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Irene Mena: A world of opportunities

Irene Mena received her doctorate in engineering education at Purdue University in 2012. (Photo by Kyleen Considine | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Brian Gentry, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018

When Irene Mena got her U.S. citizenship Feb. 28 at the Pittsburgh Courthouse, her colleague and friend Dan Budny brought her a cake adorned with an American flag and the words “Congratulations Irene!” written under it. She ate a piece and then drove right back to her office in Benedum Hall. ...

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

Though his early life took a circuitous route, Richard Garland set himself on the right path and now works to help others do the same.

By John Hamilton & John Hamilton

April 2, 2018

Driving around Allegheny County on a brisk mid-March afternoon, Richard Garland refuses to use the GPS in the dashboard of his black Chevy Tahoe. Instead, the car’s screen displayed a zoomed out map and XM Radio’s Soul Town station as Garland made right turns, left turns, wrong turns and U-tur...

Pitt professor placed on Forbes “30 Under 30” list

Hao Sun, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at Pitt named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30: Science” list, poses for a photo in Benedum Hall. (Photo by Elise Lavallee | Contributing Editor)

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

Hao Sun sees little difference between monitoring the health of buildings and bridges and monitoring the health of human bodies. “In the human body, we have the nervous system so when you feel something abnormal or if you’re sick, your nervous system can tell this information,” Sun said. “I...

Professor discusses gun violence with students

Professor Richard Garland led a discussion on gun violence in the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday. (Photo by Betty Shen | Staff Photographer)

By Xinyu Lu | For The Pitt News

October 25, 2017

Richard Garland, an assistant professor of Public Health Practice at Pitt, has spent a total of 23 years incarcerated — almost two-thirds of his life. “Believe it or not, I have a real good relationship with law enforcement,” Garland said. “Never thought I’d say that.” Today, Garland w...

Degrees of age: Professors young and old talk teaching

Elizabeth Matway, 59-year-old English professor at Pitt, began teaching in 1982 at the elementary level. (Photo by Bethany Krupicka | Staff Photographer)

By Nina Kneuer | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017

Some professors look like they should be sitting with their students rather than standing in front of them. Others fit the teen movie stereotype of the gray-haired intellectual with wire-rimmed glasses. Professors on both sides of the spectrum have different ways of using technology and interactin...

Editorial: Pitt must condemn professor’s threats

Students protest against student debt last November. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2017

More than 200 students gathered at the base of Litchfield Towers Monday to protest a group that spewed homophobia, racism and sexism on our campus. Thankfully, no one was hurt — students drove the bigoted group across the street and off campus. But it seems that if it were up to State Rep. Aaro...

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

Marcus Cox, husband to Pitt economics professor Andrea La Nauze, brews his own beer. Stephen Caruso | Assistant Visual Editor

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor

April 14, 2017

The dry river bed in Andrea La Nauze’s backyard inspired her to study economics. Fellow Australian Marcus Cox just wanted to quench thirsts with his self-crafted brews. Together, the two make the perfect duo. La Nauze, now a Pitt economics professor, and Cox moved from their native continent to...

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