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March 8, 2018


Friday, March 9

University spring holiday; University offices closed


Saturday, March 10

Spring recess for students ends

Sunday, March 11

Special Olympics Allegheny County Basketball Tournament
Fitzgerald Field House and Trees Hall, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Information: Special Olympic website)

Heinz Chapel Concert
Pittsburgh Trombone Project; Heinz Chapel, 3 p.m.

Dr. King and Archbishop Iakovos Tribute
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 250 N. Highland Avenue, 15206; 4 p.m. (Information: Download the PDF)

Monday, March 12

TIAA Updates Information Session Webinar
10 a.m. (Register online: TIAA Webinar)

Department of Sociology Colloquium
“Ascriptive Organizational Stigma in an Immigrant Nonprofit Sector,” Ali Chaudhary, Rutgers University; 2432 Posvar Hall, Noon

 Marshall S. Levy Memorial Lecture
“Lyme Arthritis 40 Years After its Discover,” Allen Steere; 1105 AB Scaife Hall Conference Room, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

Philosophy of Science Talk
“Mermin in Bananaworld: Bub on Quantum Mechanics,” Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota; 817R Cathedral of Learning, 12:05 p.m.

Staff Council Town Hall Meeting
Staff Tuition Education Benefits; O’Hara Student Center Ballroom; Noon (Registration: Staff Council event)

Faculty Assembly Meeting
2700 Posvar Hall, 3 p.m.

School of Education Screening and Discussion
“Precious Knowledge,” Curtis Acosta, University of Arizona South; O’Hara Student Center Ballroom, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14

TIAA Updates Information Session
121 David Lawrence Hall, 9 a.m. (Information: Office of Human Resources)

Department of Medicine Screening and Discussion 
“Your Health: A Sacred Matter”; Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6, 4 p.m.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Screening
“Unrest”; 4060 Forbes Tower, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 15

Senate Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Advocacy Committee Meeting
826 Cathedral of Learning, Noon

Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns Discussion
“Spotlight on Women Leaders at Pitt,” Patricia Beeson; Kathy Humphrey; Geovette Washington; William Pitt Union Assembly Room, Noon (Information: Diversity Website)

Hillman Library Lecture
“Anatomy of Hillman Library,” Carnard Grisby, University Architect; Hillman Library Thornburgh Room, 4 p.m. (Information: Hillman 50 webpage)

Friday, March 16

The new 457(b) plan and the streamlined investment menu updates to the University Retirement Savings Plan are available.

Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Workshop
“2nd Step: Developing a Business Plan”; 114 Mervis Hall, 7:30 a.m. (Information: Entrepreneur Events)

Senior Vice Chancellor for Research Seminar
“Molecular Mechanisms of Dopamine Release,” Zachary Freyberg, Departments of Psychiatry and Cell Biology; Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6, Noon

Senate Budget Policies Committee Meeting
1817 Cathedral of Learning, 2 p.m

Pitt–Bradford Campus Town Hall Meeting for Provost Search
Harriett B. Wick Chapel, Pitt–Bradford Campus, 2:30 p.m. (Information: Provost Search website)

Office of Child Development Lecture
“Beyond the Walls of Academe: Rewards and Challenges of Community Engagement,” Christina Groark; 5604 Posvar Hall, 3 p.m.

Philosophy of Science Talk
“Local ‘Theory’ of Mind and Why it Matters,” Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University; 817R Cathedral of Learning, 3:30 p.m.

Archeological Institute of America for the Department of Classics
“Rethinking ‘Greco-Egyptian Magical Gems’: Contact and User Choice,” Caitlin Barrett, Cornell University; 313 Cathedral of Learning, 5:30- 6:30 p.m.

The American Experience Distinguished Lecture
“Cultural Trends Shaping iGen: Individualism, Insecurity, Internet, and In No Hurry to Grow Up,” Jean Twenge, San Diego State University; The Twentieth Century Club Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 17

Department of Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Workshop
“Pittsburgh Plato Day: Plato and His Ancient Readers”; 332 Cathedral of Learning, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Dhirana: National Dance Competition
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 4:45 p.m. (Information: Dhirana)

Music on the Edge
counter)induction; Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 8 p.m. (Information: Music on the Edge)

Sunday, March 18

Pitt Jazz Composers Concert
Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Heinz Chapel Concert
“An Afternoon of Chamber Music,” Roger Zahab; Heinz Chapel, 3 p.m.

Monday, March 19

Senate Educational Policies Committee Meeting
826 Cathedral of Learning, 3 p.m.

Senate Plant Utilization and Planning Committee Meeting
272 Hillman Library, 3 p.m. 

