Art Levine's columns in new book

A favorite magazine section is now a book! Get your copy of Jumping Spiders and One-Eyed Lambs, a compilation of Art Levine's columns.

Anantha Shekhar chairs Pitt's Healthcare Advisory Group

Anantha Shekhar is an MD/PhD and nationally recognized educator, researcher, entrepreneur, and leader in medicine. He chairs Pitt’s Healthcare Advisory Group, which is charged with recommending University-wide health standards and guidelines that are needed for immediate planning around returning operations to the University’s campuses, as well as for monitoring and revising those requirements as the University adapts to the changing environment. For more information, visit

Perspective on two frightening outbreaks 

Sunday, April 12, 2020, is the 65th anniversary of the announcement that the killed-virus polio vaccine--developed here at the University of Pittsburgh--was safe and effective. To mark the occasion, we bring you the perspective and advice of someone who has faced two frightening disease outbreaks up close. Meet David Harding, a Pitt instructor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

The West Wing 

Sixty-five years after breaking ground for Scaife Hall, Pitt readies for a renovation and expansion that’s fit for the future of med ed. Read more in our Spring 2019 issue story.

Joyeux Noël, Docteur 

On May 22, 2015, Pitt Med alum Henri Ford (Fel ’89, ’93) led the first separation of conjoined twins in Haiti. (Actually, there were three wombmates all together: Michelle, Marian, and Tamar Bernard.) For Christmas last year, the family sent Ford this video postcard of the triplets caroling beneath a tree.

Read more in our Summer 2018 issue story, "With Love, from Haiti."

Courtesy David Bernard.


Pitt is it

New Yorkers are getting schooled on Pitt. This spring, a Times Square jumbotron spot featured some juicy brag points, including:

#1 Public University in the Northeast
Wall Street Journal

Top 5% Universities Globally
U.S. News and World Report

See our name in lights here!

Darth Fish

Our Spring 2016 issue cover model is a 6-day-old zebra fish. This video was snagged during a weeklong international microscopy course at Mount Desert Biological Laboratory, in Maine, co-led by Pitt cell biologist Simon Watkins. Watkins created the image with Michael Davis, of Nikon Instruments, USA, and Sandra Reiger, a Mount Desert faculty member. Watkins notes that some midnight oil was burned on the project; the video is a montaged 3D reconstruction, captured with an “exotic and highly specialized multiphoton microscope,” he says. “The obvious parallel between a zebra fish and a star destroyer is highlighted.” Yes, he is referring to Star Wars

"The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" was composed by John Williams.

Blood beneath your feet

Take a ride through the pneumatic tubes that run underground between the Clinical Labs Building and UPMC hospitals in Oakland. Read the story behind the tubes in our Spring 2015 issue.

Video courtesy of UPMC/Pitt Health Sciences Media Relations.

Visualizing tinnitus

Using an imaging technique called flavoprotein autofluorescence, Pitt’s Thanos Tzounopoulos showed that the dorsal cochlear nucleus—the first nucleus that ushers sound signals into the brain—is more active in mice with tinnitus (top video) than in healthy mice (bottom).
For more information on the emerging neuroscience of tinnitus, see our Winter 2011/12 feature story, "Static."
And here's a link to our award-winning Pitt Medcast on Tzounopoulos's work, "Tinnitus."

Videos courtesy Thanos Tzounopoulos.