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October 2022

Researchers Are Using Health Informatics Technologies to Improve Patient Care

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Yanshan Wang, vice chair of research and assistant professor in Health Information Management, applies artificial intelligence to address health inequities. Learn how the 2022 Momentum Fund Seeding Grant helped make this research possible. Read More >>

Pitt Biologists at Lake Pymatuning Are Making Fieldwork More Equitable

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Fieldwork is necessary for research to happen, but the very nature of fieldwork creates barriers for researchers with work accommodations and other needs. Cori Richards-Zawacki and her team of researchers at the Pymatuning Ecology Lab curated this fieldwork guide with their own lived research experiences in mind to help make field research more accessible for all. Read More >>

Finding Funding With Pivot

The Office of Sponsored Programs R&D team curates resources to support Pitt researchers interested in leveraging Pivot as part of their work. Pivot is a database of funding opportunities across all disciplines and academic career stages. The team also offers small group Finding Funding workshops regularly. 

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On Campus

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Eric Hirschhorn to Talk on Foreign Collaboration at Pitt

U.S. academic institutions manage myriad international collaborations, and host tens of thousands of foreign students annually, to the benefit of the faculty, students and institutions. Moreover, many U.S. academic researchers include foreign students in their federally funded research projects. U.S. grant-making agencies have traditionally encouraged these types of exchanges. However, there is now concern from these same U.S. federal agencies that in limited cases, these relationships are being exploited to exfiltrate pre-publication research results to foreign adversaries, in violation of U.S. research integrity principles. In light of this concern, should universities reconsider how they manage these collaborations, and work with foreign students, in view of some sovereign actors’ aggressive efforts to acquire U.S. technology?

Eric L. Hirschhorn, former Under Secretary for Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and now Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will discuss this question during his lecture, "Foreign Links of Students, Faculty, and Universities: Collaboration, Theft, or Both?", sponsored by Pitt’s Research, Ethics and Society Initiative on Friday, Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Barco Law Building’s Alcoa Room (second floor). It will also be livestreamed. Hirschhorn serves as a member of Pitt’s Research Ethics Advisory BoardRegister >>

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NSF's Keiser Talks Research Security and CHIPS Act Implications

Rebecca Keiser, the first Chief of Research Security Strategy and Policy for the National Science Foundation (NSF), spoke to researchers at Pitt on Monday, October 10, 2022. (Video) Topics centered on upcoming revised guidance and protocols to help researchers manage international collaborations and mitigate risks and potential conflicts of interest. Keiser also opened the floor for Q&A with the audience. Read More >>

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PQI Workshop on Cybersecurity of Quantum Computing

The Pittsburgh Quantum Institute organized an invitation-only Workshop on Cybersecurity of Quantum Computing supported by the National Science Foundation and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last month. The workshop explored questions related to hardware and software security, protecting intellectual property, and detecting and preventing certain malicious algorithms from being run on quantum computers. 

Researchers in the News

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Evan Schneider Earns a Packard Fellowship for Galaxy Modeling

Evan Schneider, assistant professor in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Science's Department of Physics and Astronomy, has become the third Pitt faculty member to be named a Packard Fellow since the award’s inception in 1988. Using her own code and the world’s fastest supercomputers, Schneider and fellow researchers can simulate galaxies with greater clarity than ever before.
Read More in Pittwire >>

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Jacqueline Burgette Serves as White House Fellow

Assistant professor Jacqueline Burgette of the University’s School of Dental Medicine was selected for the 2022-2023 Class of White House Fellows. Jacqueline is both the first dentist and the first Pitt employee to be appointed as a White House Fellow and will serve in the Office of the National Cyber Director. Throughout her career, she has led initiatives in public health advocacy for
pediatric dentistry.
Read More in Pitt Dental News >>

Que Pasa HSIs? Podcast with Cina Garcia

Education Researcher Launches Podcast for HSIs

Looking for a new podcast? Pitt associate professor Gina Garcia launched the first season of her podcast "¿Qué Pasa, HSIs?". Her podcast jumps into the information and knowledge of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in a uniquely nonacademic medium. Garcia published her wildly popular book "Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions" in 2019 and has a new book coming out in 2023: "Transforming Hispanic Institutions for Equity and Justice." 
Read More in Forbes >>

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz

Pitt English Professor's New Novel Highlights the Power of Storytelling

If you’re seeking a new cozy fictional read this fall, look no further than Pitt associate professor, Angie Cruz, and her book “How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water”, which was recently featured in ELLE’s Shelf Life books column. Author of revered fictional novel “Dominicana”, Cruz uses her new book to explore the life of mid-1950s heroine Cara Romera. Taking influence from her own upbringing in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, Cruz incorporates Dominican-American culture
throughout her new novel. 
Read More in ELLE >>

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Ketamine, Computers Hold Promise for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Rebecca Price, associate professor of Psychiatry and Psychology in Pitt's School of Medicine, has made exciting breakthroughs in clinical trials of ketamine’s promise to relieve symptoms for people with treatment-resistant depression. Patients were given computer exercises that utilized positive words and images designed to boost self-worth as part of their treatment and experienced improvements for at least one month.
Read More in The Conversation >>

Save the Date

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How to Form Your Startup (Part 1)

Thursday, October 27 at 5 p.m. ET
Virtual Event

Learn about the basic legal issues of forming your own startup in this workshop hosted by the Big Idea Center. This session will cover choice of entity, benefit corporation, and B Corps certification. The evening will start with presentations from lawyers, and a startup sharing their experiences.
Learn More and Register >>

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Eric Hirschhorn to Talk on Foreign Collaboration at Pitt

Friday, October 28 at noon ET
In-Person at Barco Law Building or Virtual

Eric L. Hirschhorn, former White House official and current Pitt Research Ethics Advisory Board member, will speak to researchers on campus about considerations when working with international collaborators and colleagues as part of the Research, Ethics and Society Initiative seminar series. Light refreshments will be provided. This will also be livestreamed for virtual attendees.
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NRIEP, CLAS Scholarships for Study and Research in Latin America

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET
In-Person at Global Hub, Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Interested in funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study or research in Latin America? The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs (NRIEP) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) are hosting an information session for the many opportunities available for students at all levels in their education.
Learn More and Register >>

Embracing Privacy and Equity for Digital Mental Health

Friday, November 4, 2022 at noon ET
Virtual Event

As part of Pitt's Year of Emotional Well-being, Nicole Martinez-Martin, assistant professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics from Stanford, will delve into the concept of digital mental health and specifically about equity and privacy in minoritized subpopulations. Think digital health apps, wearables and other tracking devices
for health.
Learn More and Register >>

Research Resources

Self-Report Your Research Awards

Pitt Research is looking to recognize faculty researchers who have received external awards for their work to help promote and recognize the important research discoveries happening at Pitt. Bookmark this form for future use or submit recent awards that haven't been previously publicized by our office. Learn More >>

Format Your Thesis or Dissertation

Format Your Thesis or Dissertation

Learn how to format your thesis or dissertation using the University’s Microsoft Word template. The Oct.
30 online session includes converting the finished document to PDF and submitting it for review. 
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Collaborating With Industry for Research Projects

The Office of Industry and Economic Partnerships (OIEP) links Pitt's vast research enterprise with the needs of industry through partnerships, technology, investment and talent solutions.

How OIEP can help:
• Structuring collaborative R&D programs
• Navigating internal processes
• Connecting Pitt-related startups with investors
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