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Volume 34 Issue 10

ONE ON ONE: Don Smith >

January 24th, 2002

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg remembers feeling impressed — but also envious — whenever he worked with Don Smith, Carnegie Mellon University's economic development director. Along with Nordenberg and CMU President Jared Cohon, Smith was an architect of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, a state-funded consortium of companies, universities and nonprofits working to make southwestern Pennsylvania a chip-design […]

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Molecular Medicine Institute established >

January 24th, 2002

Pitt's School of Medicine has partnered with UPMC Health System to develop the Molecular Medicine Institute (MMI). Molecular medicine, the study of the genetic basis of disease, is widely recognized as integral to the future of modern medicine. "Molecular medicine has provided us with seemingly unlimited possibilities for the development of new therapies," said Arthur […]

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PHOTONICS: At the speed of light >

January 24th, 2002

In his newly renovated lab in Old Engineering Hall, David W. Snoke of Pitt's physics department is running a "time arrival" experiment. He's measuring how long it takes photons (electromagnetic particles having zero mass, no electrical charge and indefinitely long lifetimes) from a laser pulse to reach an assigned destination. The wait isn't long. "The […]

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Swallowing pill-sized camera to provide view of digestive tract >

January 24th, 2002

UPMC Health System gastroenterologists are the first in the state to offer the world's first capsule endoscopy system, in which patients swallow a pill-size camera that transmits images of the digestive tract that can be read on a computer. "This pill allows us to see the entire length of the small bowel, which traditional endoscopic […]

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Firms hungry for photonics expertise turn to Pitt program >

January 24th, 2002

One of the things that James Kimbrell, chief technologist at Brashear L.P., likes about Pitt's undergraduate certificate program in photonics is that students don't have to complete all of the courses required for the certificate before graduating with their bachelor's degrees. "Through this program, it's possible for students to graduate, get a job, and then […]

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Pitt's School of Engineering sets up Center for Metal Fluids >

January 24th, 2002

Metalworking companies in the Great Lakes area have a new partner — the Center for Metal Fluids (CMF) at Pitt's School of Engineering — that will work with them to reduce maintenance costs, increase employee productivity and have an impact on both the environment and the quality of finished products. Pitt will work with World-Class […]

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New technology benefits mammography >

January 24th, 2002

Magee-Womens Hospital has introduced computer aided detection, or CAD, that offers an added benefit to mammography in the detection of early breast cancer. CAD analyzes films from screening mammography to identify areas that contain the slightest abnormal or suspicious features and marks them for a radiologist to review. Magee is the first facility in western […]

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