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‘Innovation Challenge’ teams win cash

Students propose innovative solutions for medical issues. | Photo courtesy of Chelsea Stowell

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

December 7, 2015

For Chelsea Stowell, an innovation grant may be the push she and her team of bioengineers need to start making prosthetic arteries. Stowell, a Pitt graduate student, works as part of the Phoenix team — the name given to their prosthetic artery project during the third Pitt Innovation Challenge. Th...

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

Off the Hook hosted Dr. William Struthers, a Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, Thursday night to talk about the injustices of pornography.  Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015

William Struthers left the rat race of rodent research and started studying the brains of male porn addicts in 2004, delivering his findings to students Thursday night in the William Pitt Union.  Struthers, a psychology professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, was initially an animal researcher, stud...

Researcher texts to curb drinking

 (Joe Koshollek/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 3, 2015

To recover from the stress of a busy week, Shaina Pomerantz and her friends let loose on the weekends, beginning at home and ending the night at an Oakland bar. Pomerantz, a 22-year-old senior sociology major, said she knows binge drinking is unhealthy, but that it’s an inherent part of the college e...

Students climb “FoodChain” with new app

FoodChain cofounders advertising their app at a Pitt event. Photo courtesy of FoodChain.

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015

When Pitt senior Justin Ruoff went out to eat with his then-girlfriend in the summer of 2014, they had very different meal experiences. Ruoff ordered a burger and said it was delicious. He said his companion’s salad, however, was awful — the lettuce was brown and inedible. The couple didn’t w...

Oakland unveils digital plaza

Innovation Oakland officially unveiled the new digital plaza at the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street on Monday night.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Dylan Shaffer / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2015

The corner of Forbes and South Bouquet Avenues transformed into New York City on New Year’s Eve as community members counted down the opening of the Forbes Digital Plaza. On Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., around 300 Oakland community members gathered to watch the Oakland Business Improvement District — an eco...

SORC adopts new website

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015

In an effort to make running student groups easier, Pitt’s Student Organization Resource Center has given its online management program a facelift. Launched in September, SORC has been working to transition to using CollegiateLink, a site designed for organization management and event scheduling, as its...

Open data connects community

Colin Dean, software engineer at IBM Watson and representative of Code & Supply, shows off his hacking progress with Matt Burton, a staff member from the University Library System at Pitt.  Nikki Moriello | Visual Editor

By Elizabeth Lepro and Dale Shoemaker / News Staff

October 15, 2015

Call it a Pittsburgh-sized win for transparency. Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff Kathy Humphrey, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Thursday that the three heavyweights had opened the Western Pennsylvania Regional...

Pitt researchers propose new stem cell method

Graphic diagrams how researchers have created human stem cells from human skin cells; for the first time, scientists have created human embryos that are genetic copies of living people and used them to make stem cells. Los Angeles Times/MCT

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015

After six years of collaboration, Pitt researchers Ipsita Banerjee and Prashant Kumta, said  they can now launch a “very easy and cheap” way to grow stem cells to help cure Type 2 diabetes. With current methods, researchers face high costs and waits of several days to several weeks to make eno...

Pitt, FBI warn students of phone scam

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2015

Pitt warned students last week of a phone scam that targets college students. The University released a warning on Friday on the My Pitt home page and through Campus Connect about a phone scam where a caller, claiming to represent the U.S. government, with a forged phone number tells the student that he or she owes delinquent student loans, dues or parking tickets. The caller, using a “spo...

Pittsburgh becomes inventor’s paradise at Maker Faire

Inventors show off their creations at Maker Faire Pittsburgh. | Courtesy of Emily Brindley

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

October 11, 2015

Handmade robots crawled along the asphalt and 3-D printers whirred quietly as artisans and creators of all ages flooded Buhl Community Park in Northside and transformed it into an inventor’s paradise this weekend. On Oct. 10 and 11, more than 200 exhibits displayed booths and tents outside the Ch...

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