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Volume 30 Issue 8

Book profiling women in science & engineering includes Pitt prof >

December 4th, 1997

There is no doubt that women have made tremendous strides in science since Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring" 25 years ago. One way pesticide manufacturers sought to counter Carson's claims that they were poisoning the earth was to dismiss her as a hysterical woman. Although society today accepts women as astronauts and field biologists capable […]

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Pitt students join national effort to help children learn to read >

December 4th, 1997

Supported by an $83,750 grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and a federal work-study subsidy, Pitt's School of Education has joined a national effort by the Clinton administration and Congress to ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of the third grade. The three-year Pittsburgh Foundation grant and work-study subsidy […]

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Senate committee questions practice plan transfer to UPMC >

December 4th, 1997

Under orders from the federal Office of the Inspector General, UPMC Health System — like other academic medical centers around the country — is doing a self-audit for possible improper billing by resident physicians. Should the self-audit (or a possible followup investigation by the Inspector General's office itself) produce evidence of fraud by the Pitt […]

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UCIS researcher uncovers little-known local history: Labor dispute brought first Chinese to area in 1872 >

December 4th, 1997

Along with a sharp rise in the number immigrants headed west across the Great Plains, the start of the California Gold Rush in 1849 brought the first significant numbers of Chinese to the United States. The surge would continue for the next 20 years, until an estimated 60,000 Chinese ventured across the Pacific Ocean to […]

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Double-digit increases predicted for next health insurance contract >

December 4th, 1997

Pitt can expect double- digit hikes in its health insurance rates next summer, according to the co-chairperson of the University Senate benefits and welfare committee. "You may expect a big jump" in rates, James Holland told Faculty Assembly Dec. 2. "You definitely don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows […]

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Once afraid to ride, Pitt officer is now training others for bike patrol >

December 4th, 1997

The first time Pitt police officer Rick Troy climbed on a bicycle without training wheels as a boy, he rocketed down a hill near his home in the South Hills and into an alley where he lost his front wheel. Coming to an abrupt stop, Troy flew head first over the handlebars and skidded across […]

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Pitt hopes to name new police chief this month >

December 4th, 1997

Pitt could be getting a new police chief for the holidays. Assistant Chancellor Jerome Cochran told the University Times that he has narrowed the list of candidates for the position to two finalists and that he expects "to make an offer to a candidate some time in mid-December." Associate Vice Chancellor for Business John DeVitto […]

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Telecommunications internship to honor Montgomery >

December 4th, 1997

FORE Systems, Inc. has funded an internship in the School of Information Sciences' telecommunications program to honor the late K. Leon Montgomery, one of the program's founders and a Pitt faculty member for more than 20 years. FORE also has equipped the school's telecom research lab with an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switch and corresponding […]

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Senate continues to play key role in Pitt governance, MacLeod says >

December 4th, 1997

"The University Senate is in danger of being reduced to the status of a suggestion box," economics department interim chairperson Herbert Chesler railed at a recent meeting. Chesler was protesting what he called the administration's failure to consult with the Senate before finalizing Pitt's new early retirement plan for tenured faculty. Unintentionally, Chesler also supplied […]

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