Pitt People Changing the World
Randall Halle, Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies at Pitt, gave a keynote talk entitled "Culture, Communication, and the European Mode of Production" at an international conference hosted by Akdeniz Universitesi (Mediterranean University) in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2013.
Two faculty members in Pitt's Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences have been awarded 2013-14 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants. Susan Andrade, professor of English, has been awarded a Senior Scholar Fulbright-Nehru Award at Christ University in Bangalore, India. Jonathan Arac, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant for American Studies at the University of Naples L'Orientale in Naples, Italy.
In recognition of his achievements in philosophy and commitment to German-American cooperation in the field, Adolf Grünbaum, Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy of Science, was presented with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in September 2013.
Professor of Art History Franklin Toker's ongoing research related to archaeological excavation below the iconic cathedral in Florence, Italy, has been generating new understanding of Florentine history for four decades. Toker's latest discovery was the subject of his talk, "Archaeological Evidence for the Origins of Christianity in Florence," in September 2013.
In fall 2013, Xiaopeng Li, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was the first Pitt student selected as a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics graduate fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, one of the world's most renowned theoretical physics institutes.
Sara Clark, a Dietrich School undergraduate majoring in anthropology and classics and minoring in religious studies, was selected to attend the Fulbright Commission Durham University Summer Institute during summer 2013—the third time a Pitt student has received a competitive UK Summer Fulbright Institute award.
Sarah Geisler, a 2012 Dietrich School graduate with a degree in urban studies, has received the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which will include three years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department after she completes her graduate studies at the University of Southern California in May 2014.