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Who's hiring in PGH? Bricolage, Verizon and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The immersive theater company Bricolage is seeking a full-time development associate to help manage a year-long grant-funded, project-based initiative. All application materials are due by July 17.

The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is seeking a full-time curatorial assistant to help organize the 2018 Carnegie International (CI) exhibition. Candidates must have a four-year degree or higher in art history, studio arts, or a related field, as well as a minimum of three years of administrative experience with contemporary art in a museum or archive environment.

American Eagle Outfitters is hiring an image retoucher to ensure the quality of company marketing and website images. Requires at least three years of experience with image manipulation and color handling.

Deeplocal has several open positions, including art director, creative director, and interactive producer.

Philips is looking for a full-time software engineer (Job Number: 144375) to oversee the conceptual design and implementation of real-time embedded software for use within medical devices. Requirements include a four-year degree and two years of applicable experience.

Verizon is hiring a full-time RF design engineer to work in the company's Bridgeville offices. Candidates must have a four-year degree in engineering or computer science and a minimum five years of experience in the cellular or telecommunications industry.

Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates has openings for a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist to work at its private practice in the North Hills.

Job Fairs:
 
On July 16, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) will hold a career fair tailored for refugee and immigrant job seekers who possess legal status to work in the United States, English proficiency, professional skills, and higher education. The career fair will take place on the lower level of the Department of Human Services (DHS) offices from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 
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Campus recruiters head to PNC Park for networking event

Employment is a two-way street, and those seeking potential candidates for open positions can find the process just as frustrating as job seekers. Fortunately for one sector, the University of Pittsburgh has created an event designed to ensure students embarking on careers are connected with potential employers.

On June 23, Pitt's Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance, along with the Bank of New York Mellon, will host a Tech Recruiters Talk at PNC Park. As Pitt Employment Development Specialist Kristian McCloud explains, the networking event and happy hour was created as a forum for campus recruiters looking to attract technical majors to entry-level positions in a variety of fields.

"We have found that students with technical majors lean predominantly toward tech companies during their job search," says McCloud. "However, as we know, every company has the capacity to hire, as well as the need for talent with technical backgrounds."

To encourage engagement, guests are required to bring two to three ideas for recruiting tech, computer, and information science majors. They can then talk shop with talent acquisition specialists and recruiters from various companies, organizations, and firms, including UPMC, NetApp, Mylan, and the event sponsor, BNY Mellon. As McCloud points out, the summer event will hopefully prepare recruiters to best approach new students.

"Our goal is for recruiters to walk away with concrete and helpful campus recruiting strategies and for them to be able to implement them in the upcoming academic year," says McCloud.

The Tech Recruiters Talk will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include light refreshments and drinks, as well as complimentary tickets to the night's baseball game. Those interested in attending must submit an RSVP form.  

Who's hiring in PGH? Schell Games, Grow Pittsburgh and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Grow Pittsburgh is hiring a part-time edible schoolyard garden educator to provide programming to five Pittsburgh elementary schools through the organization's Flagship School program.

Carlow University has multiple open positions, including a part-time alumni assistant and a network services administrator.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, an award-winning, employee-owned civil engineering consulting firm with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, is seeking a land development engineering project manager to join the team in Cranberry Township. Candidates must have a four-year degree in civil engineering and a professional engineering license.

Sequoia Waste Solutions is hiring a full-time client communication supervisor to work alongside their operations team and provide customer service.

The Information Networking Institute (INI) at Carnegie Mellon University is looking for a marketing communications associate to support the Director of Marketing and Communications. Requires a four-year degree in marketing, communications, creative writing, journalism or a related field.

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has a new opening for a part-time marketing associate.

The Pittsburgh-based game design and development company Schell Games has multiple open positions, including a project director and an advanced game producer.

Allegheny Conference, a nonprofit community development organization, needs a web developer with at least two years of backend development experience. 

