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Volume 34 Issue 13

March 12 forum to focus on Fort Pitt bridge project >

March 7th, 2002

Pitt's Parking, Transportation and Services is sponsoring an information forum on the impact of the upcoming Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnel construction project. The session will be held March 12, noon – 1 p.m., in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Officials from PennDOT and the Port Authority will field questions on the project. PennDOT […]

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ADMISSIONS CRUNCH: It's that time of year when Admissions staff have the tough job of selecting the last few hundred students for the fall freshman class. >

March 7th, 2002

Each weekday afternoon at this time of year, a staff member from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid gathers up a stack of violet-colored folders and takes them to 226 Alumni Hall. That is the meeting place of Pitt's Marginal Admissions Review Committee (MARC) and the folders contain application materials from students judged by […]

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Technology to replace bar codes available, prof says >

March 7th, 2002

The technology that eventually will replace bar codes as product identifiers is available today, according to Marlin Mickle, Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor in Pitt's School of Engineering. Richard E. Billo, a former Pitt professor now at Oregon State University, and Mickle demonstrated the technology in summer 2000 using commercially available radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, […]

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ADMISSIONS CRUNCH: Who gets in, who gets referred: Some case studies >

March 7th, 2002

ACCEPT The applicant attended a "no rank," or NR, high school (a school that does not rank its students). His school sends 98 percent of its graduates to college. MARC judged this student to be clearly acceptable for admission to the Pittsburgh campus based on the following factors: * His grade point average compared favorably […]

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Pharmacy ranks in top 10 in NIH research funding >

March 7th, 2002

For the second consecutive year, the School of Pharmacy ranks in the top 10 among the nation's schools and colleges of pharmacy when measured by research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Funding from the NIH is viewed as a benchmark for a school's research programs because of the competitive and rigorous peer-review […]

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Lack of faculty participation in University governance concerns Assembly members >

March 7th, 2002

Citing dwindling willingness among Pitt faculty to participate in University governance, the chair of the University Senate's committee for elections called for Pitt's administration to help stimulate interest. Herbert Chesler told Faculty Assembly Feb. 26 that the elections committee was scrounging for faculty to serve on Senate standing committees, five of which were shy of […]

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Engineering school ranks high in terms of minority graduates >

March 7th, 2002

Women and minority recruitment at the School of Engineering got high marks in a study conducted by the Engineering Workforce Commission of the American Association of Engineering Societies, Inc. (AAES). The study found that in 2001, Pitt's engineering program ranked first in the state in total number of African-American engineering graduates, in bachelor of science […]

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PUP, administrators debate merits of transportation plan for Oakland >

March 7th, 2002

Should Pitt develop a comprehensive transportation plan for Oakland? The Senate's Plant Utilization and Planning (PUP) committee debated that question with two Pitt officials Feb. 27. While committee members praised the improved and improving state of parking and transportation at Pitt and in Oakland, they also urged the University to be more proactive in setting […]

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Geriatricians implement program to help hospitalized elderly

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March 7th, 2002

Through the newly established Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), geriatricians at UPMC Shadyside are taking an innovative approach to preventing older patients from declining physically and mentally while hospitalized. HELP's goals are to maintain physical and cognitive functioning of high-risk older adults throughout their hospitalization, maximize their independence at discharge, assist with the transition from […]

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