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Former Pennsylvania governors Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge. Rendell's head is toward Ridge, and Ridge is smiling
Former Pennsylvania governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell have differed ideologically over the years, but also are like-minded on other matters, including the value of civility and compromise in politics today. The two spoke at the University of Pittsburgh’s 2019 American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series, where another former Pennsylvania governor, Dick Thornburgh, was presented with the Elsie Hilliard Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service.
Book cover for "The Skin I'm In," by Sharon Flake.
The award-winning young adult novel “The Skin I'm In,” by Department of English alumna Sharon Flake (A&S ’78), has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. The author's debut novel, it tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who learns to overcome being bullied for her dark skin.
Costas Karakatsanis headshot, wearing blue button down shirt with books/manuscripts and a painting in the background
The sleuthing skills of Pitt alumnus Costas Karakatsanis (A&S ’74, ’78G), who worked in materials science at Bayer for three decades before retiring and taking up volunteering at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art, made him a critical investigator in the mission to restore a masterpiece.
Screen of breathalyzer device reading THC Detected!
As states consider ways to introduce medical and/or recreational marijuana into their markets, they are also considering ways to detect intoxication and establish guidelines for safe use. A new device from an interdisciplinary team at Pitt could be a critical tool.
Peppers and broccoli
The University of Pittsburgh is among the first to join the Cool Food Pledge, a global initiative led by the World Resources Institute to cut food-related greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030.
Group of students standing at a table playing Jenga
An 18-year-old may have thousands of “friends” on social media, but feel hopelessly alone the first time they set foot on a college campus. It’s a problem common to many incoming first-year students or others new to campus. But Pitt and its current students have solutions to offer.
Jenna Baron standing on a walkway on a bridge in the city of Pittsburgh. Wearing denim jacket and red shirt. The bridge is painted yellow.
For the children of refugees and immigrants settling throughout the United States, the new way of life can feel very foreign. Pitt alumna Jenna Baron — through her nonprofit Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education — is finding ways to make them feel that they are truly where they belong.
Person's hand placing a ballot in a slot in a voting box
The Pitt Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security's latest effort — maps and analysis of voting machine purchases in Pennsylvania — aims to steer counties that still need to buy new systems toward the safest and most secure option.
Kathy Monangai portrait, standing in front of pharmacy building at Pitt
Kathy Monangai may not have wanted to become a pharmacist upon enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh, but since switching to Pitt’s School of Pharmacy, she has been carving a path of leadership excellence and was recently elected as the Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s national vice president. Monangai said she wants to help children in a pharmaceutical setting as a professional.
Students walking through dining hall area while other students stand at a cafeteria-style serving area
From the athletic fields perched high on Pitt’s upper campus to the classrooms on the ground floor of the Cathedral of Learning to additions and improvements at the regional campuses, new spaces are welcoming the University of Pittsburgh community for the fall 2019 term.
The 2019–20 academic year marks the inauguration of new majors, innovative online offerings and collaborations among different schools across the University of Pittsburgh. Highlights include programs in engineering, arts and sciences, computing and many others.
Male and female researcher in lab, studying container of liquid and green objects using a camera mounted and pointing down toward the container
The University of Pittsburgh is ranked among the nation’s top 20 public colleges and universities in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Pitt is ranked 18th with Florida State, Penn State and Purdue universities after being No. 26 in the magazine’s previous ranking.
headshots of Molly Brandenburg and Joseph Valdacanas
According to the U.S. Department of Education, about a third of undergraduate students change their major at least once by their third year of enrollment. So, what’s the catalyst for these major changes? At Pitt, many students find themselves developing a newfound passion by surprise — while taking one of their general education requirements.
Blue box truck with panther, script Pitt logo, going green and 100% electric painted on it, with Cathedral of Learning in the background
Pitt is driving toward its greenhouse gas reduction goals with the addition of new zero-emission electric vehicles to its fleet.
Pitt alumnus Chris Taylor in plaid shirt, using a pastry bag to finish work on a peanut butter checkerboard pie
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist and Pitt Graduate School of Public Health alumnus Chris Taylor baked his way to first place — and a book deal — after taking his hobby to the next level.