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.
Friday Nite Improvs, or Friday Night Improvs (FNI), is a long-running weekly improvisational comedy show staged in the Cathedral of Learning's Studio Theatre on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The show functions as an improv jam, performed by improv actors who don't normally work together. FNI is unique in that, in addition to the audience's providing improv suggestions, the performers are all pulled from volunteers in the audience. Friday Nite Improvs is the longest-running theatrical/comedic production in the city of Pittsburgh. The show regularly features actors from every improv group in Pittsburgh, and alumni have gone on to act, write, and produce for television and film.
Readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper ranked Friday Nite Improvs as the 3rd best place to see comedy in Pittsburgh in the 2004 "Best of Pittsburgh" survey behind the professional stand-up clubs The Improv and The Funnybone. College Prowler ranked Friday Nite Improvs as the ninth best thing about Pitt.
Thomas E. Starzl (born March 11, 1926) is an American physician, researcher, and is an expert on organ transplants. He performed the first human liver transplants, and has often been referred to as "the father of modern transplantation." Starzl was awarded the National Medal of Science and was named one of the most important people of the Millennium, ranking No. 213, according to the authors of 1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium and has been identified as the most cited scientist in the field of clinical medicine. His autobiographical memoir, The Puzzle People, was named by The Wall Street Journal as the third best book on doctors' lives. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine since 1981, Starzl has been retired from clinical and surgical service since 1991, but continues to devotes his time to research endeavors and remains active as professor of surgery at the and has been honored as the namesake of the transplantation Institute, a bioscience research facility, as well as a street.
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