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Firoz Abdoel Wahid and Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH
May 21, 2024

Faculty honored for teaching excellence

Two faculty members have received special recognition for their teaching expertise.
Vice Dean Jessica Burke and Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Sara Baumann
May 17, 2024

Media project gives families outlet to help process grief of losing a child

Vice Dean Jessica Burke and Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Sara Baumann developed the collaborative filmmaking model as a research tool to let people tell their own stories.
Photo credit: Los Angeles Times
May 16, 2024

Deadly overdoses fell in the U.S. for the 1st time in 5 years, new estimates show

“You can make a case that it’s come down, but it’s come down because the covid impact is less now,” said Burke, dean emeritus.
Danielle Tufts
May 16, 2024

Pitt researcher combines sustainability efforts, education and research in trip to Bolivia

The amount of waste from expired and unused lab supplies always bothered Pitt researcher Danielle Tufts. But after reading about a sanctuary that rescues animals from abuse, illegal pet trade and wildlife trafficking in Bolivia, she saw an opportunity.
Priscila Castanha, Ph.D.
May 15, 2024

New synthetic biomarker technology differentiates between prior zika and dengue infections

A newly discovered Zika virus-specific synthetic molecule is capable of differentiating Zika-immune patient samples from samples of patients previously infected with the related dengue virus.
Amy Hartman and Dara Méndez
May 13, 2024

Dara Méndez and Amy Hartman selected as Health Sciences Ascending Star Awardees

Congratulations to Dara Méndez, associate director of the center for health equity and associate professor of epidemiology and Amy Hartman, associate professor of infectious diseases and microbiology, on receiving 2024 Ascending Star Awards.
Nicole Leckenby
May 7, 2024

Staff Spotlight: The Many Faces of Nicole Leckenby

There is more than one Nicole Leckenby.

One of them is on staff in the School of Public Health, where she is a post-award grants administrator for the Department of Epidemiology. Another is vice president of the Pleasant Hills Borough Council. Another is “soccer mom” to sons Liam and Colin, and wife to husband Brian, an information technology professional. Then there’s the one who writes children’s books.

BSPH students
May 6, 2024

Announcing ASPPH's public health education enhancement and development (PHEED) grant recipients

Congratulations to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program on being awarded one of the inaugural Public Health Education Enhancement and Development (PHEED) grants!
Anne Newman
May 3, 2024

Grant funds study of inflammation’s effect on heart, brain health

Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, former professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, is coprincipal investigator on a $1.2 million, four-year study being funded by the American Heart Association.
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April 30, 2024

Virus gone wild: Which wild animals carry the COVID-19 virus? An ambitious U.S. project aims to find out

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Chair Suresh Kuchipudi, and others aim to collect and analyze more than 24,000 samples from 58 wildlife species over the next 2 years.
SPH Graduation 2024
April 29, 2024

Pitt Public Health’s 2024 graduation ceremony celebrates both undergraduate and graduate students

In an historic first, the 2024 Pitt Public Health graduation ceremony included nine graduates from the school’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree program, along with more than 240 master’s and doctoral-level graduates.
Mark Roberts
April 24, 2024

CDC grant funds vaccine-support tool

A $1 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will fund a decision-support toolkit being developed by the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) to increase vaccine acceptance and vaccination rates.
University of Pittsburgh
April 23, 2024

Pitt is launching an Office of Sustainability in the Health Sciences

“The new Office of Sustainability will accelerate the transdisciplinary opportunities across the health sciences,” said Dean Maureen Lichtveld.
Photo credit: DJAFFAR AL KATANTY/REUTERS
April 22, 2024

Africa intensifies battle against mpox as ‘alarming’ outbreaks continue

The global outbreak helped bring new attention to mpox and led to a boom in research, Jean Nachega associate professor of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Epidemiology says, but almost all of it came in Europe and North America.
Art Heals Exhibit
April 22, 2024

ART Heals Pittsburgh showcases the role of community art in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Through the collaboration of professors Sara Baumann and Jessica Burke, ART Heals Pittsburgh showcases 27 artists from the greater Pittsburgh region.