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Make It A Day On, Not A Day Off

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service...

Pitt Athletics Launches H2P Magazine

The University of Pittsburgh athletic department in partnership with University Communications and Marketing is launching H2P Magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to Pitt Athletics. The inaugural issue – Winter 2021 – arrives in mailboxes and will be available via digital format on PittsburghPanthers.com in early March. A cover story on Pitt All-Americans Patrick Jones II and Rashad Weaver as well...

Steelers sign new contract with Roethlisberger for 2021 season

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for 2021, it was announced Thursday. "We are excited we were able to come to an agreement with Ben Roethlisberger on a new contract for him to return to the Steelers in 2021," said General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert. "We know that Ben can still play at...

9 Last Minute Tricks to Lower Your Tax Bill

The April 15 tax deadline is just around the corner, and before you know it you will be sitting down with a stack of receipts, forms and other financial documents. This process is never easy or pleasant, but it will be much worse if you end up owing money to the IRS. If you want to ease the pain...

COVID-19 Simulation Shows Importance of Continued Safety Efforts During Vaccine Distribution

Research out on the pre-publication website medRxiv shows how non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like mask wearing and physical distancing can help prevent spikes in COVID-19 cases as populations continue to get vaccinated. The study, led by Mehul Patel, PhD, a clinical and population health researcher in the department of Emergency Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, focuses on the...

Black NBA players have shorter careers than white players

Black players in the NBA have 30% greater odds of leaving the league in any given season than white players who have equivalent performance on the court, a new study finds. The results were driven mostly by bench players, who are the majority of those in the league, but who average less than 20 minutes of action per game. These findings...

Brennan Marion Named Wide Receivers Coach at Pitt

Brennan Marion, considered one of college football's top young assistants, has been named Pitt's new wide receivers coach by Pat Narduzzi. A graduate of nearby Greensburg Salem High School, Marion returns to his native Western Pennsylvania after spending the 2020 season as wide receivers coach at Hawaii. The 33-year-old Marion has coached three different positions on the offensive side of...

Genetic Tool Improves Estimation of Prostate Cancer Risk in Diverse Ethnic/Racial Groups

Building upon previous research, an international team led by scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has validated a more inclusive and comprehensive genetic tool for predicting age of onset of aggressive prostate cancer, a disease that killed more than 33,000 American men in 2020. Reporting in the February 23, 2021 online edition of Nature Communications, the...

Biden’s top aide says White House will ‘start acting now’ on reparations for African Americans

This week, President Joe Biden‘s senior advisor, Cedric Richmond, confirmed that the White House plans “to start acting now” on reparations for African-American citizens. Richmond made the stunning admission to journalist Mike Allen during Sunday evening’s broadcast of Axios on HBO. In the interview, the former Louisiana lawmaker explained to Allen that Biden remains consistent in his support of H.R. 40, the House...

Go Green: 4 Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

If you’re among the millions who are trying to go green, you probably do a lot of recycling. If you’re like most of the people who recycle, you probably wonder what to do with the plastic bags that your bread or produce comes in. You don’t want to throw them away and add to the garbage in the landfills....

COVID-19 Blood Flow Changes May Be Reason for ‘Brain Fog,’ Depression Lack of oxygen, increased inflammation affects serotonin levels in brain

A new review suggests that blood vessel damage and impaired oxygen delivery related to COVID-19 play a role in mood changes and cognitive difficulties that people with the disease face during illness and recovery. The review is published in Physiological Reports. COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus, may cause a wide range of symptoms ranging from lack...

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