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CMU offers Tartan gear created by 3-D printing technology

PieceMaker Technologies, a local startup that develops self-service, 3-D printing kiosks, recently announced its partnership with Carnegie Mellon University as the college's first official licensee for 3-D printing. 

PieceMaker founder and CMU grad Arden Rosenblatt said that the company's first Shapeways.com storefront will offer officially licensed, 3-D printed Tartan gear. Just in time for graduation, the very first product offerings will be aimed at the class of 2015.

"As with everything in 3-D printing, each order from our Shapeways store is made on demand, but with this initiative, PieceMaker is stepping into the online world with two limited edition offerings," Rosenblatt said in a statement. 

Shop the Shapeways store here

Amazon acquires local startup Shoefitr

Last week’s acquisition of Shoefitr by Amazon should bring a long-awaited sigh of relief for the online retail giant as well as for footwear customers turned off by the order and return process.

The Oakland-based software company Shoefitr personalizes the online shoe buying process. The technology helps shoppers to order comfortable, precisely fitted shoes and enables online footwear retailers to recommend sizes for customers.

The company was started in 2010 by Matt Wilkinson, along with fellow Carnegie Mellon University alumni Breck Fresen and Nick End. Initially, Shoefitr focused on running shoes before digging into heels and other footwear options.

The size, brand and style-specific technology is designed to get the right fit, which lessens the high rate of return that online shoe sellers (and clothing apparel retailers alike) regularly experience.

It works like this: Customers enter their shoe size and the basic information from a favorite, current well-fitting shoe. Then Shoefitr matches it with footwear in its database to recommend the size and styles that provide a similar fit. It takes into account variables such as shape, sole thickness, and weight, giving customers comparisons against their current pair.

Presently, Shoefitr works with more than 1,000 brands worldwide, according to its website. The number is expected to grow as the acquisition by Amazon is finalized.

Learn more about the online shoe buying process using Shoefitr here.

Local companies make Forbes list of best employers

Four major companies from our region are among Forbes magazine’s 2015 best U.S. employers: The University of Pittsburgh, PPG, Alcoa and Mylan.

Of the four, Pitt came in at No. 91 -- the only one that placed in the top 100. With a local, full-time force numbering upwards of 12,000 workers, Pitt also stands among the city’s big three non-government employers.

Not far behind, PPG landed on the list at No. 159. Alcoa followed at 223. The pharmaceutical giant Mylan claimed its spot at No. 292; its Washington County headquarters made it the only ranked Pittsburgh-area company located outside of the city.

Also listed within regional proximity was Sheetz. Headquartered in Altoona, Blair County, the massive convenience center-gas chain continues to hold a hefty presence in Pittsburgh. It came in at No. 181.

The top 500 U.S. employers were chosen based on an independent survey given to 20,000 employees across 25 different industries. All employees responded anonymously. The survey was administered to larger companies and institutions with a minimum workforce of 2,500, including U.S. divisions of international firms.

View all 500 companies here.  

 

Earth Day celebrates sustainability and success

The worldwide Earth Day event on April 22 has special significance here in Pittsburgh. This year, Pittsburgh Earth Day marks the recent advancements our city has created in sustainability, technology, and innovation.

Involvement in the day’s lineup springs from sources ranging from the local business community gathering for a speakers’ breakfast to the fashion shows, exhibitors, music, pop-up dance party and the food truck festival that will follow.

Events will take place throughout the day in Market Square and Mellon Square in Downtown and Schenley Plaza in Oakland.

See the full lineup of events here.

 

Pitt sociology professors publish groundbreaking study on domestic violence

The American Sociological Review recently published a first-of-its-kind study that investigates the earning history and potential of Pennsylvania women who applied for a Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders.

Written by University of Pittsburgh Sociology Professors Melanie Hughes and Lisa Brush,“The Price of Protection” examines the effects on women’s earnings before, during and six years after petitioning for PFAs.

The study found “shocks and stalls” in the women’s earning potential in the first year after filing and beyond. These were often due to time off for medical care and court appointments or to find safe housing for herself and/or children in the family.

Since the effects of domestic violence on women’s work and earning potential hasn’t been extensively studied, Hughes and Brush’s work has been highly publicized with features in the New York Times and Jezebel.

Read the full study in the American Sociological Review here.
 

CMU grad student awarded national prize for screenplay

Savannah Reich, a graduate student in the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama dramatic writing program, won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Student Grand Jury Prize from the Tribeca Film Institute for Best Science-Themed Screenplay. The award recognizes the best student screenplay in the nation that uses science and technology themes in a narrative.

Reich wins $30,000 plus $20,000 if the screenplay goes into production. The Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize will boost development of the project and introduce Reich and her work to the industry at large.  

Learn more about the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation here.

