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A diagram highlights three red black holes in a galaxy

Rachel Bezanson was on a team of astronomers that detected a black hole in the early universe

Their findings on the supermassive red mass, which combined James Webb Space Telescope observations with gravitational lensing, were published in Nature.

  • Technology & Science
  • Space
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
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A federal grant will create a new drug discovery center at Pitt

Researchers and clinicians at the School of Medicine and UPMC will use the $7.8 million in funding to start the Pitt Translational Center for Microphysiology Systems.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
  • School of Medicine
Bezanson in front of the Allegheny Observatory

Pitt research on small galaxies was published in Nature

Their findings from James Webb Space Telescope observations show they may be responsible for opening the universe to light.

  • Technology & Science
  • Innovation and Research
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Space
Black students at Pitt engage in various activities.

The 1969 publication of Pitt’s Black Action Society is now fully digitized

The annual issue, titled "As-Salaam-Alaikum," highlighted Black student life through artwork, poetry and photos.

  • Community Impact
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Students
  • Alumni
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Jonathan Rubin will chair a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics activity group

In the role, the professor in Pitt’s Department of Mathematics will lead forum discussions on dynamical systems.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Technology & Science
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
A figure of a man on the side of a building

2 Pitt Public Health professors led a Collaborative Filmmaking study on grief

“Visualizing Loss” follows 5 Pennsylvania families and their experience with bereavement after the death of a child.

  • Community Impact
  • Arts and Humanities
  • School of Public Health
Snow falls on a panther statue's face

These are the 2024 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring winners

The annual award recognizes Pitt faculty for outstanding mentoring of graduate students pursuing a research doctorate degree.

  • Faculty
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • Swanson School of Engineering
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Kayla Heffernan won a 2024 POGIL Early Achievement Award

The associate professor of mathematics at Pitt-Greensburg is one of two educators nationwide to receive the honor.

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Pitt-Greensburg
Podob and Crookston stand side-by-side in front of a projector

2 Pitt-Greensburg students presented their honors research on genetics

Their project was led by Assistant Professor of Biology Logan Johnson.

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Pitt-Greensburg
Krishnamurti

Tamar Krishnamurti took part in a NASEM drug forum

The assistant professor of medicine was invited to a panel discussing real-world implementation considerations for in-home opioid disposal systems.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • School of Medicine
A blue flag with a Pitt shield

Brittany Graham earned Best Costuming Designing at the Swedish International Film Festival

The Pitt Stages’ costume shop assistant manager won for her work on “Unsinkable.”

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Liu

Peggy Liu was honored by the Association for Psychological Science for early career contributions

The Ben L. Fryrear Chair in Marketing is recognized as a leading expert on consumer behavior.

  • Innovation and Research
  • Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
A bus travels over a yellow bridge into downtown Pittsburgh

3 Pitt students are the hosts of a new overnight radio program

Undergraduates Jaime Ely, Margaux Rentzel and Ryan Tarabokia discuss national and world news on “KDKA Next Take.”

  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Undergraduate students
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Williams sits on a bench

Amy Williams will be honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

The Pitt professor of music will present her work at the society’s library in the spring.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
People exit through glass doors at the Barco Law Building

Pitt Law’s Securities Arbitration Clinic was invited to an SEC summit

Students will learn from commission staff and discuss the free legal services they provide to investors who lack representation.

  • Community Impact
  • School of Law
a Panther statue at sunset

3 Pitt students competed at the Gorlok Gala debate tournament

Natalie Rose, Rosalind Dong and Wenhao “Dannie” Lyu — all first-year students — performed at one of the most competitive events of the regular season.

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Undergraduate students
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Peart

Senior Alex-Jaden Peart earned a 2024-25 Lionel Pearson Fellowship

The Pitt Bachelor of Philosophy candidate will receive funding for a year of graduate study from the Society for Classical Studies.

  • Global
  • Undergraduate students
  • David C. Frederick Honors College
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Snow falls on a panther statue's face

Pitt researchers’ findings on how scent may help depressed people were published in JAMA Network Open

Kymberly Young led the study, which showed scent could be used in the clinical setting to help stop negative thought cycles and rewire thought patterns, aiding faster healing.

  • Health and Wellness
  • School of Medicine
Chu

Danny Chu was named president-elect of the Society of University Surgeons

The professor of cardiothoracic surgery in the School of Medicine has served as the premier society’s secretary since 2021.

  • Faculty
  • School of Medicine
Miller shakes a person's hand

Junior Zachary Miller won the 2024 Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award

The junior bioengineering major won this year’s prize, granted to a student from any Pitt campus whose service has made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Undergraduate students
  • David C. Frederick Honors College
  • Swanson School of Engineering