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Volume 38 Issue 5

UPMC Health Plan ranked in nation’s top 50 >

October 27th, 2005

UPMC Health Plan is among the highest ranked health plans in the country, according to a national organization that ranks managed care companies on their preventive health and quality programs. The results were published in the Oct. 10 issue of U.S. News & World Report. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and U.S. News […]

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Globetrotting educator lands at Falk School >

October 27th, 2005

Wendell McConnaha’s work in laboratory schools has taken him around the world. He was principal at the historic University of Chicago laboratory school, designed schools in the Middle East and planned and built a lab school campus in Nigeria. As a superintendent of Grey-hills Academy in the Western Navajo Nation, he — with a translator […]

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SIS adds geoinformatics track >

October 27th, 2005

Pitt’s School of Information Sciences has introduced a 36-credit geoinformatics track. Graduates of this new track in the M.S.I.S. program will be able to deploy and manage geoinformation systems in industry, conduct research in geotechnologies and pursue Ph.D. research in geoinformatics. The discipline encompasses geospatial data collection, geospatial information analysis and modeling, geospatial information systems […]

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Ness named interim dean of GSPH >

October 27th, 2005

The chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) last week was named interim dean of the school, effective Dec. 1. Roberta Ness, professor of epidemiology at GSPH, and professor of medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine, who also holds an adjunct appointment in […]

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Chartres online image archive launched >

October 27th, 2005

Detailed images of the French Cathedral of Chartres, located approximately 50 miles southwest of Paris, have been captured on a new Pitt web site (http://images.library.pitt.edu/c/chartres). A joint project of Pitt’s Digital Research Library and Alison Stones, Pitt professor of art history, the web site provides access to more than 3,000 high-resolution images of Chartres Cathedral, […]

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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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