For the first eight years of my teaching career, the only white face in my classroom was mine. I was aware of that fact, of course, but only peripherally. My students were just that, my students. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying I was colorblind. I just didn’t relate to my students at Westinghouse…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2018
A casual glance at Tom Erdner’s Gibsonia patio on this fine Sunday wouldn’t reveal anything unusual. But there are a few clues. For instance, on the table where he’s sitting, there’s a pen, note pad, watch, calculator and cell phone.Then there’s the serious look on Erdner’s face as he keeps looking back at…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading A dwindling but dedicated bunch keeps the pigeon-​racing tradition alive in Pittsburgh
Science and technology march along, year after year, making gradual progress in transforming our lives. Every now and again, however, a public event is staged — the moon landing, a computer playing a chess champion, decoding the human genome — that gives the public the appearance of a breakthrough.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading As the co-​founders of Google and Apple Computer looked on, Carnegie Mellon University robotic vehicles made their mark in a driver-​less race across the Nevada desert
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