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Being Human

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Being Human

University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center

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Being Human aims to create conversations between the humanities and other disciplines -- conversations that let humanists and scholars in other fields learn from each other and create new forms of understanding as the 21st century unfolds.
 
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That's Pediatrics

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh: Leader in pediatric medicine and

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Physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals will explore a new frontier of child and adolescent medicine on “That’s Pediatrics.” From the hospital that is home to the polio vaccine, pediatric transplantation, and Mr. Yuk™, our hosts discuss the latest discoveries and innovations of pediatric health care, featuring interviews with a variety of our experts at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
 
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An interview with Michael Clune, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities at Case Western University. The interview focuses on Professor Clune's most recent book A Defense of Judgment. Professor Clune's essays at the Chronicle of Higher Education, including one that reproduces the core argument of A Defense of Judgment, are availabl…
 
An interview with Charles Exley, professor of Japanese literature and film and Associate Director of film and media studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Exley's work with Screenshot:Asia, a project to promote Asian film and culture in Pittsburgh. The website for Screenshot:Asia is here: www.screenshot.pitt.edu…
 
An interview with Paul Bové, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Bové's new book Love’s Shadow, which was published in January by Harvard University Press. The interview was recorded on Friday, May 21, 2021. Information on boundary2, the journal Professor Bové edits, can be found here: read.dukeu…
 
An interview with Shelome Gooden, professor of linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Gooden's research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by various crises in 2020. It was recorded on Friday, May 7, 2021. Professor Gooden's LSA plenary talk is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlVotlTf6QM&t=565s. A …
 
An interview with Adriana Helbig, professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Helbig's research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by various crises in 2020. It was recorded on Friday, March 12, 2021. The Music at Pitt podcast, which is recorded and produced by Phil Thompson, can be found here:…
 
Many children with developmental and behavioral health needs often experience a difficult journey toward wellness due to services that are fragmented or inaccessible. UPMC Children’s partnered with renowned UPMC Behavioral Health Services to launch a behavioral health medical home pilot for children and adolescents, Whole Child Wellness Clinic. Thi…
 
An interview with Shaundra Myers, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Myers' research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by various crises in 2020. It was recorded on Friday, February 19, 2021. Professor Myers' essay on black anaesthetics can be found here: academic.oup.com/alh/articl…
 
An interview with Christopher Nygren, professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Nygren's research, teaching, and the way both have been affected by the pandemic. It was recorded on Friday, February 5, 2021. The Beatrice Institute podcast we discuss can be found here: beatriceinstitute.libsyn.com/ny…
 
An interview with Mohammed Bamyeh, professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Bamyeh's research and writing, in particular, including his books Lifeworlds of Islam: the Pragmatics of a Religion, and Anarchy as Order: the History and Future of Civic Humanity. The essay we discuss (which is in Arabic) o…
 
An interview with Alaina Roberts, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Roberts' research and writing, in particular her forthcoming book I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land. More information on the book can be found here: bit.ly/3garKyE. Professor Roberts' website can be fou…
 
Dr. Ettinger is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics In the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. She is currently working on the Pittsburgh Study and the Family Strengths Survey, a survey of how caregivers support their children during COVID-19.…
 
Dr. Kochanek is internationally respected for his expertise in and research on traumatic brain injury and cardiopulmonary arrest, as well as for his leadership of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. As director for 25 years, he has established the Safar Center as one of the leading sites in the world for the investigation of traumatic brai…
 
An interview with RA Judy, professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on RA Judy's research and writing, in particular his recently published book Sentient Flesh: Thinking in Disorder, Poiesis in Black. The interview with Fred Moten we discuss can be found here: www.boundary2.org/2020/05/of-human…y-by-fred-moten/. A…
 
An interview with Mari Webel, professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Webel's teaching and research, and the perspectives they provide on the crises of 2020. Dr. Webel's National Humanities Webinar can be found here: nationalhumanitiescenter.org/putting-co…epidemics/. The article on reporting respons…
 
An interview with Robin Brooks, professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Brooks' teaching and research, and the perspectives they provide on the crises of 2020. Dr. Brooks' essay on RIP Shirts in the journal Biography can be found here: muse.jhu.edu/issue/40025. A Washington Post article that…
 
An interview with Rudolph Ware, professor of history at the University of Michigan. The interview focuses on Professor Ware's life and career, particularly his recent book The Walking Qur’an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa. The novel we discuss during the conversation is Ambiguous Adventure, by Cheikh Hamidou Kane…
 
Dr. Andrew Buchert joined the Paul C. Gaffney Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) in 2009 immediately following completion of his pediatric residency at Children’s of Alabama. Since that time, Dr. Buchert has assumed a major role in the oversight and expansion of quality improvement and high-value clinical care endeavors both at the hospi…
 
An interview with Mabel Wilson, architect, designer, and professor of architecture at Columbia University. The interview focuses on Professor Wilson's life and career, including her 2012 book "Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums." The website for Who Builds Your Architecture?, which we discuss in the interview, can be …
 
July is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month! Jesse A. Goldstein, MD, is an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh. He practices as a pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, helping patients from newborns to young adults restore function and appearance as a result of bir…
 
An interview with Fred Moten, professor in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. The interview focuses on Professor Moten's life and career, particularly his recent volume of criticism called "consent not to be a single being." The Nathaniel Mackey poem "Destination Out," which Moten references at the end of the conversation, is available h…
 
Dr. Kemaladewi has extensive training in human genetics and development of genetic therapy, with a focus on neuromuscular disorders. She is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying layers of pathophysiology involved in muscular dystrophies, including muscle atrophy, -regeneration, -fibrosis, and nerve damages. In parallel, th…
 
