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CNN calls upon the expertise of Karina Schumann, a faculty member in the social program, to report on the role of apologies in recent sexual misconduct cases. See Article

Congrats to Melissa Libertus, a featured researcher in Pittwire. Melissa is a faculty member in the Cognitive and Developmental Programs, with an internationally recognized program of research examining the development of math abilities and strategies for boosting math achievement. See Article.

Kudos to Jess Edelstein, a Psychology alum (A&S ’11). Jess is an inventor and entrepreneur who has built a multimillion dollar company that markets PiperWai, an aluminum-free, stain-free deodorant. She credits her Psychology degree with giving her the tools and knowledge needed to run a successful business, such as understanding research methods, motivating employees, and recognizing reactions to stress. It also helps that when she puts her mind to something, she makes it happen out of pure enthusiasm, passion, and stubbornness! See Article

Melinda Ciccocioppo was awarded one of the few Diversity in the Curriculum awards from the University for her hard work in transforming her Intro Psych class! The award was offered to faculty who made changes to a course in order to positively impact diversity and inclusion in the classroom.  Changes made to Melinda's course included coverage of research by female psychologists and psychologists of color who are often overlooked in Introduction to Psychology textbooks, as well as more in-depth discussions of gender and sexuality, prejudice, racial identity development, and multicultural approaches to therapy.  Audible gasps were heard when it was noted that she reaches over 1200 students per year. See Article

City of Pittsburgh achieved an excellent rating for LTGBQ friendly policies. See Article

The University of Pittsburgh has been awarded the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. The honor recognizes higher education institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Pitt was one of only two institutions in the commonwealth chosen for the honor. See Article

GROUP Podcast - Thanks to Kathryn Roecklein, who took the time as a featured expert on the GROUP podcast about mental health and mental illness, to discuss seasonal affective disorder and light therapy treatment. See Article

Jana Iverson's work on the link between walking and language development in children with autism is featured in the latest issue of Spectrum, which highlights the latest developments in autism research. See Article

Congrats to the Office of Child Development, headed by Bob McCall, has been awarded the Chancellor’s University Prize for Strategic, Inclusive and Diverse Excellence (UPSIDE) Award. This is a major honor that recognizes the more than 30 years of community engagement that has immeasurably improved the lives of Pittsburgh children and families. See Article

Well done! Melissa Kukowski, who earned a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience, has been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. See Article

Kudos to Jamie Amemiya, Allison Liu, and Emily Braham, who have been awarded University Council Research in Diversity Awards. Each of their projects will help to advance research that tackles issues of research and inclusion, and foster new diversity-related collaboration within Pitt.         See Article

Shout out to Anne Keenan (B.S. in Psychology, ’81), who has established Reading Recycled, a nonprofit that has delivered more than 18.000 books to children in the Philadelphia area. See Article

Powerful and moving — take a moment to listen to Alyssa Cypher’s TEDxPittsburghWomen talk on creating new narratives for those affected by mental illness through her Inside Our Minds project. Alyssa, a Psychology grad, is the Executive Director for Inside Our Minds and Data and Communications Specialist for the National Alliance of Mental Illness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q73gzkZ48o

Mary Kay Stein and Collaborators Receive $2.5 Million Grant to Study Teacher Learning See Article

Congrats to Ed Orehek, whose research on the social psychology of goal setting was featured in a Lifehacker article on how to help friends with their fitness goals See Article

NBC News: Kathryn Roecklein provides advice to NBC News on how to increase your mood and alleviate winter depression See Article

Three cheers for Jana Iverson, who has been selected to receive a 2018 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Her efforts to establish our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program and her commitment to experience based learning outside of the classroom is an inspiring example of excellence in undergraduate education. See Article

Congratulations to Jamie Hanson and Tristen Inagaki, who were both selected as 2017 Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science. This designation is presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the early stages of their faculty careers. It recognizes researchers who have already advanced the filed and indicates their potential for sustained impact. See Article

Powerful and moving — take a moment to listen to Alyssa Cypher’s TEDxPittsburghWomen talk on creating new narratives for those affected by mental illness through her Inside Our Minds project. Alyssa, a Psychology grad, is the Executive Director for Inside Our Minds and Data and Communications Specialist for the National Alliance of Mental Illness See Article

Shout out to Brenden Tervo-Clemmens, a graduate student in the Clinical program, whose work on teen marijuana use was recently featured in Live Science, a online news and information source for science and technology fans. See Article