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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

April 2016
  
Dietrich College Selects 11 Honors Fellows
Part of the college's Senior Honors Program, the Honors Fellowship Program is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development.

Projects that the students will tackle range from creatively exploring human separation and a theory of refugee self-sufficiency to researching self-affirmation and the physical and psychological causal inference in adults.

Meet the 2016-17 Honors Fellows
The road to building three billion-dollar companies wasn't always easy for Lane Bess (DC'83).

Bess, who majored in managerial economics, recently returned to campus and shared how he overcame obstacles and found success.
 
The entrepreneur turned investor told a packed roomful of students that one thing he is extremely thankful for is his CMU education.
 
"It forced me to be better, and it ultimately helped me," Bess said.

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Words for Snow Revisited
The claim that Eskimo languages have many words for different types of snow is well known among the public, but it has been greatly exaggerated and is therefore often dismissed by language scholars.
 
However, a new study supports the general idea behind the original claim. Researchers found that languages that use the same word for snow and ice tend to be spoken in warmer climates, reflecting a lower communicative need to talk about snow and ice.
 
"We wanted to broaden the investigation past Eskimo languages and look at how different languages carve up the world into words and meanings," said Charles Kemp, associate professor of psychology.

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Poetry From The Heart
While April is considered to be National Poetry Month, CMU English Professor Gerald Costanzo believes, "For those of us interested in and devoted to poetry, it is a twelve month endeavor."
 
It's true--CMU's Creative Writing Program, one of the oldest undergraduate programs in the country, encourages students to recognize the vitality of poetry.
 
"I'm not sure where future residents will go to find a record of what it was like, thematically and emotionally, to be alive in the early 21st Century-except from poems. My students are creating and adjusting that record every day," said Costanzo.

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Solving the Puzzle of Language
When Edward (Ted) Gibson (DC'91) came to CMU in 1986 to pursue a Ph.D. in computational linguistics, he saw language as a puzzle to solve.
 
Fast-forward to today: Gibson is still putting the pieces together and making fascinating discoveries.

And the world has taken notice. His research was recently featured in "Nature's Numbers," a BBC Discovery documentary series that examines the origins of mathematical understanding in humans.

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More Dietrich College News 
Celebration of Education Honors Three Dietrich College Professors

Graduate Student Teachers Honored for Excellence

Behavioral Decision Research Grad Student Wins $90K Fellowship

CMU Launches New International Relations and Politics Accelerated Master Program

Alex John London Appointed to National Committee on Ebola Research

How the Brain Repurposes Itself To Learn Science

The Digital Music Revolution: New Book Explores Music, Technology and Culture

Dietrich College Represented at TEDxCMU

Psychology Undergraduate Superstars

English Ph.D. Student Places in Thesis Competition

The Klatzky Lab: Impacting Surgery, Navigation Aids, Interactive Kids' Games and More

Respect and Compassion Drive Senior's Educational Philosophy

Meet the Newest Members of Phi Sigma Iota

English Students Inducted Into Sigma Tau Delta

2016 Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences 
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Class Notes
 
Find out what's new with Maxine Eskenazi (DC'73), Susan Klein (DC'76), Tess Harty (DC'17) and others in Class Notes
 
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Dietrich College Personal Mention shares news and accomplishments from the college's faculty and staff. 

Included in this issue are Linda Babcock, Ken Koedinger, Rémi Adam van Compernolle and more.

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Commencement Speakers Announced
 
Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and longtime supporter of the humanities and social sciences at CMU, will be the keynote speaker at Carnegie Mellon's Commencement.

SHS student Sophie Rose Zucker has been chosen as the student speaker.

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