An interview with Allen MacDuffie, professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin. The interview focuses on Professor MacDuffie's work as a scholar of Victorian literature and the environment. The essay we discuss, "Charles Darwin and the Victorian Pre-History of Climate Denial," is currently available on Jstor, here: www.jstor.org/stable/…
 
Gerard Vockley, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in medical genetics and the field of inborn errors of metabolism. He joined Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as chief of the Division of Medical Genetics in 2004 and was named professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and professor of human genetics a…
 
Dr. Abel’s clinical interest is in pediatric neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, and neuromodulation. He completed a fellowship in epilepsy surgery and deep brain stimulation with Philippe Kahane, Dominique Hoffmann, and Stephan Chabardes at University Hospital of Grenoble in Grenoble, France. In Grenoble, Dr. Abel received special training in identifi…
 
An interview with Merry Wiesner-Hanks, distinguished professor emerita of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The interview focuses on Professor Wiesner-Hanks' career as a world historian and a historian of women and gender. The Masha Gessen essay that she references can be found here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the…
 
Dr. Stacey Cook is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of The Complex Care Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This center offers primary care and care coordination for kids with complex medical needs. Their mission is to be a central point of contact for families who use many services at Children’s.…
 
Dr. Allyson Larkin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and is part of the Allergy and Immunology Division here at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She joined the Department of Pediatrics in July of 2011 after completing her fellowship program here at Children’s. She currently serves as the Fellowship Program Director, the Co-Director of …
 
The Silva Lab studies chikungunya virus, a reemerging arbovirus that has recently caused explosive epidemics of febrile arthritis throughout many parts of the world. Dr. Silva’s research interests are focused on virus-host interactions that dictate chikungunya virus entry, tropism, replication compartment formation, and pathogenesis. By understandi…
 
Dr. Chong is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. At the Center for Rare Disease Therapy at UPMC Children’s, Dr. Chong’s role often involves evaluating patients with immune disorders to determine whether they are candidates for a bone marrow tr…
 
An interview with Clay Risen, deputy op-ed editor at the New York Times and author of The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century. The interview focuses on Risen's book on Roosevelt, as well as his general approach to writing popular American history.
 
Dr. DePas's lab is focused on developing a clear picture of the biogeography of infection sites, determining how the spatial structure impacts bacterial activity and interactions with host cells, and recapitulating important aspects of the infection environment in vitro in order to gain an in-depth understanding of cellular processes that are relev…
 
The central focus of the Kane Lab is understanding the genetic and immunological basis for protective antiviral immune responses, as well as the molecular details underlying the direct inhibition of retroviral replication by restriction factors. Dr. Kane’s lab utilizes both in vitro and in vivo tools to investigate intrinsic, innate, and adaptive i…
 
Dr. Radovic is interested in increasing adolescent and parent participation in mental health treatment when depression or anxiety treatment is recommended within primary care. She is especially interested in using internet technology such as social media to enable connections between adolescent and young adult peers as well as parent peers who have…
 
Dr. Linda McAllister-Lucas is an NIH-funded physician-scientist who investigates how dysregulated intracellular signaling contributes to inflammatory disease and cancer. She co-directs a research laboratory with her husband Dr. Peter Lucas, a member of the faculty in the Department of Pathology. Their joint Lucas / McAllister Laboratory comprises t…
 
An interview with Simon Gikandi, professor of English at Princeton University and President of the Modern Language Association (MLA). The interview focuses on Professor Gikandi's life and career, and the role that literature and art played for him growing up in a postcolonial setting. We also discuss the upcoming MLA conference, the theme of which …
 
Dr. Panigrahy is board certified in both Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology. He is a Professor of Radiology, Radiologist-in-Chief at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Vice Chair of Clinical and Translational Imaging Research at UPMC. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2009 including both a K23 and current multi-center Ro1. He …
 
Dr. Daniel Weiner is the Medical Director at the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Co-Director at The Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Cystic Fibrosis Center and Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Andrew Feranchak is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at UPMC Chil…
 
An interview with Angie Cruz, Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the novel Dominicana (2019). The interview focuses on Professor Cruz's recent novel and her work editing the literary journal Aster(ix). Link to Aster(ix) here: asterixjournal.com/. The interview "Editing with Love and Openness is Activism" is available…
 
Dr. Paul Szabolcs trained at Semmelweis University School of Medicine in Budapest. He completed his residency at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center and was Chief Fellow at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Molecular Biology and at Rockefeller University in Physiolo…
 
An interview with David Crandall and Elizabeth Dowd of Theatre Nohgaku, an international performance ensemble whose members share a passion for noh theater and a conviction that it has profound power for audiences today. The interview took place on September 11, 2019, ahead of their upcoming performance of Gettysburg: An American Noh in Pittsburgh.…
 
Dr. McElroy's research interests include studying the interactions that occur between the host immune system and emerging viral pathogens. To do this, animal model systems, clinical specimens from cases of human disease, and in vitro models are used. Previous work has focused on the Hantaviruses, Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), Crimean-Congo hemorr…
 
Sylvia Owusu-Ansah MD, MPH, FAAP is a board-certified pediatrician, pediatric emergency medicine, and emergency medical services (EMS) physician who is currently an attending at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Director of Pre-hospital and EMS. Dr. Owusu-Ansah has been extremely involved in pediatric advocacy and education of EMS provider…
 
Dr. Nischal joined UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus, and Adult Motility in 2011. He directs pediatric program development at the UPMC Eye Center and is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Nischal has pioneered the use of new surgic…
 
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