News http://wesa.fm en Building a Bigger International Workforce in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/building-bigger-international-workforce-pittsburgh <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an increasingly global job market how do you attract and maintain the best talent? What if that talent isn't local but global?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Those were some of the questions posed at the Governor's <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/governors-jobs-1st-summit-coming-pittsburgh">Jobs 1st Summit</a> held here in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Immigration attorney and former U.S. diplomat Kamana Mathur joins us to discuss the challenges employers face in attaining and keeping talent from around the world.</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:21:27 +0000 hmcclain 34964 at http://wesa.fm Building a Bigger International Workforce in Pittsburgh Making LemonAid: A Cancelled Engagement Turns into Social Engagement http://wesa.fm/post/making-lemonaid-cancelled-engagement-turns-social-engagement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After the breakup of his wedding engagement, Phil </span>Laboon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was faced with $15,000 to $20,000 of payments wasted on the wedding and reception plans for the Priory Hotel on the North Side.</span></p><p>Rather than cancel completely,&nbsp;Laboon saw door number two and took it. He kept his reservations, subtracted the wedding aspects, and was left with <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/lemonaid-a-fundraiser-for-surgicorps-international-tickets-6873688387">LemonAID</a>, a charity event to benefit <a href="http://surgicorps.org/">Surgicorps International</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>http://vimeo.com/91857518</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:03:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34957 at http://wesa.fm Making LemonAid: A Cancelled Engagement Turns into Social Engagement Westminster College Launches STEM Program for High-Needs Schools http://wesa.fm/post/westminster-college-launches-stem-program-high-needs-schools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are 2.4 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs available for every unemployed person in Pennsylvania with STEM skills, according to the national science education advocacy group Change the Equation.</span></p><p>Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education reported that in 2013, low-income students in Pennsylvania scored about 9 percent lower on standardized math tests, and 20 percent lower on standardized science tests.</p><p><a href="http://www.westminster.edu/">Westminster College</a> in Lawrence County, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, has just announced a new program that aims to address both of these issues.</p><p>IQ STEM includes an undergraduate scholarship component and a professional development component, both of which focus on four high needs school districts in the region surrounding Westminster: Sharon City School District and Farrell Area School District in Mercer County, and Union Area School District and New Castle Area School District in Lawrence County.</p><p>High needs schools are defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 as schools with high teacher turnover rates, a high percentage of out-of-field or uncertified teachers, a high number of unfilled teaching positions and/or a large percentage of students whose families fall below the poverty line.</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:37:31 +0000 Liz Reid 34948 at http://wesa.fm Despite a Slow Start, Text-To-911 Service Gaining In Popularity http://wesa.fm/post/despite-slow-start-text-911-service-gaining-popularity <p>The Allegheny County 911 Center has received 185 text-to-911 messages since the service was introduced in May, according to the Department of Emergency Services.</p><p>Gary Thomas, assistant chief and 911 coordinator for the department, said no one knew what to expect when the service was implemented.</p><p>“It’s working,” he said. “As far as where we should be, no one really can tell because this is fairly new technology to the 911 industry.”</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:02:47 +0000 Michael Lynch 34937 at http://wesa.fm Students Activists Change Clothing Standards at Pitt http://wesa.fm/post/students-activists-change-clothing-standards-pitt <p>Sporting a pair of Toms will sometimes make you feel like you’re helping out those who are less fortunate, and the clothing sold by the University of Pittsburgh could be headed in that same wholesome clothing direction. Pitt has given its apparel licensees an ultimatum that many hope will make safety a priority in factories where the clothing is made.</p><p>Since the fall of 2012 students with the Pitt chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy have been advocating for the University to make changes to its licensee agreement through the #NoSweat Coalition.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:01:06 +0000 Jess Lasky 34938 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Attaining and Keeping Workforce Talent in the Region http://wesa.fm/post/wednesday-rundown-attaining-and-keeping-workforce-talent-region <p><strong>These topics air Wednesday August 27, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Kevin Gavin guest hosts for Paul Guggenheimer. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. </strong></p><p><strong>Increasing Qualified STEM Educators in Western PA </strong></p><p>Westminster College has been awarded a grant through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program at the National Science Foundation to increase qualifications of secondary educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We'll speak with Dr. Amy Camardese, Professor/Chair in Education at Westminster College. We'll also talk with Science Department Chair for the North Allegheny School District Chris Omasits.</p><p><strong>Workforce Development </strong></p><p>In an increasingly global job market how do you attract and maintain the best talent? What if that talent isn't local but global? Those were some of the questions posed at the Governor's Jobs 1st Summit held here in Pittsburgh. Immigration attorney and former U.S. diplomat Kamana Mathur joins us to discuss the challenges employers face in attaining and keeping talent from around the world.</p><p><strong>LemonAid </strong></p><p>When his wedding plans fell through our guest Phil Laboon, CEO of Eyeflow Internet Marketing decided to make the best of the situation. We'll discover how his breakup is going to benefit others especially the charity Surgicorps founded by Dr. Jack Demos who also joins us in Studio A.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:31:21 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34913 at http://wesa.fm Wednesday Rundown: Attaining and Keeping Workforce Talent in the Region The Business of School Lunches http://wesa.fm/post/business-school-lunches <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whether they brown bag it or purchase the cafeteria offering, lunch can be one of the most important parts of a student’s day. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of school lunches.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:30:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34902 at http://wesa.fm The Business of School Lunches Resolving the Backlog for Black Lung Disease Care http://wesa.fm/post/resolving-backlog-black-lung-disease-care <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Senator Bob Casey is laying out a plan to reduce a claims backlog that has impacted residents throughout the region. He recently chaired a hearing to explore the challenges that former coal miners are dealing with.</span></p><p>Dr. Kevin Gibson of the UPMC Pulmonary, Allergy &amp; Critical Care Medicine department explains that although the term “black lung disease” is the popular name for the disease, it “doesn’t really capture how we think of the disease in the medical field.” According to him, black lung is more accurately described as two different types of disease.</p><p></p><p>“Simple pneumoconiosis is a problem where you develop very, very tiny nodules in the lung, which, generally speaking, are not associated with much in the way of symptoms. The severe disease, the serious disease, is what we call complex pneumoconiosis, or another term we use to describe it is progressive massive fibrosis. Those patients usually go on to respiratory failure, and those are the folks that usually die from the disease. Fortunately, they represent a relatively small percentage of people who are exposed.”</p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:50:46 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34887 at http://wesa.fm Resolving the Backlog for Black Lung Disease Care CMU Launches Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Brain Research http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-launches-multi-disciplinary-approach-brain-research <p>When Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh first arrived on campus last summer, he knew he wanted to do something big — something that would bring together departments and research centers from across campus, build on existing scholarship, generate new knowledge and have an impact on the global stage.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:41:55 +0000 Liz Reid 34891 at http://wesa.fm CMU Launches Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Brain Research Keeping Italian Traditions Alive in the Garden http://wesa.fm/post/keeping-italian-traditions-alive-garden <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><a href="http://www.theitaliangardenproject.com/fenice-nic-mercurio.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Fenice and Nicola Mercurio</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> moved to the United States from Italy decades ago, they brought their cooking traditions as well as a knowledge of Mediterranean gardening. As members of Pittsburgh's </span><a href="http://www.theitaliangardenproject.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Italian Garden Project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the </span>Mercurios<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and project founder Mary </span>Menniti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hold events and demonstrations in order to pass along their Italian heritage. See videos about <a href="http://www.theitaliangardenproject.com/video-gallery.html">the many other gardeners involved in the project</a>.