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Who's hiring in PGH? JFilm, Chemistry and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

JFilm, an organization that offers year-round programming showcasing international, independent Jewish-themed films, has openings for a full-time programs and communications manager and a part-time accounting and office manager.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh needs a part-time project assistant to provide support to the Communications and Creative Services (CCS) department and the Director’s Office.

The Carnegie Science Center is hiring a STEM professional development coordinator (Req. ID 1038). Three years of experience required.

The full-service ad agency Chemistry is looking for an entry-level junior web developer to work on a range of projects. Requires two to four years of experience with web development and backend technology.

The Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is hiring a multimedia designer. Requires a four-year degree or equivalent experience and two to three years of experience working in communication design, with experience in information architecture, web design, and video/animation creation. 

Paid Internships:

The Pittsburgh-based PR agency Yearick-Millea has an available summer account coordinator internship. Responsibilities include research, social media management, website updates, writing, and media pitching.

Duolingo has an open product designer internship.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Who's hiring in PGH? The Pittsburgh Foundation, WTAE and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Pittsburgh Foundation, a grant-making public charity dedicated to improving quality of life in the city and surrounding region, is hiring a director of public policy and advocacy. Requires at least five to seven years of experience in public policy and/or government relations, or a related field. Application materials are due by June 5, 2015.

The Career Development Center (CDC) of Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS) is hiring an employer relations coordinator to oversee the business development efforts of the CDC, including facilitating job placements through the identification of job leads and developing outplacement and other business contacts with local and national employers.

La Escuelita Arcoiris, Pittsburgh's only Spanish immersion pre-school, is hiring lead and assistant teachers and an administrative assistant.

The Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE needs five full-time digital video creators to work over the summer.

The Pittsburgh-based architectural firm mossArchitects is looking for an intermediate architect/designer with three to six years of interiors experience. The firm is also hiring an office manager.

Optimus Technologies, a startup that designs and manufactures next-generation fuel systems, is hiring multiple positions in Pittsburgh, including an electrical/mechanical assembler.

Paid Internships:

AllFacilities, a research and business development support services firm specializing in facilities management, has full-time summer internships available.

Check out our previous listings for more opportunities.

Trusst uses engineering to design the perfect bra

Engineers apply their expertise to everything from food to cars to city infrastructures, working to make everything bigger, better, and more efficient. In Pittsburgh, two Carnegie Mellon University alums saw an opportunity to use their skills in one neglected market -- bras for the well-endowed.

Last September, industrial engineers Laura West and Sophia Berman founded Trusst, an East Liberty-based lingerie company that specializes in creating a more comfortable, more supportive bra for women with larger busts. What started as a side project that combined their educational backgrounds with their mutual love of sewing has since gained attention for raising awareness of a problem many women face -- finding a bra that actually fits. To drive that point home, Trusst even produced a humorous promotional video showing men struggling to wear various bras stuffed with melons.

As for their products, the team at Trusst hopes to stand out from other retailers with innovative designs enhanced by intelligent engineering.

"As designers, we are placing form and function as our primary focus, ensuring support and comfort ahead of pure fashion," says Berman. "We are removing the extreme pain that larger busted women face from unsupportive bras."

While most bras on the market depend on the shoulder straps for support -- which can cause various problems, including back strain -- Berman and West's patent-pending design lifts the weight of a woman's bust from underneath. The company also created its own sizing system that determines cup size by breast volume as opposed to more traditionally used band measurement, which allows for a more customized fit.

Aiding them in their mission is the startup incubator AlphaLab Gear, which, as Berman explains, provided a space for them to grow and build their company. The women also invested in a MakerBot 3-D printer to help them achieve their vision of the perfect bra.

"We used 3-D printing a lot in our initial development to help us rapidly iterate and develop the form of our structures," says Berman. "The first purchase we made as a company was our MakerBot, and it has been extremely instrumental in aiding us in our prototyping."

Their work, as well as their self-promotion, has not gone unnoticed -- recently, Berman and West launched a Kickstarter campaign for Trusst that reached its $25,000 goal in less than a week. Any additional funds raised over the campaign's remaining weeks will help the company add to its large selection of sizes (the number now stands at 42), as well as its product line, which now includes three bras and matching panties.

