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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.

Google bestows honor on South Side marketing firm

ProFromGo Internet Marketing in the South Side was given a PR/Marketing award by Google for its local public relations initiative utilizing the Google Business View program.  

ProFromGo’s winning campaign provides retail stores, restaurants, and dealerships ways to invite potential customers inside their places of business. This allows would-be patrons a virtual shopping tour of the brick-and-mortar establishment, granting them an up-close view of product availability, store layout and ambiance, among other details. And because ProFromGo’s virtual tours are Google based, they can be accessed via Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ Local.

More about ProFromGo’s trek to receive the award from Google can be found 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.

BMe Community seeks nominations for local leaders

BMe Community, a national network of inspired black men and thousands of other community-builders, of all races and genders who connect to share, inspire, and empower communities, recently launched in Pittsburgh and is seeking new BMe Leaders.

BMe is looking to identify 10 African-American men from Pittsburgh as BMe Leaders and award them each a $10,000 grant.

Nominations are open now through the end of the month and we will announce our new leaders in June. Those who wish to apply themselves are encouraged to use this link. Those who wish to nominate someone else should do so here.

Pittsburgh ranks No. 4 in health-care jobs

Pittsburgh ranks No. 4 among the top U.S. cities for health-care positions, according to Ziprecruiter.com.

The online job search site examined the ratio of health care to regular positions combined with the number of related companies in each city. Ziprecruiter then ranked the top 10 cities according to the strength of health-care employment each one offered.

Hartford, Conn., Sacramento, Calif., and Tampa, Fla., edged out Pittsburgh from the top three.

Read the full analysis here.

Local poet defies odds

The last place a struggling poet would expect to see his work published is The Wall Street Journal. But local poet, musician and retired liquor store cashier Bill Nardozzi managed to have his verses and his own story (along with a day-in-a-life video) profiled with humor and heart in the esteemed newspaper.

Anybody who writes poetry will tell you it isn’t for the money. Nardozzi is no exception. Only once has he received payment for the work he’s published.  

What he doesn’t acquire in money, however, he gets from the kindness of strangers locally and around the world.

Read the full article about the iconic poet from Green Tree 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.


La Roche College minds the globe

Once again, La Roche College in McCandless opens its doors to the world with two globally centered events.  

First, the annual Global Problems Global Solutions conference on April 9 and 10 will focus on "Saving Our Children: A Global Problem a Local Response."  

From June 1 through 12, La Roche will present its second Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Training program. This program gathers aid participants from around the world who are currently employed in the humanitarian aid field as well as those who wish to enter. 

For information, contact the Office of Global Engagement at 412-536-1215 or charlotte.reed@laroche.edu.

HLN captures that talents of local Instagrammers

Would-be visitors to Pittsburgh can get a glimpse of the city's spirit through the photography of our most prolific Instagrammers, thanks to a new online guide produced by HLNtv.

HLNtv recently highlighted the Instagram pages of local photographer Jay North and others in “An Instagrammer’s Guide to Pittsburgh.”

There, visitors and natives are introduced to fresh views of the city’s bridges and buildings as well as to mouthwatering food finds from North’s @stripdistrict412, Brian W’s @wags2riches46 and @thefoodtasters.

Experience the entire gallery of Pittsburgh photos at HLN City Guide.

NASA captures video of 500-pound fireball over Pittsburgh

If you happened to be awake around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17, you might have caught the ultra-bright, ultra-rapid streak cutting across our dark cold skies. You might’ve even heard the loud boom that followed.

As some observers reported all across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, the sighting was a 500-pound fireball traveling at 45,000 miles an hour. Three NASA cameras captured the event just as the fireball passed over Pittsburgh, according to The Atlantic. As part of NASA's All Sky Fireball Network, 15 specialized cameras record meteoric events in black and white -- including the fireball appearance over our region.

Catch a glimpse of the fireball here.

Diverse hiring practices in Mayor's Office grab national spotlight

National magazine Fast Company recently profiled Mayor Bill Peduto’s alternative approach to prioritizing diversity hiring in staff appointments at every level of his administration. He accomplished this without reliance upon quota systems or “the old political machine,” as Peduto explained in the article.

With input from local nonprofits and foundations, the mayor handed the reins to “Talent City,” a digital platform. According to Peduto, the hiring platform “cast a wider net for applications and vetting candidates for every open city position.”

More details on the mayor’s staff appointments can be read in the full article.

CNN Money calls Pittsburgh most affordable for home buyers

Pittsburgh’s “most livable city” label now carries more weight.

A CNN Money report listed the 27 largest U.S. cities and ranked Pittsburgh as the most affordable place for buying a home. 

According to research conducted by HSH.com, the median price for a home in Pittsburgh is $135,000. Compare that to the median price of $233,200 in Baltimore. In Pittsburgh, someone who earns just under $32,000 could theoretically afford that $135,000 home. In Baltimore, an income of $50,000 is needed to purchase a home at the median value in that city.

The entire list provides a telling comparison of how Pittsburgh’s cost of living stacks up to similar and larger cities.

Local broker named president of PA Realtors Association

Ron Croushore, owner and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, was recently installed as the 2015 president of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.

As a lifelong Pittsburgh-area resident, Croushore currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors and was president of the West Penn Multi-List and Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (RAMP). 

Croushore also was the first realtor appointed by the state Legislature to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) Board of Directors.

Learn more about the organization here.

Pittsburgh among top 5 small cities for filmmakers

Pittsburgh placed No. 4 in the best small towns to live and work as a movie maker, according to film industry magazine MovieMaker. This is hopeful news for local talent since employment in the film business has long meant a move to Los Angeles. 

 “The one-time steel capital has transitioned to become a hotbed of entertainment production with heavy emphasis on nurturing a crew base and creating opportunities for aspiring filmmakers,” noted MovieMaker.  

Pittsburgh Film Office Director Dawn Keezer credits the city’s local resources as well as state tax incentives, which have helped to increase the local talent pool. “We’re in the top 10 of the first places people call when they’re thinking of locations,” the article quoted Keezer as saying.

See the full list of film-friendly cities here.

Pittsburgh No. 11 for STEM employment

Pittsburgh ranked among the top regions in the country for STEM-related jobs, according to a new study by WalletHub.com. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields are those forecasted to rise nearly twice as fast as the rest of the employment fields through the end of 2020.

To help STEM professionals locate the best and worst markets, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, measuring data such as job openings per capita for graduates, annual median wage growth and the projected number of STEM jobs needed in 2018.
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