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The Power of Personality Tests (for spiders)

January 7, 2012 by


Since all the Steel City Scientists are in the middle of deeply life-changing events (writing theses, applying for grad school, moving across the country etc) we haven’t posted in a month. That will change in February, so get ready for some awesome Pittsburgh science. In the meantime, here’s a cross-post from The Blobologist about the […]

Oysters in the acidifying ocean

December 2, 2011 by


Gary Dickinson is investigating how shellfish are affected by ocean acidification, the so-called ‘evil twin’ of global warming, but to hear about his work I had to visit my dentist. That’s because my dentist’s office is alarmingly close to where Gary works, embedded amongst the tissue engineers at the Department of Oral Biology in Pitt’s […]

Modeling Contagion

November 9, 2011 by


Many of you have probably come across the recent Steven Soderbergh thriller, Contagion, complete with an all-star cast of Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Lawrence Fishburne, furiously racing against time to beat a novel viral pandemic that transmits alarmingly fast! The trailer for Contagion got me really excited – here was a film […]

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 […]

Jim Pipas and the Dangers of Mongrel Viruses

September 13, 2011 by


Borneo, Bali, Malawi, Pittsburgh. Dr Jim Pipas is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Pitt, a singer, entertainer, and a bit of an adventurer. [To be inserted here: photo of Jim that doesn’t make him ‘look like a convict.’ Thanks guys.] Jim Pipas, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Right now, […]