WVU Adds Program for Aspiring 'Mad Men' and Women
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WVU adds program for wannabe 'Mad Men' and Women
Moving with the times, West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism replaced its older programs for advertising and public relations with a new major for the fall term. The school specifically created its Strategic Communications program for students who are interested in advertising and public relations. The program aims to teach integrated communications practices and familiarize students with several media platforms.
Once students select their area of emphasis — ad or PR — they can specialize in areas including social media strategy and event planning. The program enables students to work with real-life client campaigns while combining professional skills and different media platforms to develop skills that will be more marketable to future employers.
— Abby Maddigan, PM Editorial Intern
National Institute of Health funds novel stem-cell research at Pitt
Thanks to a recent R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are working on a new stem cell-based study that aims to produce a vascular graft for bypass patients. Grown from a patient’s own stem cells found in body fat, the graft could lessen chances of a patient’s immune system rejecting the transplant and may help to decrease recovery time.
Led by David A. Vorp, a bioengineering professor and associate dean for research at the Swanson School of Engineering, the team will be working over two years and will first test the procedure on rats to determine the effectiveness of replacing small arteries.
— Krystal Hare, PM Fact-Checker
Duquesne teams up with inmates to better community
Duquesne University sociology professor Norman Conti believes people who are in prison care about the safety of their loved ones, some of whom may live in areas with high crime rates. By participating in a think tank, those people can help to improve police departments and safety in their family neighborhoods, Conti believes.
With the help of Duquesne’s 2013 Gaultier Faculty Fellowship, Conti will lead students, inmates and alumni of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program to help in areas affected by crime and provide students with opportunities to earn service credits toward their degrees. The Inside-Out program brings together traditional university students with others who are incarcerated to examine and discuss crime, justice, and other social issues.