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Volume 34 Issue 12

Search underway for new Bradford president >

February 21st, 2002

The committee searching for a new president of Pitt's Bradford campus hopes to choose four to six candidates for interviews and campus visits in March and April, according to the committee's chairperson. The new president will succeed Richard E. McDowell, who last fall announced he would be stepping down June 30 after 29 years as […]

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OBITUARY: Robert John Corry >

February 21st, 2002

Professor of surgery Robert J. Corry died Feb. 11, 2002, in his Oakland home. He was 67. Corry served as director of the pancreas transplant program at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute. He came to Pitt in 1994 from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following an 18-year tenure at that institution that […]

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University post-doctoral fellows struggle against "outsider" status >

February 21st, 2002

When Assad completed his Ph.D. at Pitt and became a post-doctoral fellow here, he assumed — incorrectly — that he could continue to ride Port Authority buses for free, a perk enjoyed by most Pittsburgh campus faculty, staff and students. "I was surprised to learn that, once I became a post-doc, I lost this privilege," […]

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Clarification >

February 21st, 2002

The laboratories visited by President George W. Bush Feb. 5 were incorrectly characterized in the Feb. 7 issue. Bush visited the Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance System (RODS) Laboratory, directed by Pitt's Michael M. Wagner, assistant professor of medicine and intelligent systems, which is part of the Biomedical Security Institute, a joint effort of Pitt […]

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What is a post-doc? >

February 21st, 2002

What is a post-doc? A post-doctoral appointment is temporary and viewed as being preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career. Beyond that, the Association of American Universities defines a post-doctoral appointment as follows: * The appointee holds a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (such as an M.D. or Sc.D.) in an appropriate field. * The […]

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LEARNING LANGUAGES: Need to know Hindi? Serbian? ASL? >

February 21st, 2002

Ungependa kujitundisha kuongea Kiswahili? Because if you do — that is, if you want to learn to speak Swahili — the place to do it at Pitt is the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Center. The center, part of the linguistics department, offers courses in Swahili and 15 other foreign languages not available through Pitt's […]

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LEARNING LANGUAGES: >

February 21st, 2002

Beware of HEARD, a dreadful word That looks like BEARD and sounds like BIRD, And DEAD: It’s said like BED, not BEAD – For goodness’ sake, don’t call it DEED! As that anonymous doggerel warns, English is full of maddening inconsistencies of spelling and pronunciation. But no mystery of English so eludes foreigners as the […]

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There are some differences when women are covering the campaign >

February 21st, 2002

Does the reporter's gender make a difference in news coverage? Not when it comes to objectivity, ethics, deadlines, responsibilities, the skills and tools of the trade, says veteran Associated Press reporter Beth J. Harpaz. But, some of the anecdotes in her book about covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 senatorial campaign suggest that a reporter's gender […]

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Masonic Temple renamed Alumni Hall >

February 21st, 2002

What used to be called the Masonic Temple is now Alumni Hall. In voting to rename the Fifth Avenue building on Feb. 14, Pitt trustees said the change recognizes "the devotion, support and esteem of the University of Pittsburgh alumni." Pitt acquired the Masonic Temple in 1993 and completed a $16 million renovation in 2000. […]

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