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Crissy Shannon in blue and gold PItt marching band drum major uniform sitting on cement bench with baton across her lap.

Marching to a New Beat

Pitt senior Crissy Shannon, the first woman to hold the title of head drum major in Pitt marching band history, will take to Heinz Field Aug. 31 during the Panthers' first home football game. Read a Q&A between Shannon and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in Pitt Magazine's newest edition.
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Service Learning Course Establishes Environmental Science Lab in Puerto Rico

The long-term partnership between Pitt students and faculty and nonprofit Caras con Causa seeks to study urban wetlands, restore parts of the ecosystem damaged by Hurricane Maria and attract scientists to the island.
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First Class of Pitt-China Partnership Graduates

The Sichuan University-Pittsburgh Institute provides a world-class engineering education that focuses on design, innovation and an international outlook. Meet some of its first alumni.
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Students Develop Less Judgmental Dating App to Focus on the ‘Inr’ Self

Created by a group of Pitt students, Inrstellar is a new dating app that emphasizes compatibility over looks. Pitt assistant professor of psychology Amanda Forest, who studies relationships and interpersonal communication, offers her thoughts.
O'Brien sitting on a table in the Makerspace, holding a 3-D printed Cathedral of Learning

Entrepreneurial Engineer Brings Creative Spirit and Connections to Campus, Honda

Senior Sean O’Brien, a member of the first Panthers Forward cohort, just wants to make things work — from bowties to dinner tables to the Pitt Makerspace.
Mallepalli in a spruce turtle neck in front of a big window looking out on Oakland

Budding Researcher Eyes Future With Better Health Care for Women

Abhignya Mallepalli thought she’d become a doctor someday, but a series of inspiring instructors and impactful experiences in local hospitals changed her path.
Kent-Smith in a jacket, white shirt and bowtie, sitting pensively

Senior Activist Thinks Big

Zuri Kent-Smith: forward-thinking, charismatic, passionate and unapologetic. Through his activism on campus and off, the senior philosophy and Africana studies major leaves his mark on Pitt.
Emma Oaks head and shoulders with dog licking her face

Chemistry Major Brings Service Dogs to Pitt

Chemistry, poetry, puppies. As Emma Oaks' undergrad career at Pitt comes to a close, she leaves behind the Perfect Fit Canines Campus Scholars — a club that trains service dogs to help people with disabilities.
Chloe Torrence head and shoulders shot, taken against backdrop of theater backstage

Pitt Theatre Arts Graduate Heads to Central California Amid a Sprinkling of Fairy Dust

After founding a theater company and side business called Fairytale Entertainment in her small hometown in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, Pitt senior Chloe Torrence will head to Santa Maria, California, as an assistant director at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre.
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Student’s Photo Exhibit Asks Refugee Youth, ‘What Does Pittsburgh Mean to You?’

Pitt senior Prachi Patel’s research project encourages refugee youth living in Pittsburgh to share their voices through photography. See the exhibit at Hillman Library through March.