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Pitt seeks to develop novel coronavirus vaccine

Dr. Paul Duprex, director of Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research, announced at Wednesday’s Senate Council meeting that the University seeks to acquire samples of the novel coronavirus in an effort to develop an intervention.

By Jon Moss and Lucy Li

February 13, 2020

A high-level Pitt health official announced Wednesday that the University will acquire samples of the novel coronavirus in an effort to develop an intervention, such as a vaccine.

Let’s talk about (healthy) sex

Pitt’s Student Health Service, located in Nordenberg Hall, offers a wide variety of sexual health care, including access to contraceptives and comprehensive STD testing, HIV testing and pregnancy testing.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

Compared to their peers, Pitt students are more likely to be hitting the books than hitting the sheets.

Dean of students updates student org naming guidelines

Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner announced on Tuesday that student organizations affected by the new SORC naming guidelines will be able to sell remaining non-compliant marketing material until April 30, 2021.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, Assistant News Editor

February 11, 2020

Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner announced in a Tuesday press release that independent student organizations affected by the new Student Organization Resource Center naming guidelines will be allowed to sell the remainder of their non-compliant marketing materials before April 30, 2021.

Pitt, FHP to discuss housing discrimination allegation

A Pitt student filed a housing discrimination complaint against the University in September 2019.

By Jon Moss and Benjamin Nigrosh

February 11, 2020

After a Pitt student filed a complaint against the University for alleged housing discrimination last September, all parties have agreed to hold a conciliation meeting to discuss the issue at the end of the month.

Inside the 7 “innovative solutions” for sexual assault on campus

Chancellor Gallagher announced in January that the University will take several measures to address sexual misconduct issues on campus.

By Neena Hagen and Elise Roessner

February 11, 2020

The University awarded funding in mid-January for seven “innovative solutions” to prevent sexual misconduct on campus, several months after Chancellor Patrick Gallagher called the University’s current approach to preventing sexual misconduct “insufficient”.

Taking the Ted stage to Cathy: Pitt alum finds success in resilience

John Daniel, a West End native and 1979 Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences alumni, spoke Sunday in the Cathedral about how students can rewrite their definition of success.

By Grace Giglio, For The Pitt News

February 10, 2020

John Daniel’s TED Talk, “Everything Will Be Alright,” offered viewers a glimpse into his rise from poverty, the loss of his wife and the experience of undergoing a heart transplant. The Pittsburgh native and 1979 Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences graduate came to the 35th floor of Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning Sunday morning to talk to students about his perspective on success and cultivating a positive mindset.

Pitt to partner with online education startup through summer semester

Outlier.org, a New York-based education technology startup, initially approached the University and proposed implementing an online Calculus I class in early 2019.

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer

February 9, 2020

The University partnered with Outlier.org, a New York-based education technology startup, to provide online Introductory Calculus and Psychology courses and will continue working with the company through the summer term.

Plan for Pitt 2025 moves to next stage in planning process

Michael Andrews asked the court to award him reinstatement to his previous position with back pay from April 25, 2018.

By Amanda Zelnis, For The Pitt News

February 7, 2020

Pitt students may be planning for their midterm exams, spring break, even graduation for some. Meanwhile, the University has larger plans underway.

Bellefield Boiler: A 113-year-old ‘Cloud Factory’

The Bellefield Boiler Plant is located behind the Carnegie Museums on Boundary Street, and generates steam to heat most of the major buildings in Oakland.

By Amanda Zelnis, For The Pitt News

February 6, 2020

The Bellefield Boiler Plant has pumped out a steady flow of cloud-like exhaust from a tall stack tucked behind the Carnegie Museums for 113 years.

Gov. Wolf proposes flat funding for Pitt in proposed budget

Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed legislation mandating that all universities in the state must create anonymous online reporting systems for complaints about sexual harassment and violence.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

February 4, 2020

Pitt could receive the same amount of money as it did during fiscal year 2020, despite asking for a 5.5% increase in state funding for fiscal year 2021.

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