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November 20, 2014


Thursday 20

Sidney Watson of St. Louis University Law School will deliver the Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry today, Nov. 20, at 12:30 pm in the Barco ground floor courtroom. Watson will speak on “Medicaid Expansion Policy, Politics & Waivers: Pennsylvania & Beyond.”

Sidney Watson of St. Louis University Law School will deliver the Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry today, Nov. 20, at 12:30 pm in the Barco ground floor courtroom. Watson will speak on “Medicaid Expansion Policy, Politics & Waivers: Pennsylvania & Beyond.”

Medicine Seminar

“Making Sense of Transmembrane Voltage-Sensing by Voltage-Gated Ion Channels,”

Douglas Tobias, UC-Irvine;

6014 BST3, 11 am

ADRC Lecture

“How Does the Brain Break Our Hearts? A Neurobiological Perspective on Stress & Cardiovascular Disease,”

Peter Gianaros;

Montefiore ADRC conf. rm., noon

Epidemiology Seminar

“Hypothetical Interventions to Reduce Racial Disparities in Preterm Birth,”

Ashley Naimi, McGill;

public health aud., noon

EOH Seminar

“Pulmonary Responses to Inhalation of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes,”

Vincent Castranova, WVU;

540 Bridgeside Pt., noon


Nordenberg Law/Medicine/Psychiatry Lecture

“Medicaid Expansion Policy, Politics & Waivers: Pennsylvania & Beyond,”

Sidney Watson, St. Louis U;

ground fl. courtrm. Barco, 12:30 pm

Chemistry Seminar

“Beyond Molecular Conduction: Optical, Thermal & Spin Selective Effects in Molecular Conduction Junctions,”

Abraham Nitzan, Tel Aviv U;

150 Chevron, 2:30 pm

Office of Academic Career Development Workshop

“Teaching: The Basics of Best Practices,”

Carol DeArment & Kevin Craig;

O’Hara ballrm., 3-5 pm


Geology & Planetary Science Colloquium

“Field Emissions From Marcellus Shale Drilling,”

Albert Presto, CMU;

11 Thaw, 4 pm

CNBC Colloquium

“Communication Through Coherence,”

Pascal Fries;

6014 BST3, 4 pm


Chemistry Seminar

“Confocal & 3X STED Imaging of Mitochondria: TOM20 Green Mitochondrial ATPase Red”;

S100 BST, 4 pm

Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy Event

“A Visit With Mr. Lincoln,”

Jim Getty;

Connolly Ballrm. Alumni, 4:30 pm


French & Italian Film Colloquium

“Maurice Pialat, Abdellatif Kechiche, Bruno Dumont: Cinema & the Challenge of the Body,”

Rémi Fontanel;

1228 CL, 5:30 pm

Women’s Basketball Hoopla Reception

Petersen Campus View Club, 5:30 pm


Women’s Basketball Vs. MI;

Petersen, 7 pm

Contemporary Writers Lecture

Noviolet Bulawayo;

FFA aud., 8:30 pm


Friday 21

The University Library System will celebrate its annual Audubon Day on Nov. 21.   Original Audubon prints will be on display 9 am-4:45 pm in 363 Hillman Library.

The University Library System will celebrate its annual Audubon Day on Nov. 21. Original Audubon prints will be on display 9 am-4:45 pm in 363 Hillman Library.

SBDC Workshop

“The 2nd Step: Developing a Business Plan”;

Mervis, 7:30-10 am


Audubon Day

363 Hillman Library, 9 am-4:45 pm;

“Passenger Pigeons,”

Chris Kubiak, Audubon Society of W. PA;

Amy E. Knapp Rm., gr. fl. Hillman, 10 am-noon

CIDDE Workshop

“CourseWeb: Using the Grade Center”;

B26 Alumni, 10 am


Psychiatry Lecture

“Depression in Families: Treating Mothers & Helping Children,”

Myrna Weissman, Columbia;

WPIC aud., noon

Design, Biostatistics & Epidemiology Journal Club

109 Parran, noon

UCSUR Seminar

“The Potential of Tracking Technologies for Research in the Social Sciences,”

Noam Shoval, U of Jerusalem;

UCSUR 3343 Forbes Ave., noon


History Lecture

“Making Mosques in America & Japan, or How Islam Went Truly Global,”

Nile Green, UCLA;

3703 Posvar, noon

Medical Education Grand Rounds

“Continuing Challenges of the Hidden Curriculum of Professional Identity Formation: Old ‘Friends’ & New Conundrums,”

Frederic Hafferty, U of MN;

Scaife 4th fl. lect. rm. 1, noon


Moroccan Culture Event

“A Conversation Over Tea & Pastries,”

Abdesalam Soudi;

156 CL, noon


Senate Budget Policies Committee Mtg.