"Depending on demand, we plan to expand our core line into additional colors and patterns, as well as expand to even larger sizes than we are initially offering," says Berman. "Future development includes athletic and swimwear for larger cup sizes."

The Trusst Kickstarter campaign will continue until May 22. 

Who's hiring in PGH? Three Rivers Rowing Association, Kopp Glass and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA), one of the largest community boathouses in the country, is seeking a full-time executive director. The candidate will help develop and deliver safe, sustainable programs and events that teach and promote the benefits of rowing and paddling in Pittsburgh. Deadline for applications is April 24.

Neighborhood Allies and LISC are seeking a program manager for lending and financial services

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is looking for a part-time graphic designer and marketing assistant. Requires an undergraduate degree and three to six years of graphic design and customer service experience.

Kopp Glass, a worldwide leader in molded, blown, precision, and filter glass for technical, industrial, and commercial applications, has multiple open positions, including a materials engineer, a new product engineer, and a marketing assistant.

The Center for Energy at the University of Pittsburgh is hiring a manager of business development and outreach.

Paid Internships

kWantera, a GE-backed intelligent energy startup, is looking for a graphic and web design intern.

The Grant Street Group, a leading developer, host, and administer of customized software applications, needs a summer IT services intern to assist with their relocation.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Who's hiring in PGH? RE2, Maker Theater and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

RE2, a Lawrenceville-based robotics outfit and Carnegie Mellon University spin-off, recently received funding from the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office and the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to develop technology that would assist combat medics in the field. Called LIFELINE, the system would allow them to quickly maneuver, treat, and evacuate wounded soldiers in dangerous situations.

In the past, RE2 has researched and developed robotic technologies for the U.S. military, the Allegheny County bomb squad, and for people with disabilities. LIFELINE is the first project created specifically for front-line medical personnel. RE2 President and CEO Jorgen Pedersen says that, unlike the currently used body armor, the project could offer combat medics a much-needed hand.

RE2 now has openings for a senior electrical engineer and a product/project manager.

Identified Tech, a Pittsburgh-based startup that uses drones to help energy and construction sites operate safely and efficiently, is hiring a front-end developer and a lead software engineer.

The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is hiring a full-time IT associate to provide administrative, technical, and project-related support.

The Sewickley-based nonprofit Sweetwater Center for the Arts is hiring a full-time marketing and development coordinator.

The nationwide employee-owned firm SWCA Environmental Consultants is hiring a cultural resources project manager for their Pittsburgh offices. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in archeology, anthropology or a related field.

The Maker Theater, a small 99-seat black box venue located in the East End, is looking for a part-time house manager to oversee the space during show nights and matinees.

The Andy Warhol Museum is hiring an associate registrar to assist with incoming exhibitions and loans. Requires a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in art history or a related field.

Paid Internships:

The marketing analytics company Rhiza has an open design internship and a market research internship. Both positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

The online language learning platform Duolingo has an available product designer internship.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Who's hiring in PGH? ShowClix, Bethlehem Haven and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Hill District is seeking a full-time librarian. Requires a Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited school. Previous experience working with youth is preferred. Interested candidates should apply online by March 29.

Bethlehem Haven, a nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless communities in Pittsburgh, is hiring a manager of annual giving. Requires a minimum of five years of development and special event experience.

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB), a nonprofit focused on connecting job seekers with employers, is hiring a youth program manager to coordinate an effective youth workforce development system.

The CMUSoftware Engineering Institute has numerous positions at its Emerging Technology Center, including openings for software developers and a cyber intelligence analyst.

The national aerospace and defense company L-3 Communications is looking for a senior mechanical engineer (ID 068107) and a senior mechanical engineer contractor (ID 057459) at its Pittsburgh offices.

The Pittsburgh-based online ticketing service ShowClix has multiple open positions. The company also has available internships in software engineering and marketing. 

