Innovation & Research

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Professor Explores Barack Obama’s Presidency, Legacy Through Letters

With support from Pitt’s Department of English and the Center for Creativity, Jeanne Marie Laskas sifted through hundreds of citizens’ letters to President Obama, resulting in an acclaimed magazine story and full-length book.
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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.
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Research Duo Honored With Achievement Awards for Tackling Global Health Problems

Professor P.S. Reddy and alumnus Tushar Singh (GSPH ’14) recently received Sheth International Achievement Awards for their work in developing nations. Singh, now at the CDC, trained medical workers during the Ebola epidemic.
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From Sci-Fi to Real Life: Newly Discovered Substance Changes the Behavior of Water

A research team at the University of Pittsburgh has discovered a liquid polymer that raises water’s freezing point from 32 degrees Fahrenheit to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, much like the deadly ice-nine does in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic sci-fi novel “Cat’s Cradle.”
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Researcher Eyes Training, Intervention to Help Those With Mild Cognitive Impairment

Not quite dementia, but more than a “senior moment,” mild cognitive impairment affects the lives of thousands of Americans. Juleen Rodakowski, an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, is developing ways to help.
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Pitt Sets Course for Student Success With Inaugural Advanced Analytics Summit

Imagine a tool that looks at a student’s specific interests, experiences and goals and lights the way along a personalized path. Pitt is leading the discussion on how advanced analytics can create such tools — and lead to student success.
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Pitt Cyber Expert Discusses Security, Integrity Concerns Ahead of Upcoming Elections

Voter-verifiable paper ballots and changes to the voter registration process were among the recommendations Pitt’s David Hickton recently offered to the Pennsylvania House and Senate.

Big Funding for Big Data: Multidisciplinary Team Gets Grant to Study Anesthesia Complications

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a team led by engineer Heng Huang $1.18 million to use machine learning to predict postoperative complications and patient outcomes.
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Long-term Study Identifies Dementia Risk Factor

Stiff arteries could lead to “silent” brain damage and therefore dementia risk, a 15-year study led by researchers at Pitt Public Health found. And that risk factor could be preventable.
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Animation App Helps Patients Describe Pain

Pitt's Charles Jonassaint led a team that developed the Painimation tablet-based app. The innovation helps patients visually describe where, how much and what kind of pain they feel.