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Volume 38 Issue 11

130 acres donated to UPB >

February 2nd, 2006

American Refining Group (ARG) in Bradford has given Pitt’s regional campus there a gift of 130 acres that will enable UPB to nearly double the size of its campus, as well as provide scholarship opportunities for future students. The property, which has an estimated value in excess of $100,000, is located in Bradford, on the […]

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Endowment up to 30th in national survey >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt’s endowment continues to outpace the growth of higher education institutions nationally. The University’s endowment as of June 30, 2005, was $1.53 billion, up 12.1 percent from the previous year. The national average increase was 9.3 percent, according to a national survey released last month. Pitt rose a notch to 30th nationally in total endowment […]

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Building donated to Bradford campus >

February 2nd, 2006

Robert J. and Mary B. Weiss of Warren have donated the six-story Bradford Seneca Building to Pitt’s Bradford campus. The building is valued at $1.2 million. The gift is among the five largest outright donations that Pitt-Bradford has received in its 42-year history and is the most valuable gift of real estate ever made to […]

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Area disaster communication system funded >

February 2nd, 2006

With a big boost from the federal government, western Pennsylvania will be upgrading its disaster response capabilities. UPMC announced last week that it has received $8.5 million from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, of which Rep. John P. Murtha (D.-Johnstown) is a ranking member, to build a strategic biodefense emergency operations and communications system. […]

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UPB gets gift for off-site program >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt-Bradford has received a $35,000 gift from the Stackpole-Hall Foundation, which will be used to enhance academic programming at UPB’s off-campus site in St. Marys. Pitt-Bradford will use the gift to implement two new programs at the Elk/Cameron Higher Education Council — an executive R.N. to B.S.N. program and an associate degree in information systems […]

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Pitt’s avian flu vaccine holds promise for humans >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt researchers have developed an avian flu vaccine that they say may show promise in protecting people from the disease, should it mutate in a way that enables it to be readily transmitted among humans. The vaccine, which contains a live H5N1 avian flu virus, completely protected mice and chickens from infection in lab tests. […]

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SIS partners with Virgin Islands university >

February 2nd, 2006

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Pitt’s School of Information Sciences (SIS) and the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas have entered into a unique partnership. IMLS granted $965,910 to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) to fund 25 students as they earn their M.L.I.S. degrees via the FastTrack […]

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Counseling center seeing more seniors >

February 2nd, 2006

Older undergraduate students are becoming more likely to seek Pitt’s counseling services than their underclassman and grad student counterparts, according to the director of the University Counseling Center. This reflects a national trend. In academic year 2004-05, seniors made up almost a quarter of the center’s 1,500 new cases —up from 13 percent five years […]

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Annual African-American read-in set for Feb. 5 >

February 2nd, 2006

Ogle Burks Duff, professor emerita in Pitt’s School of Education, again will coordinate the annual African-American read-in chain, 3-5 p.m. Feb. 5, in the First Baptist Church, 159 N. Bellefield Ave. Richard Teaster will direct a combined First Baptist Church Choir and Pitt Women’s Chorale and Glee Club, starting at 2:45 p.m. The event is […]

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University honors four senior faculty >

February 2nd, 2006

Pitt has honored four senior faculty members, two as distinguished professors and two as University professors. Robert D. Drennan has been named Distinguished Professor of Anthropology; Eugene N. Myers, Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology, and Lauren B. Resnick, University Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science. Kenneth F. Schaffner, who returned to Pitt Jan. 1, was reappointed […]

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