1817 CL, 1:10 pm

Anthropology Colloquium

“Biocultural Hope: Reforestaion in Costa Rica’s Highlands,”

Eben Kirksey, U South Wales;

3106 Posvar, 3 pm

Allegheny Observatory Lecture

“The Hydrogen Sky: Probing the Universe Through the 21-cm Signal,”

Tabitha Voytek, CMU;

Riverview Park, North Side, 7:30 pm

(RSVP: 412/321-2400)

Saturday 22

Heinz Chapel Vow Renewals

Heinz Chapel, 2:30 pm

(registration required: 4-4157)

Football Vs. Syracuse;

Heinz Field, 3:30 pm

Sunday 23

Episcopal Service

Heinz Chapel, 11 am


Monday 24

Chemistry Seminar

“Biomaterials & Biotechnology: From the Discovery of the First Angiogenesis Inhibitors to the Development of Controlled Drug Delivery Systems & the Foundation of Tissue Engineering,”

Robert Langer, MIT;

150 Chevron, 4 pm

Tuesday 25

Senate Admissions & Student Aid Committee Mtg.

229 Alumni, noon

Basic & Translational Research Seminar

“‘Lost in Translation’ in Urologic Oncology,”

Stefan Duensing, U of Heidelberg;

Hillman Cancer Ctr. Cooper classrm. D, noon


Medicine Fellows Educational Conf.

“Journal Jeopardy 1”;

Presby conf. rm. M2, noon


MMR Seminar

“Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Chronic Kidney Diseases,”

Partha Biswas;

Rangos aud., noon


MWRI Work-in-Progress Seminar

“Development of Radiotracers for PET Imaging of Primary Breast Tumors & Metastases,”

Carolyn Anderson;

MWRI 1st fl. conf. ctr., noon

Christmas Concert

Heinz Chapel Choir;

Heinz Chapel, 5:15 pm

Wednesday 26

• Thanksgiving recess. No classes through Nov. 30.

Women’s Basketball Vs. Radford;

Petersen, 2 pm

Thursday 27

• University closed through Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Saturday 29

Heinz Chapel Choir Holiday Concert

Heinz Chapel, 8 pm

(also Nov. 30 at 3 pm; 4-7529)

Sunday 30

Women’s Basketball Vs. Loyola (MD);

Petersen, 2 pm


Monday 1

• Classes resume.

Flow Cytometry Workshop

Hillman Cancer Ctr. 2.42 pod lunch area, 9 am

CIDDE TA Workshop

“Teaching With PowerPoint”;

G74 Hillman, 10 am


CRSP Lecture

“Reinventing the Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century,”

Frederick Thieman, Buhl Foundation;

2017 CL, noon


Tuesday 2

Faculty & Staff Development Program

“Microsoft Excel 2010 Fundamentals,”

Vernon Franklin;

302 Bellefield, 9 am-noon


Philosophy of Science Talk

“Evolving to Generalize: Trading Speed for Precision,”

Cailin O’Connor, UC-Irvine;

817R CL, 12:05 pm


Molecular Biology How-To Talk

“Manipulation of Promiscuous MicroRNAs in the Cell,”

Jadranka Milosevic;

Falk Library classrm. 2, 2 pm


Faculty Assembly Mtg.

2700 Posvar, 3 pm

Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar

“IGF Regulation of Breast Cancer Initiation & Progression,”

Adrian Lee;

1395 BST, 3:30 pm


Greensburg Campus Poetry Reading

Meghan Tutolo;

Chambers Fireside Lounge, UPG, 7 pm

Wednesday 3

Faculty & Staff Development Programs

“An Introduction to Social Media: Networking on the Web,”

342 Craig;

“Research Contract Administration,”

Kelly Downing, B21 UClub;

9-11 am


Holiday Open House

PITT Shop, Maggie & Stella’s, Oakland Bakery & U Store on 5th,

11 am-3 pm

CIDDE TA Workshops

“Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement,”

11 am;

“Dealing With Difficult Situations in the Classroom,”

3 pm;

G74 Hillman


MMG Seminar

James Broach, PSU;

503 Bridgeside Pt. 2, noon

Dental Medicine Clinical Research Lecture

“Treating Head & Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach,”