Golden Triangle Bike Rental, a family-owned and -operated business in Downtown Pittsburgh, has numerous full-time and part-time positions available for the upcoming summer season, including some for tour guides and bicycle mechanics. Please send resume to britt@bikepittsburgh.com.

Paid Internships

Baby gear company 4moms is looking for a full-time brand engagement intern to join the marketing team.

The consulting engineering firm McCormick Taylor is seeking a graphic design intern at its Pittsburgh offices.
 

Who's hiring in PGH? Millvale Public Library, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

The Millvale Community Library needs a full-time sustainability coordinator to oversee the community-wide food, water, and energy-related sustainability goals of the Millvale Ecodistrict plan. Application deadline is March 30.

The Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group (PTAG), an organization committed to creating, enhancing, and preserving trail experiences in Southwestern Pennsylvania, is hiring a part-time executive director to oversee all aspects of general operations and management. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to jobs@ptagtrails.org. Application deadline is March 31.

Carnegie Mellon University is hiring an associate director for the academic research center, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. The qualified candidate will manage, implement and direct a diverse range of arts administration activities, including fundraising, public relations, event planning and facilities management. Requires a bachelor's degree and five years of office experience.

DVSport Software, a Pittsburgh-based sports software company specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software, needs a full-time information technology specialist and network administrator

The Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections has an opening for an offender management system specialist. Requires an associate degree in computer science, information technology, accounting or business, or equivalent experience. 

Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute, a leading provider of professional services and technology designed for the human services and nonprofit sector, is hiring a video production assistant. Requirements include a bachelor's degree in TV or film production, communications or a related field.

Giant Eagle is hiring a full-time candy specialist to help grow the company's candy and gift basket business. Responsibilities include developing candy recipes and production guidelines for existing and new and innovative candy offerings. Requires a degree in pastry arts.

Paid Internships

The Pittsburgh distillery Wigle Whiskey needs a summer community engagement and events coordinator intern to work at the facility's new Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden. Candidate will perform various duties, including giving tours, maintenance, and coordinating special events. A summer production assistant internship is also available.

The Citizen Science Lab, a hands-on life sciences laboratory, is looking for a summer social media intern.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

CMU and IBM partner to create smarter buildings

Carnegie Mellon University hopes to save money and become more efficient with an innovative new approach to managing resources. CMU recently announced a partnership with IBM to improve campus-wide energy use. The project, called the Smarter Buildings Initiative, will use IBM-supported cloud technology to collect and monitor data from CMU systems, including those that control water, electricity, and heating and cooling.

The move will pioneer the new IBM Building Management Center, and make CMU the first higher education institution to utilize a cloud-based analytics system for reducing energy and facility operating costs. Once fully implemented, the process would save the school approximately 10 percent, or $2 million, a year on utilities.

"Our initial estimates of the potential benefits of the smarter buildings process were based on published research studies and actual data generated by IBM’s use of the technology in their own real estate operations," says Associate Vice President for CMU’s Facilities Management Services Donald Coffelt. "We determined the 10 percent figure from that baseline data, experiences by other IBM partners and some CMU specific elements like utility costs, energy use and building size."

The Smarter Buildings Initiative will begin with a pilot program in nine of CMU’s largest and most prominent buildings, including the Jared L. Cohon University Center, Hunt Library, Newell-Simon Hall, Doherty Hall, the Purnell Center for the Arts, the Gates Center for Computer Science, and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies. The initial application will focus on HVAC systems, and will later cover lighting, water, and other utilities. The project is scheduled to reach all of CMU's 36 buildings within the next three years.

As Coffelt explains, the Smarter Buildings Initiative helps to further CMU’s role as a founding partner in the Oakland expansion of the Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District, which challenge partner organizations to achieve 50 percent reductions in energy use, water consumption and transportation-related emissions by the year 2030. He adds that it also demonstrates the university's ongoing focus on becoming more energy efficient.

"Energy costs and energy consumption have been trending down at CMU for several years," says Coffelt. "In fact, CMU’s energy costs and consumption for 2014 are actually lower on a per square foot basis than they were in 2008."

