University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It was founded on the edge of the American frontier as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, and evolved into the Western University of Pennsylvania by alteration of its charter in 1819. After surviving two devastating fires and various relocations within the area, the school moved to its current location in the Oakland neighborhood of the city and was renamed to the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. For most of its history Pitt was a private institution, until it became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in 1966.

The university comprises 17 undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges located at its urban Pittsburgh campus, home to the university’s central administration and 28,766 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The university also includes four additional undergraduate schools located at campuses within Western Pennsylvania: Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville. The 132-acre Pittsburgh campus comprises multiple historic buildings of the Schenley Farms Historic District, most notably its 42-story gothic revival centerpiece, the Cathedral of Learning. The campus is situated adjacent to the flagship medical facilities of its closely affiliated University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), as well as the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Schenley Park, and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Les pailles en plastique sur la sellette : en juillet 2018, Seattle et Paris ont pris l’engagement de les bannir. Bert Kaufmann/Wikimedia

Vous reprendrez bien un peu de plastique ?

En 2015, plus de 320 millions de tonnes de polymères (sans compter les fibres synthétiques) ont été produites dans le monde.
Millions of tons of plastic are manufactured every year. Bert Kaufmann/Wikimedia

The world of plastics, in numbers

In 2015, over 320 million tons of polymers, excluding fibers, were manufactured across the globe.
A standee of the movie ‘Rampage’ at a theater in Bangkok, Thailand. Scientists in the film used CRISPR to create a monster. By Sarunyu L/shutterstock.com

Here’s what we know about CRISPR safety – and reports of ‘genome vandalism’

CRISPR has been hailed as the an editing tool that can delete inherited mutations and cure disease. But recent papers suggest that the technique may be too dangerous for use in human therapies.
New procedures are enabling men and women to preserve their fertility until they are ready or able to have children. By kristiillustra/shutterstock.com

40 years after the birth of IVF, researchers push boundaries to preserve fertility in women, men and children

For women and men not ready to have children, there are new ways to preserve fertility. And experimental techniques offer hope for sick children whose treatments jeopardize future childbearing.
Hope and goals for the future, such as graduating from college, can help protect teens from turning to violence. Georgia State University

How a positive outlook on the future may protect teens from violence

Teens who have high hopes for the future were less likely to threaten or injure someone with a weapon, a recent study reports. Could helping youth build dreams for the future also curb violence?
Bright sun and fatty foods are a bad recipe for your DNA. By Tish1/shutterstock.com

How summer and diet damage your DNA, and what you can do

Scientists have long thought that regions of DNA called telomeres control how long you live. We are now learning that it is your diet and lifestyle that shape your telomeres, not the other way around.
The decline in international students studying in the U.S. has worldwide implications. Vladimir Mucibabic/www.shutterstock.com

How the US benefits when it educates future world leaders

As the number of international students studying in the United States declines, so does the nation's 'soft power,' a pair of international education scholars argue.
Jarrius Robertson, a liver transplant survivor, runs the football at the Jan. 27, 2018 Pro Bowl practice in Kissimmee, Florida. AP Photo/Gregory Payan

How live liver transplants could save thousands of lives

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to emphasize the importance of organ donation. It is also a good time to learn about a major medical advance that allows liver transplants from living donors.
What do the most disadvantaged students need for college success? Commencement image via www.shutterstock.com

Is a tuition-free policy enough to ensure college success?

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called for making colleges and universities debt-free or tuition-free. Disadvantaged students need more than free college to achieve success.

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