Sally Farah;

458 Salk, noon

HSLS Workshop

“Primer Design & Restriction Analysis,”

Carrie Iwema;

Falk Library classrm. 2, 1-3 pm (

Greensburg Campus Prospective Student Information Session

UPG, 5-7 pm

(registration required: 724/836-9880)

Pitt Symphony Orchestra Concert

Bellefield aud., 8 pm

Thursday 4

Office of Academic Career Development Workshop

“Developing Competitive Grant Applications,”

Bruce Freeman & Peter Friedman;

S120 BST, 8:30-10:30 am


Faculty & Staff Development Program

“Understanding Your Personality in the Workplace,”

Mark Burdsall & Maureen Lazar;

342 Craig, 9 am-12:30 pm


HSLS Workshop

“Painless PubMed,”

Pat Weiss;

Falk Library classrm. 1, noon


Epidemiology Seminar

“Reducing Risky Sex Among College Students: Prospects for Context-Specific Interventions,”

Christina Mair;

public health aud., noon

EOH Seminar

“Development & Applications of Fluorogenic Chemosensors for Toxic Metals & Reactive Oxygen Species,”

Kazunori Koide;

540  Bridgeside Pt., noon


Holiday Concert

Pitt Jazz Ensemble;

Bellefield aud., 8 pm



“On Causal Geometries,”

Jonathan Holland;

Nov. 20, 427 Thackeray, 10 am


“Urbanicity, Income & Academic & Behavioral Functioning Across Childhood: Longitudinal Associations & Mediating Mechanisms,”

Portia Miller;

Nov. 20, 4401 Sennott, 10 am


“Assessing Knowledge Production System for Evidence-Based Studies: Terrorism Research, 1992-2013,”

Alla Khadka;

Nov. 20, 3913 Posvar, noon

A&S/History & Philosophy of Science

“Interventionist Causation in Physical Science,”

Karen Zwier;

Nov. 20, 1001D CL, 2 pm


“Theoretical & Experimental Explorations of Charge Transfer in Small Molecules & Peptide Nucleic Acids,”

Xing Yin;

Nov. 21, 307 Eberly, 1 pm

A&S/Computer Science

“Efficient, Locally-Enforceable Querier Privacy for Distributed Database Systems,”

Nicholas Farnan;

Nov. 21, 5317 Sennott, 2:30 pm

Medicine/Computational Biology

“Distributed Spectral Graph Methods for Analyzing Large-Scale Unstructured Biomedical Data,”

Shannon Quinn;

Nov. 24, 6501 Gates-Hillman Complex, CMU, 9 am

SHRS/Health Information Management

“An Investigation of User Interface Design & Development of a Mobile Health System for Individuals With Dexterity Impairments,”

Daihua Yu;

Nov. 24, 4015 Forbes Twr., 10 am

Public Health/Health Policy & Management

“Health Care System, Provider & Patient Predictors of Medication Use & Prescribing Quality,”

Yan Tang;

Nov. 24, 109 Parran, 11:30 am

Medicine/Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology

“Site-Specific Structure & Dynamics of Polyglutamine-Containing Amyloid Fibrils & the Caveolin Scaffolding Domain by Magic Angle Spinning Solid-State NMR,”

Cody Hoop;

Nov. 24, 1018 BST3, 1 pm


“Synthesis of Neopeltolide & Analogs, Sulfur-Containing Heterocycles & Enantioenriched Allylated Chromenes,”

Yubo Cui;

Nov. 25, 307 Eberly, 9 am


“Killing Turnus: A Reading of Aeneas, Man of Action,”

Andrew Korzeniewski;

Nov. 25, 5601 Sennott, 10 am

Public Health/Behavioral & Community Health Sciences

“Gays in the Neighborhood: How Neighborhood & Context Impacts HIV & Substance Use Risks & Resiliences of Gay, Bisexual & Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in New York City,”

James Egan;

Nov. 25, Keystone Bldg. 2nd fl. conf. rm., 1 pm

Public Health/Environmental & Occupational Health

“Hybrid Dispersion/Land Use Regression Modeling for Improving Air Pollutant Concentration Estimates,”

Drew Michanowicz;

Dec. 1, Bridgeside Pt. 5th fl. conf. rm., 1 pm

Public Health/Biostatistics

“Dynamic Prediction Models for Data With Competing Risks,”

Qing Liu;

Dec. 1, 109 Parran, 2 pm


“Multiplexing Techniques in Quantitative Proteomics to Study Disease,”

Adam Evans;

