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Volume 34 Issue 6

Bees do it: Proving the Honeycomb Conjecture >

November 8th, 2001

After completing his proof of the Kepler Conjecture, Thomas Hales turned his attention to a related problem of even greater antiquity: What is the most efficient partition of a plane into equal areas? The Honeycomb Conjecture asserts that the answer is the six-sided honeycomb. Honeybees had always taken the conjecture as a given. But for […]

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Renovation, construction projects totaling over $10 million approved >

November 8th, 2001

The property and fa- cilities committee of the Board of Trustees has approved five renovation and construction projects totaling $10,269,000. The committee is authorized to approve Pitt construction projects in excess of $1 million. The committee reports its actions to the trustees budget committee for the purpose of including the actions in the operating and […]

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Starzl donates papers to ULS >

November 8th, 2001

Organ transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, professor of surgery in Pitt's School of Medicine, has donated his personal papers to Pitt's University Library System (ULS). The papers, which span some 200 linear feet, reflect Starzl's medical career before, during and after his significant contributions to the field of transplantation. According to Rush Miller, director of […]

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It’s the way things stack up: Pitt’s Thomas Hales solves long-standing math mystery >

November 8th, 2001

In 1998, Thomas C. Hales, who was recruited to Pitt this fall as Mellon Professor in the mathematics department, astonished his colleagues by proving Kepler's Conjecture, one of the world's great math problems. Named after the German mathematician Johannes Kepler, who postulated it in 1611, Kepler's Conjecture held that the best possible stacking of balls […]

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Rural health center established >

November 8th, 2001

Pitt has created a Center for Rural Health Practice at the Bradford campus. The cooperative effort of Pitt-Bradford, the Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC Health System and Bradford-area hospitals and health care providers was established to help identify and research health care needs in Appalachia. "The purpose behind this initiative," said Richard E. McDowell, […]

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Assembly urges changes in Pitt indemnification policy >

November 8th, 2001

By unanimous votes, Faculty Assembly on Nov. 6 recommended two changes in the draft of a revised Pitt Research Integrity Policy: * Research misconduct hearings held by the University should be open if the accused employee wants them to be. Under the current draft policy, hearings would be open only if the accused employee — […]

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Street renamed to honor Dorsett >

November 8th, 2001

Pitt football great Tony Dorsett now has a street to add to his honors. Martindale Street between North Shore Drive and Reedsdale Street has been renamed Tony Dorsett Drive. Dorsett is the only player in history to win the Heisman Trophy, a collegiate national championship, a Super Bowl championship and to be elected into both […]

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