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Science & Technology
3:30 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Pitt Lands Grant To Improve Power Plant Safety

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $1 million to University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering to improve nuclear power plant safety.

Principal investigator and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Kevin Chen will use the $987,000 to develop radiation-resistant fiber optic cable sensors capable of measuring properties such as temperature, pressure and hydrogen levels in the event of a nuclear emergency.

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Health
3:30 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Pitt Lands Grant To Study How Cancer Spreads To Bones

Why do certain cancers spread in bones?

The National Cancer Institute has awarded $2 million over five years to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine to answer that question.

Researchers will look for ways to repress X-box binding proteins (XBP1s), a molecule that regulates the production of other inflammatory proteins that boost tumor cell growth, in hopes of treating multiple myeloma bone disease.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:55 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Robots that Care: The Quality of Life Technology Center Changing the World of Caregiving

Credit Jiuguang Wang / Flickr

The Quality of Life Technology Center is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center located in Oakland. The program incorporates disciplines from Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh and other groups, all focused on improving quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Director Dan Siewiorek joins us to explain how the center addresses the needs and activities of everyday living by prototyping robots, mobility assistance technologies and new ways to monitor health and wellness.

Siewiorek says that the center brings together several different departments/fields working together to help people live independently longer.

The benefits are tremendous not just for quality of life, but for financial savings, as well. One example of a device that the center provides is HERB. Check out CMU's video to see all of what HERB the robot can do.

Health
3:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Pitt Snags $11.8 Million To Study Cleft Lips And Palates

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $11.8 million over five years to the University of Pittsburgh to study the hereditary roots of cleft lips and palates.

Orofacial clefts are small gaps in the lip or palate that form in a baby’s mouth when the child doesn’t develop properly in the womb. These occur in one of every 700 births around the world, according to Mary Marazita, a Pitt professor and director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics.

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Education
4:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Pitt Chancellor Nordenberg Gives Final Report To Trustees Before Stepping Down

Pitt Chancelor Mark Nordenberg attended his final Board of Trustees meeting as head of the institution. Board Chairman Stephen Tritch thanked him for his service.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

After 19 years as the head of the University of Pittsburgh, Mark Nordenberg will step down in August. He made the announcement last year, and Friday he attended his last Pitt Board of Trustees meeting, where Nordenberg was unanimously elected chancellor emeritus.

The designation will take effect when he officially leaves his post. At a news conference following the board meeting, Nordenberg said his greatest triumph is the chance in culture that has occurred since 1995.

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Health
10:36 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Researchers Conclude That For Sepsis Treatment, It's Not How Agressive, It's How Soon

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.

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.

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.

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Health
7:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Pitt Study: Robotics Improve Treatment For Head And Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers account for 3 to 5 percent of all cancer in the United States, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which means proving the efficacy of a robotic detection technique could have a big impact on public health.

A University of Pittsburgh study shows using robotics to identify neck tumors can improve individualized treatment and increase survival rates.

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Poverty & Learning
3:30 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Pitt to Host Summit on Race, Ethnicity, Poverty

Researchers and scholars from across the U.S. are gathering in Pittsburgh to create a network devoted to studying the issues of race and poverty.

About 30 directors of academic centers and institutions on race, ethnicity and poverty throughout the country will be attending the summit hosted by the University of Pittsburgh to begin Thursday and Friday in an effort to start dialogue and create possible collaborations between institutions aimed at battling social issues.

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