Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Sophia Choukas-Bradley and Vanitha Swaminathan

Experts Weigh in On Instagram Hiding Likes

Psychologist Sophia Choukas-Bradley and brand strategist Vanitha Swaminathan say Instagram’s move this week to hide the number of likes on some posts in the U.S. could change how young adults feel about themselves and their peers.
Jeffrey Newman, with a monitor displaying two dimensional stars and galaxies

Astronomers Shed Light on Dark Energy, Smallest Black Hole

A new 5,000-eyed instrument is searching the skies for dark energy, and a star survey recently unveiled the smallest known black hole. Two teams in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are working to unravel the universe’s mysteries.
Lindsey Macalay and William McFadden in Study Lab

Study Lab Brings Data-driven Approach to Academic Support

The space formerly known as the Academic Resource Center has a new name, a new look and a new approach to student success. With mobile study labs around campus, a Khan Academy-inspired video library and academic coaching provided by peers, the new Study Lab aims to provide everything students need to achieve their academic goals.
Nicole Mitchell, Pitt’s new William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies

New Jazz Chair Brings Fresh Approach to Pitt

Nicole Mitchell, the William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies, begins her first semester at Pitt with a revamped Jazz Week and big ideas for the future of the program.
Rachel Noah in front of a banner for the play "Wicked"

Marketing Major Lands ‘Wicked’ Internship

Pitt senior Rachel Noah created her own University experience on her way to a career in arts management during a dream summer internship: on Broadway with the producers of “Wicked.”
A strawberry poison frog, color morph red, sits on a leaf in a forest

Study Shows Sexual Selection Alone Could Spark Formation of Species

Animals that seek mates and fight rivals that resemble their parents could be setting the stage for the formation of a new species, research from Pitt biology graduate student Yusan Yang and associate professor Corinne Richards-Zawacki indicates.
A mural of August Wilson in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh

An Open Access Gem: Pitt Publishes First-ever August Wilson Journal

Pitt's University Library System is the publisher of a new journal dedicated to Pittsburgh native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. The inaugural issue features contributions from the Department of History's Laurence Glasco and English faculty member emeritus Christopher Rawson.