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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 Studio Theatre in the Cathedral of Learning
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.

The undefeated 1924-25 Pitt women's varsity basketball team went 10-0 with wins against Cincinnati, at NYU, and at Temple who had never before been defeated on their home floor.
Pittsburgh Panthers women's basketball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate women's basketball program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt". The Pitt women's basketball team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Petersen Events Center. The university first sponsored women's basketball on the varsity level in 1914 and have appeared in five straight national post-season tournaments. The head coach of the Panthers since 2003 is Agnus Berenato.


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Painting by Russell Smith, Oil on Canvas, Carnegie Museum of Art
Pitt in 1833

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Thomas Starzl
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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