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Big DataBig Data, Humanities & the Social Sciences
Katie Bergman-Bock (DC’09, HNZ’10) and Mario Nuñez (DC’10) both credit their experience in classes at Carnegie Mellon University with their jobs today in the Big Data field.

Bergman-Bock, a senior consultant at Deloitte, and Nuñez, a senior data scientist at Glassdoor, praise CMU’s emphasis on quantitative skills, statistical rigor, and structured curriculum for giving them the skills they needed to rise in their job market.

Marie AvilezPassion for Teaching
Marie Avilez did not realize how spending one semester abroad two years ago would influence the trajectory of her future plans.

It was during CMU’s first Social Change Semester that Avilez discovered her passion: teaching. Now, to recognize her academic distinction, demonstrated accomplishment and potential as a rising educator, she is the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ 2015 recipient of the Gretchen Lankford Prize.

LSSTLarge Synoptic Survey Telescope Taps CMU Statistician For Leadership Role
Starting in 2022, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will digitally image the sky every night for a decade. The massive camera will gather roughly 30 terabytes — or 30,000 gigabytes — each night, creating “big data” for astronomy like never before.

To help prepare for the data challenges, Carnegie Mellon’s Chad Schafer has been elected co-chair of the LSST Informatics and Statistics Science Collaboration.

Myth of Seneca Falls“The Myth of Seneca Falls” Named 2015 Most Original Book in U.S. Women’s History
History Professor Lisa Tetrault’s book has won the Organization of American Historians' (OAH) inaugural Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s History.

The award is given for the previous calendar year’s most original book — one that is path-breaking work or challenges and changes widely accepted scholarly interpretations in the field.

FastballCarnegie Mellon Scientists Appear in “Fastball”
Psychology Professors Michael J. Tarr and Timothy Verstynen are making their silver screen debut in Fastball, a baseball documentary produced by CMU Trustee Thomas Tull and directed by eight-time Emmy winner Jonathan Hock. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the film, Tarr and Verstynen discuss the brain’s cognitive processes involved in hitting a fastball.

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is no ordinary liberal arts school. From creative writing and neuroscience to behavioral economics and bioethics, the Dietrich College is home to eight departments as well as many programs and research centers that often cross disciplines to solve real-world problems.

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