PItt researchers set their sights on curing corneal blindness with stem cells

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have developed a potential treatment for corneal blindness with stem cells.

A team lead by Dr. Fatima Syed-Picard of Pitt’s Department of Ophthalmology successfully transformed dental pulp stem cells obtained from wisdom teeth into corneal stromal cells, called keratocytes. The findings, which were published online in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, indicate that corneal transplant tissue could potentially be created from a patient’s own cells.

“Dental pulp has been shown to have a population of adult stem cells that can become a number of different cell types,” says Syed-Picard. “The dental pulp and the cornea have the same developmental origins. This is why we thought that stem cells from the dental pulp might be able to become corneal cells.”

As Syed-Picard explains, the cells were obtained from human third molars -- commonly referred to as wisdom teeth -- provided by the Pitt School of Dental Medicine. After removing the pulp tissue, the team then isolated the stem cells and cultured them in a solution that coaxed them into becoming keratocytes. The engineered keratocytes were then injected into the corneas of healthy mice, where they integrated without signs of rejection.

The study is one of many looking into how dental pulp stem cells could become instrumental in future regenerative therapies. In this case, the ability to engineer keratocytes could mean more access to treatment for corneal blindness, which affects millions of people worldwide. Currently, donor corneal tissues are used to treat corneal blindness, and while the method has a high success rate, many countries suffer from a shortage of the resource.

“One benefit of trying to use dental pulp stem cells is that, potentially, these cells could be collected from the patients themselves,” says Syed-Picard. “There would be no need for donor tissue.”

The next round of experiments will assess whether the technique can correct corneal scarring in an animal model. But, as Syed-Picard points out, more work will need to take place before any testing on humans can proceed.

“Our research is still in the early stages, and it will be years before the use of dental pulp stem cells for corneal restoration can be tested in humans,” says Syed-Picard. “Additional studies need be done in mice and also in larger animals to prove efficacy and safety."

Who's hiring in PGH? First Insight, Mosser Casting and more

Each week, Pop City scours the web to bring you exciting career opportunities in Pittsburgh. Employers, if you have a job opening or internship you would like to promote, please email innovationnews@popcitymedia.com with "Hiring" in the subject line. Hit us up on Twitter @popcitypgh if our job listings put you on the path to success.

First Insight -- whose clients include such big-name brands as Abercrombie & Fitch and The Limited -- enables companies to determine customer demand faster and more easily by collecting data through online consumer engagement and using it to choose, price and correctly market the best new products. As opposed to in-store testing, which can usually take weeks or months to gather data, First Insight's approach only takes one to three days, and costs much less to perform. It also provides more accurate data that can help companies boost profits: In 2013, Vera Bradley credited First Insight for an overall four percent sales increase, which was due to using predictive analytics in developing a market strategy for the brand's line of baby accessories.

First Insight now has multiple open positions in the Pittsburgh area, including a development manager and an insight coordinator.  

The Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), a nonprofit organization committed to reducing traffic and air pollution in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, is hiring a program administrator. Qualifications include a four-year degree and three years of professional work experience. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to oaklandtmajobs@gmail.com by March 20.

The Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA) at University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) are seeking a four-year lecturer in Curatorial Studies. The candidate will work both as a scholar-teacher in HAA’s art history department and as a curator with the cross-disciplinary collections of the Carnegie Museums. Please send application materials to Molly Sabol at mks89@pitt.edu by April 10.

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm located in the Strip District, is hiring a full-time intern architect. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in architecture and one to four years of professional experience.

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) needs a design director to support the school’s branding efforts. Requires a bachelor’s degree in commercial art or design and eight to ten years of experience.

The Phipps Conservatory has new full-time and part-time employment opportunities, including a human resources administrator and event assistants.

The East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) has openings for two full-time case managers to provide comprehensive intensive case management services and coordination for residents of Hamilton Larimer and East Liberty Gardens (HL-ELG), also referred to as the Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI). Please send cover letter, resume, application, and compensation requirements to HR Director, 6140 Station St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206, or email them to KellyJ@eecm.org.