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:38:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34885 at http://wesa.fm Keeping Italian Traditions Alive in the Garden Seeking Funding, Peduto Forms Early Childhood Education Panel http://wesa.fm/post/seeking-funding-peduto-forms-early-childhood-education-panel <p>In an effort to receive federal funding that passes through Harrisburg, Mayor Bill Peduto named a Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education on Monday.</p><p>The panel will focus on making Pittsburgh “more attractive” to those judging applications for the Preschool Development Grants Competition, according to the city’s Educational Policy and Workforce Development Manager Cosette Grant-Overton.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:57:28 +0000 Julian Routh 34888 at http://wesa.fm Lt. Gov. Cawley Lauds Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center http://wesa.fm/post/lt-gov-cawley-lauds-pittsburgh-supercomputing-center <p>Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley&nbsp;stopped by the <a href="https://www.psc.edu/">Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center</a> in Oakland on Tuesday. Without getting into specifics,&nbsp;Cawley&nbsp;thanked employees for helping make Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania competitive in the technological arena.</p><p>"Technology and research play a significant, if not critical, role in creating opportunities and fostering that robust economy that we all want and need," he said.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:40:13 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 34876 at http://wesa.fm New Truck Helps Charge Child Predators Faster http://wesa.fm/post/new-truck-helps-charge-child-predators-faster <p>The process of arresting a child predator could take up to eight months with investigators taking computers from the suspect's home or business and transporting them to a crime lab for further study.</p><p>But the Attorney General’s office is trying to streamline that by rolling out two new trucks that act as computer forensic laboratories on wheels.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:54:08 +0000 Jessica Nath 34878 at http://wesa.fm New Truck Helps Charge Child Predators Faster Pittsburgh Among Worst Driving Cities in US, Allstate Report Says http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-among-worst-driving-cities-us-allstate-report-says <p>Drivers in the city of Pittsburgh are 51.3 percent more likely to be involved in a car accident than the average American, according to an Allstate Insurance Company report released today.</p><p>Pittsburgh is 14<sup>th</sup> worst overall among 200 cities in the report, and is last among cities with 250,000 to 499,000 residents.</p><p>In other words, “if you live in Pittsburgh, you’re going to get in a car accident,” Allstate spokesperson Julia Reusch said.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:41:05 +0000 Julian Routh 34871 at http://wesa.fm State Regulators Take a Closer Listen to Gas Compressor Stations http://wesa.fm/post/state-regulators-take-closer-listen-gas-compressor-stations <p>Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. A gas well in production is pretty quiet; it’s basically just a bunch of pipes in the ground.<br /><br />But compressor stations can stay noisy for years– even decades. The facilities are necessary to process and transport gas through pipelines. When it comes to noise regulations, they’re governed by a patchwork of local, state, and federal rules.<br /> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:12:08 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact Pennsylvania 34868 at http://wesa.fm State Regulators Take a Closer Listen to Gas Compressor Stations Study Finds 'De Facto' Segregation Among PA Charter Schools http://wesa.fm/post/study-finds-de-facto-segregation-among-pa-charter-schools <p>Charter schools in Pennsylvania are defined by their flexibility and freedom from many state regulations.<br /><br />A new study shows they’re also marked by their lack of diversity. &nbsp;<br /><br />Penn State researchers found “de facto patterns of school segregation along racial and ethnic lines” in a study of brick-and-mortar charter schools.<br /><br />“They’re sorting themselves into homogenous schools,” said Erica Frankenberg, a member of the research team and an assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Education.<br /> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:58:55 +0000 Mary Wilson 34861 at http://wesa.fm Jobs Conference Focuses on Global Talent Recruitment, Innovation and Energy http://wesa.fm/post/jobs-conference-focuses-global-talent-recruitment-innovation-and-energy <p style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(86, 85, 89); margin-bottom: 1.5rem; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The job market of the 21st Century is increasingly global and focused on innovation. That was one of the takeaways at the Governor’s Jobs 1st Summit in Pittsburgh Monday.</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:38:57 +0000 Irina Zhorov 34849 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Italian Heritage Passed on Through the Garden http://wesa.fm/post/tuesday-rundown-italian-heritage-passed-through-garden <p><strong>These topics air Tuesday August 26, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm &amp; 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002.