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A team of researchers has recently shown seven independent virus variant lineages across the United States that have evolved a mutation in the same place on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Local sequencing company Microbial Genome Sequencing Center did the sequencing for this study.

Local sequencing efforts reveal patterns in COVID-19 variant evolution

By Mische Holland, For The Pitt News April 21, 2021
A team of researchers has recently shown seven independent virus variant lineages across the United States, which have evolved a mutation in the same place on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.
Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, leads Pitt’s Task Force on Research Restart.

Pitt task force planning research restart effort

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

Disability researcher Sarah DeMaria talks special education at Alumni Breakfast

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.
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.

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

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

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

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

Breast cancer researchers continue innovating

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.
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)

Covestro lectures honors professor

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...

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

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

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...

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