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Pitt: World Class Cancer Researchers Facilitate Viral Discovery

September 30, 2011 by


For years, Pittsburgh has had disproportionate number of the world’s experts in one specific area of research.  As a community, they represent diverse approaches to understanding the fundamental science behind and clinical outcomes of polyomavirus infection.  This fact perhaps goes generally unappreciated by the general public who, unlike me, don’t have a favorite polyomavirus or […]

Public Lectures – Should I go? Use the Jargon-o-Meter

September 29, 2011 by


Here at Steel City Science, we try to list Pittsburgh science events that might be of interest to the public. To help you decide whether a particular event is for you, we would like to introduce the Jargon-o-Meter. The Jargon-o-Meter lets you know whether the event is aimed at the general public, and hence will […]

From the Amazon to Pittsburgh – Café Scientifique at Carnegie Science Center – Oct 3

September 26, 2011 by


A Café Scientifique is where you go to have a lively discussion about science with a scientist. The concept was born in the UK, but has been enthusiastically taken up all over the world, including here in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Science Center.  The idea is that a scientist or expert is invited to give […]

Woolly Mammoth Blood Breathes Again

September 22, 2011 by


Researchers in the lab of Chieng-Ho, of Carnegie Mellon University, have published a detailed comparison between the hemoglobin of living elephants and extinct woolly mammoths. Hemoglobin is the protein that makes the crime scenes in CSI red – at least, it would do if they used real blood and not just corn syrup. The job […]

The Conversation Code: How to break the ice with a robot.

September 20, 2011 by


If you could have a conversation with a robot, what would you talk about? I like to envision a fluid and enlightened conversation; the robot recites some poetry, we discuss string theory, we laugh over political satire, it does my homework for me… This isn’t entirely science fiction, as it turns out. Athina, like many […]

Drilling into the Science of the Marcellus Shale – Event Oct 6

September 19, 2011 by


Science 2011 is the University of Pittsburgh’s annual science and technology showcase. It’s free and open to the public, but most of the talks are pretty academic and only recommended for the enthusiastic. A possible exception might be the ‘Lunch and Learn’ session entitled Drilling into the Science of the Marcellus Shale, which will be […]

Tour Your Future with Braincake Sept 17

September 16, 2011 by


If you are, or know of, a girl aged 11-17, I really hope you know about Braincake.  Braincake is a fantastic site and community that provides tools, tips and events to engage girls in STEM fields.  But this isn’t the extra hours of Mathcounts homework problems I did in middle school, these are active, social […]