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Students, activists discuss climate change

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 27, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

Reverend Lennox Yearwood lived through Hurricane Katrina and lost loved ones to the storm. Even without the devastation of the area, he says, his home state would still be called Cancer Alley, with water runoffs, smog and pollution causing children to suffer from asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.Thi...

Vaccination Statistics

Vaccination Statistics

By Alexandra Ryan / Production Manager

February 25, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

Take a shot: Students, professionals debate vaccines

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 25, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

Debilitating headache. Sore throat. Five hour naps. The works. For Colleen Hilla, being sick is a perpetual cycle.Hilla gets the flu annually, among other seasonal ailments, and she doesn’t get vaccinated for it because of a bad experience with flu shots in third grade.  “I’ve had the flu every year...

WPTS-FM nominated for Woodie Award

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

After a yearlong lull, WPTS, Pitt’s radio station, has been nominated for an mtvU Woodie Award for Best College Radio Station. The Woodie Awards, which recognize “the music voted the best by college students,” includes awards for best music video, breakout artists and college radio station, the la...

Board makes progress on new website, students react

By Abbey Reighard and Marjorie Tolsdorf / The Pitt News Staff

February 19, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Student Government, Tech Science

The Student Government Board is rolling out its new website, which it says will have less virtual clutter and more room for comment.  SGB President Graeme Meyer said he expects to finish the new website this weekend. Meyer started thinking about many of the ideas for the new site when he was a Board m...

Phone sex

Phone sex

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

BDSM

BDSM

By Theo Schwarz / Visual Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Asexual

Asexual

By Courtesy of Asexual not a sexual Tumblr

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Church

Church

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Phone Sex: Clean cash for dirty talk

Phone Sex: Clean cash for dirty talk

By Elizabeth Lepro / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Online and over the phone, Dominique was a long- and raven-haired white woman, slightly older than college-aged, with heavy makeup. Although she wasn’t a dominatrix, she told men that she was interested in learning to become one. In reality, Tanisha is a young, black student who was, truthfully, not ve...

Sin No More: Sex and religion

Sin No More: Sex and religion

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

In his sophomore year of high school, Spencer Schlecht realized that his abstinence from sex wasn’t developing his faith, so he stopped repenting his sexual sins.Schlecht, a freshman pre-pharmacy major, is a nondenominational Christian. For him, if two people want to and agree on terms to have sex,...

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch Jill’s big black collar

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch Jill’s big black collar

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Boy and girl — we’ll call them Jack and Jill — were playfully teasing each other one night. Laughing about something Jack had said, Jill reached across to gently slap his cheek. Jack decided he couldn’t let her get away with it and gave her one right back. To both of their surprise, they liked it....

No Sex, No Love: Exploring asexuality, aromanticism at Pitt

No Sex, No Love: Exploring asexuality, aromanticism at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Assistant News Editor

February 13, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

At parties, Allison likes to dance, to bump and grind, but not in a sexual way. Chelsea has danced and hooked up after a party, but didn’t enjoy it. Samantha, too, has had medicore sex after a frat party, but when the boy wanted to see her again, she turned him down. These three women, all Pitt s...

Brain Institute to include ALS research center within next five years

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

Pitt plans to open a new center dedicated to researching treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the University announced Thursday. In 2011, Neil Alexander, an O’Hara Township native, was diagnosed with ALS. On Thursday, he and his wife, Suzanne Al...

Professional Ink: Employers, job-seekers talk tats

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, National News, News, Tech Science

Decorations of love might be sweet, but affection etched into your skin could turn employers sour. While tattoos are commonplace in American culture, spirits toward skin modification in the workplace aren’t as bright as the hues embellishing inked-up arms. About 76 percent of participants in a 2014...

Students to compete in startup competition

By Harrison Kaminsky and Abbey Reighard / The Pitt News Staff

February 4, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

Andrew Buchmann wants more people to save their money. One day, while he was eating lunch at Hemingway’s Cafe, Buchmann — a senior majoring in finance and supply chain management — learned that the restaurant offers half-off meals from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. In the three years Buchmann’s been a...

Hackathon

Hackathon

By Christine Lim / Staff Photographer

February 1, 2015


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

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


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

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


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, News, Tech Science

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


Filed under News, Tech Science

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


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

Study shows emoticons bust gender stereotypes

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

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 ...

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

By Lauren Wilson / For The Pitt News

January 8, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News, Tech Science

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...

My Pitt Email service allows for alias addresses

By Harrison Kaminsky / News Editor

January 8, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Tech Science

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...

Pitt researchers search for worldwide health care data

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 30, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

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


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

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...

Correlation: What your playlists say about your intelligence

Correlation: What your playlists say about your intelligence

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

November 23, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Nickelback, Lil Wayne and Kenny Chesney fans may want to turn down the music, at least while studying, suggests new data from a California Institute of Technology software designer.Virgil Griffith, a software writer who reached semi-infamy in the hacking world when he hacked the online education system B...

