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Volume 38 Issue 18

Professor recreates Galileo’s experiments >

May 11th, 2006

Any serious student of science is familiar with Galileo’s famed pendulum experiments. The 17th-century scientist’s discoveries about the regularity of a pendulum’s motion sparked further study and ultimately led to the development of more precise methods for measuring time. Little is known about exactly how Galileo conducted the experiments in the early 1600s, but Paolo […]

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Baker elected Senate president >

May 11th, 2006

Winners of the recent University Senate elections were announced at the May 2 Faculty Assembly meeting. John J. Baker, associate professor, Department of Microbiology-Biochemistry, School of Dental Medicine, was elected president; Michael R. Pinsky, professor of critical care medicine, bioengineering and anesthesiology, School of Medicine, was re-elected vice president, and Ellen R. Cohn, associate professor, […]

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New institute seeks cures for orphan diseases >

May 11th, 2006

Orphan disease research has found a new home at Pitt. Experts in chemistry, pharmacology and biology are joining forces in a new lab in their quest to cure rare diseases. Using new rapid screening methods, they plan to test thousands of chemical compounds each year to find which ones show promise as potential medications. Once […]

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Baker’s issues: Pitt’s economic impact, health benefits >

May 11th, 2006

John J. Baker, associate professor in the dental school, recently defeated incumbent Irene Hanson Frieze in the election for president of the University Senate. The results were announced at the May 2 Faculty Assembly. (See related story this issue.) Baker told the University Times that he was pleased to win the election and was looking […]

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A visit to Pitt’s Allegheny Observatory >

May 11th, 2006

As yet another first-time visitor walks wide-eyed into the Allegheny Observatory’s grandiose main corridor, Nancy Robinson responds with bemusement. “You’d think everyone would have been here by now,” said Robinson, who’s been business and operations manager at the observatory for more than 25 years. Since 1914, free tours of the building have drawn many a […]

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AAUP faculty salary survey: How does Pitt compare? >

May 11th, 2006

An annual salary comparison survey compiled by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for 2005-06 shows the average faculty salary at Pitt’s main campus is $79,346, higher than in comparison to their academic colleagues nationwide, who earn an average of $70,333, and higher than the $76,361 national average for faculty at public doctoral institutions. […]

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Pitt, CMU share $13.3 million NIH technology grant >

May 11th, 2006

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Pitt has received a five-year, $13.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a National Technology Center for Networks and Pathways. The center, with headquarters at Carnegie Mellon, will focus on developing fluorescent probe and imaging technologies to investigate regulatory pathways and […]

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Commencement 2006 >

May 11th, 2006

Pitt’s Class of 2006, some 6,000 strong, were told by a trailblazing educator that “the highest motives in life are those that compel us to stand up for our beliefs and reach out to others. The world will test your values and you have to be ready. Start figuring out now who you are, and […]

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Four Pitt affiliates receive Carnegie Science Center Awards >

May 11th, 2006

Pitt was well represented among the 2006 Carnegie Science Center Awards for Excellence, which recognize the most outstanding recent achievements in science and technology in southwestern Pennsylvania. The awards ceremony was held May 3 at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Awardees with Pitt affiliations include: • Savio L-Y. Woo, director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center […]

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Pitt’s freshman class increasing in quality, size >

May 11th, 2006

What a difference a decade makes in the world of the Pitt Admissions office. Between the fall 1995 entering freshman class and the entering class of 2005, average SAT scores went up from 1110 to 1234; by comparison, national SAT scores only went up from 1010 to 1028 during the same period. The percentage of […]

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