</strong></p><p><strong>Local Miners' Black Lung Benefits Delayed</strong></p><p>U.S. Senator Bob Casey is laying out a plan to reduce a claims backlog that has impacted residents throughout the region. He recently chaired a hearing to explore the challenges that former coal miners are dealing with. Dr. Kevin Gibson of the&nbsp;UPMC Pulmonary, Allergy &amp; Critical Care Medicine department talks about the illness and Senator Casey joins us to discuss his plan and what should be done to protect the health and safety of coal miners and prevent black lung disease.</p><p><strong>The Italian Garden Project</strong></p><p>When Fenice and Nicola Mercurio moved to the United States from Italy decades ago, they brought their cooking traditions as well as a knowledge of Mediterranean gardening. As members of Pittsburgh's Italian Garden Project, the Mercurios and project founder Mary Menniti hold events and demonstrations in order to pass along their Italian heritage. Join us for a visit to the Mercurio garden, and hear about late summer cocktail pairings from contributor Hal B. Klein.</p><p><strong>WESA Celebrates - Carolyn Hare </strong></p><p>Carolyn Hare has been an advocate for those with autism for more than 20 years, but she never realized how providing a creative outlet could have such an impact on their lives. Five years ago she visited the Joey Travolta Film Camp in Bakersfield, CA, a two-week camp for anyone ages 10 and older with autism. The visit resulted in her starting the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh. Carolyn Hare and her work are profiled in this week’s WESA Celebrates.</p><p><strong>Business of School Lunches </strong></p><p>Whether they brown bag it or purchase the cafeteria offering, lunch can be one of the most important parts of a student’s day. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of school lunches.</p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:22:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 34848 at http://wesa.fm Tuesday Rundown: Italian Heritage Passed on Through the Garden Bike Racks (With a Twist) To Be Installed In The Cultural District http://wesa.fm/post/bike-racks-twist-be-installed-cultural-district <p>The Cultural District is adding to the “culture” with locally designed bike racks. The racks come in all shapes and sizes, including one that looks like the Fort Duquesne Bridge and another standing 6ft tall. &nbsp;</p><p>The first of the bike racks will be installed on Tuesday, while the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust begins the search for more racks to be placed downtown.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:56:14 +0000 Jess Lasky 34822 at http://wesa.fm Bike Racks (With a Twist) To Be Installed In The Cultural District 'Ready Freddy' Brings Kindness to Kindergarten http://wesa.fm/post/ready-freddy-brings-kindness-kindergarten <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is the first day of kindergarten for many Pittsburgh area students. They will be welcomed this year by the “Ready Freddy” green frog mascot as part of the program developed by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development to make the first day easier for the little ones.</span></p><p>Ken Smythe-Leistico is the assistant director of Pitt’s Office of Child Development. He says that many children have anxieties about transitioning into kindergarten.</p><p>“You leave that past life as you know it and all those comforts that you had...and you’re navigating all these elements at five years old,” he says.</p><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:52:45 +0000 Reid Carter 34824 at http://wesa.fm 'Ready Freddy' Brings Kindness to Kindergarten Penn State Football Heads to Ireland for First International Game http://wesa.fm/post/penn-state-football-heads-ireland-first-international-game <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Penn State University football team plays its season opener this Saturday against the University of Central Florida, with a unique spin. The big game is scheduled to be played at the </span>Croke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. </span>Croke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park officials expect the game to bring $30 million into the Irish economy, thanks to an expected 16,000 visitors from the US.</span></p><p>John Affleck, Knight Chair in Sports Journalism at Penn State is in Dublin with a group of student reporters. He says the success of previous American college football games held in Dublin caused Irish officials to take notice.</p><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:50:40 +0000 Heather McClain 34826 at http://wesa.fm Penn State Football Heads to Ireland for First International Game PSU President Mum on Board Reforms http://wesa.fm/post/psu-president-mum-board-reforms <p>The new president of Penn State is staying mum on proposed reforms to the school’s Board of Trustees.<br /><br />Legislation to whittle down the current board from 30 to 23 voting members cleared a state Senate committee in June, but Eric Barron, named president in February, refused to offer his own opinion of such a move.<br /> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:18:01 +0000 Mary Wilson 34839 at http://wesa.fm Gov. Corbett, Consol CEO Offer Praise at Airport Drilling Kickoff http://wesa.fm/post/gov-corbett-consol-ceo-offer-praise-airport-drilling-kickoff <p>“Energy independence.”</p><p>“Shale revolution.”</p><p>These were the buzzwords used Monday morning as officials gathered for a ceremony marking the start of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/county-oks-drilling-pittsburgh-international-airport">natural gas drilling</a> activity near Pittsburgh International Airport.