Dec. 1, 307 Eberly, 3 pm

Public Health/Epidemiology

“Vascular Remodeling Associated With Pregnancy,”

Nancy Niemczyk;

Dec. 2, 110 Parran, 9 am

A&S/Computer Science

“Adapting the Scheduling of Illustrations & Graphs to Learners in Conceptual Physics Tutoring,”

Michael Lipschultz;

Dec. 2, 5317 Sennott, 10 am


“Coupled Groundwater & Surface-Water Flows: Effect of Small-Value Parameters & Numerical Methods,”

Marina Moraiti;

Dec. 2, 427 Thackeray, 10:30 am

Public Health/Biostatistics

“Inference on Quantile Residual Life for Length Biased Survival Data,”

Samia Lopa;

Dec. 2, 309B Parran, 11 am

Public Health/Environmental & Occupational Health

“Exposure Assessment Methods for Examining the Role of Non-Chemical Stressors in Environmental Health Disparities,”

Jessie Carr Shmool;

Dec. 3, Bridgeside Pt. 5th fl. conf. rm., 1 pm

A&S/Physics & Astronomy

“The Schwinger-Dyson Equations & Gluon Bound States of QCD,”

Joseph Meyers;

Dec. 3, 321 Allen, 1 pm

Public Health/Epidemiology

“Determinants of Depressive Symptom Trajectories Among Older Adults in Community & Treatment Settings,”

Stephen Smagula;

Dec. 3, 309B Parran, 2 pm

Medicine/Molecular Virology & Microbiology

“New Insights & Novel Treatments for VZV-Induced Pain in a Rat Model of Postherpetic Neuralgia,”

Jean-Marc Guedon;

Dec. 4, 1495 BST, 10 am

Public Health/Biostatistics

“Semiparametric Estimation Procedures Using Local Polynomial Smoothing for Inconsistently Sampled Longitudinal Data,”

Lei Ye;

Dec. 4, A115 Crabtree, 11 am

Public Health/Epidemiology

“Using GIS to Link SEER-Medicare & California Pesticide Data: A Population-Based Case-Control Study of Pesticide Exposure & Hepatocellular Carcinoma Risk,”

Trang VoPham;

Dec. 4, UPMC Cancer Pavilion conf. rm. 4C, 11:30 am


“Probing Molecular Interactions in Metal-Ab Complexes & Supramolecular Coiled Coil Assemblies Using Electron Spin Resonance,”

Ishara Silva;

Dec. 4, 307 Eberly, 2 pm

A&S/Hispanic Languages & Literatures

“Juan García Ponce, ‘el místico sin fe’ hacia una reinterpretación de su itinerario intellectual,”

Enrique Esquivel;

Dec. 4, 1528 CL, 2:30 pm


Pitt Stages Production

“Avenue Q”;

Studio Theatre CL, through Nov. 23, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm


PICT Production

“Great Expectations”;

Charity Randall Theatre, Dec. 3-20



“Restrike: Uncovering the Life & Work of Gertrude Quastler” is on exhibit at Frick Fine Arts Gallery through Dec. 5.

“Restrike: Uncovering the Life & Work of Gertrude Quastler” is on exhibit at Frick Fine Arts Gallery through Dec. 5.

Bradford Campus Exhibit

“Picture Perfect”;

through Dec. 5, KOA Lobby, Blaisdell, UPB


FFA Exhibit

“Restrike: Uncovering the Life & Work of Gertrude Quastler”;

through Dec. 5, FFA Gallery, M-F 10 am-4 pm

Special Collections Exhibit

“Reading Goethe”;

363 Hillman, through Dec. 12, Sun 10 am-F 10 pm, Sat 9 am-10 pm


Hillman Library Exhibit

“All In: The University in the Great War”;

Hillman Library gr. fl., through Dec. 13, Sun 10 am-F 10 pm, Sat 9 am-10 pm


Barco Library Exhibit

“The Surface,”

Ruth Drescher;

through Jan. 23, Th 7:30 am-10 pm, F 7:30 am-5 pm (8-1376)


OMET Teaching Survey

Response deadline is Dec. 7.


Basic to Clinical Collaborative Research Pilot Program

Submission deadline is Dec. 15.


Sustainable Innovation Grant

Proposals due Jan. 30.


Event Deadline

The next issue of the University Times will include University & on-campus events of Dec. 4-Jan. 8. Information for events during that period must be received by 5 pm on Nov. 26. Send information to


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For deadlines, see the current publication schedule.

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