Innovation & Research

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Researchers Exploring New Markets for Water-friendly Wheelchair After Rewarding Debut

Pitt-developed wheelchairs powered by compressed air made a splash at a Texas water park for people with disabilities over the summer, with "thousands of inquiries" resulting from its success.

Vision Restoration Research Set to Advance Through Agreement with French Institutions

The Pitt-Paris agreement will enable closer collaboration on research to treat optic nerve problems and age-related eye conditions.
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Findings About Immune System Could Stop Allergic Skin Reactions at the Cellular Source

Engineer Steven Little and colleagues may have found the cell-sized source of irritation caused by contact with allergens.
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Modeling Particle Movements on Bees and Bacteria Could Lead to Robotics Advances

Engineer Anna Balazs has modeled behavior in nonliving particles which could lead to advancements in the construction of robots from highly flexible materials similar to those found in living organisms.
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Departing Innovation Institute Director to Maintain Ties as Adviser, Faculty Member

After 13 years at Pitt, Marc Malandro is heading to Palo Alto, California, to join the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) as vice president of operations for CZI Science. But he's not leaving Pitt behind.

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.