University Of Pittsburgh en Tuition Going Up 3.9 Percent at Pitt's Oakland Campus <p>Already cited by the U.S. Department of Education as having <a href="">the highest tuition for a four-year public university or college</a>, the University of Pittsburgh is raising its rates for the 2014-15 academic year.</p><p>The Pitt Board of Trustees Friday approved a $1.97 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 — up $10 million from the just completed year.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:24:22 +0000 Kevin Gavin 32838 at Pitt Study Explores Treating Depression Over The Phone <p>About 400,000 coronary artery bypass graft surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, and roughly one in five patients goes on to experience clinical depression. But all that could change because of a telephone.</p><p>According to University of Pittsburgh researchers, monitoring patient depression and administering a nurse-led intervention via a phone call bi-weekly not only improves quality of life and mood, but it’s also cost-effective and cost-saving.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 32306 at Pitt Receives Grant For Schizophrenia Research <p>The University of Pittsburgh has received a $10 million grant to be used to research a new hypothesis on schizophrenia.</p><p>The grant was received from the National Institute of Mental Health and will be distributed to the university over the next five years. The Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research will be established because of the grant and will be directed by David Lewis, the chair of Pitt’s Department for Psychiatry.</p><p>The hypothesis focuses on the structure of the brain as the cause for schizophrenia.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 28961 at Pitt Researchers Working to Build Better Regrowing Arteries <p>University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering researchers are developing a way to help arteries regrow with less risk of an aneurysm after a coronary bypass surgery.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arturo </span>Valentin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and his team are attempting to use new polymers in artery replacements as a way to prevent aneurysm formation.</span></p><p>He said they are working to create an “in host remodeled graft.”</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 26196 at Researchers Conclude That For Sepsis Treatment, It's Not How Agressive, It's How Soon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have concluded that a standardized approach to diagnosing and treating sepsis in its early stages does not affect survival rates.</span></p><p>The five-year, $8.4 million study examined 1,351 patients with septic shock in 31 hospitals across the U.S. and found no difference in treatment effectiveness.</p><p>Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine, was one of the lead researchers in the study. He said it doesn’t matter what type of treatment a patient receives, as long as it’s early.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:36:20 +0000 Michael Lynch 25980 at Pitt Entrepreneur Institute Celebrates 2013 Successes, Looks to Future <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh has been working with businesses in the region for 20 years. Its annual report was released Wednesday at Turner Dairy Farms, one of the members of the institute.</p><p>Founder and Executive Director Ann Dugan said in 2013 the institute helped about 900 entrepreneurs.</p><p>“We had 47 startup businesses,” Dugan said. “That was where they came through the door with an idea, today their door is open, the lights are on, music is on, they have sales.”</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:42:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25045 at Pitt Entrepreneur Institute Celebrates 2013 Successes, Looks to Future Pitt Looks To DC For Its Next Chancellor <p>The University of Pittsburgh has tapped a U.S. Commerce Department official to be its next chancellor.</p><p>Patrick Gallagher, the acting deputy secretary of the agency, is set to start at Pitt in August. He succeeds Mark Nordenberg, who spent 19 years as chancellor.</p><p>The 50-year-old Gallagher currently serves as chief operating officer of the Commerce Department. The agency has 40,000 employees and a $10 billion budget.</p><p>The announcement follows a board of trustees vote on Saturday.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 12:29:35 +0000 The Associated Press 24135 at Pitt Researchers Testing New Method To Better 'See' Concussions <p>From major league athletes to children, more than 1.7 million Americans sustain concussions each year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s why the University of Pittsburgh and </span>UPMC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> received a $300,000 grant from General Electric and the NFL for a project to find a better way to “see” concussions.</span></p><p>The Pitt researchers are testing high definition fiber-tracking (HDFT) to determine if it can accurately and consistently aid in determining a diagnosis of concussion and injury prognosis.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:15:20 +0000 Jessica Nath 23247 at Pitt Researchers Make Discovery About Deadly Mosquito-Borne Virus <p>You might not have ever heard of eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) — it only affects five to 30 people in the United States annually — but it kills about half the people it infects, doesn’t have a cure and is becoming more common.</p><p>That’s according to William Klimstra, who, along with other University of Pittsburgh researchers, has made a major discovery that could lead to possible treatment for and prevention against the mosquito-borne virus.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 22459 at Pitt Lab to Help Build Power System of the Future <p>What is the best way to build an AC/DC hybrid power system? What does the power grid control system of the future look like?</p><p>Those are the types of questions researchers and students at the University of Pittsburgh are hoping to answer with Thursday’s opening of a new electric power systems lab.</p><p>The lab was created with the support of the Dublin, Ireland-based power management company EATON, which has offices in the Pittsburgh area.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:05:27 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22601 at Could Your Broken Cell Phone Regenerate Itself? Pitt Researchers Explore How <p>What do an iPhone and a salamander have in common?</p><p>Not much now, but University of Pittsburgh researchers think they have created a way for objects like cell phones to regenerate themselves when broken the way amphibians do.</p><p>Pitt researchers have developed a computational model to create a new polymer gel that could simulate regeneration in complex materials.</p><p>Principal investigator Anna Balazs, a Pitt chemical engineering professor, said they were inspired by amphibians’ ability to grow back parts of their bodies.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 20495 at Pittsburgh-Based Microbicide Trials Network Creates HIV Prevention Products <p>What if HIV was not only preventable, but also if sexually active individuals had a list of options to prevent the disease that newly infects an estimated 50,000 people a year in the United States?</p><p>The Pittsburgh-based Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) has been awarded $70 million for use over seven years to develop and test HIV prevention products.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MTN has completed 13 trials since 2006 from its base at the University of Pittsburgh and Magee-Women’s Research Institute.