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Addressing the Stigma: Pitt Student Hopes to Create Positive Change in Mental Health Care

Emergency room professionals often see patients with mental health issues. School of Social work senior Brandon Thomas has developed a training module to address stigma and bias among medical professionals toward these patients. His research is showing some promising early results.
Former Pennsylvania governors Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge. Rendell's head is toward Ridge, and Ridge is smiling

Former Pennsylvania Governors Talk Politics, Civility and Leadership at Pitt Lecture

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.
Ray and Burgett, the latter holding a baby

Pitt Researchers Tackle the ‘Baby Penalty’

Working parents in academia face some tough challenges. Health science researchers Jackie Burgette and Kristin Ray are doing their part to remedy a big one: child care at conferences.
Prachi wearing glasses and standing in front of the photo exhibit

Student’s Photo Exhibit Asks Refugee Youth, ‘What Does Pittsburgh Mean to You?’

Pitt senior Prachi Patel’s research project encourages refugee youth living in Pittsburgh to share their voices through photography. See the exhibit at Hillman Library through March.
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U.S. Ambassador to Moldova Credits Pitt Education for Broad Worldview

Dereck Hogan (A&S ’95) was recently appointed U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Moldova and he says a political philosophy class at Pitt sent him on his path. Interested in foreign service? Other Pitt alumni who have served offer advice.