</p><p>The mood was festive — complete with music, appetizers, goodie bags and air conditioned portable restrooms — as Gov. Tom Corbett and Consol Energy President and CEO Nick DeIuliis prepared to take the podium.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:45:39 +0000 Liz Reid 34828 at http://wesa.fm Gov. Corbett, Consol CEO Offer Praise at Airport Drilling Kickoff 5 Steps to Post-Grad Success with Career Consultant Sasha King http://wesa.fm/post/5-steps-post-grad-success-career-consultant-sasha-king <p>In this month’s installment of On the Job, career consultant Sasha King stops by to tackle the recent problem of post-graduate unemployment. According to King, students should begin their school careers with an endgoal in mind.</p><p>Here are 5 steps you can take at the beginning of college to increase your chances of employment.</p><p>1.) Look at recent labor market research data to select a major based on the current industry trends.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:40:52 +0000 Reid Carter 34818 at http://wesa.fm 5 Steps to Post-Grad Success with Career Consultant Sasha King 'Vibrant' City Attracts More University Students http://wesa.fm/post/vibrant-city-attracts-more-university-students <p>As a new academic year begins today for many universities, a lot of students are attending their first ever college classes.</p><p>Various Pittsburgh universities reported either an increase in the number of freshmen this year or the number of applications they received - a continuation of a trend that began years ago.</p><p>Marc Harding, chief enrollment officer, said the University of Pittsburgh has about 3,900 freshmen starting this fall - about the same as last year - but that’s not because the same amount of people applied.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:26:17 +0000 Jessica Nath 34819 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Airport to Start Fracking with Hopes to Offset Financial Woes http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-airport-start-fracking-hopes-offset-financial-woes <p></p><p>Bob Mrvos jokes you could golf in the corridors of The Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal – it's just so empty.</p><p>"My wife and I were on vacation and flew into LAX and stayed there for a couple weeks and we came back through Chicago," he said. "You walk through those airports and you can barely get through the hallway there’s so many people. And when you land in Pittsburgh, it's like the airports closed."</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:35 +0000 Erika Beras 34697 at http://wesa.fm New Regulations Would Tighten Fire Pit Rules In Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/new-regulations-would-tighten-fire-pit-rules-allegheny-county <p>New open burning rules are pending before the Allegheny County Board of Health, and while most residents who have spoken out are in favor of the tighter controls, some feel the rules fall far short of being able to adequately protect public health.</p><p>“This is not about the tyranny of government overreach and the revolution has come to Bellevue,” said Bellevue resident and anti-burning activist Carol Wivell. “This is about people going before your elected officials and begging for help.”</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:32 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 34696 at http://wesa.fm Lawsuit to Balance Black Representation on Pittsburgh's Police Force Ongoing http://wesa.fm/post/lawsuit-balance-black-representation-pittsburghs-police-force-ongoing <p>A class-action lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police meant to end alleged discriminatory hiring practices against African Americans is nearing the point of resolution, either through negotiations or trial, says Witold Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.<br /> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:30 +0000 Kaye Burnet 34546 at http://wesa.fm New Commission Works to Create New Public Education Funding Formula http://wesa.fm/post/new-commission-works-create-new-public-education-funding-formula <p>When it comes to public education funding in Pennsylvania, one size does not fit all, especially when it’s $5.5 billion this fiscal year being divided among 500 school districts.</p><p>That’s according to state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester), who is part of a 15-member commission that was created in June with the goal of finding a formula for distributing state funding to schools in a fair and efficient manner.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 34723 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Railways to Receive Millions in Funding http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-railways-receive-millions-funding <p>Nearly $35.9 million in state funding has been approved for rail freight improvements. The grants will help support about 34,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.</p><p>“Freight rail is actually very important in Pennsylvania, because we have the highest number of short-line railroads in the entire country, and we’re in the top five as far as the number of miles we have of track,” said Penndot spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt, “so we need to keep investing in those resources, because they support good paying jobs and they keep goods moving through our state.”</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 34474 at http://wesa.fm