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Give it the sniff test: Pitt to study olfactory senses

Officer Steven Piel and his bomb sniffing dog, Radar, check cars outside of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, Michigan, after there were rumors of a bomb threat, Wednesday, April 19, 2006. ( Susan Tusa/Detroit Free Press/KRT)

By Megan Tingley / For The Pitt News

October 8, 2015

A rescue dog approaches a building collapsed into a pile of rubble. It has one mission: find a missing person. How does it know where to walk? The goal of a Pitt-led, multi-institutional project is to understand how animals use their sense of smell to recognize and navigate toward odors. On Sept. ...

World Habitat Day’s Pitt debut

Students sign their names in support of the Habitat for Humanity pledge to help create a better world.  Kate Koenig | Staff Photographer

By Casey Schmauder / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2015

Pitt’s Habitat for Humanity handed out Skittles and M&M packages Monday, but the messages on the candy wrappers were not so sweet. “By 2030, UN-HABITAT, [United Nations Human Settlements Program] estimates an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need...

Pitt prints in three dimensions

Minking Chyu stands by a 3D printer in Benedum Hall. Emily Brindley | Staff Writer

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

October 6, 2015

The labs beneath the basement of Benedum Hall look pretty barren to the uninformed visitor. But the Additive Manufacturing Lab, where Minking Chyu works, holds the weight of several million dollars’ worth of equipment. This lab’s purpose is additive manufacturing, commonly called 3-D printing. The most...

Baby boomer study makes sense of healthcare research

Dr. Fred Anderson, left, checks out Sharma Boboolal on April 7, 2015. (Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald/TNS)

By Shumeng Yang / For The Pitt News

October 4, 2015

As the baby boomer’s years increase, so will their medical demands. The “boomers,” people born in the United States between 1946 and 1964, outnumber Generation X 77 million to 65 million, according to the Pew Research Center. With the large population of boomers entering retirement, Pitt researche...

Dining Guide: Online promotion doesn’t profit

How effective are social media promotions? Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

October 1, 2015

If Sorrento’s is offering a cheap pizza, freshman Brody Hastings is in. Attracting and retaining customers like Hastings at local restaurants is the subject of a study from a collaboration of researchers at Pitt’s School of Information Sciences and the Stevens Institute of Technology. The study...

Pitt to publish first academic journal on Bitcoin

Aby Sobotka-Briner | Staff Illustrator

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

September 28, 2015

The world’s first peer-reviewed journal of Bitcoin research will soon call Pitt home. Christopher Wilmer, assistant professor in the chemical and petroleum engineering department, has co-founded  a peer-reviewed scientific journal on cryptocurrency called Ledger. Crypotcurrency refers to any kind of dig...

PeopleSoft now portable

Nikki Moriello / Visual Editor

By Rio Maropis / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2015

In a tech-savvy generation, Peoplesoft needed an upgrade. In July, Pitt released a mobile app for PeopleSoft, a previously web-only platform for students to access class information, academic progress and schedule classes. According to spokesman John Fedele, Pitt partnered in early 2015 with HighPoint Mo...

In Case You Missed It…

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015

May 12 - Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room After two unsuccessful attempts dating to 1958, Pitt will transform room 352 of the Cathedral of Learning into an Iranian Nationality Room — once it secures funding.  The total cost of the room will be between $800,000 and $1 million. To fundraise f...

‘Digital plaza’ coming to Oakland

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

August 30, 2015

This fall, an organization will seek to install a high-tech art exhibition in Oakland. Innovation Oakland, a project that aims to transform the streets of Oakland into a digital community, plans to complete the “21st Digital Plaza” by mid-October. The initiative will fill the corner of Forbes...

Uber paves way to success for Pittsburgh engineers

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

June 9, 2015

Uber is growing far beyond an app, and it's riding on Pittsburgh engineers to expand. Uber, the international rideshare company, opened its Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh in February after developing a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Now, Uber is expanding that partnership to inclu...

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