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Pitt Innovators Making an Impact

Rob A. Rutenbar presents Leah Byrne with a plaque at the Celebration of Innovation 2023

There was a lot to applaud at the annual Celebration of Innovation in the Petersen Events Center Campus View Club, including awards for students and faculty and their work, as well as three businesses for their impact on the innovation ecosystem at Pitt. This comes on the heels of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) releasing its 2022 Top 100 for global universities where Pitt is listed for having 105 patents in the 2022 calendar year.



Molecular Simulations, Epidemiology, Student Research Highlights of ARC23

Maya Salem, PhD candidate answers questions about her research poster with Leonardo Bernasconi

The Center for Research Computing (CRC) hosted leading researchers in fields from molecular dynamics to public health at the CRC's 2023 Advancing Research through Computing symposium. The symposium’s theme was COVID-19 Wins and Lessons, and speakers explored the ways that advanced computing was employed in research into the myriad problems raised by the pandemic. One highlight of the day was a well-attended student poster contest in which 18 Pitt graduate and undergraduate students competed for three $750 travel prizes. Read about the presentations and meet the contest winners.



Career Options, Confidence Create Big Idea Center Alums

Rhonda Schuldt, director of the Big Idea Center, meets with some members of the Reachable Solutions team

The Big Idea Center created a platform for students to explore entrepreneurship in their field of study. From a freshman honors engineering project to achieving a full patent on their first health tech device, the Reachable Solutions team shares how their entrepreneurial journey took their careers in new directions and prepared them for meaningful work after graduation.


On Campus  

Ask the Pitt Research Navigator to Connect You to a Research Resource

The new Pitt Research Navigator service aims to provide faculty and staff with a personalized and streamlined connection to research resources. Connect with the Pitt Research Navigator by emailing or using the web form. 



University Wide Contracted Suppliers for Clinical Trial Support

This month the Office of Research Protections (ORP) established University-wide Contract Research Organization (CRO) agreements with: Scope International USA, a PA-based supplier; Pintail Solutions, LLC, a Silver classified agreement; and, Pearl Pathways, a Diversity Business Enterprise. Researchers at Pitt can use a CRO to setup contracts for supplies without an additional agreement, but with an enhanced level of support. CRO support services include project management, data management and multi-center trial monitoring.



Microsoft STRIDES Agreement Signed

Pitt has entered into a university-wide agreement with Microsoft to participate in the NIH STRIDES program. Researchers can perform NIH-funded research projects in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform at a significant discount with direct access to Microsoft for research infrastructure implementation and maintenance. Non-NIH funded research projects are also eligible for a discount and enhanced IT support benefits.


Researchers In The News  
Adam Lowenstein

Adam Lowenstein Named a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow

Adam Lowenstein, professor of English in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, is now a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow for Film, Video & New Media Studies. Critical in the acquisition of George A. Romero’s Archival Collection by the University of Pittsburgh’s Library Systems, Lowenstein is working on his next book that explores the “otherness” often portrayed in the genre of horror films.

Read More >> via Pittwire

Bopaya Bindada

IE Professor Becomes Dual-Fulbright Scholar

Bopaya Bidanda, professor in industrial engineering, has been named 2023-24 Fulbright Scholar and will be based in India. Over the years, Bidanda has aimed to increase Pitt’s presence in south and central Asia, and will implement a doctoral program in India for industrial engineering research. This follows the announcement in February that Pitt is a top Fulbright producer. In 2005, Bidanda was a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay.

Read More >> via Swanson School of Engineering

Undergraduate researchers meet with Robin Choo in the lab

Pitt-Bradford Biologists Uncover Honey’s Medicinal Uses

A common childhood cure-all for medical ailments in Nepal is honey, said two Pitt-Bradford students who grew up in the country. For Research Day on April 15, the pair worked in the lab with their research mentor, Robin Choo, to explore properties of putka honey. Alisha Khadka was most interested in the antimicrobial properties of putka compared to common varieties available in the U.S., while Heaman Dhimal, whose father harvested putka honey on their property, extracted chemicals for their project.

Read More >> via The Bradford Era

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Postdoctoral Data & Dine Symposium 2023

Wednesday, May 24 | 4 to 7 PM (In-person)

Sip wine and enjoy appetizers at the sixteenth postdoctoral symposium and connect with postdoctoral students as they present their research in the Connolly Ballroom in Alumni Hall.

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Qualtrics Basics: Create Your Own Online Surveys

Friday, May 26 | 9:30 to 11 AM (Virtual)

Qualtrics is the Pitt Online Survey System for creating online surveys to conduct research questionnaires and interviews in a central location. Keep the learning going with Qualtrics Next Steps below on June 1 for implementing Qualtrics surveys via automation.

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Qualtrics Next Steps: Do More with Online Surveys

Thursday, June 1 | 3:30 to 5 PM (Virtual)

Build on what you learn in the May 26 virtual training and explore the enhanced features of Qualtrics, Pitt’s Online Survey System, including email trigger campaigns and how to translate anticipated data results to an online survey format.

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Research Resources  

Pitt Research LinkedIn Showcase Page

Do you have a LinkedIn page for sharing research and your work? Connect with colleagues and fellow researchers on LinkedIn by following the page, following the hashtag #PittResearch and by tagging @PittResearch in your posts about your research.
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Pitt Momentum Funds Dashboard

As we enter the fifth year of Pitt Momentum Funds, the SVCR Data Team created an interactive dashboard for individuals to run queries on interdisciplinary teams across the University’s five campuses. Be sure to scroll when you get to the page to use the dashboard.
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Terascale Computing System  

Supercomputer Lemieux Debuts

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), a joint center of Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University, receives $45 million to install what was the most powerful nonmilitary research computer in the world at the time. The Terascale Computing System - nicknamed Lemieux - is the size of a basketball court. Lemieux enables researchers to help predict weather, map chemical body reactions and model earthquakes. The supercomputing system boasts 10,000 times the memory of an average computer, and the capacity to perform six trillion calculations per second.