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Doctors warn against e-cigarette risks

William Shadel, Senior Behavioral Scientist of the Rand Corporation, discusses negative effects of e-cigarettes during a lecture Tuesday afternoon. Edward Major | Staff Photographer

By Jace Bridges and Alexis Carter / For The Pitt News

September 28, 2016

Despite their variety of fruity and sweet flavors, electronic cigarettes could pose similar dangers to users as traditional cigarettes, according to a panel of physicians and experts that met Tuesday — so much so that the devices should be banned indoors. On Tuesday afternoon, Karen Hacker, director...

Students attempt to add diversity to donor registries

Breakdown of bone marrow donor ethnicity. | Danah Bialoruski / Layout Editor

By Jace Bridges / For The Pitt News

September 21, 2016

After her family friend was diagnosed with leukemia, Jessica Cohen saw her community of family and friends come together. So following their example, she signed up to become a bone marrow donor, adding herself to a list of people who could provide life saving marrow or stem cells to cancer patients....

Pitt researchers design smart materials

DuPont headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. TNS

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

September 20, 2016

Computers commonly sit in our pockets or on our wrists, but the next generation’s “smart” materials could weave technology into the very fabric of our clothing. Pitt researchers have linked principles of chemistry, materials science and mathematics to design the model of a material that can rec...

Students use fish to create urban farm

Pitt students Vinh Luong and Joe DiPietro built an urban farm using an aquaponics system.

By Jace Bridges / For The Pitt News

September 8, 2016

While some Pitt students struggle to keep their houseplants alive, sophomore Vinh Luong and his team are using a school of fish and a shipping container to grow an entire farm. In March, Luong, a computer science major, and his project partner Joe DiPietro, a sophomore actuarial sciences major, wo...

Pitt researchers continue to fight against the Zika virus

Zika researchers present their preliminary findings at Thursday's conference. | John Hamilton / Staff Photographer

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

September 2, 2016

Amidst the public’s rising fear of the Zika virus, Pitt researchers are on the forefront of those digging for explanations and cures. On Thursday afternoon, researchers from Pitt and from the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, also known as FIOCRUZ, a Brazilian biomedical research and development...

Pitt Student Startup to Present at Congress

By Lauren Rosenblatt

August 30, 2016

Two Pitt alumni and one Pitt professor will travel to the nation’s capital next month to present their startup company, HiberSense, to Congress in the first-ever University Startups Demo Day. The startup was chosen to participate as one of 35 companies in the Demo Day, an event in Washington, D.C., ...

Pitt researchers studying bubbles for cancer treatment

Dr. Flordeliza Villanueva uses the UPMC Cam to investigate a possible new cancer treatment. | Photo courtesy of Xucai Chen

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

August 29, 2016

Blowing bubbles may seem like child’s play, but Pitt researchers have added another element to the game by filling those bubbles with life-saving medicine. Researchers from UPMC’s Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics are experimenting with sonoporation, a technique that use...

Pitt anti-virus software includes security vulnerabilities

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 5, 2016

The anti-virus software used by most Pitt campus computers includes several security vulnerabilities. Symantec Corporation announced two critical security vulnerabilities affecting several of its products, including Symantec Endpoint Protection for workstations and the SEP Management console, the ant...

Pitt receives grant to research in space

Peter Alexander, Siobhan Malany and Riccardo Gottardi accept CASIS grants at the White House. Photo Courtesy of Riccardo Gottardi

By Yuanyuan Xiao / For The Pitt News

June 28, 2016

Pitt is expanding its research on bone diseases while moving medical science to the “final frontier” — space. Rocky Tuan, a Pitt biology professor, recently received a $500,000 grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to conduct research on the accelerated bone loss of as...

Pitt launches replacement login service

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 1, 2016

Pitt is updating how users access Pitt’s online services with a new login system, beginning in June. Pitt Passport — passport.pitt.edu — will replace the My Pitt portal and individual access pages for Pitt services with a single login prompt providing access across all sites. According to a re...

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