Community Research Fellowship Reflections

Something that has really resonated with me since arriving in Pittsburgh, but particularly this summer, is how deeply people care for the Pittsburgh community. Community members constantly strive to work toward a happy, healthy, and equitable Pittsburgh. Meeting so many people engaged in local communities has been one of the most valuable experiences of this…

Navigating Networks

I began this summer with two goals: learn a coding language and use it to explore satellite data.  The research opportunity I have this summer with the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory and Community Research Fellowship have been extremely supportive in helping me attain these goals.  In particular, the research done by my advisor, Dr. John Gardner,…

Research & Collaboration

Hi Everyone,  As we enter the last three weeks of this project, I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve learned from the Community Research Fellowship, and how many people have worked tirelessly to make that possible. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, there are so many components to making a project run smoothly,…

Communicating My Research

Equity in education is necessary for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and age to succeed. However, educational equity does not exist in today’s society. Since the 1980s, socioeconomic segregation for black students in schools has been increasing, contributing to inequity for these students (Orfield). I am researching…

Looking Ahead: Communicating Research

Hi everyone! I can’t believe we’re entering the ninth week of the community research fellowship already. I’ve learned so much over the past couple months, but it’s also been flying by! One of the things that I’ve learned over the last few weeks of working on this project is that the key to changemaking is…

Communicating My Results to a Diverse Audience

By: Tony Robol The objective of my summer project is to create a manual to better help high schoolers gain early exposure to the field of data science through the annual Pittsburgh Data Jam competition. My final manual will contain not only every detail and point of emphasis needed to conduct a high-level Data Jam…

Communicating my Research to All Interested Audiences

Research on Pittsburgh’s rivers affects everyone that lives in Allegheny County and the people that live here must be aware of the issue that is combined sewage overflow. Throughout the summer, I have been talking to people I know from the community about my research on combined sewage overflow and nitrogen discharge. So, I have…

Data-Driven Communication: The Importance of Inclusive and Accessible Research

For many, the mention of “research” at a big University conjures up images of complex chemistry experiments or dense mathematical proofs, that, while still useful, are somewhat separated from everyday life and aren’t immediately applicable to the communities they are based in. This was certainly the perspective I held before coming to Pitt, and stereotypes…

Communicating River Quality with Color

Water color as the human eye sees it is an inherent indicator for quality.  When one imagines a healthy body of water, the color blue comes to mind.  When they imagine a drinkable cup of water, it is clear of floating bits.  And if for some reason that imaginary cup of water was tainted by…