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Volume 38 Issue 18

Law clinic’s work changes Medicare transplant policy >

May 11th, 2006

It’s official. Three years of work by Pitt’s Health Law Clinic on behalf of a diabetic woman in need of a pancreas transplant has resulted in a Medicare policy change with nationwide impact. Pitt associate professor of law Stella Smetanka, who heads the health law clinic, has led students in a legal fight to change […]

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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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