Pitt scores high in U.S. News & World Report rankings

A number of University of Pittsburgh schools and programs were named in the Best Graduate Schools 2016 guidebook by U.S. News & World Report.

Pitt's School of Nursing ranks No. 5 nationwide, while the School of Medicine places No. 16 in the research category and is tied at No. 19 in primary care of the Best Medical Schools. In medical specialties, Pitt came in at No. 4 in women's health.

Among public universities, Pitt's graduate programs in education, engineering and business all placed in the top 25.

The complete list of best graduate school categories and rankings can be found by ordering the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Guidebook.

Read more about the nation's top graduate programs here.

Pitt students work for real food on campus menus

University of Pittsburgh students and administration have committed to serving 20 percent “Real Food” by 2020.

“This means that Pitt will work towards product shifting to more food that is ecologically sound, humane, fair traded, and locally sourced," said Joelle Weiss, one of four students who advocated for the Real Food initiative.

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will attend a campus commitment signing event on March 24 at Nordy's in the William Pitt Union. The event announces Pitt’s willingness to help secure the changes over the next five years and beyond. Real Food Day at Pitt is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 30 in the William Pitt Union.

Pitt is the first Pennsylvania school and the biggest urban campus to sign on to the agreement, according to Weiss. 

Read more about the initiative here.

 

Pitt pays you back, says The Princeton Review

The University of Pittsburgh has been profiled in The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.

The newly released book and online resource is a guide to the academically best and most affordable colleges that hold a high record of post-college employment by their alumni.

The profile praised Pitt as an “Academic Powerhouse;” The Princeton Review included it among the “Best Value” schools by measuring data points such as academics, graduation rates, cost, financial aid, incurred debt and alumni salaries.  

See how Pitt stacks up against comparable colleges here.

CNN documents Pittsburgh's robot renaissance

CNN is the latest news outlet to report on the local robotics industry, with reporter Maggie Lake interviewing Mayor Bill Peduto, Seegrid Corporation President David Heilman, and University of Pittsburgh’s Chris Briem about Pittsburgh’s tech sector.
 
“Pittsburgh: A once-gritty steel town transformed into a booming tech hub and a leader in the robot revolution,” Lake says.

Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute has spun off more than 30 companies, employing over 1,000 people in the local economy, according to Lake.

Catch the robots in action here.
 

BBC Popup covering Pittsburgh in November

The British Broadcasting Corporation’s mobile bureau is coming to Pittsburgh in November to report on the stories that make our city pop.

The journalists from across the pond want to hear what stories matter most to us, so they’re inviting students and residents to a community meetup at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Carnegie Mellon’s Newell-Simon Hall 3305.

The BBC Popup will travel to different locations throughout November to create video reports based on the issues that matter most to Pittsburghers. The video stories will be broadcast on BBC World News television and online at BBC.com/popup.

Learn more about the BBC Popup project here.

A Luxury Travel Blog shares Pittsburgh's top five treasures

Looking for the lap of luxury in Pittsburgh? The finest elegance in the City of Steel can be found in five exquisite places, according to A Luxury Travel Blog.

Among the treasures: the Grand Concourse Restaurant, The Frick Art & Historical Center, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, and Wigle Whiskey.

“A beautiful city of contrasts full of grand historic sites mixed with modern dynamic sites firmly rooted in the future,” writes blogger Jennifer Berg.

Travelers with a taste for the finer things in life would do well to explore Pittsburgh’s luxurious offerings, Berg says.

Read the full blog post here.
 

CMU professor receives national medal

Mary Shaw, the Alan J. Perliss University professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, was recently honored by President Obama. Shaw was one of eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for achievement in the field of technology, innovation and invention.

“These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Obama said. “Our nation has been enriched by their achievements and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention.”

Read more about Shaw’s honor here.

The Cathedral of Learning in LEGO bricks

LEGO lovers and Pitt alumni can show their support for making the Cathedral of Learning into a new LEGO set.

The 42-story Late Gothic Revival building is the cornerstone of the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus. Blogger Josh Hall originally created the LEGO version of the cathedral for a competition at toy store S.W. Randall in Squirrel Hill.

“It’s such a clean geometric building, it just begs to be recreated in LEGO bricks,” Hall writes on his blog.

Show your support for production of the set here.
 

Yinzer accent makes late night

Actor Patrick Wilson, an alum of Carnegie Mellon University’s theater department, shared his best Pittsburgh impersonation with Seth Myers on NBC last week.

Myers, whose father holds a degree from CMU as well, talked Stillers, Gullifty’s and the Original Hot Dog shop with Wilson, who appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers to promote his movie Space Station 76.

“It’s an accent that exists just at the confluence of the three rivers,” Myers quipped.

Watch the stars swap their yinzer accents here.
 
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