Issue Date: 
April 27, 2015


Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Elements, uses drawings and watercolors of bird nests to focus on the natural and man-made materials incorporated into these architectural structures, through June 30, Hunt Library, 4909 Frew St., Carnegie Mellon University, www.huntbotanical.org 

Carnegie Museum of Art, Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars, showcases a selection of 25 elegant photographs of automobiles from the 1930s to 1970s and emphasizes the roles they played in Pittsburgh’s segregated African American communities, April 30 through Oct. 16; Sketch to Structure, reveals the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape from an initial concept, through Aug. 17; Visiting Van Gogh: Still Life, Basket of Apples, provides a rare opportunity to experience four influential masterpieces up close and in-depth, through July 6; Antoine Catala: Distant Feel, a multimedia exploration of the way that images provoke emotion, especially as they travel virtual and physical distances via the Internet, through May 18, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.cmoa.org 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Time Machines: Watches from the H. J. Heinz Collection, showcases more than 20 of ketchup entrepreneur H. J. Heinz’s most spectacular timepieces, through June 1, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland, www.carnegiemnh.org


“Braking Molecular Circuits for Cancer Prevention with Phytochemicals: From Flask to Fur to Folks,” Shivendra Singh, professor, UPMC Chair in Cancer Prevention Research, Pitt School of Medicine, 4 p.m. April 28, Lecture Room 6, Scaife Hall, Health Sciences Inaugural Lecture, www.health.pitt.edu  

“Behavioral Intervention Technologies for Depression,” David Mohr, professor, preventive medicine, psychiatry, and medical social sciences, Northwestern University, noon April 29, Auditorium, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pitt Department of Psychiatry, www.psychiatry.pitt.edu  

“Developing a Successful Grant Application: A Primer for Postdocs and Graduate Students in the Sciences,” Satdarshan (Paul) Monga, professor, Pitt School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology, and Nick Giannoukakis, expert in diabetes research, UPMC Department of Pathology, 3 p.m. April 29, S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Pitt Office of Academic Career Development, www.oacd.health.pitt.edu  

“The Genesis and Development of the Vis Moot: A Platform for Global Legal Education and the Rule of Law,” Eric Bergsten, former Senior Legal Officer and Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, 5:30 p.m. April 29, Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Barco Law Building, Pitt Center for International Legal Education, www.ucis.pitt.edu  

“Vaping: Lifesaving Remedy or Public Health Nightmare?” Brian Primack, associate professor, medicine, pediatrics, and clinical and translational science, Pitt School of Medicine, 11 a.m. May 1, Auditorium G23, Graduate School of Public Health Building, Health Sciences Research Seminar Series, www.health.pitt.edu 

Distinguished Scientist Lecture, Nora Volkow, director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, noon May 1, Auditorium, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pitt Department of Psychiatry, www.psychiatry.pitt.edu  


Marcella L. Finegold Memorial Public Debate Series, “Should Gain-of-Function Research on Potential Pandemic Pathogens be Prohibited?” Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology, Harvard University, and Michael Imperiale, professor of microbiology and immunology, University of Michigan, noon April 27, LHAS Auditorium, UPMC-Montefiore Hospital, William Pitt Debating Union, www.as.pitt.edu 

Annual STAR-Center Conference, “Understanding Adversity and Helping Youth to Overcome It,” 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 1, William Pitt Union, Department of Psychiatry, www.psychiatry.pitt.edu 

PhD Dissertations

Candice Wilson, Dietrich School’s Department of English, “Unseen Femininity: Women in Japanese New Wave Cinema,” 9 a.m. April 27, 501 Cathedral of Learning

David Landes, Dietrich School’s Department of Communication, “The Attention Situation: A Rhetorical Theory of Attention for Mediated Communication,” 3 p.m. April 27, 1128 Cathedral of Learning

Caitlin Marie Kirkwood, School of Medicine’s Center for Neuroscience, “The Role of Neuronal Calcium Sensing Protein Vilip-1 in A-Induced Neuronal Death in Alzheimer’s Disease,” 9 a.m. April 29, 1495 Biomedical Science Tower

Katharina Nieswandt, Dietrich School’s Department of Philosophy, “Moral Rights and Social Conventions,” noon April 29, 1001B Cathedral of Learning

Margaret Rencewicz, Dietrich School’s Department of Religious Studies, “‘Pray, Pay and Disobey’: Conflict and Schism in Catholic America, 1870-1939,” 3 p.m. April 29, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

Loring Pfeiffer, Dietrich School’s Department of English, “The Politics of Desire: English Women Playwrights, Partisanship, and the Staging of Female Sexuality, 1660-1737,” 9 a.m. May 1, 501 Cathedral of Learning

Hui-Min Lin, Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, “Behavior of Statistics for Genetic Association in a Genome-Wide Scan Context,” 2 p.m. May 1, A425 Crabtree Hall

Katharine Harris, School of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, “Manipulation of Host Cells Death and Innate Immune Signaling Pathways by Coxsackievirus B3,” 9:30 a.m. May 4, Room 503, Bridgeside Point II