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

Parental involvment still important for high schoolers

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

November 23, 2014


Filed under Health, National News, News, Tech Science

A study by Pitt researchers found that parents should have strong relationships with their children’s teachers throughout high school, despite the potential embarrassment of the students.Ming-Te Wang, a Pitt researcher and assistant professor of psychology in education, studied the relationship between parent...

Pitt doctors team up for innovation

By Danielle Fox / Assistant News Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

In the PInCh —Pitt Innovation Challenge — students and professors scored $400,000 prizes this weekend to advance health care. Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Office of the Provost and the Innovation Institute hosted the second year of the challenge, and more than 60 tea...

Sustainability in Towers

Sustainability in Towers

By TPN File Photo

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Students worked to create a sustainability project for Towers.

Women in bioengineering

Women in bioengineering

By MCT Campus

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering is working to attract more female doctoral students.

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

Toilets, lightbulbs and blinds: Students create sustainability plan

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

In one week, four Pitt students earned $25,000.The winners of the 2014 Sustainable Solutions Competition won’t use their wins for books, shoes or food — instead, they’ll buy toilets. Pitt students made up five teams of three to five people and competed last month to create the most effective plan to make the campus more s...

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

Pitt working to attract female engineering doctoral students

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

October 29, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

After the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) determined Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering to be the U.S. university with the highest percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women in engineering from 2010 to 2011, the school has dropped below the top 20 in the last two years.Gerald H...

App created for assault victims

By Kathleen Fennell / Staff Writer

October 26, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Connecting to a domestic violence hotline is the single greatest factor in reducing domestic violence injuries, reassaults and homicides. The Women’s Center and Shelter (WC&S) of Greater Pittsburgh, founded in 1974, had these facts in mind when it created RUSafe, a smartphone app that helps users ident...

Light it up

Light it up

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

Pitt's homecoming laser show will use Nymbus. 

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

Graduate student designs app to enhance laser light show

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

October 24, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Specials / Homecoming2014, Tech Science

At this year’s homecoming fireworks and laser show, spectators can do more than watch the fireworks in the sky above them — they can experience it from their palms.Nymbus, an app developed by Pitt Theatre arts graduate student David Wright, turns smartphones into glow sticks by displaying different c...

Comcast in Pittsburgh

Comcast in Pittsburgh

By FCC

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

According to the FCC, Comcast dominates the Pittsburgh Internet service provider market. 

The future of coal: Environmental relations discussed at Pitt

By Dale Shoemaker / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, National News, News, Tech Science

In 2006, China built two coal-fired power plants every week. In 2013, China built not even one coal-fired power plant per week.Although it produces and consumes half of the world’s coal,  China, because of pressure from its citizens and the international community, has recognized the need to seek out m...

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

Oakland residents contemplate Internet service provider switch

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Campus, City, News, Tech Science

Amy Howell has a lot of half-finished movies in her Netflix queue.“We have a TV that can stream from Netflix,” Howell said. “But we were never able to watch a movie start to finish because the Internet would always cut out in the middle and disconnect our movie.”Howell, a junior bioengineering...

Cybersecurity remains a tense topic

Cybersecurity remains a tense topic

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

October 15, 2014


Filed under Campus, News, Tech Science

With celebrities’ naked bodies plastered all over the Internet, deleted Snapchat photos rising from the webosphere and an entire music album mysteriously appearing on your iTunes account, does personal privacy even exist anymore?Web users aren’t really asking for privacy anymore, according to security ...

Mobile Networking

Mobile Networking

By Cristinia Holtzer & Aby Briner / Pitt News Staff

October 6, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Jobr works much like Tinder, the data app: swipe right for not thanks, and right for yes. 

Jobr creates connections at your finger tips

By Jessica Iacullo / Staff Writer

October 6, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Forget dreamboats. Think dream jobs. Like the dating app Tinder but for career moves, a new smartphone app called Jobr is letting users swipe yes or no on job opportunities. Jobr allows users looking for a job to connect with employers without the hassle of a formal job search. TJ Nahigian, the CEO of Jobr, said t...

Ebola spreads from Africa

Ebola spreads from Africa

By Zoe Au / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

Ebola has spread to the United States from Africa — what is Pitt doing about it?

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

Pitt lacks resources to develop Ebola vaccine

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

October 1, 2014


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

As Ebola continues to spread through African countries, and now, with one case confirmed in the United States, many people have expressed worry that the virus will find its way to their cities and towns.But, according to experts, it’s unlikely the disease will have similar effects in the United States...

Pitt developing MERS vaccine

Pitt developing MERS vaccine

By MCT Campus

September 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Pitt researchers are collaborating with others around the world on a vaccine for the MERS virus.

