Issue Date: 
February 1, 2016


University Art Gallery, Studio Arts Summer 2015 Creative Research Exhibition: Wyoming Field Study & Undergraduate Research Awards, featuring the work of students participating in the Summer 2015 Studio Arts Field Study in Wyoming, offered through the University Honors College and Studio Arts Research Fellows program, through Feb. 5, University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, www.studioarts.pitt.edu  

Phipps Conservatory, Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, featuring colorful orchids and skillfully pruned tropical bonsai trees, through Feb. 28, 1 Schenley Park, Oakland, www.phipps.conservatory.org 

Carnegie Museum of Art, The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, the funerary traditions of South Vietnam through a visual, musical reenactment, through March 21; Jane Haskell’s Modernism: A Pittsburgh Legacy, showcasing the artist and former museum board member’s own artworks and pieces from her private collection, through May 16, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.cmoa.org 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, featuring the largest exhibit of flying reptiles ever mounted in the United States, through May 22, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.carnegiemnh.org 


“Green Speakeasy: Shifts in Sustainability, Seen Through Multidisciplinary World History,” Patrick Manning, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History and director, Pitt’s World History Center, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1,  University Club Library, Swanson School of Engineering, Pitt Mascaro Center for Sustainability, Office of the Provost, www.engineering.pitt.edu 

“The Humanities: Can You Afford to Leave College Without Them?” a panel discussion featuring CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, author of In Defense of a Liberal Education, 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Ballroom A, University Club, University Honors College, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu

“Bridging Israel and Turkey: Turkish Jews and the Concept of Home” Marcy Brink-Danan, professor of anthropology and sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, examining what it means for Jews to live as a tolerated minority in contemporary Istanbul, 7 p.m. Feb. 3, 324 Cathedral of Learning, lecture preceded by 6 p.m. optional tour of Israel Heritage and Turkish Nationality rooms, Pitt’s Dietrich School, Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh, jsp@pitt.edu, www.jewishstudies.pitt.edu 

“The Anatomy of Melancholy and the Anxiety of Persuasion,” colloquium presented by Susan Wells, Pitt visiting fellow, professor of English, Temple University, exploring the relation between medicine and rhetoric, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Department of English, Pitt Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu 

“The Origins of Jazz and the End of Jazz Writing,” Brent Hayes Edwards, professor of African American and African diasporic literatures, Columbia University, continuing the conversations in the Pitt English department initiative, “Race, Poetics, and Empire,” an effort to link Americanist and Postcolonialist scholars, 3 p.m. Feb. 5, 501 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Department of English, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu 

“In Search of the Clitoris” Susan Wells, Pitt visiting fellow, professor of English, Temple University, drawing on work in her book, Our Bodies Ourselves and the Work of Writing, a rhetorical and sociological study of the best-selling women’s health guide, 3 p.m. Feb. 5, Lower Lounge, William Pitt Union, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, www.humanities.pitt.edu  

“#FergusonSyllabus: Social Media Bring the Humanities into Public Debate,” Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history, Georgetown University, discusses  her coinage of the hashtag “#fergusonsyllabus,” to generate and share a crowd-sourced syllabus about African American history, civil rights, and racialized policing, 5 p.m. Feb. 9, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Humanities Center, Department of History and Africana Studies, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu

“Big Data and Lifestyle Sciences,” Michael S. Lauer, director of the National Institute of Health’s Office of Extramural Research Activities, part of the Technology T32 Speaker Series, 9 a.m. Feb. 9, 120 Biomedical Science Tower South, Pitt School of Nursing, ljs43@pitt.edu  

“Colloquium: Warburgian Maxims for Visual Rhetoric,” David Marshall, assistant professor, Pitt Department of Communication, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 602 Cathedral of Learning, Year of the Humanities in the University, www.humanities.pitt.edu

“Pittsburgh Contemporary Writer’s Series Presents: Rachel Zucker,” author of the memoir, MOTHERs, and 2013 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Pitt Writing Program, pghwriterseries.wordpress.com

“A Neural Basis for the Inhibition of Itch by Counter Stimulus,” Sarah Ross, assistant professor of neurobiology, Pitt School of Medicine, noon Feb. 12, Lecture Room 6, Scaife Hall, 2016 Senior Vice Chancellor’s Research Seminar series, Schools of the Health Sciences, www.svc-seminar.pitt.edu 

PhD Dissertations

Maggie Wright, Pitt School of Medicine’s Center for Neuroscience, “Role of the Atoh1 Lineage in Merkel Cell Development and Maintenance,” 11 a.m. Feb. 4, 9108 Rangos Research Building, 4401 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville 

Binh Le Phong, Pitt School of Medicine’s Department of Immunology, “Regulation of Mast Cell Function by TIM-1 and TIM-3 Signaling,” 1 p.m. Feb. 5, Room 1104, Scaife Hall 

Kevin Dylan McCormick, Pitt School of Medicine’s Molecular Virology and Microbiology Program, “Innate Immune Signaling through Differential RIPK1 Expression Regulates Tumor Progression in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma,” 3 p.m. Feb. 11, Cooper Classroom A, Hillman Cancer Center 

Luis G. Duran, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, “Disgust, Conservatism, and Influenza Prevention: An Embodied Cognition Approach to Health Attitudes and Intentions,” 10 a.m. Feb. 12, Room A731, Crabtree Hall 

Matthew Patrick Baumgartner, Pitt School of Medicine’s Department of Computational Biology, “Improving Rational Drug Design by Incorporating Novel Biophysical Insight,” 2 p.m. Feb. 12, 6014 Biomedical Science Tower 3