Innovation & Research

Shadow Bandits Ready for Eclipse Day

Pitt’s Shadow Bandits, a research team of students, faculty and staff, will livestream the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and conduct research — from 100,000 feet — as part of a nationwide NASA project.
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Computational Research Could Take the Guesswork Out of Creating New Metals

Creating new metals has long been a trial and error process, but Pitt engineering research could help to make producing everything from steel beams to solar cells more efficient and sustainable.
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Study of Specialized Weights Aims to Make Manual Wheelchair Users Stronger Faster

For wheelchair users, increased upper-body strength could improve their quality of life. A Pitt study is looking at whether vibrating weights could speed up the weight-training process.

Innovators Finish Year With 3 New Records

Pitt’s Innovation Institute reported its highest-ever numbers of startups, patents and invention disclosures as well as more than $4.3 million in precommercialization funding.
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Researchers Have ‘Nose’ For Sensory Tech

Assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering Chris Wilmer and doctoral student Jenna Gustafson's artificial noses could eventually sniff out gas leaks or maybe even cancer. For his work on such tech, Wilmer recently won a prestigious engineering award.
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Statewide Network to Share Expertise, Resources to Combat Cyber Threats

Large campuses and companies use a variety of techniques to safeguard research archives and computing grids. But for smaller colleges and organizations without the staff or budget to protect against cyber threats, learning what expertise and resources are available is key.

Tsinghua–Pitt Biomedical Partnership Celebrates Its First Class of Graduates

The Tsinghua Scholars Program brings Chinese medical school students to Pitt for two years of rigorous biomedical research training. In June, 13 of the scholars became the first from the partnership to receive their MDs or PhDs.
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Three Times Faster: New Computer System Promises to Accelerate Researchers' Work

Pitt's Center for Research Computing is one of the first places in the country to access Intel's powerful new computing systems, allowing research of larger, more complex problems.

From Schenley Place to Outer Space: Team Developing Computers for Space Station

The Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing researches systems that can be broken apart and reassembled, like Legos, and also withstand an extraterrestrial environment.

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student Alysia Tucker. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier.