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Volume 38 Issue 5

State hearings on liberal bias set for Nov. 9 & 10 >

October 27th, 2005

The first public hearing to investigate whether liberal bias exists among professors at Pennsylvania’s State System and state-related universities is set for Nov. 9 and 10 in the William Pitt Union ballroom. The state House select committee on student academic freedom will accept public testimony on both days of the hearing. The Nov. 9 agenda […]

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Arts endowment established at UPB >

October 27th, 2005

Richard S. and Pamela A. Johnson have given more than $55,000 to Pitt’s Bradford campus to create an endowment fund to help support the fine and performing arts. The Richard E. and Pamela A. Johnson Endowment Fund for the Arts will help to provide enjoyment and cultural enrichment for the campus community, as well as […]

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Fitness for Life plan encourages healthy employee lifestyles >

October 27th, 2005

It’s time to take a holiday — a premium holiday, that is. Pitt has launched a new Fitness for Life program, in partnership with UPMC Health Plan, that means a month’s free health care premium for UPMC Health Plan enrollees who undergo a simple health screening. The goal of the program is to encourage individuals […]

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Nominations sought for staff awards >

October 27th, 2005

Members of the University community are invited to nominate outstanding staff members for the two annual chancellor’s excellence in service awards. The Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University and the Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the Community are the highest awards that Pitt grants to staff members. […]

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Fitness for Life clinics announced >

October 27th, 2005

As part of Pitt’s Fitness for Life program, faculty and staff (and their spouses or partners) who are enrolled in a UPMC Health Plan are eligible for a month’s waiver of their health insurance premium next July if they undergo a simple blood panel test before March 31. (Dependent children covered by Pitt’s medical insurance […]

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UPMC opens transnasal brain surgery operating room >

October 27th, 2005

A UPMC operating room has been designed to accommodate an innovative surgical procedure for removing brain tumors in which the nose and nasal sinuses are used to gain access to the brain. This facility is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. A collaboration between UPMC and Karl Storz Endoscopy-America […]

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$25.5 million Life Science Annex expands Clapp-Langley-Crawford halls >

October 27th, 2005

Pitt’s capital expansion plans for the sciences did not stop with the opening Oct. 6 of the Biomedical Science Tower 3. (See Oct. 13 University Times.) A new Life Science Annex, the $25.5 million expansion of the Clapp/Langley/Crawford (CLC) halls complex, also officially opened this month. The project, phase I of a multi-phase upgrade of […]

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SAC candy sale benefit >

October 27th, 2005

The Staff Association Council (SAC) is sponsoring a Sarris candy sale to help raise funds for the SAC Endowed Book Fund, which benefits children of staff. Assorted candy bars ($1 per bar), pretzel rods ($1 per package) and holiday candy orders (various items and prices) are available for purchase through Nov. 18. Orders may be […]

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Student data improves teaching, Harvard prof says >

October 27th, 2005

A little data can go a long way. That was the lesson from a Harvard education professor and statistician who spoke here on “How Do Faculty Know When They Are Achieving Good Outcomes With Students?” A decade ago, Richard J. Light, who is the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and director of the Harvard […]

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