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Volume 34 Issue 6

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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Spouses of employees on Pittsburgh campus to get back library, shuttle, other privileges

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November 8th, 2001

When Pitt issued new I.D. cards to Pittsburgh campus employees in January, it inadvertently cut off several privileges previously enjoyed by spouses of faculty and staff, including borrowing privileges at Pitt libraries and access to campus shuttle buses and Trees Hall recreation facilities. Recently, the administration took steps to restore those privileges, said Andrew W. […]

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Pitt coordinates entrepreneurial activity >

November 8th, 2001

As part of a comprehensive approach to technology transfer and commercialization, Pitt recently coordinated its entrepreneurial activities by establishing the Technology Commercialization Alliance (TCA). TCA will operate in parallel with the Office of Technology Transfer, and will be housed administratively in the Provost's office under George Klinzing, vice provost for research. "The rich soil of […]

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New classes & research, more student interest: Sept. 11 attacks' effects continue on campus >

November 8th, 2001

Aftershocks of the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackings, recent anthrax attacks and the war in Afghanistan are being felt in Pitt classrooms and research facilities. Some examples: * More than 30 undergraduates have enrolled so far in Pitt's new certificate program in global studies, more than twice the number that planners of the interdisciplinary program had […]

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Grant to fund training for care of elderly >

November 8th, 2001

The Division of Geriatric Medicine at Pitt's School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) to help train ophthalmologists in how to better care for older adults. Hollis Day, assistant professor in the geriatric medicine division and geriatric resident education coordinator, said: "The […]

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Number of applicants, returning students here continues to increase >

November 8th, 2001

Pitt appears not to be suffering the exodus of foreign and out-of-state students that some experts feared would follow the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — and the xenophobic violence that ensued in Pittsburgh and other cities. As of Nov. 2, the Pittsburgh campus had processed spring term registrations of 11,356 students, 726 more than last […]

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OBITUARY: Shun-hsin (S.H.) Chou >

November 8th, 2001

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in Heinz Chapel for economics professor emeritus Shun-hsin (S.H.) Chou. He died Oct. 8, 2001, one day before his 86th birthday. Chou joined Pitt's economics faculty in 1957 and served as department chair from 1970 to 1975. He retired from the University in […]

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