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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.
David Hickton in a black suit and blue tie
David Hickton, the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, is taking a leave of absence from Pitt to play a critical role in overseeing how trillions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding are spent.
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 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.
Children holding recycling bins as a part of a recycling campaign
A popular course in the College of Business Administration asks students to become a marketing agency and work with real-life clients such as Honda Automobiles, the Central Intelligence Agency and Major League Baseball. This spring, students developed a recycling campaign for the City of Pittsburgh.