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Convocation Shines a Light on Faculty Achievement

From top left: Valerie Kinloch, Tagbo Niepa, Evan Schneider, Afonso Silva, Aidan Wright, Rachel Bezanson, Alaina E. Roberts and Dimiter "Mitko" Dimitrov

The 2023 Faculty Convocation honored Pitt faculty for the hard work and creativity they put into research and teaching, with honors presented to faculty from across the University, from chemists and material scientists, mechanical engineers and bioengineers to historians, business experts and filmmakers.


Catherine Marsh, IARPA Director

IARPA Director Coming to Campus to Discuss Research Opportunities

Researchers interested in learning more about research opportunities relevant to U.S. intelligence have an opportunity to connect with Catherine Marsh, director of federal Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and her leadership team, on Thursday, March 30 at 3 PM.

IARPA leads research on problems relevant to the US Intelligence community, funding faculty in the natural sciences, engineering and computer science and psychology. Recent programs include detection of aerosolized illicit drugs, leveraging psychology to predict and counter cyber-attacks, and advancing the science in universal fault-tolerant quantum computing. IARPA’s leadership will learn about research performed by Pittsburgh area faculty, postdocs and students, and explore possible new funded programs. To broaden collaboration opportunities, leadership and faculty from Pitt, CMU, Duquesne and Carlow have been invited to the event.

During a keynote address, Dr. Marsh will discuss her path through academia, industry and government. Following that, she and her team will mingle to discuss potential new research efforts and directions. The event then features a Women’s Forum, hosted by Provost Ann Cudd, where a distinguished panel will share their experiences as leaders in technology.

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A brief Q&A with Rob A. Rutenbar on research at Pitt
On Campus  

Pitt Signs Agreement with Fisher Scientific for Scientific Supplies and Stockroom Services

Fisher Scientific, which has been a University-wide contracted supplier for scientific supplies since 2010, has entered into a seven-year agreement to provide the overall best value to Pitt’s scientists. The agreement includes product cost savings of 5% as well as enhanced benefits and support, such as commitments to support Pitt’s sustainability and diversity-spend goals.


Researchers In The News  
Pittsburgh Business Times' Power 100

Evan Facher Named to PGH POWER 100 for Business Leaders

In its fourth year, Pittsburgh Business Times’ PGH POWER 100 listed Evan Facher, vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, as one of “the region’s most influential” leaders in business. Coordinating with partners across the university, as well as external partners, the Innovation Institute helps launch innovations into the world through the licensing of Pitt-developed technologies and the formation of startups.

Read More >> via Pittsburgh Business Times

Wen Xie and Donna Huryn headshots while in the lab

Two School of Pharmacy Faculty Named 2022 AAAS Fellows

Donna Huryn and Wen Xie, both professors of pharmaceutical sciences, are among 506 scientists, engineers and innovators recognized in 2022 for their contributions to science and society. They join 212 fellows from Pitt since its inception in 1874.

Read More >> via Pittwire

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SheLeads Women's Forum  

SheLeads Women’s Forum @ SCI

Thursday, Mar. 30 | 3 to 6 PM (In-person)

In honor of Women’s History Month, join the School of Computing and Information SheLeads Women’s Forum. A great opportunity for leaders in engineering and natural sciences, the event will kick off with a keynote by Dr. Catherine Marsh, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, followed by a panel of speakers from around the region.

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Lee Fisher, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation  

Ethics of Consent for Studies Involving Pain Treatment

Friday, Apr. 14 | 12 to 1 PM (Virtual)

Lee Fisher, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, will introduce some of the ethical challenges that arise as part of the consent process with research subjects living with chronic pain, especially for a study that may only provide temporary pain relief.

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Celebration of Innovation on April 25  

Celebration of Innovation

Tuesday, Apr. 25 | 5 to 7 PM (In-person)

Celebrate the accomplishments of Pitt innovators who are seeking to improve people's lives through the commercialization of their ideas and discoveries. The event will be held at the Petersen Events Center, Campus View Club.

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Research Resources  

Tip of the Week

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) regularly sends Tip of the Week emails to its partners in the Pitt Research community to share information about internal processes, sponsor guidance and other helpful information related to sponsored projects.

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Checklist for Investigators Leaving the University

If Spring Cleaning is on your calendar in the next few months, it is a good time to review the checklist for researchers leaving Pitt. This will help you and members of your research team plan any future moves with your research at Pitt and beyond. Be sure to complete this required online form as early as possible.

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Maud Menten  

A Foundational Insight, a Life Understanding Disease

Maud Menten earns an MD at the University of Toronto but is not allowed to do research in Canada. She goes to Germany and becomes part of a duo that publishes the Michaelis-Menten equation in 1913. The equation measures the reactions of enzymes, and is still used as a tool in drug discovery. She later joins Pitt’s Department of Pathology, where for the rest of her career she researches hemoglobin, regulation of blood sugar level, kidney function and childhood cancers until her retirement in 1950.