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Today’s weather forecast: who knows?

Pittsburgh's winter weather frequently frustrates commuters.

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019

This spring semester had a hot start.

Government shutdown slows university research

Government shutdown slows university research

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019

The U.S. government shut down on Dec. 22, and research production at Pitt and other universities may slow down because of it.

Gab: Its history and influence in the Tree of Life shooting

The Tree of Life shooting suspect used Gab, an extremist-friendly social media platform, to voice his anti-Semitic views. By Sunday night, Gab was no longer accessible as its host, GoDaddy, took the site offline.

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018

Shortly before entering the Tree of Life congregation in Squirrel Hill, Robert Bowers, a Baldwin resident and Saturday’s shooting suspect, posted a message on social media site Gab that said, “I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I'm going in.” As details of the massacre unfolded, more anti-Semitic messages that Bowers had posted on his Ga...

Pittsburgh, Denmark, Swanson: International energy initiatives come to campus

Graduate electrical engineering student John Kieffer (left) speaks with Daniel Mosse — a computer science professor at Pitt — after the Empowering Communities through Energy Efficiency event Monday. “Those two words get my endorphins flowing,” Mosse said of the event’s title.

By Ashley Priore, For the Pitt News

September 25, 2018

Pittsburgh is a historically dirty city. The City was an industrial hub of metalworking, iron and steel factories for more than a century — but while these factories brought economic prosperity to the area, they also generated massive air pollution. After some time, Pittsburgh was known by nicknam...

Scoobi brings electric scooters to Pittsburgh streets

One of 100 Scoobi electric scooters placed around Pittsburgh July 21 sits on Penn and Roup avenues in Friendship. Anyone 18 and older with a valid driver’s license can rent the electric scooters using a smartphone. (Photo by Anne Amundson | Staff Photographer)

By Samuel Weber, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018

The Pittsburgh-based company Scoobi seeks to cut down on emissions with its new fleet of rentable electric scooters.

Covestro lectures honors professor

Harvard University professor George Whitesides discusses chemistry issues researchers may encounter in the future at the Swanson School of Engineering’s 2018 Covestro Distinguished Lecture Thursday evening.  (Photo by Divyanka Bhatia | Staff Photographer)

By Briana Canady | Staff Writer

April 20, 2018

Harvard University professor George Whitesides spoke to a crowd of about 150 people Thursday night in Benedum Hall about how chemistry can be utilized in all industries to bring opportunities for invention and productivity. “The tools from the health care and manufacturing industries can provide what we ...

Engineering students present projects at Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo

Design students showcase their projects at the Spring 2018 Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Thursday evening. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

April 20, 2018

After countless hours of designing, coding and calculating, more than 400 engineering students of various disciplines traded their polo shirts and safety glasses for bow ties and blazers Thursday evening at the Spring 2018 Swanson School of Engineering Design Expo. The expo, held at the Soldiers and Sailors M...

Panelists consider social media’s impact

David J. Hickton (left), founding director of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, and Brian Primack (right), the dean of the Honors College, discuss the cultural shift around the world caused by social media. (Photo by Issi Glatts | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

March 29, 2018

When David Hickton addressed the concept of social media Wednesday night, he said users are reaching a tipping point of outrage with it that will lead to social change. “We’re recognizing that we’re being deceived and diluted by this nonsense,” the former U.S. Attorney said. The University ...

Students find furniture and more free and for sale

Free & For Sale pages allow students to locally buy and sell used items. (Image via Free & For Sale Facebook)

By Sarah Shearer | Contributing Editor

March 19, 2018

Picking up the couch wasn’t supposed to be an all-day affair. Kathryn Kennedy and her boyfriend Andrew Rabeneck planned to quickly move it into Kennedy’s newly rented — and bare — apartment, order pizza and watch Star Wars from the comfort of her new couch. But they didn’t know wha...

Students ‘break in’ to security engineering at Pitt

Marc Tobias, investigative attorney and physical security specialist, will team up with Tobias Bluzmanis to instruct a new Pitt course on security engineering. (Photo courtesy of Marc Tobias)

By Thompson Wymard | For The Pitt News

March 13, 2018

Marc Tobias has been picking locks since he was 15. One of his first experiences in the trade came when he went into a local locksmith in Denver and asked to pick the store’s toughest lock as a challenge. After initially being dismissed, the store gave him the lock and said he would never be able to ...

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