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Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

March 2017
Looking Forward in Women's History
Browsing popular bookstores, Lauren Churilla can't help but notice the predominance of male figures in history books. She is one history scholar who sees an opportunity to reverse the trend.

Churilla joined the Department of History two years ago as a graduate student. She is also a full-time curator at St. Vincent College's Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery. She currently pursues a research interest in women empowerment and self-defense tactics from 1880-1930. 
George Loewenstein's latest research reveals that children who had frequent interaction with grandparents or older siblings were diagnosed earlier with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The study was the first to ask not only parents, but also friends and family members who had contact with the child about their early observations of the child.
Faces of Identity
CMU's International Film Festival will bring 16 award-winning films to Pittsburgh that explore identity on a personal level, as a collective group, as a specific race or gender and through different languages and cultures.

Each screening also will feature a special event, such as appearances by the director, panel discussions, presentations and culinary displays relevant to the films' themes. 
A Large Voice for Small Business
As president and CEO of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), alumna Sach Takayasu played an instrumental role in what she describes as "giving a voice to the business interests of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders."

President Barack Obama chose Takayasu as one of 19 business leaders to be briefed on the 2016 Trans-Pacific Partnership.
More Dietrich College News 
NY Times Bestselling Author Lauren Groff Stops By CMU English Classes

Information Avoidance: From Health to Politics, People Select Their Own Reality

Statistician Nancy Reid To Give 2017 Morris H. DeGroot Memorial Lecture

Modern Languages Department Offers New Minor in Arabic Studies

Adult Subcortex Processes Numbers With Same Skill as Infants

Artist Puts a Face on CMU Film Festival

Group Tolerance Linked to Perceptions of Fairness and Harm

Student Team Wins $25K at Datathon

Staff Spotlight: Scott Kurdilla

Dietrich Day Trivia Answers and Photos
Class Notes
Find out what's new with Susan Adams Henderson (DC'89), Phil Simon (DC'94), Steve Martocci (DC'04) and others in  Class Notes
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Personal Mention
Dietrich College Personal Mention shares news and accomplishments from the college's faculty and staff. 

Included in this issue are Gary DiLisio, Kiron Skinner, Rebecca Nugent and more.

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