Faculty & Teaching

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Facebook at 15: Researchers Share Insight Into Impact of the Social Media Giant

Facebook has morphed from a college student social network into a global tech powerhouse. Pitt faculty members discuss its influence, from grassroots organizing to "fake news."
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Point of View: Three Pitt Scholars Discuss the Future of Bitcoin

Bitcoin — the world’s first digital currency to operate independent of any centralized institution — had a wild 2018 and enters an equally tumultuous 2019, experts predict. How will it fare? Pitt researchers weigh in.
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Longtime Pitt Mentor, Engineer Works on the Future With Soft Robotics

Inspired by the inner workings of a mechanical pencil in grade school, Anna Balazs went on to launch a career that blurs the boundaries between the living and nonliving in engineering and biology.
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Emergency Medicine Course Prepares First Responders to Think Fast and Slow

Taught by the School of Medicine’s Paul Paris, the undergraduate course aims to help students become more aware of the factors that impact their thinking in emergency medical situations.
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Professor Explores Barack Obama’s Presidency, Legacy Through Letters

With support from Pitt’s Department of English and the Center for Creativity, Jeanne Marie Laskas sifted through hundreds of citizens’ letters to President Obama, resulting in an acclaimed magazine story and full-length book.
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Daughter-Father Team Teaches Class on Bridging Political, Generational Divide

With the 2018 midterm elections swiftly approaching, University of Pittsburgh faculty member Kris Kanthak is trying to make discussing politics a little easier to navigate — with the help of someone familiar.
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Romero Lives!

Film and media studies professor Adam Lowenstein brings his expertise to Pittsburgh’s 50th anniversary celebration of the classic horror flick “Night of the Living Dead.”
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Alumnus Brings Award-winning Poetry to the Classroom, Reflects on Race and Justice

Writing program alumnus Cameron Barnett’s first book of poetry, “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water,” gained national attention and awards. Today, he’s a teacher at Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School — the same place where he first dreamed of becoming a writer.
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Father-Son Mathematics Team Tackles Cryptocurrencies, Stock Market Vulnerabilities

The most exciting professional collaboration in Gunduz Caginalp’s 34-year career at Pitt came in 2018, when he published a paper co-authored with his 24-year old son and Department of Mathematics visiting scholar, Carey Caginalp (A&S ’11).
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Personalized Education Plans Earn Support

An app matching students to tutors and a Netflix-like recommendation system to find mentors are among the projects funded by the Office of the Provost’s first Personalized Education Grants Program.