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Alison Slinskey Legg: Sharing a Passion for Science >

Photo of Alison Slinskey LeggAlison Slinskey Legg (A&S ’98G) has the kind of contagious ebullience that practically radiates from her body. Whether she is in the classroom in front of her undergraduates or in the laboratory side-by-side with local high school students, Legg is fully engaged in every moment, and she inspires everyone around her to be just that committed.

Photo credit: Reprinted with permission by Pitt Magazine, Photographer Tom Altany

In Focus

Justin Sytsma: Asking the Big Questions >

Photo of Justin SytsmaIs it possible to create conditions for the objective study of topics usually regarded as subjective, like perceptions, emotions, and judgments? Is the redness of a tomato perceived by everyone in the same way? Is the red an aspect of the tomato, or does it exist only in the brain of the beholder?

Close Up

Jerome Taylor: Marrying a Plan with an Action  >

Photo of Jerome TaylorHe has won awards for outstanding research and public service, served as an editor or reviewer of four academic and scientific journals, and received personal commendations from a mayor, a governor, and a United States president. But Jerome Taylor, associate professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Africana Studies, says that his greatest and proudest achievements are the successes of his former students.

Photo Credit: CIDDE

Wide Angle

At the Center of Excellence >

As the liberal arts core of the University of Pittsburgh, the School of Arts and Sciences is committed to continually advancing and enhancing our ability to attract and retain outstanding students and faculty, contribute to the bodies of knowledge in which we are expert, and raise the level of discourse and scholarship in emerging fields of study.


Working Class Studies Conference, June 3-9, 2009

The Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) biennial Conference, "Class Matters," will be held at the University of Pittsburgh, June 3-6, 2009. Nick Coles, associate professor in the Department of English, is the conference cochair. The WCSA promotes models of working-class studies, both inside and outside of academia, that serve the interests of working-class people. These include critical discussions of relationships among class, race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other structures of inequality. WCSA is a multidisciplinary and international association; its members and conference participants include social workers, documentary filmmakers, writers, labor educators, and cultural workers, as well as scholars and teachers across a range of academic fields. Find out more at

Rediker Honored for The Slave Ship

The American Historical Association selected Marcus Rediker's book, The Slave Ship: A Human History, as the winner of the 2008 James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History. The award is for outstanding historical writing that explores aspects of integration of Atlantic worlds before the twentieth century. Rediker, professor and chair of the Department of History, was recognized for Slave Ship earlier this year with the George Washington Book Prize from The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, and the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians. Learn more about Rediker and The Slave Ship at

Moghaddam Identifies New Possibilities in Treatment of Schizophrenia

Research from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neuroscience could expand the options for controlling schizophrenia by identifying a brain region that responds to more than one type of antipsychotic drug. The findings, published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, illustrate for the first time that the orbitofrontal cortex could be a promising target for developing future antipsychotic drugs—even those that have very different mechanisms of action. Bita Moghaddam, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience, is the lead author on the paper. Visit for more information.

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