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The Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Dietrich College) at Carnegie Mellon University is no ordinary liberal arts school. Dietrich College students publish poetry and analyze brain scans. They teach elementary school students to speak Spanish and create computer tutors that teach algebra. They study how films shape our culture and learn about the impact that pollution has had on the history of American cities. This video will give you a preview of our exciting education programs, research and opportunities for students.

Dietrich College students study under some of the world's leading scholars in fields that were pioneered at Carnegie Mellon, such as decision science, technical writing, history and policy, and cognitive neuroscience. And Dietrich College provides for all Carnegie Mellon students what the New York Times has called "the most creative general education program of any American university."

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  Scott Sandage Helps "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson Learn His Family History on "Who Do You Think You Are?"
Premiering at 9 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 30, the episode will show Sandage helping Ferguson uncover the life of his great-grandfather whom trouble seemed to follow at every turn. Read more.
  Save the Date: Celebrating the Work of Steven Klepper
The Dietrich College and Department of Social and Decision Sciences will hold an academic conference and community memorial event on October 17, 2014 to celebrate the work of Steven Klepper. Read more (pdf).
  Dietrich College News: May 2014
Features this month include new psychology research, "Lucky After Dark," the 2014 Adamson Student Writing Awards, alumni news, commencement photos and much more. Read Dietrich College News.
  Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children
Published in Psychological Science, CMU's Anna V. Fisher, Karrie E. Godwin and Howard Seltman looked at whether classroom displays affected children's ability to maintain focus during instruction and to learn the lesson content. They found that children in highly decorated classrooms were more distracted, spent more time off-task and demonstrated smaller learning gains than when the decorations were removed. Read more.   Watch a video.
  Four Students Begin Dietrich Honors Fellowship Program
The program provides summer funding to rising seniors in the Dietrich College's senior honors program as they undertake early-stage research and development of their thesis topics. In this video, the four students participating in program's inaugural year discuss their projects which range from relationship research to anthropology and ethnography studies. Watch the videoFind out more about the program.
  $7.5 Million Department of Defense Grant Awarded To Reshape Mathematics
Philosophy Professor Steve Awodey has received a $7.5 million, five-year grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to reshape the foundations of mathematics by developing a new approach that allows for large-scale formalization and computer verification. Read more.
  Mapping the Future of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University — which has a long history of the humanities and social sciences collaborating with other fields to solve problems — and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences held the first Pittsburgh-area discussion of the "Heart of the Matter" report and its implications for improving education and creating a sustainable global society. Read more.   Watch the video.  View photos.
  Richard Scheines Appointed Dean of Dietrich College
Scheines, professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, has been selected to lead the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences as dean, effective July 1, 2014. He will succeed John Lehoczky, who has served as dean since 2000 and will return to the Department of Statistics’ faculty. Read more.
  Students, Alumni Attend Under Construction
Nearly 60 alumni returned to support 150 current students and help them build their careers. The second annual “Under Construction: Building Your Future” event encouraged students and alumni to explore the diverse fields available after graduation. Read more.
  Video: The Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to have distinguished faculty and talented students who are leading the humanities into the 21st century. In this short video, Dietrich College faculty, staff and alumni talk about the college’s excellence in the humanities. Watch the video.

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