Headlines & Highlights
Physics Team Invents World's Smallest Terahertz Detector
Molecules could soon be “scanned” in a fashion similar to imaging screenings at airports, thanks to a detector developed by Dietrich School physicists.
Physics Professor, Sloan Team, Release Sky Survey Data
“This is our tenth data release since 2001, and we’re not slowing down yet,” said SDSS-III Spokesperson Michael Wood-Vasey, assistant professor of physics and astronomer at the University of Pittsburgh. “Public access to data has always been a key goal of our project. We are proud to continue that tradition today.”
$1 Million Laboratory to Be Constructed at Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology
A new laboratory building valued at $1 million will soon be under construction at Pitt’s Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, attracting researchers from across the world to the facility.
Neuroscience Professor Links Diet Deficits to Hyperactivity in Teens
Diets lacking omega-3 fatty acids—found in foods like wild fish, eggs, and grass-fed livestock—can have worsened effects over consecutive generations, especially affecting teens, according to a Pitt study led by Bita Moghaddam, professor of neuroscience.
Biological Sciences Professor Examines Impact of Exposure to Insecticides on Amphibians
Amphibians exposed to insecticides early in life—even those not yet hatched—have a higher tolerance to those same insecticides later in life, according to a recent Pitt study led by Rick Relyea, professor of biological sciences within the Dietrich School and director of the University’s Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.
Dietrich School Senior Awarded Pearson Prize for Higher Education
Mary Mallampalli, a senior majoring in Spanish, political science, and philosophy within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of a Pearson Prize Fellowship.
Physics Professors Win Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Grant
Sergey M. Frolov, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and W. Vincent Liu, associate professor of physics and astronomy, have received a two-year, $242,310 research grant from The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation for their proposal titled “Topological Quantum Wire Emulators.”
Philosophy, Political Science Receive High Marks in New Rankings
A number of University of Pittsburgh schools and programs have excelled in the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013,” a ranking of the world’s top 200 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds, a global company that provides educational and career information and networking opportunities.
Psychology Professor Leads Pitt Team in Seasonal Affective Disorder Research
Kathryn Roecklein, primary investigator and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, investigated why individuals with seasonal affective disorder incorrectly reported that they slept four more hours a night in the winter.
Dietrich School Junior Wins Fulbright Award
Sara Clark, a junior majoring in anthropology and classics and minoring in religious studies, has been selected to attend the Fulbright Commission Durham University Summer Institute from June 30 to July 27, 2013. This is the third year a Pitt student has a received a competitive UK Summer Fulbright Institute award.