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Volume 30 Issue 15

Seating capacities, other complaints about Pitt classrooms being reviewed >

April 2nd, 1998

A sign outside 218 Cathedral of Learning says the classroom can hold 30 people. But students and instructors say the room can comfortably fit only 25. The discrepancy lies with the fact that the signs are based on City fire code occupancy limits, which themselves are based on square footage and not on human comfort […]

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Elizabeth Saffer >

April 2nd, 1998

Elizabeth Saffer, who worked at Pitt with cancer researcher Bernard Fisher from 1954 until 1992 and was a major contributor here in clinical studies and research on breast cancer, died March 11, 1998, of a stroke. She was 82 and a lifelong Pittsburgher. Saffer won academic distinction at Peabody High School and majored in chemistry […]

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Scouting for Food drive kicks off at University April 7 >

April 2nd, 1998

The annual Pitt Scouts for Food drive, which is part of the national Scouting for Food drive conducted by the Boy Scouts of America, will run April 7-27. This year Chancellor Mark Nordenberg is serving as the general chairperson of the regional Scouting for Food drive. During last year's drive, Pitt staff, faculty and students […]

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Pitt Scouts for Food collection sites >

April 2nd, 1998

* William Pitt Union, Fifth Avenue lobby information desk * Hillman Library, circulation desk and all other ULS libraries * Communications on the main floor of Forbes Quadrangle * Law School lobby and law library * Scaife Hall, 2nd & 4th floor lobbies * Biomedical Science Tower, entrance lobby * Cathedral of Learning, ground floor […]

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Surgery chairperson to step down June 1 >

April 2nd, 1998

Richard L. Simmons will resign as chairperson of the medical school's Department of Surgery effective June 1 but will continue as a Pitt faculty member and as medical director of UPMC Health System. In an e-mail message to department faculty this week, Simmons said he submitted his resignation March 28 to Thomas Detre, senior vice […]

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40+% of eligible faculty opt for Pitt early retirement plan >

April 2nd, 1998

More than 40 percent of 381 eligible tenured faculty members have signed up for Pitt's early retirement incentive plan, the administration announced yesterday. In approving the plan last October, Pitt trustees said it would give the University more flexibility in meeting changing academic needs. In a written statement, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said the level of […]

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Correction >

April 2nd, 1998

During the March 18 University Senate meeting, Margaret Stevenson, vice president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, said that graduate student evaluations of research advisers are impractical because students are reluctant to criticize faculty with whom they collaborate on research projects, and who could make or break the students' careers. The March 19 University […]

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$138 million in capital state funds allows welcome changes in Pitt's facilities plan >

April 2nd, 1998

Last year, the Board of Trustees approved a facilities plan outlining Pitt construction and renovation projects through the year 2007. But in January, Gov. Tom Ridge threw a much-welcomed monkey wrench into the plan by pledging $138 million in state funds over the next five years for Pitt capital projects, including $38 million for a […]

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