University of Pittsburgh

Species interaction dictates a great deal of a location's biodiversity.

Susan Kalisz, professor of biology at the University of Pittsburgh, is linking the diet of deer to the success of the animals' surrounding flora.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Supriya Kumar of the University of Pittsburgh examines how flu outbreaks can be reduced by encouraging workers to use an extra sick day.


Supriya Kumar is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. Her research addresses the impact of social and cognitive factors on behavior related to health with a specific focus on how policy, social environment, and individual social position impact health behaviors. She earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Emily Elliott of the University of Pittsburgh explores aging sewer systems and reveals the threat they pose to the environment.  


Emily Elliott is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research seeks to trace fluxes of reactive nitrogen through atmospheric, terrestrial, and hydrologic systems using isotope geochemistry. She earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University.

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In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Stephen of the University of Pittsburgh explains how your behavior may be influenced by social media connections. 

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Carlos Badenes of the University of Pittsburgh examines the origin of one of the scientific revolution’s most important astronomical events.

Carlos Badenes is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh where his research is focused on stellar evolution and the origins of Type Ia supernovae. He is currently leading an effort to develop data mining techniques to examine the role of binary systems as possible progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Sayette of the University of Pittsburgh explains how alcohol influences social interactions between strangers.


Michael Sayette is a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh where his research interests include the psychological theories of alcohol use and abuse, cigarette smoking, drug craving, and social processes in addiction, alcohol and stress. His findings have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anna Balazs of the University of Pittsburgh explains how a synthetic material could provide robots with a sense of touch.

Dr. Anna Balazs is a distinguished professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests center on theoretical and computational modeling of the thermodynamic and kinetic behavior of polymer blends and composites. She holds a Ph.D. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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