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Alum studies safety of nuclear energy

Sola Talabi, a Pitt alumnus and founder of Pittsburgh-Technical, is researching advanced nuclear reactors in Pittsburgh. (Courtesy Photo of Sola Talabi)

By David Solomon | For The Pitt News

December 1, 2017

Sola Talabi always had a vision that one day he would “turn the lights on in Africa.” “Five thousand children die every day in Africa because they don't have access to power,” he said. “I call that an emergency.” Talabi’s vision motivated him to spend the last 20 years pursuing a cost-effectiv...

Study looks to link brain activity, suicidal thoughts

(Illustration by Abby Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Madeline Gavatorta | Staff Writer

November 27, 2017

After contributing work to a study on brain activity, Marcel Just described the effort to better understand human thought as “a psychologist’s dream.” “Scientifically, it is fantastically interesting if you could assess the content of a thought,” Just, the director of the Center for Cogn...

Students dedicate time to developing drone

Liam Berti (left) and Levi Burner (right) program the drone in their lab. (Photo by Isabelle Glatts | Staff Photographer)

By Anish Salvi | For The Pitt News

November 20, 2017

Levi Burner had dreamed of making a flying machine since he was 8 years old. The junior electrical engineering student finally got his chance when he started to build a drone for the International Aerial Robotics Competition more than a year ago. “The fact that we have found a competition that ...

Scan brings brighter outlook for brain injuries

High-definition fiber tracking is new brain imaging technology that processes a brain scan through computer algorithms to show the complex wiring of the brain. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

By Anandhini Narayanan | Staff Writer

October 26, 2017

What seemed like harmless fun riding ATVs with friends took a turn for the worse when Daniel Stunkard was thrown from the vehicle and hit the road. Stunkard wasn’t wearing a helmet at time, and ended up in a coma for three and a half weeks. When he woke up, he was partially paralyzed. “The [...

Pitt, CMU researchers redevelop software for academic publishing

Pitt, CMU researchers redevelop software for academic publishing

By Sid Lingala | For The Pitt News

October 15, 2017

Benjamin Ogrodnik said he is often frustrated when traditional publication methods he uses are unable to include films and project methodology as part of the final product. “A finished article is just a really refined argument. The story is in the creation of it,” Ogrodnik said. “There is so m...

Students make safety pocket-sized

GoSafely, a wearable device that can be automated to make emergency calls, is attached to a bag as a keychain. (Photo courtesy of Koby Schmetterling)

By Jaime Weinreb | For The Pitt News

September 6, 2017

Knowing to call 911 for help is common knowledge, but it was an impossible task for senior Annmarie Stockinger when she was sexually assaulted in Tower C during her first year at Pitt. Fear rendered her powerless. She could not even try to dial three simple numbers. “I was holding my phone t...

Totality in Tennessee: Pitt scientists witness, document historic eclipse

The Pitt Shadow Bandits, a team of Pitt students, faculty and staff, traveled to Tennessee to watch the total solar eclipse and test a theory about shadow bands.

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

August 22, 2017

As the Pitt Shadow Bandits gradually filled their weather balloon with helium, a symphony of worried gasps escaped from the crowd of spectators as they heard a loud pop and saw the balloon’s deflated remains spread out on the lush Tennessee grass. “Do they have enough helium for another?” someone in the cro...

Pitt Smart Living project hopes to ‘democratize,’ incentivize transportation

Alexandros Labrinidis (left) and Kostas Pelechrinis are leading the Pitt Smart Living project. (Photo by John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief)

By John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

July 12, 2017

A Pitt research project is attempting to “democratize” and incentivize public transportation in Pittsburgh using public information screens and a mobile app. The Pitt Smart Living project is currently in the pilot phase, according to Alexandros Labrinidis, the Pitt computer science professor leading th...

Prototype creates space for feminist makers

Erin Oldynski and E. Louise Larson, founders of Prototype. | Emily Hower | Contributing Editor

By MarySandra Do / For The Pitt News

January 31, 2017

Caitlin Bruce, an assistant professor in the department of communication at Pitt, always liked sewing and painting, but had yet to find a suitable space to practice her art in Pittsburgh. “I haven’t had a lot of experience in makerspaces, but, one that I went to, it felt kind of like very masculine — it was a ...

Pittsburgh, Penn State chosen as national autonomous vehicle testing sites

Pittsburgh is becoming a testing site for autonomous vehicles. Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2017

Expect to see even more autonomous vehicles driving around Pennsylvania in the coming months. The federal Department of Transportation accepted PennDOT’s request to make Pennsylvania a National Proving Ground — testing site — for Autonomous Vehicle Technologies on January 19, one month after...

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