</span></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 21870 at Are Pittsburghers More Civic-Minded Than The Average American? <p>People living in the Pittsburgh&nbsp;metropolitan area are significantly more likely to contact their public officials, attend public meetings, volunteer and join community groups than the average American.</p><p>That’s according to a new report, called the <a href="">Pittsburgh Civic Health Index</a> from the <a href="">University of Pittsburgh</a>, <a href="">Carnegie Mellon University</a> and the <a href="">National Conference on Citizenship</a>.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:11:09 +0000 Liz Reid 20702 at Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness <p>County officials, HIV/AIDS advocates, and survivors gathered in downtown Pittsburgh Monday to mark International World AIDS Day and to blow up a 30-foot balloon ribbon onto Fifth Ave. Place.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald noted it’s been more than 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 20694 at Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness Racial Inequality in America’s Neighborhoods <p>In the new book, <em>Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality</em>, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, an associate professor of sociology at New York University, explores what he calls some of the most persistent forms of racial inequality.</p><p>From gaps in income to academic test scores, he looks at race and neighborhoods over multiple generations. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:44:12 +0000 Nick Frost 20680 at Racial Inequality in America’s Neighborhoods Study: Teens Who Drink Alone More Likely to Develop Drinking Problems in Adulthood <p>The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21, but as many people who’ve gone through high school and who are familiar with pop culture know, kids finds ways around that all the time.</p><p>A new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh finds that teens that do their drinking alone may be at greater risk for alcohol problems later in life.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20209 at Heinz Chapel to Celebrate 75 Years with Group Wedding Vow Renewal <p>Nearly 200 couples from as far away as California will be renewing their wedding vows at <a href="">Heinz Chapel</a>’s 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebration on Saturday.</p><p>Pat Gibbons is the director of Heinz Chapel, located on the University of Pittsburgh campus. She said the response to this weekend’s festivities has far exceeded her expectations. Including 196 married couples, she is anticipating around 560 guests for the vow-renewal ceremony.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:53:07 +0000 Liz Reid 20152 at Heinz Chapel to Celebrate 75 Years with Group Wedding Vow Renewal Building 'Optimus Prime' with Light-Sensitive Polymers <p>For well over a decade, scientists have known about a class of polymers that would react to and move toward light with no other power source.</p><p>While certainly fascinating, the technology was limited in its application in the real world, because the movement was so slow.</p><p>“So we asked ourselves, can we make these materials move faster and increase the mechanical power that they generate?”</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:15:58 +0000 Liz Reid 19643 at Innovation Institute Intends to Spur Startups in Pittsburgh <p>The University of Pittsburgh is combining resources to spark innovation and increase support for entrepreneurial initiatives on and off campus.</p><p>Pitt Thursday launched the Innovation Institute, which consolidates the existing offices of Technology Management and Enterprise Development as well as the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:24:53 +0000 Kevin Gavin 19822 at University of Pittsburgh Regional Campuses to Share Classes <p>Beginning January, students at the University of Pittsburgh’s regional campuses will be able to attend classes at different campuses without the commute.</p><p>The newly launched Video Learning Initiative will allow students at regional campuses to take classes from other University of Pittsburgh campuses using video conferencing.</p><p>Wesley Jamison, vice president of academic affairs at Pitt Greensburg, said the initiative’s goal is to allow Pitt’s regional campuses, and eventually all of Pitt’s campuses, to share courses.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 19070 at Pitt Researchers Find New Approach to Treating Gum Disease by Mimicking Cancer <p>One out of every three people in the United States feels the painful inflammation of periodontal disease, or gum disease.</p><p>That’s according to University of Pittsburgh researchers who believe they have discovered a way to treat the disease by mimicking a tumor.</p><p>Steve Little, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, said tumors have a way of hacking into the body’s immune system and convincing the system to accept it.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 19142 at Survey Says: Most Pittsburghers Favor Environment over Economy <p>A new survey by the <a href="">University of Pittsburgh</a> and <a href="">PittsburghTODAY</a> found that 65 percent of the region’s citizens view air quality as either a minor problem, or not a problem at all.</p><p>This is despite continually low air quality rankings by the <a href="">American Lung Association</a>.</p><p>Doug Heuck, Director of PittsburghTODAY, said many people mistakenly think that because they can’t see the air pollution, it’s not there.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:05:31 +0000 Liz Reid 18934 at Pitt and UPMC Take Part in National Battlefield Medicine Research <p>The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC are taking part in the second phase of a national project to improve battlefield medicine.</p><p>The Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) is a consortium of 30 academic centers led by the Wake Forest Institute for Generative Medicine and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a joint effort of Pitt and UPMC.</p><p>Over a five-year period, AFIRM will have $75 million from the Department of Defense and five years to research how to best heal skin burns, arm and hand wounds, and transplant faces and hands of those wounded.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 17515 at Transgender Man Sues UPitt, Alleges Discrimination <p>A transgender man has filed a lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh, claiming he was expelled and subject to FBI scrutiny because of a dispute over locker room use.</p><p>The lawsuit was filed Monday by 24-year-old Seamus Johnston, of Johnstown. He was born a woman but filed a name change with Pitt in 2011 and enrolled in a men's weightlifting class. Officials told Johnston not to use the men's locker room, and later banned him from the school, according to the lawsuit.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:43:58 +0000 The Associated Press 16673 at Pitt Study: Elderly Patients with Infection Have Doubled Risk of Dementia <p>Elderly patients hospitalized with an infection, like pneumonia, are twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those who were not.</p><p>That’s according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh that followed 5,888 patients over the age of 65 in four areas across the country: Winston-Salem, N.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Pittsburgh.</p><p>The study was done in conjunction with researchers from the University of Washington, University of California, University of Illinois, John Hopkins University and Columbia Medical Center.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 15951 at