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June 10, 2024

Climate change is deadly. Exactly how deadly? Depends who's counting

"We went from the federal government saying 89 [people died] to another academic institution saying 2,000 and yet another saying 5,000," says Dean Maureen Lichtveld.
Members of the Pitt Staff Council
June 4, 2024

Public Health staff take more than a few seats at the Pitt Staff Council table

Pitt Public Health staff take leading roles on the University of Pittsburgh Staff Council.
Epi alum Kruthika Doreswamy
June 4, 2024

Alum Kruthika Doreswamy (EPI '22) receives Fulbright

Kruthika Doreswamy (EPI '22) is one of 13 Pitt students and alumni to be named award recipients by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Danielle Tufts
May 29, 2024

Pitt professor to deliver key animal healthcare supplies 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.
U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works is the top contributor of PM2.5 air pollution in Allegheny County. Photo credit: Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front
May 29, 2024

Air pollution decreased, but still causes hundreds of deaths a year in Allegheny County

“So steel, coal, other chemical productions, lots of that’s a highly industrial source of PM2.5. That, in some research, has been shown to potentially carry more toxicity than other types of PM 2.5.” explained Department of Environmental and Occupational Health alumna Dr. Gillian Goobie.
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.
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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.
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.