When Kristin Kropf, an instructional designer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), spotted Roc the Panther at the Chancellor’s Fifth Annual Staff and Faculty Appreciation Picnic, her colleague, Noreen Doloughty, thought it was the perfect chance to grab a quick photo. Doloughty, an assistant in DBMI, had an older picture with Roc, but wanted to replace it with a photo in athletics' new colors — which she loves.
Doloughty, who came to Pitt in late 2016 after a decade at UPMC in Oakland, has attended the chancellor's picnic for the past three years. “It’s a chance to be back ‘home’ — biomedical informatics is off-campus,” she said. “It was such a great atmosphere and such a beautiful day!”
Located on Baum Boulevard near Negley Avenue, DBMI includes projects exploring areas like genomic data mining, natural language processing, machine learning and more. In addition to providing support for multiple faculty members at DBMI, Doloughty also handles communications projects and social media within the department, managing its presence on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as updating the department website.
Doloughty wins a month-long membership at the University Club, where she has attended events as a member of the University’s Veterans Affinity Group and spoke at a Stories of Service event sponsored by the Office of Veterans Services.
Besides winning top prize, Doloughty said the photo contest was a good experience within DBMI. “People seem to have gotten a kick out of it and I’m happy I was able to be part of that.”