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September 2022

Pitt Seed Funding Envisions Professional Training and Credentials for Research Administrators

Jennifer Woodward

September 25th is National Research Administrator Day, and we're celebrating with one of our own administrators, Jennifer Woodward, vice chancellor for sponsored programs and research operations, for receiving a Pitt Seed award in the latest round of funding. With collaborators and team members across the University, Woodward aims to close gaps in professions with a new career path for research administrators at Pitt. Read More >>

Pitt Receives $2.2M for 3 Projects Through Build Back Better Initiative

From 529 applicants to 21 winners, Pitt researchers were awarded over $2.2 million as part of the Build Back Better initiative by the Biden administration, including funding to support small and medium sized area businesses and scholarships for displaced coal and steel workers. The SWPA region received a total $62.7 million for research participants in collaboration with over 90 local organizations. Participating Pitt departments include the Katz Graduate School of Business, the Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence and the School of Computing and Information.  Read More >>


Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award

Nominations are open for this year's Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award. Up to six awards will be made, with three at each of two career stages, in three broad categories. Each awardee will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and a grant of $3,000 to support their teaching and research.

Completed nominations are due by Friday, October 14th.

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Researchers in the News

Kornelia Tancheva

Kornelia Tancheva Talks to WESA-FM on Expanding Research Access

Requiring subscriptions to academic journals has restricted access to research conducted in the U.S., even publications for public use. This month, the Biden administration announced it will require all federally funded research studies to be free to the public, beginning in 2026. Kornelia Tancheva, director of University Library Systems at Pitt, praised the development of this rule, arguing that these educational embargoes create inequities. 

RFPs Open

Pitt, UPMC Enterprises Partner to Boost Research Commercialization

To accelerate the translation of more Pitt innovations in specific therapeutic areas, UPMC Enterprises Translational Sciences has launched a new request for proposals (RFP) for Pitt research faculty developing therapeutics in the areas of women’s health, autoimmune disease and neurological diseases. For successful projects, UPMC will provide up to $1 million in funding for translational research for up to two years, along with other resources to help Pitt innovators accelerate their discoveries. The OIE’s Office of Industry and Economic Partnerships (OIEP) is coordinating the RFP process with UPMC Enterprises. Read More >>

COVID-19 Misinformation

Cristian Apetrei Compares Misinformation COVID-19, HIV

The consequences of misinformation plagued the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as news outlets churned out conflicting advice at record pace. In his publication in The Conversation, Cristian Apetrei, professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, reflected on the all-too-literal deadliness of misinformation in public health response during his experiences as a researcher on HIV during the AIDS pandemic. Countering misinformation is difficult, but Apetrei emphasizes the importance of scientific resources for the future of public health responses. Read More >>

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

PSC, Pitt Take On Creating Google Maps for the Human Body

Akin to the Human Genome Project in the early 2000s, the Human BioMolecular Atlas Program, or HuBMAP, aims to create Google Maps of the human body with cellular resolution. Co-led by Phil Blood and Jonathan Silverstein, the HuBMAP team's challenge is to create a user-friendly experience when using the data. The team includes members from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford researchers received an additional $20 million from the NIH to continue this work. Read More >>

2022 R&D 100 Award

Engineering Researchers Win 2022 R&D 100 Award

The Swanson School of Engineering’s collaboration with the U. S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Lab has led to innovations in optical fiber sensor technology, earning the collaborators a 2022 R&D 100 Award. These innovations in fiber sensor technology will allow the technology to function despite extreme radiations and highly reactive gas atmospheres. These systems will be useful for providing early warnings before accidents or breakdowns occur in gas turbines, nuclear reactors and hydrogen gasifiers. 

On Campus

Michael G. Wells Student Healthcare Competition

Last Call: Michael G. Wells Healthcare Competition

The Michael G. Wells Student Healthcare Competition is an opportunity to accelerate your Pitt research commercialization journey, while providing students and postdocs with exposure to the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. Up to $40,000 is available to the participating University departments.

Students must apply with a faculty sponsor by Friday, September 30th at noon. Then, participating students will be paired with a business mentor to assist in developing their competition pitch and have access to other resources through the Pitt innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Read More >>

We're Hiring: Chief of Staff

Hot Job: Chief of Staff Position Posted at SVC Research

Applications are now being accepted for the Chief of Staff (COS) to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research (SVCR). The COS serves as a strategic advisor and key business partner to the SVCR and assists in managing the internal and external relationships and objectives of this senior office, including the SVCR’s oversight of Pitt Research: the offices of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Research Computing, Research Protections, and Sponsored Programs. The SVCR is a key member of the Chancellor’s senior leadership team, and is charged with providing strategic vision, leadership, and partnership expertise that helps Pitt faculty, staff, and students advance their research, scholarship, and innovation. Apply Now >>

Community-Based Collaborating Scholars

Community-Based Collaborating Scholars Designation Available

Scholars conducting community-based collaborative work with Pitt have new privileges, including access to Pitt's University Library System (ULS) resources, as well as computing and training resources to assist in creative and engaged scholarly work. Access for community-based collaborating scholars is a joint initiative of the Office of Engagement & Community Affairs, Pitt Research, and ULSRead More >>

CNBC Leadership Announcement

CNBC Leadership Announced

To kick off its 28th year, the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) has announced new leadership: Julie Fiez, also chair of the department of psychology at Pitt; and Lori Holt of Carnegie Mellon. This duo has worked together since 2007, leading behavioral brain research and the joint Pitt-Carnegie Mellon predoctoral training program, which has provided 50 students with two years of support to conduct research at the intersection of the brain and behavior. Read More >>

Save the Date

Pitt Webinar

Find Funding Workshops

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET
Hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs

Learn to find funding with Pivot, a comprehensive source for funding information at Pitt. This workshop will provide an overview to Pivot and discuss funding programs for early career faculty, internally coordinated competitions, and more. Additional dates through October are available.
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Indigenous Cultural Festival

Week of September 19-25
Hosted by the Office for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Celebrate Indigenous cultures of the Pittsburgh region and learn more about cultural traditions and the history of the region. The week will consist of different programming opportunities, including a mini Pow Wow in Schenley Plaza on September 21st. Stop by the Pitt Global Hub in Posvar Hall or the Hillman Library to view new displays on Indigenous
history, including special archives related to Indigenous narratives. 
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Pitt Webinar

Webinar: Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation

Monday, October 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. ET
Hosted by the University Library System

Are you interested in copyrighting your thesis or dissertation? Join this workshop to learn more about copyright, specifically for graduate student work. Topics on copyright issues, rights as a user of others’ work, and rights over your own Electronic Thesis and Dissertations (ETD) will be discussed. Review the ETD LibGuide to prepare.
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Research Resources

Postdoc Scholar Jobs

Postdoc Scholar Job Website

Diversify the reach of your postdoc recruitment efforts by posting your open positions on Pitt’s New Postdoc Jobs website.

Postdoctoral Scholar positions are not listed in Talent Center, so this is the only Pitt site for Postdoctoral Scholar positions. We have contracted with an external vendor who will duplicate these listings on a range of diversity-focused websites, broadening your recruitment efforts.

Any faculty member or administrative delegate can request an account to list their postdoc positions via Account Options.

Limited Submission Reviewers

Contribute to Pitt Research as a Limited Submission Reviewer

The success of the peer review process depends on the willingness of qualified reviewers like you to share your time and expertise by volunteering to review proposals in your academic domain. Fill out the Qualtrics survey if you're interested.

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