Innovation & Research

A New Wrinkle on Vascular Implants

An undergraduate research project in the Swanson School of Engineering sent alumnus Joe Pugar (’17) in a new career direction, as CEO of startup company Aruga Technologies.
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‘You Are Fantastic! Pick Ugly Produce!’

In a series of studies, Jillian Hmurovic, a doctoral candidate at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, and colleagues found that boosting consumer self-esteem increased how much people were willing to pay for oddly shaped produce.
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Social Work Researcher Makes Connection Between Pet Ownership and Wellness

A team led by Pitt’s Mary Beth Rauktis surveyed area food banks and found that patrons with pets had fewer food security issues than those without, though some pet owners also cut down on their own meals to feed their furry friends.
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Researcher Probes How Viruses Hack Cells

Pitt virologist Terence Dermody thinks of cells like little factories. He and a team of doctoral students are working to decode how viruses can disrupt the assembly line.
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Study Investigates Rising Drug Prices

A recent study led by Pitt’s Inmaculada Hernandez found that new drugs entering the market drive up prices, but drug companies are also hiking prices on older drugs.
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Election Security Commission Releases Study and Recommendations

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security, co-chaired by Pitt Cyber’s David Hickton, urges the state to issue bonds, require audits and create emergency plans to protect elections.
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Pitt-led Study Models Technology to Make Carbon Dioxide Capture More Efficient

Pitt’s Chris Wilmer and a team of researchers developed a computer model that shows how tiny spongelike structures could reduce emissions from coal-generated power plants.
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Vibrant Media Lab Taking World’s First Game Console, the 47-year-old Odyssey, Online

Pitt’s Vibrant Media Lab is helping to answer complex questions of technology and culture, exploring past forms of media and experimenting with new ones in a cultural and social context. The OdysseyNow Project exemplifies the lab’s goals.
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Innovation Competitions Drive Creativity, Boost Researchers’ Projects to the Marketplace

This fall's competitions awarded more than $600,000 for faculty and student researchers. In addition, mentoring opportunities in the competitions offer researchers help in commercialization, which takes products from the lab into spaces like a doctor’s office or a factory.
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Colder, Darker Climates Increase Alcohol Consumption and Liver Disease

New research from Pitt and UPMC demonstrates what many doctors have long assumed — that climate and alcohol intake are related.