Mosser Casting, a Lawrenceville-based regional talent agency, has immediate openings for part-time and full-time casting assistants. Access to a car and laptop required. Video camera, video editing, and Photoshop experience a plus. Please send resumes to mossercasting.jobs@gmail.com.

PerkinElmer, a global corporation focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, is hiring a software engineer at its Pittsburgh offices.

Check out last week's listings for more opportunities.

Pittsburgh art advocates to lead panel at SXSWedu

The annual SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, works to foster innovation in learning by hosting a diverse community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. On March 9, local art professionals and educators, including Felice Cleveland, director of education at the Mattress Factory, will attend SXSWedu to participate in a panel discussion that covers the benefits of project-based learning (PBL) in schools.

Cleveland will join representatives from other Pittsburgh institutions, including Heather McElwee of the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Tresa Varner of The Andy Warhol Museum, and Avonworth High School Principal Kenneth Lockette, to explain how the Pittsburgh Galleries Project operates as a model for PBL. Titled Using Art to Transform Physical Spaces and Minds, the panel will share the successes and challenges of the project with the broader education community.

“We hope to inspire some of our fellow educators to think about this project and replicate it in their own way,” says Cleveland.

Started in the fall of 2013, the Pittsburgh Galleries Project combined the efforts of Avonworth High School and several Pittsburgh art institutions to encourage students to take part in creative extracurricular projects outside of the classroom. Groups of students visit places such as the Mattress Factory, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Warhol, and the Toonseum, where, as Cleveland explains, they receive behind-the-scenes insights into curating, installing, making artwork, and creative careers. The students then use inspiration from their experiences to collaborate on an installation that will go on display at their school.

As Cleveland explains, the program has made an impact on students to find creative solutions to real-world problems. This year, the group will use what they learned to address issues with the school’s Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) policy, mainly the lack of available charging stations. The students are working to build a London-style telephone booth that, upon completion, will serve as a charging station located in the school’s common area.

The panel will also address how to transform schools into more creative spaces and introduce students to the variety of careers in the art world. Says Cleveland, “We want to share the work that we do with the education community around the country; we also hope to be inspired by what others are doing and bring that back to Pittsburgh.”

For more details on the Using Art to Transform Physical Spaces and Minds panel, please visit the SXSWedu website.

Pitt launches new crowdfunding platform to support university projects

The Internet offers numerous ways to raise money for a project. But now students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh can forego the Kickstarters and Indiegogos of the world with a new crowdfunding platform devoted to their specific needs.

The school recently launched EngagePitt, a website where student organization leaders or faculty members can create fundraising campaigns for community outreach and research projects. Managed by Pitt’s Office of Institutional Advancement, the site allows users to reach out to donors in the Pitt community, as well as family, friends, and colleagues.

As Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Albert J. Novak Jr. explains, EngagePitt offers multiple advantages compared to other crowdfunding sites, where users could potentially pay large fees and risk losing funds when a campaign fails to reach the goal amount.

"Unlike other sites that charge user fees ranging from 4.5 percent to 10 percent, there will be no user fees incurred by faculty and student groups using Pitt’s EngagePitt platform," says Novak. "Further, all gifts recorded during a project’s campaign will be applied toward the stated need, whether or not the final goal is met." In addition, the Office of Institutional Advancement also provides training and guidance to all campaign groups.

EngagePitt tested the crowdfunding waters last December with a few approved pilot campaigns. Among them were projects for ThinkSepsis and Pitt’s Society of Women Engineers, both of which focus on advancing innovation on campus and beyond. ThinkSepsis will use its funds to equip six ambulances in the Pittsburgh area with new, state-of-the-art alert systems, while the Society of Women Engineers will apply the $2,351 they raised to improve their annual outreach events.

A number of ongoing EngagePitt campaigns are now accepting contributions. Students and faculty interested in launching a campaign should visit the site's application page.
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