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The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is an urban state-related research university located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with four regional campuses throughout Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of higher education in the United States.

Pitt is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the nation by the Center for Measuring University Performance (top cluster of 7) and U.S. News & World Report (top 20), has been named as a "best value" by various publications, and has appeared in multiple rankings of the world's top universities. Pitt has also been recognized for its positive campus atmosphere, with The Princeton Review ranking Pitt as having the 8th happiest student body and the 11th best quality of life in the nation in 2010.

Pitt is among the world's most active research institutions with over $700 million in annual research expenditures. Pitt and its medical school are also closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a leading international academic medical center that has been consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the approximately 15 to 20 best hospitals in America over the last decade.

Pitt is popularly recognized for its centerpiece building, the Cathedral of Learning at 535 feet (163 m), the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere; for its central role in developing the first polio vaccine; and for fielding nationally competitive NCAA Division I athletic programs.

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The Nationality Rooms are a collection of 27 classrooms in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning depicting and donated by the ethnic groups that helped build the city of Pittsburgh. The rooms are designated as a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation historical landmark and are located on the 1st and 3rd floors of the Cathedral of Learning, itself a national historic landmark, on the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Although of museum caliber, twenty-five of the 27 rooms are in almost constant use as functional classrooms and utilized daily by University of Pittsburgh faculty and students, while the other two are display rooms which can be explored only via guided tour. The Nationality Rooms also serve in a vigorous program of intercultural involvement and exchange in which the original organizing committees for the individual rooms remain as participants and includes a program of annual student scholarship to facilitate study abroad. In addition, the Nationality Rooms inspire lectures, seminars, concerts exhibitions and social events which focus on the various heritages and traditions of the nations represented. The various national, traditional and religious holidays of the nations represented are celebrated on campus and the rooms are appropriately decorated to reflect these occasions.
Pitt baseball circa the 1890s when the school was known as the Western University of Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Panthers baseball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate baseball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt". The Pitt baseball team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games at the Petersen Sports Complex (starting in 2011). It is the university's oldest recorded sport dating to 1869. The Panthers have won both the Big East regular season and Big East Tournament championships, received four First Team All-American selections, and have appeared in three NCAA championships. 32 Panthers have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Joe Jordano has been the head coach of Pitt baseball since 1998.

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Samuel Pierpont Langley
Samuel Pierpont Langley (August 22, 1834, Roxbury, Massachusetts – February 27, 1906, Aiken, South Carolina) was an American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer, and pioneer of aviation. In 1867, he became the director of the university's newly acquired Allegheny Observatory and a professor of astronomy at the Western University of Pennsylvania, now known as the University of Pittsburgh, a post he kept until 1891 even while he became the third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1887. Langley was the founder of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

In 1886, Langley received the Henry Draper Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions to solar physics. His publication in 1890 of infrared observations at the Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh together with Frank Washington Very was used by Svante Arrhenius to make the first calculations on the greenhouse effect. Several craft and facilities have been named in his honor, including Langley Air Force Base, NASA's Langley Research Center, and the university's Langley Hall.

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