Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh researchers play a leading role in a White House conference, co-hosted by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon, on the future of innovation.


“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Some of the most famous words spoken in human history were delivered on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. It was the dawning of a new era—as was the signing of the declaration of independence and the 1787 US constitution in Philadelphia, less than 100 years previous.
“Ready to dock this bad boy, Mr. President?” “It’s a go, Mr. Chancellor.” The above is almost certainly the conversation President Barack Obama and Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher did not have as they operated the Boeing CST-100 Starliner Simulator in Pitt’s Alumni Hall demo area during the White House Frontiers Conference.
In the summer of 1977, Freda C. Lewis-Hall’s mother died of a stroke. Dr. Lewis-Hall was in her first year studies at the Howard University School of Medicine and was more deeply awaken to the fact that when it comes to caring for patients, individual patients need to be at the center of that care. Dr. Lewis-Hall knew of the Framingham Heart Study from the 1950s, which provided general and what is now common knowledge on the “risk factors” or the dangerous effects of smoking, hypertension and high cholesterol as they relate to heart disease.
Marcia Lindstrom grew up in rural Mississippi. She was a small-town girl who loved music and words. So, how did she get to the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall, where she stands practically in the middle of the room, showcasing a virtual reality set that gives users big goggles and the anxiety of being up close to a rocket as it rattles and shakes, preparing to launch to Mars.