Issue Date: 
March 30, 2015


Jazz Faculty and Student Recital, faculty members, including Geri Allen, director of Pitt’s Jazz Studies Program, will perform an acoustic recital with students, 8 p.m. April 1, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, www.music.pitt.edu 

Emerging Legends Concert Series, Phil Smith and Steve Weber, Pitt professors of English and chemistry, respectively, share their passion for acoustic blues and folk music, noon April 3, Cup and Chaucer Café, Hillman Library, www.library.pitt.edu/emerging-legends

Music and Dance of Indonesia, Pitt’s Gamelan Ensemble plays the music of the Sundanese people, 8 p.m. April 11, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, www.music.pitt.edu 

Pitt Carpathian Music Ensemble Spring Concert, a unique folk-funk-fusion performance of Gypsy, Klezmer, Armenian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and Macedonian music, 7 p.m. April 12, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, www.music.pitt.edu 


Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Elements, utilizes drawings and watercolors of bird nests to focus on the natural and man-made materials incorporated into these architectural structures, March 19 through June 30, Hunt Library, 4909 Frew St., Carnegie Mellon University, www.huntbotanical.org 

Hillman Library, Get to the Point!, features early drawings, postcards, engravings, maps, and photographs from the Pitt Library System Archives Service Center that document the history of the Point and Point State Park, through April 25, Hillman Library ground floor, http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/exhibits/thepoint

Phipps Conservatory, Spring Flower Show, celebrates rain and its important role in nature with a wide array of bright blooms and interactive displays, through April 12, One Schenley Park, Oakland, www.phipps.conservatory.org

Carnegie Museum of Art, Sketch to Structure, reveals the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape from an initial concept, through Aug. 17; Visiting Van Gogh: Still Life, Basket of Apples, provides a rare opportunity to experience four influential masterpieces up close and in-depth, through July 6; Antoine Catala: Distant Feel, a multimedia exploration of the way that images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet, through May 18; 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.cmoa.org 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Time Machines: Watches from the H. J. Heinz Collection, showcases more than 20 of ketchup entrepreneur H. J. Heinz’s most spectacular timepieces, through June 1; Finding the Words: Pittsburgh and the Early Civil Rights Movement, focuses on local and national efforts to engage in dialogue about race in light of rising racial tensions at the time, through March 30; The Scientific Art of Charles R. Knight, showcases a collection of ten works with human and animal subjects spanning 200 million years, through April 26, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.carnegiemnh.org


“Why Gender Matters to Sustainability: Engaging the Public in a Meaningful Conversation,” Maria Cruz-Torres, associate professor, Arizona State University’s School of Transborder Studies, 6 p.m. March 30, 324 Cathedral of Learning, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, Provost’s Sustainability Initiative, www.gsws.pitt.edu

“Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi: No Secret Under the Sun,” Anika Wilson, professor, Department of Africology, University of Wisconsin, 4 p.m. March 31, 4130 Posvar Hall, African Studies Program, www.ucis.pitt.edu

“A Dangerous Nuclear Future: Weapons, Energy, and Risk,” Scott D. Sagan, renowned author and Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, 1:30 p.m. April 2, University Club Ballroom B, Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture, Pitt’s Ridgway Center, www.gspia.pitt.edu

“The First Step: The Mechanics of Starting a Small Business,” presented by Pitt’s Small Business Development Center, 7:30 a.m. April 3, Mervis Hall, www.entrepreneur.pitt.edu 

“When the Rainbow is Not Enuf: Activism and the Everyday in London’s Black Gay and Lesbian Activist Ephemera,” Dominique Johnson, graduate student, Pitt Department of Communication and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, 10 a.m. April 3, 402 Cathedral of Learning, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, www.gsws.pitt.edu 

“Understanding Minority Disengagement in Genetic Studies: Implications for Health Disparities and Research,” Krystal Tsosie, assistant professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, noon April 3, Pitt Public Health Laboratory Pavilion Auditorium, Graduate School of Public Health Human Genetics Seminar, www.publichealth.pitt.edu

“In the Shadow of Working Men: Gendered Labor and Migrant Rights in South Korea,” Hae Yeon Choo, assistant professor of sociology, University of Toronto, 3 p.m. April 3, 4130 Posvar Hall, Asian Studies Center, www.ucis.pitt.edu

