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July 2022

Pitt Joins Select Pool to Compete for Military Medicine Research Contracts

Rory Cooper at HERL

Rory A. Cooper, associate vice chancellor for research, is pictured with a researcher at Pitt's Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL).

Pitt has joined a select pool of 56 organizations — and just two universities — to compete for as much as $10 billion in contracts from the Department of Defense to develop health care innovations benefiting both wounded warriors and civilians.

“Southwestern PA has one of the highest populations of military veterans in the country, and we at Pitt are all in on supporting both the Department of Defense and our veterans community,” said Ron Poropatich, director of the Center for Military Medicine Research. “We’re trying to build out a defense innovation economy for Pittsburgh.”

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Institutional Conflict of Interest Policy Approved by Chancellor

A new Pitt Policy that will review major University transactions and the outside engagements of its senior officials has now been approved through the University's policy process and signed by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. The Institutional Conflict of Interest (RI-11) policy establishes a new Institutional Conflict of Interest (ICOI) Committee, approved by the University Senate, to formulate management plans, assuring that these transactions and engagements do not bias the University's core missions of education, scholarship and research.

The ICOI committee will include two co-chairs, a staff representative and eight faculty members. Nominations for the committee can be submitted via this web form.

New Resources: Two Web-Based Forms Support Researchers’ Needs

University of Pittsburgh faculty are thought leaders whose remarkable contributions to their scholarly communities resonate on a global scale. Their successes are celebrated through the elected membership, honors and awards conferred by expert societies, national councils, academies and foundations that recognize and reward the creativity, innovation, collaboration and training that inspire new generations of academics. Pitt’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Research recognizes these accomplishments as moments for celebration and wants to make external honors more visible to the entire Pitt community.

We need your help. When you’ve earned external recognitions for your work (not including sponsored projects awards), please share that with us! Use this link to share brief details to keep us informed.

Self-Report Your Research Award >>

For researchers seeking a personalized institutional letter of support signed by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research to address funder requirements on a sponsored project proposal (e.g. S10, T32, etc.) please complete this form to share essential details at least two weeks in advance of funder deadlines. Our office will work with you to deliver the appropriate content in a timely manner.


Researchers in the News

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Murrell, PittBusiness Featured in WaPo on Return to Work Inequities

Audrey J. Murrell, senior research fellow for the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership within Pitt Business, focuses her research on diversity, inclusion, mentoring and leadership and told the Washington Post (WaPo) the pandemic didn’t necessarily create these big-picture problems but it further exposed and exacerbated them. For some workers, office mandates aren’t just a pain. They can be harmful.

Forcing people to come back to a pre-covid workplace is a missed opportunity to learn something,” the WaPo quoted Murrell. “Take a hard look at what should the future of work look like if you want to attract and retain talent.” Read more >>

Sue Whitney

Whitney First Non-Physician Recipient of Hallpike-Nylen Award

Sue Whitney, co-director of the Post-Professional Program in Physical Therapy, received the Hallpike-Nylen Award for her lifetime achievements in vestibular clinical research at the 2022 International Bárány Society meeting. Whitney is the first non-physician to receive this distinction, and was recognized for her career in physical therapy and vestibular rehabilitation. Read more >>

Gotz Veser at PBT Hydrogen Panel

Panel Discusses Power of Hydrogen in Region

With support from Pitt’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, the Pittsburgh Business Times gathered local leaders recently to discuss the benefits of a hydrogen economy. Pitt professor Götz Veser agreed that to build momentum toward a hydrogen economy, a collaboration of community resources, academia, energy and other industries, and public entities is key. “… We have the industry base, we have the academic base, the research base,” Veser said. Read more >>

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Pittsburgh Jumps to 13th Place on Startup Genome’s List reports that Pittsburgh moved up 10 spots from its 23rd-place ranking in the last release of the Startup Genome report in September 2021. This year's report shows Pittsburgh surpassed Portland, Dubai, Wuxi, Madrid, Bristol and others it fell behind last year. Read more >>

Elizabeth Skidmore

Skidmore Takes Research to the Next Level with Prestigious Award

The associate dean for research for Pitt's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), Elizabeth Skidmore, has earned the 2022 Women in Rehabilitation Science Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine “to acknowledge world-class rehabilitation research conducted by a female scientist in rehabilitation science.” Skidmore's research not only advances rehabilitation practices, but her mentorship also influences rehabilitation research throughout her field. Read more >>

Pitt Engineering 175 Years

Continuing Telling The Stories of A 175-Year-Old School

To commemorate the 175-year history of Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, a small team of faculty, staff and graduate students are recording the voices of alumni. 40 stories have been told thus far—and the repository is growing. Read more >>

Save the Date

Dickson Prize Day

Dickson Prize Day

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET
Reception to follow

Join the 2020, 2021, and 2022 winners of the Dickson Prize in Medicine, the most prestigious honor given by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in the first-ever Dickson Prize Day.

2020 Dickson Prize honoree James J. Collins, PhD, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a talk, “Harnessing Synthetic Biology and Deep Learning to Fight Pathogens.”

2021 Dickson Prize honoree Cynthia Kenyon, PhD, of University of California-San Francisco, will give a talk, “The Plasticity of Aging.”

2022 Dickson Prize honoree Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD, of Stanford University, will give a talk, “Therapeutic Opportunities in Glycoscience.”
RSVP for in-person or virtual attendance >>

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2022 Diversity Forum

July 25  28, 2022
Multi-Day Event

This 3-day event features keynotes and community-led discussions around the theme of ”Rewiring Our Systems: Transforming the Intersections of Inequity." All members of the Pitt community are also invited attend the 3rd Annual Art of Diversity Showcase.
Learn more and register >>

Pitt Webinar

Webinar: Updates to Academic Visitor Process and Website

Tuesday, July 26 at 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Office of Trade Compliance

Effective July 1, 2022, the University’s Academic Visitor procedures were revised to align more closely with recommended federal research security practices. While many elements of the existing Academic Visitor process remain unchanged, there are some procedural changes that will impact University schools and departments that regularly host Academic Visitors.

The Office of Trade Compliance is offering a live webinar to share the updated Academic Visitor website, revised step-by-step procedures with program-specific checklists, and upgrades to the MyEC system for a streamlined experience for agreement sourcing and endorsements. Questions can be directed to Allen A. DiPalma, Director, Office of Trade Compliance, at
Learn more and register >>

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Webinar: Fundamental Research, Contracting & Other Export Controls Exclusions

Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Office of Trade Compliance

This webinar outlines categories of academic research, describes the fundamental research exemption, and provides a summary of other exemptions in the export control regulations that benefit the academic community. Designed for a broad audience, this webinar is especially useful for researchers involved in pre-award and the conduct of research projects, particularly government-sponsored research projects.
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