Innovation & Research

Regina Futcher in a black top
With support from a Summer Undergraduate Research Award, senior Regina Futcher’s excavation of 1970s gay print publications brings marginalized voices to the fore.
An array of cleaning supplies in rainbow order
Ever wonder what exactly is in your surface cleaners and disinfectant wipes, and how they work against bacteria? Engineering’s Eric Beckman explains the advantages and effects of common cleaning agents for household tasks.
A man in a gray dress shirt writes in a notebook while on the phone
Slouching on the couch? Wrists wrenched? Ergonomics expert April Chambers offers tips for adjusting your home workspace.
A depiction of a textile repelling elements
A team in the Swanson School of Engineering created a textile coating that can not only repel liquids like blood and saliva but also prevent viruses from adhering to the surface.
Burton Lee in a dark blue suit and light blue collared shirt
Critical care docs Burton Lee and Megan Acho have developed peer-reviewed videos to help train doctors outside the field use ventilators on COVID-19 patients. Lee says his medical colleagues’ willingness to learn and stretch during the pandemic has been one of its positive outcomes.
A depiction of a globe with a field and clouds within
A new podcast from CB Bhattacharya and the Center for Sustainable Business brings global expertise to questions of how to prioritize sustainability during the pandemic. Each week, listen to the 15-minute conversations with leaders from companies like Google and IBM.
A mail-in ballot for Pennsylvania
A new report from Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security recommends expanded vote by mail, avoiding online voting and recruiting less vulnerable poll workers to keep the upcoming primary and presidential elections secure.
An infographic displaying lockdown level by state due to the COVID-19 pandemic
A Pitt-sponsored effort is keeping area high schoolers engaged while social distancing by giving them a taste of real-world data science projects focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.
A variety of fast foods, including hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs and French fries
Craving snacks you haven't eaten since you were a kid? There’s nothing inherently wrong in finding temporary relief from chaos and uncertainty through food, says Pitt's Carli Liguori. But it’s probably best to make sure it stays temporary.
A depiction of an age spectrum, with a rainbow behind the figures
Drug overdose risk starts younger with each successive birth year, from Boomers to Millennials, a Pitt Public Health study has found.