Things to Know

A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University. To view in your web browser, visit

From the Dean

School and University Updates

Register now for the 2020 Pitt Diversity Forum
Advancing Social Justice: A Call to Action

Register now for this three-day forum (July 28-30) and prepare to ignite conversations, investigate societal barriers in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, and outline actionable steps to advance social justice across the University, the city, and beyond. Ibram X. Kendi, one of America’s foremost voices on antiracism and the New York Times bestselling author of "How to Be an Antiracist," to keynote. The forum is free and open to all. Once you reg... 

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (7/2)

Updates from school leadership clarifying how University operating policies and procedures will be implemented at Pitt Public Health and other advice for the upcoming term.  

Call for submissions to Multiforme, a student-run art & literary magazine

Pitt Medicine students invite submission of original essays related to the experience of health and medicine. Multiforme seeks to bridge the gap between the science and humanity of medicine. Submissions are due by August 1 for the inaugural issue which will feature works created during, about, or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing institutionalized violence against black Americans and subsequent BlackLivesMatter protests.  

Career Services

Micro-Credential for Postdocs from Katz Graduate School of Business

Cultivating a portfolio of professional skills during your postdoctoral training will provide you with a significant competitive advantage. The micro-credential is a series of four Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses that will introduce emerging scientists and scholars to the essential managerial and communication skills valued and sought after by employers across all sectors of the workforce.  

Networking, Informational Interviews, and Using LinkedIn for Career Advancement

This workshop, offered by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, will cover online and in-person networking, including building a mentoring network, identifying career advocates, interacting with colleagues, and building meaningful long-term communication. Thursday, 7/2, 2-3PM  

June 30th Last Day to Access Pitt Bridges

Starting on July 1, 2020, Handshake will become Pitt Public Health's official online job board and career management system, replacing Pitt Bridges. The University-wide platform is already available to current students and recent alumni. A Pitt Public Health "career hub" will be established on Handshake where students can make appointments, register for events, and find resources specific to public health graduate students.   

Faculty Focus

Lunchtime Chat recording on the web!

Instructors who missed June 23's Lunchtime Chats - Instructional Design and Technology can view a recording of the sessions and access the handout that was shared to participants on Pitt Public Health's Resources for Teaching, Learning and Advising Resources page.   

Make way for Canvas before the fall!

The University’s migration to the Canvas learning management system is in full effect! All instructors teaching in fall 2020 must use Canvas for their courses. BlackBoard/CourseWeb will only be around as a depository, and your course materials should already have been transferred to Canvas. Use the summer months to get acquainted with the new learning management system! To start, come to the Lunchtime Chat on Canvas with Pitt Public Health colle... 

Teaching Tips

Using the Assignments feature in Canvas

In Canvas, “assignment” is a catch-all word for anything to be graded by the instructor—whether or not any actual assigned work is collected. Find out the basics of Canvas’s Assignments feature in this Teaching Tip.  

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Upcoming issues

Things to Know comes out every-other Tuesday, including these upcoming dates:

  • 7/14
  • 7/28
  • 8/11