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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

May 2016
CMU Police Officer Nabs Bachelor's Degree
Joseph Bernarding has been in hot pursuit for a decade.
Since 2006, the CMU police officer, husband, father, soccer coach and scout leader has been pursuing his bachelor's degree in ethics, history and public policy (EHPP).
When Bernarding started his studies, he thought it might take him about twice as long to complete as the average full-time student.
"Boy, was I wrong!" he said. This spring, Bernarding received his degree, 10 years after he started.

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Real-world partnerships are an integral part of the Information Systems (IS) Program.

Through the program's Software Development Project course, students collaborated with community-based organizations like the Beaver County Humane Society and Beverly's Birthdays to develop useful technology solutions.

Jeria Quesenberry, teaching professor of IS, sees the client collaboration as a "win-win-win" scenario.

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Larry Wasserman Elected Into NAS
Acclaimed statistician Larry Wasserman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

NAS membership is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

Wasserman is the 15th CMU faculty member to be elected to the NAS - and the fourth within Dietrich College.

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Making Sense of it All
Behavioral economists have identified a powerful human motive that has not been adequately appreciated by social and behavioral scientists: the drive to make sense of our lives and the world around us.
CMU's George Loewenstein and Warwick Business School's Nick Chater developed a theoretical model of the drive for sense-making and how it is traded off against other goals.
"We are 'informavores' as much as we are omnivores," said Loewenstein.

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Alumna Receives Rare NSF Fellowship in the Social Sciences
Alumna Courtney Wittekind (BXA'13) has received one of 2,000 fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

The $138,000 award will support Wittekind's doctoral studies in social anthropology at Harvard University, which she will begin this fall.
Wittekind, who also received a Rhodes Scholarship in 2013 to study social anthropology at Oxford University, was selected from a pool of close to 17,000 applicants representing diverse scientific disciplines.

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More Dietrich College News 
Graduates Urged To Put Their Hearts Into Their Work

Students, Alumna Receive Fulbright Awards

Marlene Behrmann Designs #BrainDress For NAS Induction

Alumni Awards Honor Achievement, Service and Spirit

Students Debate German Refugee Stance

In & Out of the Classroom With Erik Thiessen

Sophomore Talks Philosophy, Internship Experience

Sheldon Cohen: A Health and Behavior Powerhouse

Q&A with Longtime Professor Charlene Castellano

Behrmann Earns Highest Faculty Distinction

Undergrads Shine at Meeting of the Minds

Grey's Anatomy: Alumna's Heart is in the Work

Ron Carlson: Finish a Story as Well as You Can

What's Not Exciting About Neuroscience?

And, They're Off! Dietrich Honors Fellows Start Research and Blog About It

Qualcomm Neurohackathon Teams Develop Solutions To Analyze Neuroscience Data

Phi Alpha Theta Inducts Eight History Students

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 65 CMU Students

Show and Tell: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant at Work

Simon ProSEED Grants Awarded to Nine Learning Science Projects

BrainHub Announces Recipients of ProSEED Funding


The #BrainDress

CMU's 199th Commencement Ceremony

Neurohackathon Final Presentations: Part One, Part Two 
Class Notes
Find out what's new with Phil Simon (DC'94), Sarah Pressman (DC'02,'06), Tanuj Apte (DC'14) and others in Class Notes
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