Pitt Magazine

Gertrude Wade in a black and white photo.

Remembering Alumna Who Paved the Way for Black Female Educators in Pittsburgh

Gertrude Wade (EDUC ’44, ’46G) helped break the color barrier in Pittsburgh by landing the job as the first African American female principal in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Tony Fountain

Alumnus Carries on Family Legacy of Investing in Education

Coming from a family that cherished education, Tony Fountain (A&S '70) is demonstrating what it looks like to empower the educators who teach the next generation.
Margaret Weitekamp

Alumna Inspires Questions About the Past

Margaret Weitekamp (A&S ’93), the curator and department chair of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Space History Department, uses her passion for storytelling to encourage visitors to inquire about the past, and ignite their interest in the 5,000 artifacts under her charge.
Pitt alumnus Chris Taylor in plaid shirt, using a pastry bag to finish work on a peanut butter checkerboard pie

Eyes on the Pies

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.
Crissy Shannon in blue and gold PItt marching band drum major uniform sitting on cement bench with baton across her lap.

Marching to a New Beat

Pitt senior Crissy Shannon, the first woman to hold the title of head drum major in Pitt marching band history, will take to Heinz Field Aug. 31 during the Panthers' first home football game. Read a Q&A between Shannon and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in Pitt Magazine's newest edition.
Pitt alumnus Jeremy M. Raymer in a PIttsburgh Pirates shirt standing in front of a mural he painted of Pirates baseball player Roberto Clemente

Combining Art and Engineering Skills, Pitt Alumnus Creates Career as a Muralist

A mural of the late baseball legend Roberto Clemente greets drivers on Interstate 279 thanks to Jeremy M. Raymer, a Pitt engineering alumnus whose studio art courses at the University led to a new career as an artist. Clemente died in a 1972 plane crash while assisting with the delivery of emergency supplies following an earthquake in NIcaragua. He would have been 85 this Sunday, Aug. 18.
Carl Setzer and Liu Fang

An Idea, Leap of Faith Lead to Brewing Success

Carl Setzer (GSPIA ’07) opened Beijing's first craft brewery with his wife Liu Fang. Now, their business is at the forefront of China's growing craft-brewing scene.
person sitting in a tunnel with their head between their legs

Researchers Use Data, Innovative County Partnerships to Tackle Opioid Overdoses

As the nation grapples with the deadly opioid crisis, Pitt’s Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center, housed in the School of Pharmacy, is taking a fresh approach to saving lives.
James and Martha Funderburgh in their lab

Pitt, Indian Researchers Collaborate on Promising Corneal Procedure

At Pitt’s Corneal Cell Biology Lab, researchers have developed an innovative way to address a common form of blindness — by converting stem cells to regrow part of the eye.

International Development Alumna, Survivor of Acid Attack Advances Human Rights

Hanifa Nakiryowa (GSPIA ’17) is empowering other survivors of gender-related violence through her nonprofit, the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence.