University of Pittsburgh Faculty Unionize
University of Pittsburgh Faculty Unionize
The faculty voted 1511 to 612 to affiliate with United Steelworkers.
University of Pittsburgh Faculty Unionize
University of Pittsburgh Faculty Unionize

The faculty voted 1511 to 612 to affiliate with United Steelworkers.

The faculty voted 1511 to 612 to affiliate with United Steelworkers.

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Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Chloe Tenn | Oct 20, 2021
The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Amanda Heidt | Oct 20, 2021
Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds.
Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing
Leading Japanese Primate Research Center is Closing
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021
Kyoto University is shuttering its Primate Research Institute after its director was dismissed for misuse of funding.
Scientists Face a Third Round of Charges by Mexican Government
Scientists Face a Third Round of Charges by Mexican Government
Chloe Tenn | Oct 15, 2021
Nearly three dozen of Mexico’s leading researchers are being accused of money laundering, embezzlement, and organized crime, a move other academics say is politically motivated.
Neuroscientist Mortimer Mishkin Dies at 94
Neuroscientist Mortimer Mishkin Dies at 94
Lisa Winter | Oct 12, 2021
His work bridged the gap between psychology and neurobiology.
Repurposed Drug Reverses Signs of Alzheimer’s in Mice, Human Cells
Repurposed Drug Reverses Signs of Alzheimer’s in Mice, Human Cells
Jef Akst | Oct 12, 2021
Researchers say they hope to launch a clinical trial to test bumetanide, a diuretic approved in 2002, but how it might improve neural functioning is unclear.
New Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC Months After Previous Outbreak
New Ebola Case Confirmed in DRC Months After Previous Outbreak
Chloe Tenn | Oct 11, 2021
Ebola virus was detected in samples from a child who died last week, the World Health Organization and Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health announce.
Alzheimer’s Risk Gene Paradoxically Protects Against Memory Loss
Alzheimer’s Risk Gene Paradoxically Protects Against Memory Loss
Chloe Tenn | Oct 8, 2021
A new study links a variant of the apolipoprotein E gene called APOE ε4 to better memory in older age, even in the presence of amyloid plaques—a possible explanation for the variant’s persistence despite its association with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43
Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43
Lisa Winter | Oct 7, 2021
Knowingly facing the end of her life, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underrepresented students in higher education.
Moderna Vaccine Paused for Young People in Two European Countries
Moderna Vaccine Paused for Young People in Two European Countries
Chloe Tenn | Oct 6, 2021
Health authorities in both countries announced that people under certain age cutoffs are now ineligible for the Spikevax COVID-19 shot due to its association with heart inflammation.
R. Allen Gardner, Who Taught Chimps to Sign, Dies at 91
R. Allen Gardner, Who Taught Chimps to Sign, Dies at 91
Lisa Winter | Oct 5, 2021
Gardner famously claimed to have taught chimpanzees to communicate with people using American Sign Language by raising them as if they were human children.
Francis Collins to Retire as NIH Director by Year’s End
Francis Collins to Retire as NIH Director by Year’s End
Christie Wilcox | Oct 5, 2021
Collins has announced his intent to step down after leading the National Institutes of Health for more than 12 years.
Henrietta Lacks Estate Sues Thermo Fisher over HeLa Cell Line
Henrietta Lacks Estate Sues Thermo Fisher over HeLa Cell Line
Catherine Offord | Oct 4, 2021
Attorneys for the family seek compensation for the company’s sale of cells cloned from tissue removed without consent by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital 70 years ago.
Prominent Plant Geneticist Accused of Sexual Harassment
Prominent Plant Geneticist Accused of Sexual Harassment
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2021
Female scientists in Mexico have filed at least four formal complaints alleging abuse by Jean-Philippe Vielle Calzada of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity.
Optogenetics and mRNA Vaccines Net Lasker Awards
Optogenetics and mRNA Vaccines Net Lasker Awards
Annie Melchor | Sep 24, 2021
This year’s winners are Dieter Oesterhelt, Peter Hegemann, Karl Deisseroth, Drew Weissman, Katalin Karikó, and David Baltimore.
<em>Alu </em>Leap May Explain Why Apes Don&rsquo;t Have Tails
Alu Leap May Explain Why Apes Don’t Have Tails
Annie Melchor | Sep 23, 2021
A transposable element that jumped into the TBXT gene, which is linked to tail morphology, appears to be to blame for our missing appendage.
Stephen Warren, Icon of Fragile X Research, Dies at 67
Stephen Warren, Icon of Fragile X Research, Dies at 67
Lisa Winter | Sep 21, 2021
He famously identified the genetic mutation that causes the condition in 1991.
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To Booster or Not: Scientists and Regulators Debate
To Booster or Not: Scientists and Regulators Debate
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2021
President Biden’s planned rollout of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses is set to begin next week, but questions remain about who should get them.
NIH Grants $470 Million for Study of Long COVID
NIH Grants $470 Million for Study of Long COVID
Lisa Winter | Sep 16, 2021
The study aims to recruit 40,000 adults and children to get a better sense of the condition that can last weeks or months after infection.