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Hackathon

Hackathon

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

February 1, 2015

Brain Power: Pitt hosts all-female computer programming competition

Brain Power: Pitt hosts all-female computer programming competition

By Meagan Hart / Staff Writer

February 1, 2015

Free from cat calls, sexism or “are you sure you can handle that?”s, Pitt gave female students a safe place to think this weekend, hosting its first all-female computer programming hackathon.Pitt’s Department of Computer Sciences hosted “She Innovates,” a hackathon, or an event where students meet to collabo...

Former Steelers quarterback, Pitt team up for startup

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 29, 2015

Charlie Batch’s Pittsburgh heroics started with his game-winning drive for the Steelers in 2012. Now, he looks to take that sports fame off of the field and into the doctor’s office.Impellia, a Pittsburgh-based sports medicine startup led by now-retired quarterback Batch, has partnered with Pitt to develop...

Tie the Knot: Marriage satisfying for young couples

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

January 15, 2015

Sarah Cassatt says financial stability is an important factor in deciding whether she and her boyfriend of three years will marry. “Being married means that we are finally financially independent and capable of making the decision together,” Cassatt, a junior majoring in nutrition and dietetics, said....

Emoticons

Emoticons

By Stephen Caruso / Layout Editor

January 8, 2015

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

January 8, 2015

When it comes to emotions, smiley faces are the great gender equalizer between men and women.In a 2000 study, Alecia Wolf, an assistant dean at the University of Texas at Tyler, looked at how people express themselves online through emoticons, keyboard characters used to represent faces. Wolf found ...

My Pitt Email service allows for alias addresses

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 8, 2015

When picking a professional email address, it’s all in the name. As of Dec. 21, students, staff and faculty can personalize their Pitt email addresses with aliases, or an “additional email address that people can use to send email messages to you at Pitt,” according to Pitt’s Computing Service...

Seeing Red: FDA’s move to loosen blood donor ban meets opposition

By Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

January 8, 2015

A federal recommendation that would lift the ban on men who have had sex with other men from donating blood has left members of the LGBTQ community dissatisfied. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement on Dec. 23 announcing recommendations to loosen the guidelines for men who have had se...

Pitt researchers search for worldwide health care data

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 30, 2014

Sharing public health data is one of the most important steps involved in containing “global health threats” such as Ebola, according to research from a Pitt Graduate School of Public Health team. The team announced on Nov. 24 the importance of public health data after the BMC Public Health, a me...

Modern molecules: Pitt professors bring chemistry to the 21st century

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

November 24, 2014

Thanks to two Pitt professors, chemistry students may have an excuse to whip out their smartphones during future study sessions. According to a University press release, assistant chemistry professors Geoffrey Hutchison and Daniel Lambrecht received an award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation t...

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