Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University

January 2019
Dietrich College News
What started as a small contest for a few Pittsburgh public high schools has expanded into a program that reaches hundreds of students across western Pennsylvania every year.

The 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in CMU’s Cohon University Center Rangos Ballroom.

Using cutting-edge statistical models to analyze data from nearly 2,000 families with an autistic child, a multi-institute research team discovered tens of thousands of rare mutations in noncoding DNA sequences and assessed if these contribute to autism spectrum disorder. The Department of Statistics and Data Science's Kathryn Roeder was among research team leaders. Lead authors included Kevin Lin and Lingxue Zhu.

Many courses throughout the fall 2018 semester culminated in capstone or final projects that focused on innovation, creativity and problem-solving. 

Learn about projects from Ethics, History and Public Policy; Global Studies; Statistics & Data Science; Information Systems; Philosophy; and a Grand Challenge Seminar.

U.S. Representative Susie Lee — an alumna of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University — represents Nevada's 3rd congressional district.

Lee earned a bachelor's degree in policy and management from the Department of Social and Decision Sciences in 1989.

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Upcoming Alumni Events
Looking Forward: AI's Influence on Society's Future
Featuring David Danks, L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology and Head, Department of Philosophy
7:30–10 p.m., Jan. 23, Mumbai
7:30–10 p.m., Jan. 24, Bangalore

Beyond Diversity: Achieving Inclusion and Belonging in the Workplace
Featuring Lisa Feigen Dugal (DC 1984), senior partner at PwC
1 p.m. Eastern, Feb. 7, CMUConnect online event

In Case You Missed It
Confounding Fathers: Liberty and Paternalism in American Professional Sports
The December CMUConnect webinar featuring Jason England, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, is available online.
Dietrich College in the News
Class Notes
Find out what's new with John Barbour (DC 1976) , Borge Feliz  (DC 2017, 2018), Susanna Seltzer  (DC 2016, 2018) and others in Class Notes .

Network with other alumni in the Dietrich College Alumni LinkedIn Group .
Personal Mentions
Read about news and accomplishments from the college's faculty and staff. James Duesing, Cleotide Gonzalez, Kathryn Roeder, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Danielle Wenner, Kevin Zollman and more are included in this issue's Personal Mentions .

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