Innovation & Research

Hao Sun

Forbes Selects Engineer for ‘30 Under 30’ List

Hao Sun, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, has been studying ways to measure the stability of aging structures, an effort that led Forbes to name him to its annual “30 Under 30” list.
Rebecca Thurston

Researcher Finds Link Between Traumatic Events and Future Heart Disease Risk in Women

Psychiatry Professor Rebecca Thurston recently led a study that demonstrates how experiences such as death of a child or being in a car accident or natural disaster are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at risk for heart disease.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher accepting award from two presenters

Pitt's Global Plan Recognized for Its Impact

At a time when the number of students traveling abroad for college continues to increase, experts cite the University of Pittsburgh as a top creative and innovative force in global education.
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Engineer Battles Noise Pollution With a Grant from the National Science Foundation

New research from Pitt engineer Piervincenzo Rizzo seeks to create a novel barrier to shield disruptive noises like traffic from occupants of buildings.

Large Pitt-led Study Uncovers Complex Genetics Behind Earlobe Attachment

Through a partnership with genetics company 23andMe, Pitt public health and dental medicine researchers studied nearly 65,000 people to discover at least 49 genes underlying earlobe attachment.
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Psychiatrist Investigates Ways That Neurofeedback May Lessen Depression

Kymberly Young is using neurofeedback — a process where patients respond to their own brainwaves — to help patients with depression rewire their brains to focus on the bright side.
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Cyber Experts Making Cloud Security Easier

Protecting personal or work data stored in the cloud takes more technical effort and time than most average users are willing to spend. But Pitt researchers are working on simplifying the process, with the ultimate goal of putting cloud security into users’ hands.
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PhD Student Uses Personal Insight to Drive Research, Help Others With Disabilities

Jonathan Duvall has used a wheelchair since a sledding accident in 2007. His work, including creating sidewalk roughness standards and a simpler way for people who use wheelchairs to weigh themselves, aims to help those with disabilities.
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Research Suggests Genetic Links Between Disease Risks and Dental Formations

Abnormalities in dental development could indicate risk for ailments such as kidney disease, asthma and cancer, among others.
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Geologists Uncover Lasting Effects of Historical Industries in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Researchers from Pitt have found that trace bits of potentially hazardous metal from long-ago industries could be reintroduced into neighboring areas after severe storms and flooding.