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A black and white group photo including Isma Burrell on the steps of a church building
There are many ways to tell a family story: through your grandma's recipes, a poem about your favorite aunt, or a video produced at the lake where you learned to fish. Join a Year of Creativity-sponsored webinar focused on preserving Africana family history this weekend.
A map indicating organizations with relationships with Pitt colleagues
Interested in volunteering your time or making a connection in the Pittsburgh community? Use Pitt’s Engagement and Outreach Map to locate organizations and learn what connections have already been established.
Justin LeWinter in a blue face mask standing next to a truck and a pile of cardboard boxes
In Pittsburgh’s Hill District, local organizations are connecting through weekly phone calls to help people and businesses in need. From delivering lunch boxes to a mask donation program, the spirit of community is alive, even while residents are apart.
A man and woman in white smile for the camera
The pandemic can be difficult for kids to understand—two medical students, one on a research year at Pitt, have written an illustrated book to help.
a woman in a red sweater holding her hands together in a heart shape
More than 600 Pitt community members have volunteered throughout the pandemic, demonstrating they are the helpers Fred Rogers said to look for in tough times.
Laurel Gift in a dark blue top
As assistant vice chancellor for compliance, investigation and ethics, Laurel Gift looks forward to establishing an office that serves as a centralized resource for units across the University.
Rory Cooper (left) with friend David Gifford (right) just before the 2020 virtual Pittsburgh Marathon
Last October, Rory Cooper crashed his handcycle during the early miles of a marathon. The director of Pitt’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories would go on to finish the remaining 23.2 miles, then spend four days in a coma. Read about his incredible recovery, and his long history of working to improve wheelchair users’ lives.
John Lush and Susan Hedrick in wedding attire
The story of John Lush (A&S ’04, EDUC ’05G) and Susan Hedrick’s surprise, celebrity-studded wedding started with a viral tweet. See how the cast of “The Office” made their May nuptials extra sweet.
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 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.
Alex “Red” Bittner in a blue sweater
Veterans and Pitt-Greensburg staff members Alex “Red” Bittner and Lisa Reffner are drawing on personal experience to make sure student-veterans feel supported the moment they step on campus. Learn about their program’s efforts.
Taylor Smith and Mike Riederer taking a selfie together
Pitt undergrads were part of a local EMT crew deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in New York City this spring. Rising junior Taylor Smith said, “I’ve never seen hospitals so full.”
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.
Gallagher in a blue Pitt polo
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher delivered his monthly report to Senate Council on Thursday, May 14. The session was open to the public, as always, but held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Miss the meeting? To help you stay informed and save time, we’ve selected five notable items to share from the Chancellor’s update.  
Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg and Duquesne University President Ken Gormley
A new series from Pitt’s Institute of Politics and the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy will feature discussions to better understand governance issues in restoring the economy and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first installment covers historical mistakes and overreach made by governments during times of crisis.