Innovation & Research

Researchers from Pitt and Harvard offer their take on this week’s Super Tuesday results and describe how civic engagement is changing in light of the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections.
Kevin Crowley in a orange dress shirt and dark sweater.
A group of Pitt educators is joining forces with museums and community partners to make climate change more tangible—and inspire people to act.
Senior Sam Ressin standing in front of an array of solar panels, with a glowing object in his hands.
The student-led Pitt Green Fund helped launch the campus thrift store and bicycle co-op, but its board also tackles efforts related to equity and social justice.
Jeremy Levy in a striped blue dress shirt
Most people are familiar with solid, liquid, gas and plasma, but there are other states of matter too. Jeremy Levy and Patrick Irvin of Pitt recently uncovered an electronic state that adds to the field’s understanding of quantum physics.
A depiction of a coronavirus
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history demonstrates that doing so can harm the people who live there, contends Pitt historian Mari Webel.
Tyler Bray (left) and Jacob Meadows (right) bioengineering seniors in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, in blue Pitt jackets, sitting at a table with their Posture Protect vest on top.
Posture Protect doesn’t just help users sit up straight—it could help people with Parkinson’s disease avoid falls. The student innovation effort that started in Joseph Samosky’s bioengineering course is nearing a pilot program in clinics.
Duprex in a suit and green tie in front of a University of Pittsburgh background
The University of Pittsburgh is among a select few institutions expected to receive samples of the coronavirus for study. In his remarks to the University Senate, Paul Duprex, director of the Center for Vaccine Research, highlighted the tremendous history the University has in working on vaccines and why this matters.
Circa. 1910 penny postcard of Reginald Fessenden's Brant Rock, Massachusetts radio tower.
On World Radio Day, Pitt faculty from engineering and health and rehabilitation sciences remember the work of Reginald Fessenden, who made technologies like music streaming, video chatting and podcasts possible.
An aquatic frog species called Xenopus on top of multicolored rocks
Lance Davidson’s bioengineering lab researched the origins of mucus by studying skin cells of an aquatic frog. The findings could affect how cancer researchers manipulate tumors in humans.
A depiction of the coronavirus
Zhiyong Peng, a former fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, heads the department of critical care medicine at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, which has seen 28,000 cases of coronavirus. He recalls his time at Pitt as formative for his leadership and management skills.