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Brain Areas CommunicateNeuroscientists Identify New Way Several Brain Areas Communicate
Using diffusion spectrum imaging and fiber technology, CMU neuroscientists have identified a new way that several brain areas communicate in the striatum. The findings illustrate connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. This discovery will impact learning and could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.

Humanities FestivalTickets On Sale for First-Ever Pittsburgh Humanities Festival
The festival will run March 26-29 and feature internationally renowned academics, artists and intellectual innovators, including Azar Nafisi, author of the bestseller "Reading Lolita in Tehren," and actor and activist George Takei, the most influential person on Facebook.

Dietrich College will be well-represented at the festival with Chris Warren, Kiron Skinner, Timothy Haggerty, Harrison Apple and Tim Dawson participating.

Under Construction RecapBuilding Strong Futures
Students in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences – who major in everything from cognitive psychology and statistics to philosophy and creative writing – have so many career choices to choose from that it can be daunting trying to figure it all out.
To help sophomores, juniors and seniors learn about different career paths, nearly 50 Dietrich College alumni returned to campus for the third annual “Under Construction: Building Your Future” event. Students spent a recent Saturday afternoon getting first-hand accounts of how alumni have cultivated careers in entertainment, publishing, technology, non-profits and other industries.

StatisticsCarnegie Mellon University’s Top-Rated Statistics Department Among Fastest-Growing
According to numbers released by the American Statistical Association (ASA), statistics is the most rapidly increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) discipline for undergraduate students, even outpacing computer and information technology-related fields.

And, CMU’s Department of Statistics — a global leader in applying statistics to many areas of science, technology, policy and education — is among the fastest-growing statistics departments.

Students thriveStudents Thrive in First Senior Honors Fellowship Program
Writing a thesis is no small task. And, seniors in the Senior Honors Program typically research and write their theses during their final year – at the same time that they are taking classes, participating in internships and planning their next steps.

In order to give select students a head start on their theses development, the Dietrich College introduced the Senior Honors Fellowship Program last year. Four outstanding then-juniors took part in the program’s first offering and are now, months away from graduation and putting the finishing touches on their projects, which ranged from relationship research to anthropology and ethnography studies.

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What is the Dietrich College?

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.

Learn more about Bill Dietrich and his gift to Carnegie Mellon University.

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