Innovation & Research

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Study Shows Sexual Selection Alone Could Spark Formation of Species

Animals that seek mates and fight rivals that resemble their parents could be setting the stage for the formation of a new species, research from Pitt biology graduate student Yusan Yang and associate professor Corinne Richards-Zawacki indicates.
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Researchers See Future of Dry Eye Treatment in Innovative Contact Lens

Dry eye affects millions of Americans a year, but available treatments can require continuous application. A Pitt bioengineering student and an eye doctor with the School of Medicine make up part of a team that invented a more efficient and sustained treatment delivery method.
Stephen Wisniewski speaking at the Advanced Analytics Summit.

Brainstorming Ways Universities Can Use Data

As Pitt's Advanced Analytics Summit returns this week for its second year, more than 30 academic institutions will gather to explore how to better use deep data in higher education.

Pitt Research Team Uses Rapid Diagnosis Technology to Tackle HIV Testing Problems

The HIV Detective is a solution being developed for early and rapid diagnosis of HIV. The handheld testing platform would allow health care workers to gather a few drops of a patient’s blood onto a sensor smaller than Roosevelt’s ear on a dime and provide results in one minute instead of the 24 hours currently required. This leap forward in testing is possible due to technology developed for another recent project at Pitt — a working THC breath test.
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Pitt Researchers Develop Marijuana Breathalyzer Technology

As states consider ways to introduce medical and/or recreational marijuana into their markets, they are also considering ways to detect intoxication and establish guidelines for safe use. A new device from an interdisciplinary team at Pitt could be a critical tool.
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New Pitt Cyber Analysis Created to Guide Statewide Voting Security Efforts

The Pitt Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security's latest effort — maps and analysis of voting machine purchases in Pennsylvania — aims to steer counties that still need to buy new systems toward the safest and most secure option.
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Driving Down Emissions

Pitt is driving toward its greenhouse gas reduction goals with the addition of new zero-emission electric vehicles to its fleet.
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Tether Device Aims to Improve Swimmers’ Times, Go Beyond the Pool

A University of Pittsburgh research team has developed a new device for swimmers, called Impulse, which measures force production to aid coaches and athletes in determining better ways to improve performance and prevent injury. And they’re starting with students on Pitt’s Swimming and Diving team.
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Beyond the Donor Match

When one person becomes part of the other: New lungs and bone marrow help some patients with no other options.
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Butterfly Wings Inspire New Glass Structure

With nature as their muse, Swanson School of Engineering researchers have developed a durable, clear, anti-fogging and liquid-resistant glass using machine learning to expedite design testing.