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Belkys Torres at a podium speaking to a group of students and others
The Pitt community successfully rallied to support the reversal of a sudden federal policy shift that created uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of students at U.S. universities. On Tuesday, the Trump administration agreed to rescind the order that said international students were prohibited from taking an entirely online course load for the fall 2020 semester.
Haberman in a headset and yellow sweater
Through good times and bad, the University’s phones never stop ringing—ever wonder who answers? For two decades, it’s been Senior Switchboard Operator Lin Haberman and a small team. Learn how the calls have changed over the years and get a behind-the-scenes look at how COVID-19 is different from any other event the switchboard’s seen.
Robin Brooks in a pink suit jacket
Robin Brooks, assistant professor of Africana Studies, is co-editing a journal issue that looks at protests, violence and COVID-19 through the lens of Black female literary giants. Members of the Pitt community and beyond are encouraged to submit work for the issue by July 31.
Seven participants in a Zoom call
Using green screens, cardboard swords and shields, and costumes from their own closets, Theatre Arts students have spent weeks rehearsing from their homes for “She Kills Monsters”—Pitt’s first-ever virtual play, debuting July 12. The production has already been touted in New York Times Magazine.
A Zoom meeting with six visible participants
Yesterday’s latest town hall, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Office of Health Sciences Diversity, featured an expert panel discussion of systemic racism, capitalism and the history of inequity and social justice in the U.S. Read a recap or watch the video.
A woman in a blue shirt reading a book to children
The Justice Collective is a new, three-year commitment led by School of Education Dean Valerie Kinloch that’s bringing Pitt and the community together in concrete ways to combat racism and revolutionize the educational landscape.
a laptop with Panthers stickers on it
As the fall semester approaches, schools and departments at Pitt are working to reinvent the usual ways of teaching and learning. Read about the latest developments in Flex@Pitt and how the Swanson School of Engineering is flexing its creative muscles for the benefit of students and faculty alike.
Utibe Essien in a green bow tie and dark blue jacket
When it comes to data on COVID-19, there are disparities between what information states are recording and reporting—especially when it comes to race. Utibe Essien, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, explains why racial data is so important to track.
Carissa Schively Slotterback in a blue jacket and light blue dress shirt
Carissa Schively Slotterback will join Pitt as the dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs on Oct. 1. She is currently the associate dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Carey Balaban in a dark suit and yellow tie
Carey Balaban from the School of Medicine led a study into a curious 2016 case concerning U.S. diplomats in Havana, Cuba, and their families, who had mysterious symptoms including dizziness, ear pain and tinnitus. The researchers found marked differences between the patterns of response of those embassy staffers and victims of other mild, traumatic brain injuries.
Three seedlings in the soil
The 2020 Pitt Seed Grant winners span departments, Community Engagement Centers and regional campuses in subjects as varied as dependent care, STEM research and National Science Foundation grant preparation. The program, now in its third year, supports projects that align with the six goals in The Plan for Pitt.
Ruth Mullen in a blue shirt and holding a spray bottle with a rag
Pitt students, faculty, staff and families are getting the first look at what an on-campus experience will look and feel like when some faculty and staff return to on-campus work and students are welcomed back for the fall.
A panther statue with a face mask on
Established by Pitt’s Healthcare Advisory Group, three operational postures have been developed to guide the University in how restricted its activity levels should be. The postures are important for all members of the Pitt community to know and understand.
A person in a blue shirt writes on a piece of paper
In this second Q&A with members of the Healthcare Advisory Group, the experts share more about what they’re learning as they address the University’s health and safety concerns.
Ibram X. Kendi in a gray suit with his book
Sponsored by the Department of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a recent book club welcomed nearly 100 people to discuss the bestselling Ibram X. Kendi book. See what their next pick is and how to join.