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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.”

Balancing finals as a STEM and art double major

Balancing finals as a STEM and art double major

By Hayley Lesh, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

The difference between junior computer science and music performance major Jordan Bender’s dual majors is apparent in his finals. For computer science, he is often presented with a traditional paper and pencil final, while his music classes often evaluate his skills through performances.

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.

The ascension of STEM doesn’t mean humanities are sinking

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By Neena Hagen, Senior Columnist

July 11, 2018

In a world with an ever-increasing number of tech startups and engineering firms, our economy seems destined to be dominated by STEM specialists — which leaves universities scrambling to reinvent their educational offerings. Colleges are peppering their classrooms with expensive instruments and spending...

Women in STEM events demolish discrimination

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

April 3, 2018

When it comes to the major revenue-generating sources, it’s no secret that women face disadvantages in the workforce. And when it comes to STEM fields, this gender gap is even wider. With men holding the majority of STEM-related careers, I don’t need to be a STEM major to know the struggle women ...

Women in STEM initiatives push flawed focus

(Illustration by Abigail Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Neena Hagen, Senior Columnist

March 28, 2018

As a female actuarial mathematics student, I don't need anyone to tell me that my gender puts me in the minority in my academic field. That’s why I’m never surprised when feminist activists point out the gender gap in STEM — what really loses me is how they tell me I should feel about it. U...

Pitt alum speaks about science policy

Martha Merrill, a recent graduate working in science policy at the national level, speaks to students and community members Tuesday about projects she has worked on that had serious impacts on U.S. policy. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor)

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

December 6, 2017

Women in STEM often leave their jobs mid-career to spend more time with their families, but then later struggle to integrate back into the workplace. To help women in this situation regain their careers, Martha Merrill worked to implement a STEM reentry workshop. This job is just one of the posi...

Facilitate innovation, offer computer science classes

Illustration by Aby Sobotka

By Matt Moret / Columnist

September 21, 2015

In many high school classes, there is always one kid who feels the need to raise a hand and ask the most frustrating question known to academia: “So when are we ever going to need this?” Perhaps these students feel as though their classes no longer prepare them for the shifting world they will ev...

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