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Pitt Trustees vote unanimously to remove Parran name from public health building

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE  -  The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees moved Friday to end a racially painful chapter on its campus, voting to remove Thomas Parran Jr.’s name from a campus classroom building nearly half a century after it was added. The board’s vote on the building housing the Graduate School of Public Health was unanimous...  

Chancellor Gallagher recommends that Trustees change name of Parran Hall

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"To name a permanent University asset, such as a building, for a person on an honorific basis is intended to be one of the highest, most visible, and permanent recognitions the University can bestow. It is appropriate to revoke this naming decision and to remove any perception of celebrating a name associated with these unfortunate human trials," Gallagher wrote in a memorandum to the Board of Trustees recommending that they remove the name of... 

He was a champion of public health — but played a role in the horrors of Tuskegee. Should a college expunge his name?

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STAT / KAISER HEALTH NEWS - He was surgeon general under President Franklin Roosevelt. He’s been lauded for turning sexually transmitted diseases from a moral failing into a medical concern. During the height of segregation, he acknowledged the need to stem health disparities between black and white America. Thomas Parran Jr. has also been called an architect of the syphilis experiments on black men and women in Tuskegee, Ala. While surgeon g... 

Origins of Pitt Public Health's iconic "Cantini Man" sculpture, according to King Friday (VIDEO)

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In charming footage from an early episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," famed Pittsburgh muralist and sculptor, Virgil Cantini shares the maquette for his scientific "Man" sculpture and explains his vision for the work. The angular, larger-than-life metallic figure has adorned the Fifth Avenue facade of the school for the last half century, showing Man ever-reaching for the expansion of knowledge. (Excerpt courtesy of The Fred Rogers Company... 

Dean Burke shares January letter regarding the Thomas Parran legacy

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Dean Donald Burke shares his recent letter to the chancellor's office asking for an official University review of the naming of Parran Hall, "I write to request that the Office of Diversity and Inclusion form a review committee to consider whether the name "Parran Hall" is consistent with the University's mission to create a diverse and inclusive environment. Concerns have been raised both locally and nationally about Thomas Parran's legacy."  

OBOC: Colors of Support

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COLORS OF SUPPORT! Our One Book, One Community program presents cancer-awareness memorabilia of students, faculty, and staff in a special November display, part of this year’s communal read of Pulitzer Prize winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 

Burke: We didn’t lose the war on drugs. We surrendered.

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POST-GAZETTE - In his October 22, 2017 editorial, Dean DONALD BURKE writes, “As an epidemiologist, I’m exasperated. Facing a raging epidemic—of drug addiction and overdose deaths—we dither. Even an ounce of prevention would look good at this point. ... To bend the epidemic curve downward, we will need new ideas, new data and new research. And we will need a new a generation of addiction experts, mental health specialists and behavioral epidemiolo... 

Acceptance Journeys Pittsburgh — Pop-up photo exhibit in Harrisburg

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ACCEPTANCE JOURNEYS PITTSBURGH is a Pitt Public Health photo-story project where community members share stories of love and acceptance for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) friends and family. The Pennsylvania Department of Health invited us to host a pop-up exhibit on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, as part of the commonwealth’s LGBTQ History month activities. The display was in Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg  

Commons Cafe grand opening!

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This morning we enjoyed the Commons Cafe Grand Opening, with none more excited than Dean Burke! Have you checked out the offerings? So good to have a welcoming place to connect and collaborate! 

Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh celebrates 20 years of promoting health in underserved communities (video)

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Celebrating 20 years of service, BRIDGING THE GAPS PITTSBURGH has focused on promoting health in underserved communities while training future health and social service professionals. More than 350 community health interns have collaborated with 58 community partners to provide over 10,255 days of service in the greater Pittsburgh area.  

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