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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

September 2016
Language Lovers Rejoice!
Languages are complex, with patterns and rules that can seem unpredictable. Linguistics provides us with tools to help crack the code that underlies many languages, enhancing our understanding of communication.

Philosophy Professor Mandy Simons spearheaded the linguistics major for students who  wanted to learn more.
Surveys that ask students what they liked and did not like-or even what they learned-are not the best way to measure learning outcomes.
Marsha Lovett, director of CMU's Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation and teaching professor of psychology, explains why this is the case.
Wherefore Art Thou, Folio?
Fans of William Shakespeare have a rare opportunity this year to view the first collected edition of his plays, known as the First Folio, at CMU.

The exhibit was co-curated by English Professor Kristina Straub and will have several special events tied to it.

Related: Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity 
Undergrads Win Psychology Research Awards
Alyssa Aburachis and Cristina Molina have received the 2016 Ireland Undergraduate Research Awards.
"Hands-on research involvement is at the core of the CMU educational experience, and our undergraduate psychology program," said Michael J. Tarr, head of the Department of Psychology.
Who Owns the Dead?
After 9/11, New York City's chief medical examiner guaranteed that he and his staff would spare no expense in trying to identify every victim and human body part larger than a thumbnail and return them to their families.
Jay D. Aronson details the cultural and political reasons behind why the promise was made and why living up to the task has been so challenging.
More Dietrich College News 
David Danks Named L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology

Presidential Fellows & Scholars Announced

BrainHub To Host First Neurons to Neighborhoods Event

Baruch Fischhoff Joins the Institute for Politics and Strategy

Students: Polish Your Research Presentation Skills

Meet and Greet Held for Ethics, History and Public Policy Students, Faculty

A Whole New Ballgame for Statistics Students

Center for Human Rights Science Adds Staff in Statistics, Media Analytics

Student Writing Contest: Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards

ICYMI: We're Off to a Great Start
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