“The Business of River Conservation: Finding the Middle Ground for Commerce, Environment, and Human Welfare,” panel discussion about the complexity of water conservation as it relates to business, commerce, and human welfare, 11:30 a.m. April 7, Ballroom A, University Club, David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, www.business.pitt.edu/katz/berg

“Daniel Jones: A Celebration of Modern Love,” Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times – Modern Love column and an author, will be joined by local Modern Love writers Lori Jakiela  and Aubrey Hirsch, 7 p.m. April 7, 232 Cathedral of Learning, Department of English Writing Program, www.writing.pitt.edu 

“Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Cortical Immune Activation in Schizophrenia,” Jordan Karp, Pitt associate professor of psychiatry, noon April 10, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium, Department of Psychiatry, Meet the PI Lecture, www.psychiatry.pitt.edu 

“Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance,” Todd Reeser, Pitt professor of French and gender, sexuality and women’s studies, 3 p.m. April 10, 206 Cathedral of Learning, Pitt Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, www.gsws.pitt.edu 


15th Annual Policy Conference: “Countering Violent Extremism in the U.S. and the EU,” addresses challenges through an exchange of ideas and perspectives among researchers, practitioners, and the public, 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. April 9 and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 10, registration required, Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland, European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center, www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce


Curse of the Starving Class, by Sam Shepard, dive deep into the psyche of the American family as four members of a dysfunctional family desperately try to hold onto their failing farm, April 2 through 12, Henry Heymann Theatre, Stephen Foster Memorial, Pitt Department of Theatre Arts, www.play.pitt.edu

PhD Dissertations

Racheal Forlow, Dietrich School’s Department of English, “Erotic Poetics: Love and the Function of U.S. Literature from Melville to Modernism,” 1 p.m. March 30, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Jarrell D. Wright, Dietrich School’s Department of English, “Dancing before the Lord: Renaissance Ludics and Incarnational Discourse,” 11 a.m. March 31, 602 Cathedral of Learning 

Martina Wells, Dietrich School’s Department of German, “‘Schreiben was hier war’ Beyond the Holocaust-Paradigm: (Re)Positionings of Jewish Self-Identity in German-Jewish Narratives Past and Present,” 3 p.m. March 31, 144 Cathedral of Learning

Randall Bendis, Dietrich School’s Department of Biological Sciences, “The Communitywide Consequences of Insecticide Resistance in Non-Target Organisms,” 11 a.m. April 2, A219B Langley Hall

Gregory Wier, Dietrich School’s Department of Biological Sciences, “A New Method for the Orthogonal Labeling and Purification of Toxoplasma gondii Proteins While Inside of the Host Cell​,” 1 p.m. April 2, A219B Langley Hall

Leah Cambal, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, “An Appraisal of Nox Passive Sampling,” 11 a.m. April 6, Third Floor Conference Room, Bridgeside Point, 100 Technology Drive

Casey Doyle, Dietrich School’s Department of Philosophy, “Four Essays on Self-Knowledge,” 2 p.m. April 6, 1001-B Cathedral of Learning

Ana Progovac, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, “The Relationship Between Psychological Attitudes, Health Behaviors, and Health Care Utilization in Older Women,” 10 a.m. April 9, 309B Parran Hall 

Sung Hwan Kim, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, “Statistical Learning Methods for Multi-omics Data Integration in Dimension Reduction, Supervised, and Unsupervised Machine Learning,” 11 a.m. April 9, A622 Crabtree Hall

Julia Bursten, Dietrich School’s Department of History and Philosophy of Science, “Surfaces, Scales, and Synthesis: Reasoning at the Nanoscale,” 2 p.m. April 9, 1001-D Cathedral of Learning

Heather Soyka, School of Information Sciences’ Library and Information Sciences Program, “Records as Force Multiplier: Understanding the Records Continuum as a Framework for Examining the Role of Records in a Community,” 3 p.m. April 9, 828 IS Building

Jennifer Thurheimer, Pitt School of Nursing, “Examining Short- and Long-Term Effects of Preconception Counseling Delivered During Adolescence on Risk-Taking Behaviors, Condom Use, and STIs among Females with T1D,” 10 a.m. April 10, 446 Victoria Building

Jessica R. White, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, “Depression and HIV Infection: Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease,” 10 a.m. April 10, 109 Parran Hall

Brittney Lange-Maia, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, “Peripheral Nervous System Function, Physical Activity, and Physical Fitness in Older Adults,” 2 p.m. April 10, 330 Bellefield Professional Building, 130 N. Bellefield Ave., Oakland