Alumni

Book cover for "The Skin I'm In," by Sharon Flake.

After More Than Two Decades, Alumna's Acclaimed ‘The Skin I’m In’ Still Resonates

The award-winning young adult novel “The Skin I'm In,” by Department of English alumna Sharon Flake (A&S ’78), has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. The author's debut novel, it tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who learns to overcome being bullied for her dark skin.
Costas Karakatsanis headshot, wearing blue button down shirt with books/manuscripts and a painting in the background

Reviving a Masterpiece

The sleuthing skills of Pitt alumnus Costas Karakatsanis (A&S ’74, ’78G), who worked in materials science at Bayer for three decades before retiring and taking up volunteering at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art, made him a critical investigator in the mission to restore a masterpiece.
Jenna Baron standing on a walkway on a bridge in the city of Pittsburgh. Wearing denim jacket and red shirt. The bridge is painted yellow.

Alumna's Nonprofit Extends Welcome, Support to New Immigrants and Refugees

For the children of refugees and immigrants settling throughout the United States, the new way of life can feel very foreign. Pitt alumna Jenna Baron — through her nonprofit Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education — is finding ways to make them feel that they are truly where they belong.
Pitt alumnus Chris Taylor in plaid shirt, using a pastry bag to finish work on a peanut butter checkerboard pie

Eyes on the Pies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist and Pitt Graduate School of Public Health alumnus Chris Taylor baked his way to first place — and a book deal — after taking his hobby to the next level.
Pitt alumnus Jeremy M. Raymer in a PIttsburgh Pirates shirt standing in front of a mural he painted of Pirates baseball player Roberto Clemente

Combining Art and Engineering Skills, Pitt Alumnus Creates Career as a Muralist

A mural of the late baseball legend Roberto Clemente greets drivers on Interstate 279 thanks to Jeremy M. Raymer, a Pitt engineering alumnus whose studio art courses at the University led to a new career as an artist. Clemente died in a 1972 plane crash while assisting with the delivery of emergency supplies following an earthquake in NIcaragua. He would have been 85 this Sunday, Aug. 18.
Carl Setzer and Liu Fang

An Idea, Leap of Faith Lead to Brewing Success

Carl Setzer (GSPIA ’07) opened Beijing's first craft brewery with his wife Liu Fang. Now, their business is at the forefront of China's growing craft-brewing scene.
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Alumna Finds ‘Something in the Air’

As a scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Program, Lauren Chubb (A&S ’10, GSPH ’13, ’16) has developed on-the-spot air analysis software to help keep miners safe.

Pitt Commemorates Law School Alumnus Who Authored First Draft of the GI Bill

Harry Colmery (LAW 1916) wrote the first draft of the GI Bill by hand, using up seven pens’ worth of ink. To celebrate the bill’s 75th anniversary, the dean of Pitt Law and the new director of the Office of Veterans Services visited Colmery’s niece to talk about his legacy — and give the family a gift.
two hands holding a bar of soap over a sink

CNN ‘Hero’ Raises the Bar on Social Entrepreneurship

In less than five years, Samir Lakhani (A&S ’15) has kept hundreds of tons of soap out of landfills and created jobs for disadvantaged women, all while saving lives. Now, this young social entrepreneur wants to do even more: Help 2.5 million people by the end of 2020.
two women in college gear with arms around each other

Pitt Alumnae Share the Gift of Life

Tracy Floyd (NURS ’91) and Carla Jackson (CGS ’91) weren’t close friends when they attended Pitt, but a life-changing illness brought them together in 2015. April is National Donate Life Month, and these two alumnae celebrate it in a special way.