Rebecca Nugent organized the event series as a way to showcase the department's strengths in data science. Students were tasked with creating elegant data visualizations, selecting appropriate statistical methods to apply to a problem, collaborating with peers across disciplines and communicating their results to a broad audience.

Learn more, including who won.
Fastball Premieres in Pittsburgh
"Fastball," the baseball documentary that celebrates the sport's signature pitch and aims to answer the question of who threw the fastest fastball of all-time, will premiere in Pittsburgh with several screenings scheduled, including a special CMU Carnival event.
Narrated by Kevin Costner and directed by nine-time Emmy-Award winner Jonathan Hock, the film includes interviews with more than 20 Hall of Fame players.
It also has several connections to CMU: Physicist Gregg Franklin and neuroscientists Michael J. Tarr and Timothy Verstynen - are prominently featured, and CMU Trustee and Steelers minority owner Thomas Tull produced the documentary.

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Dietrich College's Top Teaching Award Announced
Philosophy Professor Alex John London has won the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Distinguished Teaching and Educational Service.

London has developed and taught courses on topics including theoretical and applied ethics, political philosophy, medical ethics, human rights and the capstone course for the Ethics, History & Public Policy major. In 2007, he was named director of the Center for Ethics and Policy.

Read more.
More Dietrich College News 
Deadline Extended for Dietrich Senior Honors Program and Fellowship Program

Richard Purcell and Barack Obama's Literary Legacy

The Art of Taking Risks With Alumna Kayt Sukel

Gender Divide: Linda Babcock Offers Strategies For Women

Kiron Skinner Reflects on Nancy Reagan

NeuroHackathon: Call for Data Sets

Ron Carlson To Speak at Adamson Student Writing Awards

From Teacher to Leader, Thanks to the Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research

CMU International Film Festival Runs Through April 3

Understanding Autism Through Research

Simon Lecturer: Keep Patients First as Tech Changes Medicine
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Find out what's new with John Parras (DC'86), Beth Geisler (DC'92), Ruoshu (Rosa) Liu (DC'18), Cameron Dively (DC'18) and others in Class Notes
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Included in this issue are Jennifer Keating-Miller, Debby Gerhardt, Kiron Skinner, Danielle Wenner and more.

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