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Pitt task force planning research restart effort

Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, leads Pitt’s Task Force on Research Restart.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said at Thursday afternoon’s Senate Council meeting that research is restarting now on a rolling basis after originally shutting down in March. He added that due to the pandemic, labs are now required to place pandemic-specific protective measures in place. “That means that in many cases, laboratory environments have to be reconfigured to maintain social distancing,” Rutenbar said. “That may mean that schedules have to be modified in order to not have too many people in the room at the same time. They have to show that they’re ready to do that.”

Disability researcher Sarah DeMaria talks special education at Alumni Breakfast

Pitt alum Sarah DeMaria speaks about special education teacher retention at Tuesday morning’s “Breakfast with Disability Researcher Sarah DeMaria” in the Honors College.

By Natalie Frank, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Sarah DeMaria spoke about special education research at the Honors College’s Alumni Breakfast series on Tuesday morning in the Cathedral of Learning.

Opinion | Researchers need more empathy in approaching community health concerns

Opinion | Researchers need more empathy in approaching community health concerns

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

October 22, 2019

The meeting at Canon-McMillan High School stands as a fresh example of how the scientific community can sometimes forget the need for empathy and understanding.

Pitt report: Quality of life for black residents worse in Pittsburgh than in other cities

Fetal death is twice as likely to occur in cases of pregnant black women as opposed to white women in Pittsburgh according to the City’s Gender Equity Commission report.

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 19, 2019

Pittsburgh has often been called one of the country’s “most livable cities.” But its relative “livability” might depend on whether or not you’re white.

Pitt gets $10 million from NSF to address equity in STEM

The National Science Foundation awarded Pitt a $10 million grant to develop programming that will boost STEM enrollment for underrepresented students.

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

September 19, 2019

The National Science Foundation has awarded Pitt a $10 million grant to develop programming that will boost STEM enrollment for underrepresented students.

Breast cancer researchers continue innovating

Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest independent women’s research institute in the country with a focus on women’s health.

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019

Innovations in technology for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment bring hope to patients and exciting discoveries to researchers.

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.

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 ...

Pitt, UPMC announce $200 million Immune Transplant and Therapy Center

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher speaks at UPMC and Pitt's announcement of a research partnership. (Photo by Janine Faust / Contributing Editor)

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2018

Jeffrey Romoff, president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, walked on stage at a century-old abandoned car factory Tuesday afternoon and wondered where some of its necessary facilities were. “This is not quite what I expected,” he said. “I can’t find the lavatories, and I can’...

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...

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