Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

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CNN ‘Hero’ Raises the Bar on Social Entrepreneurship

In less than five years, Samir Lakhani (A&S ’15) has kept hundreds of tons of soap out of landfills and created jobs for disadvantaged women, all while saving lives. Now, this young social entrepreneur wants to do even more: Help 2.5 million people by the end of 2020.
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Pleasant Smells Can Help Smokers Reduce Cigarette Craving, New Study Finds

In a study that expands on previous work, a team led by psychology’s Michael Sayette found reduced urges to smoke in response to pleasant smells, as well as a connection to memory.
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Researchers Teach Adults to Read Using Pictures of Houses

In a recent study, led by chair of psychology Julie Fiez, researchers taught adults “HouseFont” — a hieroglyphic-like language based on photos of homes — then scanned the language-learning areas of participants’ brains. What they found adds to a growing body of knowledge on how adults process written languages.
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University of Pittsburgh Library System Acquires George A. Romero Collection

Props, screenplays, script notes and more — Pitt now has more than 50 years’ worth of items from George A. Romero, the filmmaker who revolutionized the horror genre, beginning with “Night of the Living Dead.” The new collection marks a growth in horror studies resources available to scholars and the public.
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Lifesaving First in Medicine Boosted By Student Research in Hatfull Lab

Research efforts in Graham Hatfull’s lab involving phages, or viruses that infect bacteria, saved a cystic fibrosis patient from a life-threatening infection. This therapeutic first couldn’t have happened without the help of undergraduate students.
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Students Develop Less Judgmental Dating App to Focus on the ‘Inr’ Self

Created by a group of Pitt students, Inrstellar is a new dating app that emphasizes compatibility over looks. Pitt assistant professor of psychology Amanda Forest, who studies relationships and interpersonal communication, offers her thoughts.