Pitt Connection

January 2016


Pitt Is It San Francisco

The University of Pittsburgh is heading to San Francisco to visit our alumni on the west coast. Join us and special guest Chancellor Patrick Gallagher for a reception in San Francisco on January 22.

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Pitt Is It DC

The Pitt Alumni Association and the Office of Community and Governmental Relations are sponsoring a series of networking and social activities during the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Week in Washington, DC with Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, faculty, administrators, coaches, and former Pitt athletes. Mark your calendars and plan to join us to meet and network with Pitt leadership, fellow alumni, and legislators at receptions, presentations, and the tournament.

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Pitt Club Game Watches

Thank you to all of the Pitt Clubs who hosted Military Bowl Game watches! If you are interested in holding game watches for basketball season, please contact Kenny Donaldson at ked92@pitt.edu for locations inside of Pennsylvania or Ron Idoko at roi2@pitt.edu for locations outside of Pennsylvania.

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CNN Commentator Fareed Zakaria is Coming to Pitt

The panel will look at the surrounding issues and myths of whether the liberal arts are suffering and what, exactly, constitutes a "good" education and an educated person. We are planning a high-prestige panel from inside and outside the University including CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, author of In Defense of a Liberal Education, and host of CNN's flagship international program, Fareed Zakarai GPS.

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Christmas Day at Pitt

For the 10th consecutive year, Pitt provided meals, along with winter essentials for all and gifts for children, to those in need from across the region on Christmas day. A partnership between the University, food service provider Sodexo, and the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania, Christmas Day at Pitt has grown steadily over the years, becoming a tradition for many of the guests and the volunteers.

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Pediatric Medication Poisonings More Likely in Poor, Rural Areas

Children younger than 5 who live in economically disadvantaged areas had a greater risk of medication poisoning that resulted in referral to a health care facility, according to scientists at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health and the University of California, San Diego. These areas were rural and experienced high unemployment, along with lower rates of high school graduation and lower household income.

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One Hookah Tobacco Smoking Session Delivers 25 Times the Tar of a Single Cigarette

As cigarette smoking rates fall, more people are smoking tobacco from hookahs—communal pipes that enable users to draw tobacco smoke through water. A new meta-analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows that hookah smokers are inhaling a large load of toxicants. 

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Racial Bias May Be Conveyed by Doctors’ Body Language

Physicians give less compassionate nonverbal cues when treating seriously ill black patients compared with their white counterparts, a small University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine trial revealed. It is the first to look at such interactions in a time-pressured, end-of-life situation.

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