History of Art & Architecture Showcase
“HAAARCH: Undergraduate Research, Creative Work and Achievement”; University Art Gallery and Frick Fine Arts Building, 4-6 p.m. (Information: HAAARCH)

Department of History Lecture
“China-Africa Railway Crossings:  Building the TAZARA Railway,”  Jamie Monson, Michigan State University: 3703 Posvar Hall, 4:30-6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20

Pitt Day in Harrisburg
Buses depart at 7 am from Bigelow Boulevard near Soldiers & Sailors garage entrance (Information: Pitt Day)

Basic and Translational Research Seminar
“Small Molecule Mcl-1 Inhibitors Targeting Apoptotic Pathways: Emerging Anticancer Agents and Apoptosis Sensitizers,” Zaneta Nikolovska-Coleska, University of Michigan; UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Conference Center, Room D, Noon

Department of French & Italian Theatrical Workshop
“Performing Francophone Geographies,” Le’mil Eiland; Heymann Theater, Noon

Senate Community Relations Committee Meeting
270 Mervis Hall, Noon

The Discussions on Governance Lecture
“A Decade of Drones in America,”Ryan Call, University of Washington School of Law; University Club, Ballroom B, Noon

Department of French & Italian Film Screening
“Mariannes Noires,” Mame-Fatou Niang, Director, Carnegie Mellon University; William Pitt Union, Kurtzmann Room, 2-4 p.m.

Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Lecture
“Periodismo y literatura en Jorges Luis Borges,” Sylvia Saítta, Universidad de Buenos Aires-conicet; William Pitt Union, Dining Room B, 3:30-5:00 pm

Hillman Library Faculty Book Talk
“Behaving: What’s Genetic, What’s Not and Why Should We Care?” Kenneth Schaffner; Hillman Library Thornburgh Room, 1st floor, 4:30 p.m.

Inaugural Philip Watts Memorial Lecture
“The Water Crisis in Senegalese Literature and Film,” Richard Watts, University of Washington; 602 Cathedral of Learning, Humanities Center, 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

Senate Athletics Committee Meeting
Petersen Events Center, Minno Conference Room, 11 a.m.

Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Symposium
“Future Directions in Borges Studies”; 602 Cathedral of Learning, 1 p.m. (Through March 22; Information: Symposium program)

Senate Council Meeting
2700 Posvar Hall, 3 p.m.

Department of Classics Lecture
“‘Out of the Forum’: Catullus the Epicurean?” Monica Gale, Trinity College Dublin; 206 Cathedral of Learning, 4:30 p.m.

Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program Screening and Discussion

“Gender, Fantasy and Feminism”; 232 Cathedral of Learning, 6 p.m. (Information: GSWS event)

Thursday, March 22

Center on Race and Social Problems Lecture
“Race and Compounded Adversity: Evidence From the New York City Longitudinal Survey of Well-Being,” Kathryn Neckerman, Columbia University; Cathedral of Learning, School of Social Work Conference Center, Room 2017, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Information: CRSP Events)

Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Seminar
“Inflammation, Immunity and Hypertension,” David Harrison, Vanderbilt University; 1105 AB Scaife Hall Conference Room, Noon

Edmund R. Michalik Distinguished Lecture
“Evolutionary Dynamics,” Martin Nowak, Harvard University; Wyndham Hotel, Schenley Ballroom, 2 p.m. (Information: Mathematics’ events)

Senate Library Committee Meeting
272 Hillman Library, 3 p.m.

Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program Screening
“Sexuality, Queerness, Re-Construction and Mimicry,” Sharlene Bamboat, Artist; Scaife Hall Auditorium 6, 4 p.m. (Information: GSWS events)


Arts and Sciences/Chemistry
“Strain-enabled Phosphination and Fluorination Reactions,” John Milligan; March 8, 307 Eberly Hall, 2 p.m.

Arts and Sciences/History and Philosophy of Science
“Scientific Progress at the Boundaries of Experience,” Nora Boyd; March 13, 115 Victoria Hall, 2 pm.

Arts and Sciences/Philosophy
“Reasons and Modals,” Adam Marushak; March 16, G28 Cathedral of Learning, 1 p.m.


University Art Gallery
“5-3-3:Collaborative Installations”; University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building; Through March 14,  Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Human Performance Innovation Funding
Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on March 14. (Details: Proposal information)

Be A Good Neighbor Day: March 24
Registration deadline is March 17. (Register: Be A Good Neighbor Day)

Pilot Wards to Bridge Evidence Based Interventions Into Community Settings
Application deadline is April 1. (Download the PDF for more information)

Multidisciplinary Research Fellowship in Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Application deadline is April 1. (Download the PDF for more information)


Event Deadline

The next issue of the University Times will include University and on-campus events taking place March 22-April 5. Information for events during that period must be received by 5 p.m. on April 2. Send information to



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