Spotlights & News

Books on a shelf
During winter break, Pitt faculty and staff are looking forward to digging in to lots of genres, titles and topics.
The 2018 Pitt United Way Campaign has now raised 70 percent of its overall goal, and new prize winners and events are still coming.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Pitt's Office of Human Resources honored employee service anniversaries at a luncheon event held Dec. 4.
Samantha Balbier
Samantha Balbier joins Pitt from the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership. She begins her new role in early January.
Kate Ledger
Kate Ledger has been named assistant vice chancellor for marketing in the Office of University Communications. She will oversee a University branding initiative and develop campaign strategies to increase Pitt’s visibility and reputation.
University leaders are seeking input from the Pitt community as they prepare to move forward on recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Pitt’s information technology.
The 2018 Women in Medicine and Science Forum featured presentations about wellness, meditation and how to be happier and more productive at work by Pitt faculty and researchers.
The new guide was co-developed by PittServes, the Student Office of Sustainability, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and the Office of Sustainability.
Pitt has signed a letter of intent to purchase 100 percent of the power from a low-impact hydroelectric plant to be built on the Allegheny River at the existing Allegheny Lock and Dam No. 2, just below the Highland Park Bridge.
The partnership will benefit Pitt researchers in teaming up with the medical industry to translate new research discoveries into therapeutic treatments and cures.
Lucy Russell
In the newly created role, Lucy Sankey Russell will bring extensive experience to the Office of the Provost while advising Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd in a variety of capacities.
Adolf Grünbaum
Adolf Grünbaum, who built Pitt’s philosophy program into one of the world’s best, died on Nov. 15 at the age of 95. Grünbaum leaves behind a legacy of prolific and profound contributions to the field of philosophy and to the University of Pittsburgh.
The Socially Responsible Investing Committee hosted two open forums this month to hear opinions about the University of Pittsburgh’s investment strategies. Feedback from the University community is being collected via an online portal.
On Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, Pitt will launch Talent Center, the University’s new talent acquisition, recruiting and onboarding system.
Roger Ferguson
At a recent presentation for staff and faculty on the financial industry and retirement, TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson emphasized the need to take advantage of all the resources made available to employees when it comes to investing and saving for retirement.