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Papers from B.J. Johnson — a teacher and dancer who was integral in founding Pitt's Department of Africana Studies — and from the Kuntu Theatre and its founder, Vernell Lillie, shed light on the performing arts community of Pittsburgh.
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Jonathan Duvall has used a wheelchair since a sledding accident in 2007. His work, including creating sidewalk roughness standards and a simpler way for people who use wheelchairs to weigh themselves, aims to help those with disabilities.
Samir Lakhani standing in front of a colorful neon wall display
Samir Lakhani (A&S '15) is one of 10 CNN Hero of the Year finalists vying for a $100,000 grant to advance their work. His project has brought sanitized and recycled soap to rural areas in Cambodia, Laos, Tanzania, Rwanda and Nepal.
Gesell in a black jacket and pink shirt
Young people are donating more money, time and gifts to charity as it becomes easier through social media and online campaigns like #GivingTuesday — the philanthropic response to the consumerist Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
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The fourth installment in the Office of the Provost’s “Year Of” series, the Year of Healthy U addresses eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.
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Abnormalities in dental development could indicate risk for ailments such as kidney disease, asthma and cancer, among others.
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The City of Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan 3.0 lauds efforts made by Pitt’s Food Recovery Heroes. The student group collects surplus food from dining halls and local establishments to donate to organizations that feed the hungry.
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Over its 10 years, volunteers for Pitt Make a Difference Day have given 120,000 cumulative hours of service — and this year, it went national.
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Pitt Vets members reach out beyond the University campus to serve the community and region while also helping student veterans adjust to college life.
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Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson plans to step down from her administrative positions and return to the Department of Economics faculty in 2018.
Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History Marcus Rediker is drawn to people forgotten or ignored by traditional historians. His latest book focuses on Benjamin Lay, the first revolutionary abolitionist.
Mosley smiling
The University, in collaboration with Pitt's Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, is set to honor Thaddeus Mosley (A&S '50) with the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award.
Ermentrout in a yellow hazmat suit
In a perennial favorite lecture, G. Bard Ermentrout teaches students to end a theoretical zombie or vampire apocalypse with mathematical equations.
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A new grocery store is coming to campus, and the hours for Litchfield Towers' Quick Zone convenience store have been expanded to 24/7 — all to feed student demand.
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Researchers from Pitt have found that trace bits of potentially hazardous metal from long-ago industries could be reintroduced into neighboring areas after severe storms and flooding.