Pitt researchers develop vaccine to fight respiratory virus

Pitt researchers develop vaccine to fight respiratory virus

By Anjana Murali / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Pitt researchers developed a new vaccine that protects mice, and, hopefully, camels, against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a viral respiratory illness spreading across the Middle East.With enough funding, researchers hope to eventually find a vaccine to protect humans from the disease.  “In May 2013,...

Research on the rover

Research on the rover

By Courtesy of NASA

September 24, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

A Pitt professor's research will be landing on Mars in 2020. 

Professor’s research goes galactic

Professor’s research goes galactic

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Sanford Asher will watch the technology he developed blast off to Mars in 2020.The products of Asher’s research, which he conducted at Pitt where he is a distinguished professor of chemistry, is set to board NASA’s next Mars rover as a component of SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with R...

Spoon with a stranger: App connects cuddlers

By Emma Solak / Staff Writer

September 24, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

If you’ve ever wanted to spoon with an absolute stranger, now you can. Cuddlr, similar to other location-based social meeting apps like Tinder and Grindr, can connect strangers looking for a little TLC.According to the app’s website, Cuddlrapp.com, it gives users a list of the closest prospective ...

Working with words: Students earn cash through blogging

Working with words: Students earn cash through blogging

By Conor McAteer / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Fallemployment2014, Tech Science

When Aditya Thawardas began reading TalkAndroid, he didn’t think he would become one of its writers. But since April 2013, Thawardas has been writing for the blog, which focuses on the Android operating system and phone market.  “It’s not like a normal job where you go in and have hours,” T...

Manicure with a mission: College students develop nail polish to detect date rape drugs

By Jesseca Muslin / Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Most women have heard the warnings: “Don’t take drinks from strangers,” or “Don’t leave your drink unattended at a party.” Now, a new product may inspire an additional piece of advice: “Don’t forget to paint your nails.”Four college students from North Carolina State University create...

CMU and Pitt researchers

CMU and Pitt researchers

By Courtesy of a University release

September 3, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

From left: Researchers Aaron Batista, Patrick T. Sadtler and Byron M. Yu collaborated on the study that could reveal new information about the brain.

Learning has a limit, study says

Learning has a limit, study says

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

September 3, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Those who have suffered from a stroke or other brain injury could recover more efficiently because of data from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Pitt.The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, the name given to the project joining both universities, published its study “Neural constrai...

Method for building larger nanofibers discovered

Method for building larger nanofibers discovered

By Photo courtesy of CMU

August 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Researchers discovered a new method for creating large synthetic protein fibers.

Protein shake-up: Study discovers method for nanofiber creation

Protein shake-up: Study discovers method for nanofiber creation

By Dale Shoemaker / For The Pitt News

August 28, 2014


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science

Cancer patients may soon receive medication more efficiently and with fewer harmful side effects thanks to a new development in nanofiber assembly.Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University have discovered a method for creating large synthetic fibers...

Welcome Back: Sorry, no Gmail: 365 premieres

By Sarah Police / Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Tech Science

Students waiting until classes start to check their Pitt emails are in for a surprise. Pitt’s prior email service, Enterprise Email, transitioned to Microsoft Office 365 on July 27. Those in the Pitt community who previously forwarded their Pitt mail to a private account must reconfigure the forw...

Protecting tech devices and identity one and the same

By Harrison Kaminsky / Assistant News Editor

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Tech Science

When Caci Krieger was preparing for a night out on frat row with a group of friends, losing her iPhone 4 was not part of the plan. “I had it in my pocket all night and was dancing when I realized it was no longer there,” Krieger, a senior at Duquesne University majoring in health management system...

MOOCs offer affordable way to pursue higher education

By Sarah Police / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2014


Filed under News, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Tech Science

The price of a higher education: motivation, more calls to the administration office than you can count and a lot of student loans. But now, anyone can get an education without any of those obstacles. “MOOCs” — massive open online courses — now offer online courses available to anyone in th...

CMU grad’s website a new way to find concerts

CMU grad’s website a new way to find concerts

By Macie Ellis / For The Pitt News

May 6, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Lady Gaga is playing a show Downtown at Consol Energy Center Thursday. If you’d used eventmapper.net, a new website created by a 2009 Carnegie Mellon graduate, you might already know that. For concert prowlers, Kevin Qi’s eventmapper.net can offer a solution. Qi, a 2009 Carnegie Mellon Universi...

Finals Edition: Professors embrace software meant to combat plagiarism

By Gideon Bradshaw / Senior Staff Writer

April 20, 2014


Filed under News, Tech Science

Jonathan Misurda was grading a student’s computer programming assignment a few years ago when he noticed something odd.A line of code the student had ostensibly written contained the last name of a student who had been in one of Misurda’s previous courses.“It was not a common last name,” Mis...

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